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Collision avoidance in mining operations

May 2014 Sensors & Transducers

An updated series of radar-based sensors with enhanced capability for detecting large objects in challenging outdoor situations has been introduced by Banner Engineering. The R-Gage sensors support collision avoidance and vehicle management applications in container ports, traffic and parking systems, manufacturing, mining, materials handling and railroads.

With expanded distance capabilities, the new sensors can detect objects both further away from the sensor and closer to it (reducing ‘dead’ zones). The Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar provides reliable detection in nearly any weather condition; it is not affected by rain, snow, wind, fog, light, humidity or temperature. It also detects stationary objects that cannot be detected by Doppler radar.

The sensors provide dual-zone signalling to prevent damaging collisions between harbour cranes. They can also increase efficiency of container movement by providing accurate position information to the crane operator.

Models are available for long range (up to 40 m) as well as wide angle and narrow beam applications. All feature easy DIP-switch configuration with no PC required.

For more information contact Rodney Topham, RET Automation Controls, +27 (0)11 453 2468, rodneyt@retauto.co.za, www.retautomation.com



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