Heavy duty object detection system designed for the mining industry
05/07/2012 - Some of the largest mining corporations in the world are coming to Preco to address the already high and rising costs of equipment downtime, property damage, productivity loss as well as for personal injury and loss of life.
In a large open pit mine there are many pieces of heavy equipment on a colossal scale coming and going in the process of excavating and transporting ore and overfill. Giant dump hauling vehicles, behemoth diesel and hydraulic shovels and many other support vehicles come in very close proximity to one another during these operations and often collide - causing damage on a grand financial scale.
The chance of collision is a constant concern with vehicles having to back into tight proximity locations and this becomes compounded during inclement weather where fog can effectively blind all vehicle operations. The size and configuration of the haulage trucks commonly used in open pit mines create blind areas that extend several feet to the front, back, and right side of the truck and severely limit the operator's vision.
Rules governing traffic control for the safe movement of mobile equipment are common for the mines. Haulage trucks and large mobile equipment typically have the right-of-way in and around the mine. Small vehicle operators and pedestrians are instructed and trained to always yield, yet preventable accidents still occur.
Fortunately, Preco has designed a solution for the mining industry that will allow their heavy equipment operators to avoid these costly accidents and to make the mines safer for everyone involved. By outfitting their heavy equipment with the Heavy Duty PreView? Blind Spot Safety System, they have the best ruggedised collision warning solution on the market. By providing an engineered solution with networked sensor coverage and an in-field pattern adjustment rearsense can tune and optimise the system to fit the vehicle/equipment and job-site needs.
Heavy Duty rearsense is a solid-state, pulsed radar object detection system designed to alert vehicle operators to obstacles. The system detects both moving and stationary objects in a pre-defined coverage area and reports the distance of the closest object via visual range indicators and an audible signal to a vehicle operator.