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Collision Avoidance Solutions for Straight Trucks

By Greg Spiropulos on February 21, 2017

Trucking companies and truck drivers must cope with a variety of working conditions, including variable weather and traffic conditions, boredom, and in-cab distractions. Add the problem of sharing the road with erratic drivers and you have a recipe for a potential tragedy.

The transportation industry logged 279.1 billion miles in 2014 according to American Trucking Associations’, with over 400,000 truck accidents each year. More than 70% of these accidents are the fault of the NON-commercial driver, with only 16% due to the truck driver's fault. These statistics just address incidents with other moving vehicles.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Trucking Safety, Side Collision Mitigation, Straight Trucks, TMC, Work Truck Show

When the Economy Ebbs, Keep Safety (and ROI) Flowing

By Matt Wood on February 15, 2017

If we think of the economy like the tide, we know that for every flow there is an ebb. Although we can’t predict the size or timing of each ebb and flow, we are better prepared to weather financial ups and downs when we anticipate both and plan accordingly.

When the economy tightens, we might live without some personal luxuries. Maybe we give up dining out, have staycations instead of vacations, and rent movies instead of going to the theater. We might shop for lower-cost services that still provide the necessities to get our must-dos done right. In business, some companies might even go through hiring freezes or discontinue low-selling products or services. Pulling back on expenditures makes sense (and dollars and cents) when the economy ebbs. Except, that is, when it comes to safety.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, ROI

Safety Initiatives: NTSB's “Most Wanted List”

By Dale Hessing on February 8, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a new two-year “Most Wanted” wish list for 2017-18 that puts distractions and tired driving at the top of ten pressing safety issues to improve.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said that the list's new two-year cycle will “help to focus our advocacy efforts on sustained progress. We will take stock at the one-year mark, note what progress has been made, and decide what additional improvements are needed.”

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Distracted Driving, Side Collision Mitigation

PRECO’s Top 5 Manufacturing Questions & Answers

By Tyler Posey on January 25, 2017

At PRECO Electronics, we stand behind our promise, “When safety matters, count on us.” That’s because PRECO’s safety products lead the industry in performance, durability and reliability.

PRECO’s PreView Radar is the most rugged collision mitigation solution on the market—designed to work 100% of the time in the harshest conditions. That promise goes a long way in the heavy-duty industry, where tough work environments and mud, dirt, fog, rain, sludge, and even sun glare are constant challenges.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Object Detection, PreView Radar, Manufacturing

PRECO Recognizes Two Recipients of 2016 Safety in Motion Award

By Tamara Humpherys on January 19, 2017

PRECO Electronics proudly announces the 2016 Safety in Motion Award recipients as Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) David Biderman and City of Oxnard Environmental Resources Division’s George Van Hemert.  Both recipients have continually demonstrated their unparalleled commitment to safety to distinguish themselves as leaders in safety.

The 2016 Safety in Motion Award also recognized Clint McGinty of Phoenix Services and James Zertuche of NAPCO Precast as finalists for this year’s award. Both runners-up continue to drive safety within their companies and industries. PRECO congratulates them on their nominations and recognition for being finalists for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award.

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Topics: Waste Safety, Safety in Motion Award

Collision Avoidance and the Quest for Safety in 2017

By Matt Wood on January 17, 2017

There is a safety arms race in progress. Advances in collision mitigation technology are being undermined by advances in personal technology that distract heavy-duty operators and people on the ground from noticing potentially dangerous situations.

Who knows what will happen in 2017, but we are hopeful that by the end of the year we will be closer to the time when man and machine are able to ensure every worker makes it home safely. When they do, we might be able to put a stop to—or at least slow down—the safety arms race.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety

PRECO Congratulates the 2016 Safety in Motion Nominees and Finalists

By Tamara Humpherys on January 13, 2017

PRECO is honored to announce the finalists and top nominees for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award. This year’s nominees are an esteemed group of individuals who continually strive to increase safety for their fleets and the public. They represent some of the most respected professionals in heavy-duty industries. The awardee will be announced at the upcoming 2017 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, January 17-20.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Safety in Motion Award

CES 2017: Driving Innovation Beyond Consumer Electronics

By Doug Whitfield on January 12, 2017

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, CES 2017 was a record-breaking event. With over 3,800 exhibiting companies and 175,000 worldwide attendees, this is the trade event to attend for anyone who wants to know where the future of technology is going.

Once again, one of the major themes of CES was the development of autonomous vehicles and the implementation of various sensor technologies required to ensure these vehicles are as safe and reliable as possible. With 2025 being anticipated date of fully-autonomous vehicles, it is evident that the idea of vehicle automation is now a reality. We met with various companies who are at the forefront of this development in the automotive sector, and are excited to start collaborating with them to start innovating in the heavy duty truck and equipment sector.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, CES 2017

Proximity Detection Solutions for Concrete Mixers

By Sean Martell on January 11, 2017

Busy worksites include a dangerous mix of oversized trucks, service trucks, and people on the ground in constant motion trying to meet deadlines. With all of this activity, operators often focus on an immediate danger or maneuvering without realizing a new hazard has entered their blind zone.

The US Department of Labor has reported that 4,386 work fatalities were investigated in 2014, 20.5% of which were in construction-up 6 percent from 2013.  Being struck-by an object was one of the leading causes of these construction worker deaths.  According the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involved heavy equipment.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, World of Concrete, Active Safety, Proximity Detection, Cement Mixers

Object Detection to the Rescue

By Greg Spiropulos on December 28, 2016

It’s no secret that working in the heavy-duty industry is one of the most productive, yet challenging and dangerous professions. Heavy-duty operators need to be nothing short of superhuman. Not only do they need a honed, specific skill-set, but they need simultaneous small- and large-picture awareness, and a game plan for when things don’t go as expected. Heavy-duty operators need to be able to think on their feet in a heightened environment to make the best decisions possible to avoid collision and injury. That’s no small task considering the inevitable risks associated with these jobs.

Refuse and recyclable materials collectors continue to rank in the top 10 in terms of civilian occupations with the highest fatal injury rates, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2014 and 2015 it was ranked the fifth most dangerous occupation.

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Topics: Object Detection, Radar Technology, Heavy-Duty Safety, Proximity Detection, blind spot safety

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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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