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NORCAT acquires equipment simulator

By: Northern Ontario Business Staff

 | May 30, 2014 - 12:45 PM |
Sudbury's NORCAT has acquired a mining equipment simulator from ThoroughTec to add to its health and safety training program. File photo.

Sudbury's NORCAT has acquired a mining equipment simulator from ThoroughTec to add to its health and safety training program. File photo.

The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) in Sudbury has acquired a mining equipment simulator for use in its health and safety training.

NORCAT is working in partnership with ThoroughTec, a South Africa-headquartered company with offices in Australia, Chile and Toronto.

“The addition of ThoroughTec’s CYBERMINE4 simulator demonstrates our continued focus on investing in innovative and complementary training techniques for the global mining industry, pushing NORCAT to a new level of excellence and capability,” NORACT CEO Don Duval said in a news release.

“In addition, our partnership with ThoroughTec demonstrates our focus on both domestic and international market opportunities for skilled labour training and development.”

The equipment simulation service will be launched with a MacLean Bolter, Atlas Copco rocket boomer, and Sandvik and Caterpillar LHDs. With the addition of an equipment simulator, NORCAT will significantly enhance its training and development service offerings to meet the growing and diverse training needs in the mining industry and will be able to add other unique cabs from original equipment manufacturers as industry requests come in.

“Our partnership with NORCAT brings together the world’s leading equipment simulation provider with one of the world’s leading training and development centres for the mining industry,” Greg Lew, ThoroughTec’s executive vice-president, said in the release.

“We are very excited to be working with NORCAT, the leading mining companies in Northern Ontario, and are excited about our future opportunities to enhance the health and safety of the skilled labour workforce in the mining industry.”

The simulator will first be launched in Sudbury, followed by Timmins and Thunder Bay.

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