Forklift simulator Dedicated device

Education Design Award Winner.
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Forklift simulator Dedicated device
by Anna Kholomkina

  • Awarded April 15, 2016
  • CLIENT: Sheremetyevo-Cargo
  • 3.345

A simulator for forklift operator from Sheremetyevo-Cargo is a special machine designed for forklift drivers training and qualifications checking. It represents a cabin with a control system, sitting place and a folding panoramic screen. Main simulator body material is metal; also there are plastic elements and ergonomic onlays made of integral polyurethane foam.

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Forklift simulator Dedicated device

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Forklift simulator Dedicated device

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Forklift simulator Dedicated device Image

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Forklift simulator Dedicated device

Anna Kholomkina

Designer of Forklift simulator Dedicated device


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Interview with Anna Kholomkina on Forklift simulator Dedicated device

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
I should make something good-looking, useful, ergonomic, compact, easy to use with combine of flowing lines and sharp-cut outlines.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
I wanted to make the simulator to imitate working process maximum realistic; to achive that I put the whole cabin on a platform in a way the cabin can rotate to make an effect of motion; panoramic screen adds to this effect.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
This project minded to be a concept, but as leading experts and engineers of the company the design was made for highly praised the simulator, after winning the award there`s an opportunity this concept will be brought to life.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
This design was a part of my semester work at the university, in fact all the process took about three-and-a-half months.
Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
Maybe it will be produced by a company it was made for, though it`s not for sure as other companies were interested in the design too.
Who is the target customer for his design?
Target customer is cargo major companies, who always use forklift, so they need forklift simulators to train beginner forklift drivers to operate the machine and to check their skills.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
The design has strongly different shape and operating principle; also modern technologies are used.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
Dedicated device is what forklift simulator really is, it`s a machine with special training programs and specific function.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
When trainee driver operates the simulator, it arises sensation that he drives a real forklift; the simulator was designed so, the sensation is very strong.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
When designing I was consulted and helped by my design teachers - Elena Akkuratova and Leonid Filatov, who are practitioners in the designing field.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
The research was made at ergonomics: I had to ascertain which distances between object parts are appropriate, to ensure that all the object parts fit together and the object will be easy to use. To the effect I made a scaled human model and several different scaled simulator models to try some variant and choose the best one.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
One of the hardest parts was to find analogues for inspiration, that were not only good-looking, but useful. It appeared there isn`t a lot of them.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I noticed an advertising poster the university I`m studying at, uploaded my design and managet to get a nomination ticket.

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