With the modern mining, application of simulator-based training has been pretty successful in providing very smart solutions to the everyday challenges that the industry faces involving high risk and high cost. From space research to aviation simulator technology has been overwhelmingly successful in reducing risk, cost, unscheduled maintenance and improving safety, efficiency & productivity. With the fast changing modern mining technology to improve production, productivity & creating new benchmarks, extensive professional training is of utmost priority which can continuously improve productivity, health & safety standards.
In the modern mining industry, the simulator technology has added a new dimension to the training & operational excellence in the use of heavy machineries. The simulator has played a vital role in bridging the gap between classroom training & in field training through Interactive Virtual Reality (IVR) interface.
Numerous conversion kits for different mining equipment like Haul pack, Excavator, Shovel, Backhoe, Dozer, Dragline, loader are available from Immersive Technologies, Thorough Tec, CAE Mining etc. some of the leading mining simulator providers in the industry. The entire training scenario can be designed to train a diverse range of operators from Green operators to skilled operators with different site-specific conditions as well as enables to map the skill level of the operator by highlighting the operational errors which can be rectified & further improved.
The main objectives of the simulator system are:
- Integrates existing site training programs.
- Development and implementation of the training plan.
- Enables to utilize the simulator in line with the current on-site objectives.
- Enables identification of operator skill on new equipment.
- Performance benchmark data on a group of operators against the specific condition.
- Training evaluation process which can generate Performance improvement data.
Below are eight different training/assessment courses that are used to evaluate an
- New Operator Familiarization: Green trainee new to the equipment.
- Operator Familiarization: Existing employee moving to a new machine.
- Correct machine operation: Up-skill existing operators
- Safety Issues: Assess a person’s ability to react under different safety orientated scenarios
- Productivity Issues: Assess a person’s ability to maintain their place in the production cycle and operate the machine in a safe manner.
- Accident/Incident Investigation: Simulation of an actual occurrence that could be revisited as part of the investigation process.
- Regular performance monitoring: Six months or 12-month assessments of current competency.
- Fitness for work: Testing an employee’s fitness to carry out his/her allotted tasks without compromising his/her or any other employee’s safety.
Review & Analysis of Operator’s Performance:
It can be described as one of the most critical and essential aspects of the training program as it analyses and evaluates each corner of the operator’s performance. Various methods of evaluation are used to measure different operating parameters. Major evaluation methods can be outlined as follows:
- Error counts
- Error per hour
- Session Error Report
- Session playback
- Session graphical analysis
- Circuit details.