The Raymond Corp., Green, N.Y., launched a virtual reality (VR) simulator to assist in the development of new and existing forklift operators.

The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator allows users to enter a simulated warehousing environment utilizing an existing Raymond forklift truck by plugging into the company’s patent-pending simulation port (sPort). After the vehicle is no longer needed for instruction, the sPort can be disconnected and the forklift can be placed back into operation in the warehouse.

The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator allows operators to become familiar and comfortable with the forklift and its controls prior to operating within the physical warehousing environment.

The simulator is pre-loaded with forklift lesson modules for reach, order picker and stand-up counterbalanced lift trucks. Each truck model includes a series of guided lessons that increase in complexity and build upon principles learned in earlier lessons, providing the user with a consistent experience all while reinforcing desired behaviors.

The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator instructor’s panel allows the instructor to see exactly what the operator sees through three vantage points for optimal instructor visibility. This allows the instructor to provide real-time feedback to the operator. The simulator collects and generates an operator report, provides documentation of the operators’ progress and communicates to the instructor which areas need to be focused on and reinforced.

Additional benefits include:

  • The ability to pre-screen incoming forklift operator applicants.
  • Supplementary instruction between the classroom and hands-on forklift truck operation, as well as refresher instruction.
  • The capability to provide experiential learning in alternative scenarios.

The Raymond Corp.