Hamm has developed a novel compaction simulation system
Hamm has designed a novel compaction simulator system, which it is using to develop new machines. The simulator features proper CANbus electronic controls used in a compactor and marketing manager Gottfried Beer said, “It’s like a real machine to operate.”
The controls on the unit are the same as for a full-sized compactor, with the simulator featuring the firm’s sophisticated operating system. Set up to simulate the twin drum DV class asphalt compactors for instance, the system allows a user to try out the complex functions of this type of machine. This has been used to develop new models and Beer said, “We can test things on the machine before we put them on the jobsite.”
The simulator can be used with different controls to replicate some of the more sophisticated machines in the range, as well as the simpler units. It is normally installed in the Hamm factory and has also been used to explain to customers how machines are used as well as for training. However Beer said that some of the Wirtgen Group’s subsidiary distribution companies are also interested in the simulator and have been asking if they could have a unit, to help with demonstrating new products to customers and also for operator training.