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Counter Balance Forklift Simulator 

Forklifts still cause many accidents and damage on the work floor. Today’s logistics environment is fast paced and leaves little room for error.


Repetitive practice of common incident situations will increase skills and safety awareness resulting in less damage. 

The use of simulators as a training tool is well known. The Army and Flight schools have adopted this technology as a way of teaching the next generation of pilots and operators of various specialised equipment.


Virtual Reality ads an extra dimension to simulator training, immersing the user in a realistic and challenging environment. Objective data enables the trainer to evaluate results and accurately adjust individual training programs. 

Forklift virtual reality training
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70% of all forklift accidents could be avoided with proper training and screening. 

Advantages of virtual reality training

Virtual Reality training is the easiest, safest and most effective way to screen, train and motivate:

  • Little/no risk in a safe and controlled area 

  • Realistic scenarios 

  • Can be done remotely saving time and money 

  • Improves retention and recall 

  • Simplifies complex problems/situations 

  • Suitable for different learning styles 

  • Training is easier if the experience is pleasant or enjoyable which means higher level of engagement and understanding. 

Time and money are also important factors. Training is necessary to ensure that people are able to perform their jobs or learn a subject in order to be fully productive. But the costs can be prohibitive. 

What's involved?

10 levels. 43 exercises. 

The default Curriculum exists out of 10 levels containing 43 exercises in total. Start with the basics and move your way up to more challenging and complex exercises. The curriculum is based on OSHA guidelines and world leading Forklift Courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is a lot of interest in the Forklift Simulator, and many questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. 


Are they genuine controls?

By using actual forklift controls, we ensure quality and best improve muscle memory as it’s more realistic. 

Can the simulator software be tailored to my needs?

Yes! We can create custom environments, exercises, loads, rules and fork attachments.


Can the simulator make you feel dizzy or sick?

Simulator Affected Syndrome (SAS) or ‘dizziness’ can be a factor for some people during simulation. The AutoSense Forklift Simulator uses the latest virtual reality (VR) technology which along with our highly trained supportive instructors ensures most operators will only experience very low levels of SAS. Feelings of sickness or dizziness can be minimised by slowly building a person’s time using the VR technology. 

Can you train a new team member with no experience using machinery?

Yes! The modular approach to training means that an operator can move from never having operated a forklift, to be able to demonstrate competency to the American and European Forklift Standard. The entire course will take approximately 12 hours of simulator time. 

How long does the competency check take?

A standard competence check against the American and European Forklift Standard will take approximately 40 minutes. This allows for a 15-minute familiarization, a 5 minute break and 15 minute check. 

Are there obstacles in the simulation exercises that would be experienced in a real operation?

Yes. The simulation is designed to be as realistic as possible, all of the obstacles, hazards and logistics you would expect to encounter in a normal day will be present. 

Are the sessions timed?

Yes. An operators’ score is based on completion of the task, damage and the time taken. 

Do you measure damage?

Yes. Damage is scored in dollars and cents just like the real world 

Do I have to book for a full day?

The simulator is booked by the day, however we can sometimes fit individuals onto another companies booking

Does the system meet NZ Work Safety standards?

Yes. The simulation is based on the European and American Forklift Standards which are in fact a more demanding than in New Zealand. 

If a student trains on this, can they pass the ‘Forklift F’ endorsement?

The operator can learn all they need to know and more to operate a Forklift to the New Zealand standard. However, they will need to sit an accredited forklift course to obtain a license.

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