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Radar Testing in the Range

By Bradley Eylander on December 6, 2016

The purpose behind testing a product is to verify that what you are shipping to the customer performs according to the product’s specifications. PRECO has a long list of customers, who have specific ideas about how they want their radar sensors to operate. Some customers want a narrow-beam radar, some want wide beam; some want long-range, some short range radar. We like to joke that we’re kind of like Burger King of radars:  “Have it your way!”—hold the fries and the shake.

Currently, PRECO is able to calibrate and build custom units because we have a large test range that can verify the product functions according the customer’s specifications.

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Topics: Radar Technology, Radar Testing

Workforce Safety and Health Initiatives are on the Rise

By Leslie Miiller on November 22, 2016

To counter the rise of injuries and deaths that stretch across heavy-duty industries, both on-road and off-road, initiatives that aim to promote workforce health and safety are being adopted countrywide.

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Topics: Worksite Safety, Waste Safety, Mining Safety

Forward Collision Mitigation Surges

By Jonathan Fix on November 16, 2016

Forward collision mitigation technologies—those that detect how far and fast a vehicle in front of you is moving, and automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision if you don’t—are rapidly advancing in the trucking industry. Good news, since forward collision avoidance systems can result in a 20% to 25% reduction in rear end fatalities and injuries. The even better news is that this number is expected to grow to 40% to 50% in the next generation of forward collision mitigation systems, and to 50% to 60% in future iterations.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Radar Technology, Forward Collision Mitigation

Inspiration and Innovation: Telogis Latitude 2016

By Doug Whitfield on November 11, 2016

For the second straight year, PRECO Electronics attended the annual Latitude Conference hosted by Telogis, recently acquired by Verizon. Much of the interest from attendees centered on the potential changes that partnering with Verizon would bring.

Under the steady leadership of co-founders, Jason Koch and Newth Morris, the sentiment was that it will be business as usual at Telogis, meaning the continual drive to innovate in the areas of fleet safety and efficiency will not be disrupted.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Telematics, Telogis

PRECO Electronics Accepting Nominations for 2016 Safety in Motion Award

By Tamara Humpherys on November 1, 2016

PRECO Electronics is accepting nominations for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award.  Now in its sixth year, the annual Safety in Motion Award is the most widely recognized and anticipated award among heavy-duty safety professionals.  

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety in Motion Award

Start Preparing Now for Future Backup Camera Regulations

By Greg Spiropulos on October 27, 2016

Blind spots behind all moving vehicles and equipment can cause serious physical harm and financial damage. The problem will soon be addressed for passenger vehicles. In May 2018, a decade after the enabling legislation was passed, a law will go into effect requiring that all automotive vehicles be equipped with backup cameras and monitors. The Department of Transportation (DOT) law will apply to new vehicles under 10,000 pounds. It is not hard to imagine that these same requirements will soon be extended to medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, Backing Accidents, Backup Cameras

Gamification Encourages Play in the Serious Business of Safety

By Doug Whitfield on October 20, 2016

Driving a five-axle, 80,000-pound truck with a 51-foot trailer at 65 mph on the highway is anything but a game. But motivating the drivers of these trucks to improve their track record is another story.

Gamification has hit the highway and is gaining speed in fleets around the globe. Using gaming dynamics in a non-game setting, gamification engages and motivates drivers without compromising safety.

In fact, safety is improved when gamification is adopted and accepted by fleets. Additionally, wasteful driving habits—such as unnecessary idling--are minimized, so driver behavior gamification tools can positively affect your bottom line.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Gamification

Safety and Efficiency Drives the Trend to Autonomous Mining Vehicles

By Dale Hessing on October 13, 2016

Drivers and pedestrians are understandably nervous about the presence of semi-autonomous passenger cars and, soon, fully autonomous passenger cars on our roads. What would these same people think if they got a glimpse of the vehicles moving through underground mines from Wyoming to Western Australia?  How would they feel about 100-ton driverless bulldozers moving in unison through cramped tunnels, filling their buckets with ore and highly trained operators in offices thousands of miles away? The use of autonomous and semi-autonomous equipment is more of what we might expect at a futuristic mining colony on Mars than at a present-day mine here on Planet Earth.

For a variety of reasons, the use of remotely controlled or programmed vehicles is slowly making its impact in the underground mining industry. Underground mining is dangerous. It is competitive. And it is taking place further and further beneath the earth’s crust. For all of these reasons, mine operators and the vendors who equip them are working furiously to get human operators out of the mines and into safer locations.

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Topics: Autonomous Vehicles, Active Safety, Mining Safety

MINExpo International 2016 Round Up

By Doug Whitfield on October 5, 2016

Held every four years, MINExpo International 2016 wrapped up one of its most successful shows last week. While final numbers have not yet officially been released, the latest figures estimate there were 43,000 registered guests from over 130 countries and more than 1,900 exhibitors covering approximately 840,000 sq ft of the Las Vegas Convention Center. These numbers exceeded the 2012 record-setting attendance for this world-renowned trade fair.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Mining Safety, MINExpo

PRECO Kicks Off MINExpo 2016 with New Object Detection Technology

By Tamara Humpherys on September 27, 2016

PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision mitigation introduced our newest object detection system at the 2016 MINExpo trade show: PreView Sentry.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Object Detection, PreView Radar, PreView Sentry

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PRECO Electronics is a global technology provider that improves safety for operators, worksites, and the public. The effectiveness of our patented object detection radar systems is unmatched in heavy duty vehicle industries.

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