A new series of simulators showcasing Manitowoc’s Crane Control System (CCS) has been announced.
CM Labs will develop the second in a series of simulators to teach crane operators about the benefits of CCS cranes.
Manitowoc’s CCS operating platform provides a human-machine across multiple product lines. Each unit has the same control layout, standardised symbols and is made up of several common components such as crane controllers, safety controllers, small and large input/output, joysticks and display.
The company aims to integrate its new control technology into simulators to allow dealers and customers to experience and train with the CCS in a realistic worksite.
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“Our design starts with a relationship with the machine, so that the user interface feels very close to the real thing. This was important for Manitowoc in order for the end product to both look and act like their brand,” CM Labs Product Line Manager for Construction Equipment Drew Carruthers said.
The first simulators delivered by CM Labs replicated the functionality and behaviour of Manitowoc’s 35-ton Grove RT540E crane. The second series of simulators aims to replicate the behaviour of a 165-ton MLC165 lattice boom crawler crane, with both simulators under the control of an actual CCS user interface.
The simulators will include actual onboard crane computers and load moment indicators, different boom configuration, accurate simulations of machine behaviour and cable physical property simulation for winch line, slings and load.
“CM Labs is an ideal partner for OEMs like Manitowoc because of our ability to provide turnkey development services that leverage authentic OEM control sets and programmable logic controllers and control systems,” CM Labs Chief Commercial Officer Arnold Free said.