JLG Industries

JLG Industries
ForgeFX Simulations is a proud simulation development partner of JLG Industries, an Oshkosh Corporation company, and the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and marketer of access equipment (aerial work platforms, telehandlers, scissor lifts and other access equipment). In addition to creating industry-leading equipment, JLG partners with their customers by providing cutting-edge training, which is unsurpassed in the industry. The huge success JLG has achieved also presents them with a challenge, how to provide training for such a large number of new operators. To meet this challenge JLG partnered with ForgeFX to develop AccessReady Fusion XR™, a virtual reality access equipment training simulator that allows trainees to learn proper operation, in a safe and risk-free virtual environment. This boom lift training simulator was the first piece of equipment to be simulated for this access equipment training simulator product, and its success led to the addition multiple machine types into the simulator.
Networked Multi-User Virtual Reality Training Simulator

JLG Industries Networked Multiuser Virtual Reality Training Simulator

JLG Industries, AccessReady XR Virtual Reality Training Simulator

JLG’s AccessReady Fusion XR™, developed by ForgeFX Simulations, is now available to customers nationwide. This cost-cutting networked multiplayer VR access equipment training simulator is a great example of a ground breaking training option available to all industries, allowing for safe, effective and cost-efficient training. AccessReady Fusion XR™ includes networked multiuser support, which allows multiple people to connect their simulators via the internet, and train together in a shared virtual environment. The network component allows simulators to connect to each other and trade data back and forth to create a virtual presence of each simulation station, creating a networked multiuser environment where simulation users can interact with each other and perform tasks together like they would in the real-world.

JLG Industries AccessReady XR Virtual Reality Training Simulator

JLG Industries AccessReady Fusion XR™ Virtual Reality Training Simulator

AccessReady Fusion XR is an advanced training tool that allows operators to safely work in challenging, real-world situations to develop their skills. This virtual reality training package brings the job site environment, access equipment and required skills together in an easy-to-use format. It’s a great option for rental companies and AccessReady trainers looking to give their trainees more hands-on training time. The JLG AccessReady Fusion XR™ access equipment training simulator helps operators to quickly, and safely, become comfortable and gain proficiency with nbsp; equipment controls, allowing them to be better, faster, and safer operators in the real world.

JLG Industries Access Equipment Training Simulator by ForgeFX Simulations

JLG Industries AccessReady Fusion XR™ Virtual Reality Equipment Training Simulator

JLG is dedicated to helping their customers increase productivity and lower operating costs. Their 800 Series Telescoping Boom Lift takes you from the ground to 80 feet in less than 67 seconds, with a horizontal outreach of up to 75 feet. JLG’s telescoping boom lifts take you from the ground to full extension in just over a minute, with horizontal outreaches up to 80 feet. Achieving proper training is essential in order to correctly and safely operate aerial work platforms. JLG’s AccessReady Fusion XR™ delivers highly interactive and immersive virtual reality-based simulation training to help produce the highly-trained operators.

JLG AccessReady XR™ Virtual Reality Training Simulator Developed by ForgeFX Simulations

ForgeFX is proud to have developed this virtual reality training simulator for JLG Industries. The JLG equipment simulator provides VR-based training for operators of all skill levels, teaching everything from controls familiarization, to machine operation, to advanced spatial awareness challenges. ForgeFX Simulations produced a training simulator framework for JLG that is available across a collection of platforms and devices, including Virtual Reality, Windows, iPad, etc., allowing operators to easily access the comprehensive simulation-based training content wherever they are. AccessReady Fusion XR™, now available for purchase from JLG Industries, provides operators with a virtual reality-based training simulator, including everything from machine controls familiarization, to task-based scenarios for training on complex maneuvers, to a networked multi-user instructor-led modes.

Introducing the JLG® AccessReady Fusion XR™ Virtual Reality Training Simulator

Featuring 6 degrees of freedom VR, hand tracking, real-world controls integration, and networked multi-user cooperative training support, the simulator delivers an unparalleled immersive training experience. AccessReady Fusion XR is an advanced training tool that allows operators to safely work in challenging, real-world situations to develop their skills. Watch this collection of JLG-produced videos to learn more about JLG® AccessReady Fusion XR™ Virtual Reality Access Equipment Training Simulator.

AccessReady XR: Virtual Reality Training from JLG

This virtual reality training package brings the job site environment, access equipment and required skills together in an easy-to-use format. It’s a great option for rental companies and AccessReady trainers looking to give their trainees more hands-on training time.

Introducing the JLG® AccessReady XR™ Virtual Reality Training Simulator

In this video, Rick Smith, director of global product training at JLG, introduces you to our virtual reality training simulator. The AccessReady XR™ simulator gives you the power to train your employees and customers using the most advanced boom lift training right in your own facility.

Unboxing the AccessReady XR™ Training Simulator from JLG

Watch as Rick Smith, director of global product training at JLG, unboxes the AccessReady XR simulator. With AccessReady XR, you get more than just our advanced training software. You get a full 800S boom lift platform and so much more.

Train in Multiplayer Mode with the JLG® AccessReady XR™ VR Simulator

Compete to see who can safely and efficiently operate a boom lift when you use the AccessReady XR training simulator in multiplayer mode. In this video, Rick Smith, director of global product training at JLG, competes with his colleague to reach a boom lift target.

Share Your JLG® AccessReady XR™ Experience

Have you experienced the AccessReady XR training simulator from JLG? Maybe you saw it at a trade show or used it during a class at the JLG® training center. Share your experience on social media using #InsideXR​.

JLG 800S Aerial Work Platform Virtual Reality Training Simulator

Training Simulators Increase Productivity

At their facility in McConnellsburg, PA, JLG has created a testing and training facility that duplicates many aspects of a typical real-world job site. For example, uneven surface, mock buildings under construction, and a variety of loads to transport. To train on site with experts at the proving grounds is an invaluable experience. However, the real-world proving grounds can’t handle the volume, nor can everyone handle the expense of on-site travel and training. In the JLG Equipment Simulator, ForgeFX has created a true-to-life replica of the Proving Grounds, allowing an unlimited number of students to gain much of what is gained in the real-world experience.

HTC VIVE Pro Virtual Reality Training Simulator developed for JLG Industries by ForgeFX Simulations

JLG’s HTC VIVE Pro Training Simulator by ForgeFX Simulations

The Simulated World Offers Options the Real World Cannot

The virtual training experience offers operators some things you can’t experience in the real-world. For example, within the simulation an operator can see an exterior, or bird’s eye view, of the effects of control manipulations as they are using the equipment. This allows trainees to not only learn how to operate the machine, but also to understand the spatial awareness challenges they’ll face when operating equipment in the real-world. As a novice user extends the boom arm he can switch to a dedicated virtual camera which shows how much room he has left, allowing him to gain a feel for the limits of what is possible.

JLG Industries Virtual Equipment Training Simulator

JLG Industries Access Equipment Training Simulator

Studying Boom Lift Operations

The first step that ForgeFX takes when embarking on an operator training simulation development project for any piece of equipment is to study that equipment in operation in the real-world. The ForgeFX team brings on site every type of media capture device imaginable: SLR still cameras, audio recording equipment, and video recording equipment. The capture process for boom lifts which can operate 185 feet in the air posed a unique challenge. To meet this challenge, ForgeFX used drone-mounted aerial cameras in order to closely observe the actions of veteran operators at altitude.

JLG Immersive Training Simulator Task-Based Scenarios

JLG Immersive Training Simulator Task-Based Scenarios

Capturing and studying exactly how booms work can be a challenge. For example, the 1850 can operate 185 feet in the air. For all of our clients, ForgeFX begins the project with an onsite visit where we record many hours of raw source footage. This footage is then edited and cataloged for use as a reference during the simulation development process. ForgeFX brings everything to bear to capture every aspect possible.

Aerial Work Platform VR Training Simulator

Aerial Work Platform VR Training Simulator Virtual Controls

Operating a boom lift requires proficiency in the real-world. Operators are controlling and moving a platform which they are on. They may be facing away from their target location, and they have extension and other controls to adjust their aerial position. Getting a feel for this is not possible by reading about it. It requires hands-on experience. After using an actual boom lift, whether real or simulated, operators rapidly gain a feel for the machine. In particular, the proportional nature of the controls requires experience in order to master the delicate touch which is most effective. Novice operators will often treat proportional controls as all-or-nothing controllers. After using the training simulator, operators gain an understanding of the delayed effect of proportional controls, and learn not to “over steer”.

JLG Industries Immersive Training Simulator by ForgeFX Simulations

JLG Industries Immersive Training Simulator Controls Familiarization

JLG Immersive Training Simulator at Conferences and Expositions

The JLG access equipment training simulator is a ground-breaking training tool that is often featured at industry conferences, expositions and trade shows. Listed below are a collection of recent simulator demonstrations and presentations.

Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020

JLG AccessReady Fusion XR™ was prominently featured at Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking place from March 10 to March 14, Conexpo is North America’s largest construction trade show. From advanced equipment to innovative technologies, the JLG team introduced solutions that will help organizations increase safety and productivity.

Augmented World Expo 2018

The JLG Immersive Training Simulator was featured at Augmented World Expo 2018, in Santa Clara, California. AWE is the largest conference for augmented reality, virtual reality and wearable technology. ForgeFX CEO, Greg Meyers, and JLG Senior Director of Global Product Training, Rick Smith, presented this session, titled Virtual Training in the Access Industry. This session focused on how virtual reality training provides a safe place to practice, learn and improves the confidence of access equipment operators.

DevLearn 2017

The JLG Immersive Training Simulator was featured at DevLearn 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. DevLearn is one of the largest, most comprehensive, learning technologies conference and exposition in the world. The JLG training simulator was featured in the session titled, Training Aerial Work Platform Operators Virtually, where conference attendees learned how JLG applied virtual reality technology to provide learning and practice opportunities in a perfectly safe virtual environment.

Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017

JLG demonstrated the future of training with its lift and access equipment simulator at Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017. The simulator employs advanced gamification learning, similar to a video game experience, to familiarize operators with the controls and operation of boom lifts and telehandlers. The multi-player mode of the simulator enables operators to interact with other operators in the JLG simulator and experience real scenarios as they complete specific tasks in the same computer-simulated virtual environment.

Unity Vision Summit 2017

The JLG Immersive Training Simulator was featured at at Unity Vision Summit, May 1st 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Unity Vision Summit is a popular exhibition attended by nearly 1400 market leaders in the VR, AR and gaming development world. This two-day event features demonstrations and discussions, that cover enterprise, entertainment, film, art, commercial and interactive experiences.

Virtual Reality Training Simulator

JLG Immersive Training Simulator in the News

Training for boom lift operation presented controls familiarization and spatial awareness challenges. ForgeFX met these challenges for JLG by developing the JLG Equipment Training Simulator allowing operators to learn and practice both safety and productivity in a virtual environment.  Meeting JLG’s special requirements for volume training, we did this in a way which is widely deployed across multiple options, including virtual reality, laptops, and tablets.

For Construction Pros 2020

JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, is pleased to introduce a significant upgrade to its proprietary AccessReady XR virtual reality (VR) boom lift training simulator with the addition of a full scissor lift training package. As mentioned in For Construction Pros, The new dual product simulator will be on display at CONEXPO 2020.
JLG Access Equipment Training Simulator

Aviation Pros 2019

Featured in Aviation Pros, the simulator launch is the result of a year-long global pilot program that included introductions of the technology at numerous tradeshow events, in addition to volumes of global customer feedback, designed to enhance the experience. The simulator was developed in partnership with ForgeFX Simulations, which specializes in 3D and visualization software.
Aviation Pros - JLG Virtual Reality Training Simulator Now Available

Facility Executive 2019

JLG® Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, showcased its new AccessReady Fusion XR® Operator Training simulator at the ARA Show, February 18-20 in Anaheim, California. Featured in Facility Executive, this launch to the commercial market will offer JLG customers the ability to train and improve the skills of boom lift equipment operators in a safe, virtual environment. JLG AccessReady XR provides virtual reality-based training for operators of all skill levels, with everything from controls familiarization to machine operation and advanced spatial awareness challenges. This type of immersive training optimizes the learning experience while preparing operators to efficiently use the controls and familiarize themselves with boom lift operation.
JLG Access Equipment Training Simulator

Wall Street Journal 2017

The JLG Immersive Training Simulator was included in a June 5th, 2017 Wall Street Journal article, Virtual Reality Finally Catches On—With Businesses, by Betsy Morris. JLG’s training-system simulator, built by San Francisco-based ForgeFX Simulations, is networked so that multiple trainees across the globe can operate virtual machines in the same 3D construction site—all without leaving the ground. JLG says it plans to begin marketing the training programs as soon as July to as many as 50 customers who have asked for it.
Virtual Reality Finally Catches On—With Businesses

ConstrucTech TV, Safety Zone

The JLG Virtual Reality Simulator was featured on ConstrucTech TV’s program, Safety Zone, in this episode titled, Simulating Heights. Host Peggy Smedley was joined by Richard Smith, Senior Director, Global Product Training at JLG to talk about the need for greater safety when working at heights—and how virtual reality might be the solution.

JLG Industries, AccessReady XR Training Simulator Image Gallery

A collection of screenshots and images of the JLG AccessReady Fusion XR boom lift training simulator.

Equipment Operator Training Simulators

Thank you for your interest in the JLG access equipment training simulator products developed by ForgeFX for JLG. Please visit the JLG Industries website for more information about all of their equipment and related products, and for more information about the development of a custom training simulator for your company, please contact ForgeFX Simulations to discuss your requirements and receive an estimate.
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