Hydraulic Excavator Simulator Controls
The hydraulic excavator simulator is designed to be used with three styles of controls, which provide different levels of realism, portability and cost:
PC controls offer maximum cost-effectiveness and transportability, thanks to low cost off-the-shelf PC joysticks. VISTA recommends using the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, shown at right. The same joystick can be used for both the right- and left-hand controls. Plus, it has many switches for the thumb along with additional switches in the base that can be customized in the simulator to perform different functions (such as look right and left). In most countries, these PC joysticks are for sale in retail stores that sell computers or video games. They may also be purchased on-line from Logitech.
You may choose to use other PC joysticks but VISTA recommends that you carefully review the look and feel of the Logitech Extreme 3D Probefore purchasing something else. Logitech Attack 3 joysticks will also work with this simulator. If your joysticks don't offer sufficient functionality, then you won't be able to take advantage of all of the training value that is built into this simulator.
Replica controls provide an intermediate level of realism at an intermediate price for the hydraulic excavator simulator. A USB-ready pedal unit is available, which has the same shape and toe-down/heel-down action of real hydraulic excavator pedals. Having these pedals will enhance the overall effectiveness of your excavator operator training program and reduce your training costs - by helping trainees learn the hands-and-feet coordination required to operate real hydraulic excavators. Unit pricing for the replica controls pedal unit is just USD$1,250 (If you choose to not have pedals, the joysticks alone can be used as travel levers).
8-button replica excavator joysticks provide more realistic operation than gaming joysticks do. They are suitable for both table-top mounting and for use in a new operator chair. The joystick model is multi-purpose, and may also be used with many of the simulators VISTA offers. Eight push-buttons for the thumb, plus a trigger (not shown) enable you to change your viewpoint by looking to the left/right, looking up/down, and by changing the viewing mode during the simulation. The USB electronics are built right into the base, so the joystick can be connected directly to your PC. The unit price is USD$2,500 per pair.
You can also purchase table-top mounting brackets from VISTA, which are designed to bring the PC joysticks down from table-top height to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cab of a real hydraulic excavator.
NEW: Operator Chair
A new operator chair is available that provides an even more realistic operating environment for excavator simulator trainees. It features an authentic, adjustable operator seat with air suspension, consoles for the left and right hands and adjustable armrests. All components are mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability. The operator chair can easily be reconfigured to work with other personal simulators offered by VISTA Training.
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