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Engineering Systems That Won’t Fail You

By John Fadgen on August 31, 2016

Picture this: You are flying 36,000 feet in the air, on your way to a family getaway at Disney World, and suddenly the plane experiences a critical system failure. Thanks to the multiple duplicate components and systems on the plane, a new system seamlessly takes over operation of the aircraft, and you and your family safely reach your destination, none the wiser.

The duplication of systems in this scenario is called redundancy, and it’s one of the most common fail-safe methods around. Merriam-Webster defines fail-safe as “incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of an anticipated possible source of failure.” Fail-safe is further described as “a device or practice that, in the event of a specific type of failure, responds or results in a way that will cause no harm, or at least minimize harm, to other devices or to personnel.”

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Active Safety, Radar Technology, Heavy-Duty Safety, Fail-Safe

Heavy-Duty Equipment Requires Robust Safety Solutions

By Sean Martell on August 26, 2016

Every day heavy duty equipment goes through more extremes than the average automobile does in a lifetime. That’s why anything that goes onto a piece of heavy-duty equipment needs to be more rugged than the equipment fitted on automobiles. Engine bearings must be able to withstand fatigue resistance and have significant high torque load-carrying capacity. Tires are engineered for heavy loads, to maintain solid traction, and be resistant to punctures. Even heavy-duty equipment operators need to be hardy to keep up with the physical and mental demands of these strenuous and demanding jobs. It’s these factors that keep heavy-duty equipment moving and worksites productive.

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Topics: Active Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology, Heavy-Duty Safety

The Dirt on Back-Up Cameras

By Tamara Humpherys on August 17, 2016

Camera/monitor systems are an extremely useful technology, but it is important to recognize their limitations as a stand-alone solution for object detection.

Back-up cameras serve to reduce blind zones in reversing cars by 90 percent, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Considering that 94% of new cars on the market today have back-up cameras, that’s a lot of backwards visibility gained.

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Topics: Sensor Fusion, Active Safety, Backing Accidents, Backup Cameras

Keeping Safety High and Related Costs Low

By Leslie Miiller on August 2, 2016

It comes down to simple math. Invest in workplace safety before an accident happens, and you get to take your savings to the bank.

Liberty Mutual estimates that every dollar invested in injury prevention reduces costs for employers by $2 or more. That’s a lot of savings considering the fact that a workplace injury costs employers a whopping $30,000 on average, according to The National Safety Council.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Your Bottom Line, Active Safety

PRECO’s Top 5 Customer Service Questions & Answers

By Rita Stewart on July 6, 2016

Safety technology is a heavy hitter in the heavy equipment industry today. The ability to see into blind spots using radar technology—regardless of environmental conditions including dirt, mud, rain, snow or ice—is a tried and true industry breakthrough. PRECO Electronics takes safety one step further by combining our monitor systems with radar sensor alarm warnings. These beep-beep-beeps have helped save countless lives in the occupations and work zones serviced by heavy-duty fleets.

These heavy vehicles often contain large blind zones that present immense safety concerns. Integrating PRECO’s collision mitigation technology allows operators to do their job with greater confidence and peace of mind by providing active alerts, detecting what the operators cannot see. Safety truly takes a front seat next to trained operators to avoid preventable collisions, mitigate risk and save money.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Preco Electronics, Active Safety, PreView Radar

The Sensor Fusion Journey

By John Fadgen on June 27, 2016

Every piece of heavy-duty equipment is different. Designed for specific, and usually logistically complicated tasks, no one-size-fits-all safety package works for every equipment type. By accounting for all of the unique variables associated with a wide range of heavy equipment, object detection systems can fill in the gaps and blind spots in safety practices over a wide range of industries. By integrating radar with other active and passive technologies, the ultimate collision mitigation safety solution comes into focus.

How does it work? PRECO's Tom Loutzenheiser recently gave a forward-thinking explanation to that question in the Idaho Business Review:

“If you look at any of the autonomous vehicles, whether cars or mining trucks, they all have lots of different sensors. There’s this concept called sensor fusion, where you work together to make a smarter vehicle. The human analogy is you have a sense of touch, a sense of smell, eyesight and ears, they all contribute to you being a safe navigator of the world. There’s the same analogy in autonomy. There are multiple sensors coming into play.”

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Sensor Fusion, Autonomous Vehicles, Active Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology

Europe’s First Wireless Safety Solution for the Waste Industry Showcased at IFAT

By Tamara Humpherys on June 3, 2016

Preco’s PreView® Wireless WorkSight® solution was unveiled and demonstrated at this year’s IFAT Conference, held in Munich, Germany May 30-June 3.  Preco demonstrated its new solution within MEKRA Lang’s IFAT booth located in Hall C4, Stand 116.  MEKRAtronics, a business division of MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG, is a premiere distributor of Preco’s active safety products within Europe.

Available for the first time in Europe, Preco’s Wireless WorkSight addresses the needs of the waste and recycling market with a proven and cost effective solution that improves the efficiency of the operator and the safety of the surrounding work environment. 

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Topics: Waste Safety, Active Safety, Wireless Safety, MEKRA Lang, Wireless WorkSight

Sensor Technologies Combine Forces to Create the Ultimate Backing Safety Solution

By Tamara Humpherys on May 19, 2016

 By May 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and over the road trucks. This field of view must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. Let’s take a look at what prompted this forward thinking change in safety regulation.

Once an accident has occurred, you can’t go back. The simple act of backing up a vehicle can turn tragic in a matter of seconds. But these common accidents can be avoided by utilizing a combination of safety technologies available today.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Worksite Safety, Sensor Fusion, Active Safety, Object Detection

Heavy Focus on Safety Technology at bauma

By Tom Loutzenheiser on April 29, 2016

Held every three years in Munich, Germany, bauma is the international trade fair for showcasing construction and mining equipment and machinery. Preco had the privilege of crossing the pond to team up with Mekra Lang and exhibit at the world’s largest construction trade show. The seven-day event, covering nearly 6.2 million square feet of fair grounds,  attracted more than 580,00 visitors from over 200 countries, with attendance up almost 10% from 2013.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Active Safety, MEKRA Lang, BAUMA

MEKRAtronics and Preco Electronics Partner to Deliver Safety Solutions in Europe

By Tom Loutzenheiser on April 11, 2016

Preco Electronics is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with MEKRAtronics, a business division of MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG. MEKRAtronics will offer and bundle Preco’s patented PreView® Radar object detection solution as a complement to its suite of heavy-duty indirect vision solutions. Focused specifically on Europe’s heavy-duty vehicle industries, the combination of safety offerings provide customers with proven solutions that actively mitigate accidents, improve efficiencies and create safer work environments.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Active Safety, MEKRA Lang, BAUMA

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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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