Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (HCM) has renewed its exclusive partnership agreement with Immersive Technologies for a further five years. Immersive Technologies is able to deliver the most accurate simulation for HCM machines through this agreement and this partnership aims to cultivate this mutual relationship for the benefit of the companies’ mutual customers.

The agreement provides Immersive Technologies with continued access to HCM’s proprietary engineering information and engineering staff. This will facilitate ongoing development and support of the mining industry's leading range of advanced equipment simulators, which are designed by Immersive for equipment operator training and workforce development.

This level of collaboration between equipment manufacturer and simulator supplier is considered essential in order for simulation-based training solutions to deliver consistent and quantifiable improvement in mine safety, efficiency and environmental impact.

Essential training feedback will be provided to HCM by Immersive Technologies representing general operator behaviour. This will be utilized by HCM for development, improvement, troubleshooting, etc, of the actual mining equipment. This feedback will take the form of aggregated data extracted from Immersive Technologies’ Global Operator Benchmarking System, a proprietary tool which contains performance data collected from more than 46,000 mining equipment operators around the world.

“HCM acknowledges the advantages of working with Immersive Technologies to provide the highest level of simulated training experience to equipment operators to maximize safety, production efficiency and product integrity,” says HCM’s Global Mining Division senior officer and vice-president Kiyoaki Maekawa. “I am convinced that this agreement will strengthen the partnership to add value to the simulator product. With confidence, HCM recommends this support tool which will provide an effective and highly reliable solution.”

“We are honoured to renew our partnership with Hitachi Construction Machinery which enables us to ensure our joint customers gain the maximum benefit from their simulator investment and ultimately from their mining equipment,” says Immersive Technologies’ CEO Peter Salfinger.

Immersive Technologies is the world’s largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies.

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