There are many different crane simulators available today from several different vendors. The software covers cranes for industries ranging from ports to construction as well as offshore and industrial applications. Training on a simulator provides the greatest benefit where the real equipment is:
- Dangerous to operate
- Expensive to operate
- Not available for training
Using crane simulators can significantly reduce accidents, reduce the training time in real equipment and reduce the total training time. When evaluating crane simulators, the user must consider the software realism and hardware platforms. Integrated with the software, the hardware options range from desktop units to full cabin systems with motion. The most expensive crane simulators provide the most training value but not all customers have the space or the money for a high-end system. The return on investment (ROI) of a crane simulator is a balance between budgets and the training needs.