J. Clubb Trials Most Flexible Radar Product on the Market
J. Clubb Ltd, a supplier of aggregates, sand and concrete in Kent and South East England, is trialling Brigade’s new radar obstacle detection system to provide drivers with clear warnings of people or obstructions in the way of maneuvering mobile plant.
J. Clubb’s company motto, “Doing it right”, is particularly apt when it comes to health & safety. They are continuously working to improve standards by trialling the latest methods of best practice. This includes vehicle devices to improve blind spots on large vehicles and machines and help the driver to maneuver more safely and efficiently.
Brigade’s BS-8000 sensor system controls the radar beam pattern, so the spread of the beam can be restricted to the width of the plant for the length of the detection area to minimize false alerts on a busy site or in a crowded mine or quarry.
“The good thing about Backsense™ is that the installer can adjust it. This gives you leeway when maneuvering especially in confined spaces,” said Mark Griffiths, J. Clubb’s wheel loader operator.
The in-cab display has a clear, easy-to-read visual warning with 5 LEDs corresponding to 5 distance zones from the vehicle. “It is really easy to use. It comes on automatically and the red lights show you how far away you are, which makes maneuvering easier,” Mr. Griffiths added.
The warning buzzer has an adjustable sound level of 65 to 90 dB making it audible in even the noisiest working environments.
The BS-8000 is a fully programmable product, the most flexible on the market, offering a bespoke detection area from 3 m to 30 m in length, with a width between 2 m and 10 m. The detection zones can be tailored to suit the vehicle and its surroundings. Parts of the plant intruding on the detection area can be programed out, and all configuration is done with simple-to-use PC-based software; no expensive programing tool has to be bought separately. There are also 3 models with fixed detection areas: 3 m, 4.5 m and 6 m in length.
Brigade fitted the Backsense™ sensor using a new optional stainless steel bracket (BKT-017) which has multiple fitment options including under-slung, surface mounted or opposed.
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