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App for training mini-crane operators

24 Oct 11 Mini crane specialist GGR Group has developed an iPhone application to help train new crane operators.

GGR, the master distributor for Unic mini spider cranes in Europe, hopes to use the smartphone ‘app’ as part of the compact crane training course at its training facilities in Oldham and Long Crendon, Bucks. The app will be used to get trainees familiar with the control panels of the cranes on their mobile phones before they have a go at using the equipment for real.

The GGR Group iPhone app simulates a Unic mini crane remote control panel with functions such as ‘boom in and out’, ‘boom up and down’, ‘slew right and left’ and ‘hook up and down’.

GGR Group CEO Graeme Riley said: “We hope that this new learning tool will help the next generation of crane operators engage with the training sessions. Using the control panel simulator should make key messages from the training more memorable and the downloadable app is something they can take away and use again.”

This is not the first time GGR Group has tried unusual methods of teaching on its training courses. It also uses scaled-down Lego replicas of cranes in the classroom to show different parts of the machinery up close.

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