Posted: December 2015
Waste collection company, Sheerness Recycling, has fitted Brigade Electronics’ radar obstacle detection system to provide drivers with clear warnings of people or obstructions in the way of manoeuvring mobile plant.
Huge machinery is continuously in operation at the Sheerness sites, working on harsh terrain with a range of materials including concrete, brick and asphalt. Simon Carter, Sheerness Recycling’s General Manager, explains: ‘There is a two to three metre blind spot around the machine due to the height of the vehicle and the fact that the driver is stationed in a central location. Large vehicles can often be spotted but the smaller vehicles and pedestrians are difficult to see and can sometimes creep up behind you.’
Sheerness Recycling has fitted their equipment with Brigade’s Backsense® Radar System. Built and engineered by Brigade, the easily calibrated sensors can detect stationary and moving objects, providing in-cab visual and audible warnings, alerting the operator whose attention cannot be focused on all danger areas.
Brigade offer a range of Backsense® models with programmable and fixed detection zones of up to 30 meters, dependent on customer requirements, a considerably larger range than that offered by other products on the market. The rugged design, in line with IP69K standards, allows the sensors to operate effectively in areas of harsh terrain, dust and in poor weather conditions.
Simon Carter, General Manager, Sheerness Recycling, concludes…
…‘It gives me extra confidence knowing that the radar system is there and that it will alert me if there is an obstacle within a couple of meters of the vehicle.’