From the Editor

Travel Training

More and more of our clients and dealers are outfitting travel trailers with simulators and hitting the road to train at satellite locations, outdoor labs and customer locations. One of the more unique training operations we’ve seen is Kentucky Safety Training Institute (KSTI). Don Webb, Jr., Director, and Steve Greene, Professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC), travel around the United States for the National Park Service to train personnel on heavy equipment operation and safe use. The program began at SKCTC and went mobile in 2004. Recently, Ken Pflederer, President of Simformotion™ and CSE Software, had the pleasure of visiting the college and meeting Webb, Jr. and Greene. The two then brought their trailer to the Cat® Simulators offices where the Simformotion team was able to see the training trailer first hand. Pflederer reflects on their visit: “We were thrilled to be able to show Don and Steve our operation in Peoria. Not only were they able to see our simulator lab and learn about the other types of software we develop, but we were able to spend time brainstorming about the possibilities of “trailer training” in the near future. I am very excited about the next steps with KSTI.”

Read more about the KSTI travels. Plan a visit to Peoria, Ill. and tour the Cat Simulators showroom. Meet the teams at CSE and Simformotion and see our latest developments, including simulators.

Free Money!

1fa86368-1663-423a-9b4e-b51a6c736f3eSimformotion™ LLC, licensee for Cat® Simulators, has created an academic collegiate scholarship opportunity for the 2015-2016 school year. A $2,000 (US dollars) scholarship will be awarded to a student with an interest in pursuing a career in heavy equipment operation, construction management, forestry or any heavy equipment-related program.

Students enrolled in an accredited heavy equipment-related program at an institution that utilizes Cat Simulators as part of their training program, with good academic standing, are eligible for the scholarship. It is available to anyone in the world that meets the criteria.

Download the form or receive the application form by e-mail.

Please pass on this scholarship information to anyone with interest. Simformotion is a global company and we encourage qualifying students around the world to apply for this scholarship. Deadline for this application is April 30, 2015.

Experience Cat® Simulators with Motion!

5c41f5f4-ccce-469a-8dd7-50cb075c7b2aWhat could adding motion to your operator training program mean? Many Cat® Simulators models are available with a motion platform that allows users to feel vibration and movement when the simulated machine is running during training exercises. Users can experience forward/backward and left and right tilt as well as up and down movement. By adding a motion platform to the simulators, operators will not only gain the knowledge and skills needed for controls and applications, they will also learn how to make the precision movements necessary to increase productivity, learn tipping points on machines and much more.

Contact an Account Manager at 1.309.266.2640 today for details.

Operator Tip: Loading Efficiently with the Small Wheel Loader

5c41f5f4-ccce-469a-8dd7-50cb075c7b2aWhen loading material with the Small Wheel Loader, aim for a good initial penetration. Keep the torque tool flat all the way across the bucket so it can be used as a level indicator for the cutting edge when entering the pile. Lift the bucket slightly while driving into the pile. This transfers the weight to the front tires.

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