As the deadline for IM’s March issue comes close (including an article on maintenance), there is news of PT Pamapersada Nusantara (PAMA) continuing to expand and strengthen its operator training programs throughout Indonesia with repeat purchases of Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment Simulators. Such simulators can bring rise to major improvements in maintenance. As the largest Indonesian mining contractor in Southeast Asia, with a developing workforce of over 4,000 operators (2008), PAMA recognised the need for a training solution that could directly impact on improving operator safety, increasing productivity, while reducing unscheduled maintenance costs caused by operator misuse.The recent simulator purchase for Cileungsi Training Centre near Jakarta, expands PAMA’s training simulator fleet to four Advanced Equipment Simulators and seven Conversion Kit equipment modules. Previous simulator purchases are deployed at PAMA’s Kalimantan site.Frans Kesuma, Operation Director at PAMA said, “Conventional training methods used to take a long time from initial recruitment until they were ready to operate the heavy equipment. This required real heavy equipment usually during limited idle time, to conduct field practice for pre-operator. We have now reduced this time by 67%! Each operator now completes 20 hours on the simulator using across a range of varied training scenarios to develop skill competencies and best practice techniques. The four simulators are used in two shifts for approximately 18 hours per day to keep up with the training demand. A key element has been the simulators ability to provide unbiased and measurable feedback, which has highlighted equipment operational misuse, allowing corrective training without the need to use real equipment.”The Immersive Technologies’ training simulators further support PAMA’s goal of ‘Zero lost time injuries and zero fatalities’. PAMA’s simulator purchases have included Immersive Technologies’ comprehensive training package ‘TrainerAdvantage’, which has seen over 540 training personnel globally certified since its inception in 2006.Oye Obe, Executive VP Business Development, Immersive Technologies said, “In the current economic climate it is vitally important to ensure your workforce is operating at peak performance. We are thrilled that our customers continue to realize significant tangible returns on their investments. We are committed to ongoing development and support to ensure our customers continue to improve their profitability.”Immersive Technologies is the world’s leading supplier of operator training simulators used in mining and earthmoving. It has 450 simulator modules in 25 countries. Its Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators are considered vital to many of the world’s leading mining companies such as BHP Billiton, and CVRD. From the Congo to northern Canada, mines are increasing safety and reducing their cost per tonne by using our simulators daily to train and test their operators.Immersive has exclusive licensing and technical information alliances with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers, including: Bucyrus, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. Customer support offices are located in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Johannesburg South Africa, and Santiago Chile.