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Fresh Eyes on PRECO Safety Technology

By David Hofacker on June 7, 2017

Our team at PRECO is growing! David Hofacker recently joined us as our new Product Manager and we invited him to introduce himself to the masses and share his thoughts on why we do what we do.

Here’s what he had to say:

I’ve been working on the business side of technology for more than twenty years and knew of PRECO’s reputation for good people and strong employee culture. I knew that PRECO’s founder had invented the back-up alarm way back when and I knew that the company had been around for quite a while. I’ve learned much more in the last few weeks.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Preco Electronics, Fleet Safety

David Biderman: Increasing Awareness to Improve Safety in the Solid Waste Industry

By Tamara Humpherys on May 16, 2017

By David Biderman, Executive Director & CEO of
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

When I tell people who are not in the solid waste industry that refuse and recycling collection is the 5th most deadly job in the United States, they are almost always amazed. The public doesn’t realize that thousands of men and women are putting their lives on the line each day to take care of their garbage.

But to those who work the routes or send employees out each day, the dangers of the job are far too real. In 2016 alone, SWANA recorded 46 worker fatalities in the US, half of which were drivers and helpers out collecting garbage. It is simply unacceptable to have so many people die on the job. These are parents, grandparents, spouses, sons and daughters who are not coming home to their families at the end of the day.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Operator Education, Waste Safety, Slow Down toGet Around, Safety Awareness

Improving Worker Safety in the Solid Waste Industry

By Greg Spiropulos 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: Safety Technology, Waste Safety, Object Detection, Backing Accidents

Is it Time to Update Your Company’s Safety Specs?

By Greg Spiropulos on April 5, 2017

An investment in safety technology is an investment worth making. Finding the right solutions that fit your company’s specific needs is key to ensuring a return on your investment. If your team returns home each day safe and sound, and your fleet lasts its intended lifespan without significant collision damage, you’ve made a sound investment with a high return in safety technology.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Fleet Safety, Safety Specs

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

The Work Truck Show 2017

By Tamara Humpherys on March 15, 2017

The PRECO Electronics team is exhibiting at North America’s largest work truck event, The Work Truck Show 2017, located at booth #5873, demonstrating how our radar safety technology eliminates an operators’ blind spots in side and rear applications. On display will be the combination of PRECO’s two recently announced collision mitigation technologies: PreView Side Defender and PreView Sentry.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Side Collision Mitigation, PreView Sentry, The Work Truck Show, PreView Side Defender

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

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

Safety Technology Reduces Injuries in an Era of Distraction

By Tom Loutzenheiser on December 13, 2016

Despite improvements in safety training, the number of accidents and fatalities as a result of collisions between motorcyclists, pedestrians or cyclists and commercial trucks & buses has remained high over the past 30 years – even increasing in our biggest cities. In the USA alone there were 587 such deaths in 1989, 519 in 1999, and 531 in 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Efforts by commercial fleets to improve vehicle safety are counteracted by more traffic and an increase in driver distraction – e.g. the use of handheld devices. It seems like people would rather scroll through their social media feed than pay attention to where they’re walking or driving.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Active Safety, Trucking Safety, Side Collision Mitigation, Side Turn Assist

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

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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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