Equipment simulators for training are examined in detail in an article in September International Mining. Convergence Training, a division of Capstone Technology, offers the Convergence Training Viewer, a free, downloadable training access portal specifically designed to view interactive training media. This provides virtually anyone, anywhere, at any time access to a catalogue of computer-based health and safety training modules developed in compliance with America’s MSHA and OSHA standards. You can download the free application from the Convergence Training website then purchase modules, download content, train employees, and print certificates of completion all within a single software application. http://www.thinkconvergence.com/Lms/training-viewer.aspx The viewer was developed to meet the needs of an evolving computer-based training market. The company says that while training managers have come to expect more dynamic and interactive training material, much of the industry has failed to keep up technologically.For example, online training may satisfy some customers but bandwidth constrictions continue to plague users with low quality video and limited visual content resulting in a diminished training experience. And although some server-based learning management systems can sidestep bandwidth issues, their infrastructure and support costs can place them far out of reach for smaller to medium-sized organisations.Convergence Training Viewer solves this core problem of limited access to quality, affordable training by giving users an easy-to-use platform to download purchased training modules and play them locally, eliminating bandwidth concerns. Users benefit from the stable delivery of effective, engaging content for a superior training experience at extremely reasonable prices.“We’ve been looking forward to introducing a platform like this for quite some time.” Says Randy Kohltfarber, Director of Product Development. “Our focus has always been on delivering the best, most effective training experience in the industry. Convergence Training Viewer eliminates the technical limitations we’ve dealt with for years. Now we can make our training material available to anyone almost instantly without the slightest loss in quality. It’s really a best-case scenario for us and our customers.”A networkable version is also available as an advanced learning management service provided by Convergence Training. Customers are able to administer computer-based training to multiple workstations at different locations without the bandwidth limitations of conventional online training and without the capital expense of a server-based system.