Automation tools for operational efficiency

Trainee assessment Instructor operating station. Image: CM Labs
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A pioneer of automation and simulation has demonstrated new solutions designed to assist port terminals in monitoring, measuring, and boosting production at TOC Europe 2019.

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, demonstrated new solutions built on its Smart Training Technology. This included a Remote Operating Station (ROS) training solution for remote desk-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

This simulator was first developed by CM Labs to give port terminals the opportunity to train operators to proficiency ahead of crane delivery. It exposes trainees to realistic crane operations and the control room environment, including the simulation of all crane functions, camera displays, and automated safety functions, as well as the terminal’s container management system.

“Research shows that the trend toward automation and semi-automation will create over $1.5 billion in value for an average port,” said Drew Carruthers, CM Labs’ director of training solutions. “By bringing simulation into the loop at the training stage, ports are ideally positioned to recognise this value more rapidly.”

Instructor Operating Station

CM Labs also presented the Instructor Operating Station (IOS), its all-in-one solution for monitoring and assessing trainees. Designed to complement CM Labs’ Vortex simulators for operator training, the IOS provides smart monitoring tools that provide in-depth insight into trainee progress. The IOS tracks all operating metrics during training exercises, and rolls them up into a single score that updates in real time. It is the only simulator training solution that gives trainers and managers the ability to customise this scoring system and establish their own benchmarks, according to the operator attributes they want to target.

After each training session, the IOS can generate reports that highlight scoring, selected instructor bookmarks, notes, and charts that allow terminals to objectively document trainee readiness, and ultimately train a safer, more effective operator.

CM Labs provided an update about new predictive training capabilities, designed to accelerate acquisition of trainee skills thanks to a 360-degree analysis of IOS data.

TOC visitors also had the opportunity for a hands-on experience with the Vortex Master, CM Labs’ full-suite training simulator.

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