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PreView Sentry Recognized in Construction Equipment Magazine’s 2017 Top 100 New Products Award

By David Hofacker on December 18, 2017

PRECO Electronic's PreView Sentry™ has been recognized as one of the Top 100 New Products of 2017 by Construction Equipment.  Selected by the editorial staff, Construction Equipment Top 100 is the longest-running awards program of its kind in the industry and recognizes the most significant new products announced each year. PreView Sentry™ is the only collision avoidance solution recognized among the Top 100 new products.

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Topics: Blind Spot Monitoring, Collision Avoidance, Collision Mitigation, Object Detection, PreView Sentry, Heavy-Duty Safety

EUFMC 2017 Round Up

By Tamara Humpherys on June 16, 2017

As always, this year’s EUFMC was an outstanding meeting. It is the electrical utility conference to attend when it comes to addressing the specific needs of fleet managers and their operations.

Mother Nature was definitely not on our side for the Drive-Thru and equipment show on the first day -talk about a rain storm - but we all managed to wade our way through and dry off in time for the Sponsorship Recognition Dinner that evening.

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Topics: EUFMC, Utility Safety, Object Detection, Side Turn Assist

Improving Worker Safety in the Solid Waste Industry

By Ed Renna on May 4, 2017

When the average citizen sees a waste collection crew rumbling down the street, they probably don’t realize that they’re witnessing people engaged in the fifth-deadliest occupation in America. Refuse and recycling materials collection is preceded only by roofing, aircraft piloting, fishing, and logging in the ranks of most dangerous occupations.

According to OSHA, 25% of waste management-related accidents are the result of slips and falls when drivers and helpers enter or exit vehicles. Another 25% of accidents occur when trucks and equipment are backing up.

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Topics: Waste Safety, Backing Accidents, Safety Technology, Object Detection

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: Object Detection, PreView Radar, Collision Mitigation, Manufacturing

Object Detection to the Rescue

By Rita Stewart 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, Proximity Detection, Radar Technology, blind spot safety, Heavy-Duty Safety

A Heavy-Duty Surge in Heavy-Duty Safety

By Tamara Humpherys on December 20, 2016

Safety in heavy-duty industries has surged ahead in 2016 thanks to new innovations and technologies that have taken collision mitigation to the most advanced level yet. As our understanding of collisions and how to avoid them deepens, this momentum will continue with the goal of saving as many lives as possible.

Recently, we’ve seen higher levels of technological sophistication in the autonomous applications of U.S. Army tactical vehicles. Over the course of the next decade, the Army predicts that assistant drivers will no longer be needed in manned war vehicles, and only a few years beyond that the main driver will also be able to stay behind on missions. Imagine the lives that will be saved on the battlefields.

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Topics: Heavy-Duty Safety, Collision Mitigation, Forward Collision Mitigation, Side Collision Mitigation, Sensor Fusion, Object Detection

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

The Science of Stationary-Object Detection with FMCW

By Jon Cole on September 20, 2016

PRECO’s PreView Sentry and Side Defender systems employ radar technology that detects both moving and stationary objects. These systems are based on Continuous Wave radar, a proven technology that has been around for decades. The earliest large-scale applications of continuous wave radar were for such things as weather radar and missile guidance. A newer variant of this technology, called Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW), is now becoming a mainstay in the machinery and automotive industries.

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Topics: FMCW, Radar Technology, Object Detection

Mammoth Mining Equipment Needs Advanced Safety Technology

By Matt Wood on September 9, 2016

Since mining companies gain efficiency by moving more tonnage with fewer but larger vehicles, the trend leads toward ever-larger dozers, trucks, draglines and shovels. But the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind zones around them; and these blind zones can lead to potentially catastrophic accidents.

Larger Vehicles Can Mean More Danger

The blind zones around mining equipment can be huge: Sean Martell, Preco’s mining and construction sales manager, says that when operating large haul trucks, drivers can lose visibility to a hazard when the person or object is as far away as 150 feet from the rear of these massive machines. That’s half a football field.

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Topics: Mining Safety, Safety Technology, Blind Zones, Heavy-Duty Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology

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, Heavy-Duty Safety, Object Detection, Radar Technology

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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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