Sandvik introduces Digital Trainer – TH simulator for underground trucks

Sandvik says it is introducing a new operator training simulator, Digital Trainer – TH, an efficient and flexible tool for Sandvik truck operator training. Following the introduction of a similar solution for large Sandvik loaders Toro™ LH621i and Toro™ LH517i in 2020, Sandvik is rolling out Digital Trainer – TH initially for large trucks Toro™ TH663i and Toro™ TH551i.

Individually tailored training sessions benefit each operator, helping them avoid unnecessary equipment damage and teaching them how to utilise equipment in the most efficient way. While a truck itself is not needed as a training tool, the simulator also increases actual equipment utilisation and availability for productive operation. Digital Trainer – TH also enables practice before an actual Sandvik truck arrives at a site.

Pre-training with the simulator improves safety as an operator gets familiar with the equipment functionalities, supervised by an experienced trainer nearby, prior to entering the underground environment. The training exercises are divided into three levels to increase effectiveness: beginner, basic and experienced. As the trainee advances, the trainer can feed unexpected situations to the simulator using the trainer interface. Practicing timely and correct response to fault and alarm messages, for example, helps operators take quick and correct action in real life, decreasing potential damage and risk for production loss.

To ensure ergonomics even during training hours, Digital Trainer – TH features the same controls and elements as the ones used in the truck cabin. The Digital Trainer – TH operator compartment is mounted on a motion base platform supported by two electrical actuators, resulting in an authentic feel of driving a truck. The control system user interface with all its functionalities is the same as in the Toro™ TH551i and Toro™ TH663i trucks. To meet local needs, the Sandvik Intelligent Control System is available in 17 different languages.

“The Digital Trainer –TH offers a sustainable training solution, as training can be carried out remotely which reduces need for travelling and thereby decreases carbon footprint,” said Shiv Kumar, Load and Haul Training Manager at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. “Further, training can be done more safely in an office environment, with a trainer easily available right next to the trainee. We are pleased to add this simulator to Sandvik’s offering, and trust that it will be an effective and efficient tool for truck operators.”