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Taking Radar-Based Object Detection a Big Step Further

By Dale Hessing on March 23, 2017

Normally, PRECO customers use our technology to warn heavy equipment operators of impending danger; an obstacle, a pedestrian, another vehicle. Occasionally, some companies come to us with a completely different set of requirements in mind, such as UK-based Equipe Geosolutions.

Equipe Geosolutions develops new technologies for the global drilling industry. Among its products are portable drilling rigs used by the construction industry to probe the subsoil on which new buildings will be built.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Worksite Safety, Radar Technology, Safer G Solution Sensors

Engineering Electrical Design Tools

By John Fadgen on March 8, 2017

When creating or designing a product, engineers spend an awful lot of time sitting at their desk working on a computer.  The focus of this work is using computer aided design (CAD), to speed up the planning process and to minimize errors. CAD technology allows us to bring a product to market faster.

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Topics: Radar Technology, Antenna Technology

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

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

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

The Science of Stationary-Object Detection with FMCW

By Justin Palmer on September 20, 2016

PRECO’s line of new PreView Radar 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: Object Detection, Radar Technology, FMCW

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

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

Antenna Technology: The Eyes of the Radar

By Bradley Eylander on July 21, 2016

If you were to make an analogy between a radar and the human body, the antenna on the radar would be the eyes – it sees what the radar detects. There are many different antenna types that exist today and these technologies are continually growing and becoming more complex. The technologies range from the dipole antenna (2 wires), to patch antennas and, most recently, metamaterial antennas that could, in the far future, provide a method for cloaking. Cloaking, in the context of metamaterial cloaking and electromagnetic (EM) radiation, is when the EM field propagates around the object with the metamaterial properties, or in other words it makes the object seem invisible. Aren’t antennas cool?

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Topics: Safety Technology, Object Detection, Radar Technology, Antenna Technology, Antenna Array, Patch Antenna

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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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