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BEACON-4-LIFE

Vartan Beacon 4 Life WEBThe BEACON-4-LIFE is a safe alternative to the traditional strike flare. It was created by a first responder to provide advanced warning of an emergency scene or work zone using safe, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art LED lighting technology.

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3D Lift Vision Simulator

A1A Lift Simulator WEBA1A Software LLC has introduced the industry’s first VR simulator for lift planning. 3D Lift Vision enables users to execute a 3D lift plan in VR mode using a virtual reality headset and controls.

There is no limit to the number of people who can engage in 3D Lift Vision, which allows the entire crane and rigging crew to see and practice a lift in the virtual environment, including the crane operator, riggers, signal person and tagline holders.

Because the simulations are based on 3D lift plans, employers can use 3D Lift Vision to evaluate and qualify operators for the crane and application. It’s also a great training tool for operators who need to practice.

3D Lift Vision is an add-on license to 3D Lift Plan subscriptions. Each license comes with one headset. The hardware is compact, portable and wireless, making it easy to deploy anywhere. Communication through the headset allows individuals in different locations to simultaneously engage in the same 3D Lift Vision simulation.

A1A Software LLC    www.3dliftplan.com 

Blind Spot Detection System

ASA Blind Spot Detection System WEBThe Voyager VBSD3 Blind Spot Detection System is designed to increase driver awareness by bringing familiar automotive industry technology to the commercial vehicle environment. The newest addition to Voyager’s line of sensor safety systems uses radar technology to detect vehicles and other obstructions in the blind zone of the vehicle as well as rear cross traffic.

When an object is detected in the blind zone, the driver will be alerted by an LED light beacon installed in the cab. In addition to this visual warning, an audible warning will sound if an object is detected in the blind zone while the turn signal is on. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert System will issue these same warnings when the vehicle is in reverse.

ASA Electronics takes pride in designing Voyager products that are durable enough for heavy-duty and commercial environments. The VBSD3 radar sensors are protected by a rugged, waterproof housing to weather the elements of life on the road.

ASA Electronics    www.asaelectronics.com

Vehicle-Mounted Spotlight

KH NightRay WEBKH Industries has released the new NightRay LR vehicle-mounted spotlight line, which is replacing the NightRay 2 product line.

Though it has the same professional-grade, durable design on the outside, the new NightRay LR has been upgraded internally with state-of-the-art technology. The new product line features a long-range remote controller for extended communication, as well as additional features.

The new NightRay LR controller uses the latest low-energy wireless networking technology to communicate up to 200 feet in the line of sight. This longer range surpasses other vehicle-mounted spotlights on the market and allows for more efficient and effective control by operators.

Additionally, the onboard solid-state accelerometer allows the wireless remote to provide convenient control for users. It’s designed with intuitive tilt-and-roll control, allowing operators to direct the light by a tilt of the remote and a twist of the wrist.

Due to its bright light output, the NightRay line has long been used in the utility industry for nighttime inspection, maintenance and repair, as well as in emergency services and construction. The full lamp head rotation creates versatility with 370 degrees of horizontal rotation and a 250-degree vertical tilt. The exclusive open-yoke design and heavy-duty clutch outperform most in extreme weather climates and dominate in ice, snow and saltwater.

KH Industries    https://khindustries.com

Electrical Fish Tapes

Greenlee Fish Tape WEBEmerson has revealed a new line of electrician fish tapes that make fishing two times faster compared to a traditional electrical fish tape. Faster fishing is possible with REEL-X because the anti-bind case reduces friction. Additionally, REEL-X can be set on the ground or held between the legs to free up both hands for pulling or feeding the tape.

REEL-X was engineered to eliminate the biggest problems present in traditional fish tape designs: fighting binds and jams in the tape, which slows down an already tiring process. Customers often reported strain in their shoulders and wrists while fishing. Greenlee’s patent-pending design features a free-spinning interior reel that helps eliminate binding, requiring less physical force to feed and pull the tape, which reduces fatigue. The new design lacks a handle, so the user is encouraged to hold the case close to their body. This helps minimize discomfort while assisting with decreasing physical strain by promoting neutral arm and wrist posture.

The case is designed to be opened easily to remove dirt and quickly swap out reel cartridges. A storage lock was added to the case to keep the tape in place when not in use.

REEL-X fish tapes are now available in fiberglass in 50-foot and 100-foot lengths.

Emerson    www.greenlee.com/us/en/product-overview-reel-x-fish-tapes

Single Man Folding Basket

LiftWise Folding Baskets Web2The Diversified Products brand LiftWise has introduced its Single Man Folding Basket for service cranes. It provides fall arrest and fall protection, while helping to eliminate the need for ladders or climbing on equipment. When not in use, the basket’s space-saving design folds for easier transport and storage.

Featuring a large open area for increased productivity, the Single Man Folding Basket has a full-sized floor to accommodate workers and materials. The slotted floor allows water to drain, while the upset holes offer skid resistance. An inward-opening gate provides easy entry into the basket, while minimizing space needed.

The basket is attached to the crane head using an adapter that is specifically built for each customer’s make and model of crane. When finished, crews can easily fold the Single Man Folding Basket in less than a minute.

The Single Man Folding Basket weighs 230 pounds and has a 350-pound capacity. The steel construction of the basket is designed to meet the rigors of contractors and heavy-duty work environments, including utilities, mining and more. It meets or exceeds industry standards ASME B30.5, ASME B30.22, ASME B30.23 and CSA Z150.

Diversified Products    https://lift-wise.com

Mid-Sole Ice Cleat

Gerolines Ice Cleats WEB2Geroline Inc. – the creator of the original Mid-Sole – now offers K1 Mid-Sole ice cleats, featuring “grip that changed the game,” according to the company. Simply rotate the ice cleat from the bottom of your boot to the top when walking inside or driving. Try Geroline Inc.’s Original Series or Intrinsic Series, the only certified intrinsic ice cleats in North America. Request a sample today at https://geroline.com.

Geroline Inc.    https://geroline.com

Wheel Loader Simulator Training Pack

CM Wheel Loader Training Pack WEB2CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, has announced a new Wheel Loader Simulator Training Pack that includes advanced earthmoving techniques as well as guided learning features for faster skills acquisition.

The training pack introduces guided learning in the form of real-time feedback during exercises on crucial metrics such as distance from objects, traction and terrain height. It also integrates the industry’s only real-time grade quality sensor. The GQS tracks key metrics such as height, slope and standard deviation.

This feedback allows trainees to make the adjustments needed in order to advance their learning more quickly and ultimately develop positive habits that will carry over to the real equipment.

The training pack incorporates the most advanced soil simulation available on the market. This results in highly realistic bucket/ground interactions, which are critical for training operators on how to position the bucket properly and understand the machine’s capacity.

Thanks to this accurate soil simulation, the training pack can teach trainees advanced earthmoving techniques while focusing on efficiency and safety. For example, they can learn how to ensure that the dump truck’s driving path is even and clear of any obstacles that might cause it to tip.

CM Labs Simulations    www.cm-labs.com

Safety Glasses

Smith and Wesson Safety Glasses WEB2With so many activities requiring impact protection, workers want premium options that offer style, quality and comfort. Smith & Wesson Safety Glasses offer all that and more, protecting people during rugged activities while enabling them to exhibit their individuality both on and off the job.

For the outdoor enthusiast at work or at play, Smith & Wesson Safety Glasses also offer all-day comfort; edgy, contemporary designs; colorful frames; and a variety of lens options.

While safety glasses are essential, people shouldn’t have to look and feel as if they are wearing eye protection. Smith & Wesson Safety Glasses are designed to fit people’s lifestyles with just the right balance of protection, style and comfort.

Kimberly-Clark Professional    www.kcprofessional.com

Hot Stick Probe

Utility Solutions Probe WEBUtility Solutions Inc. recently unveiled their latest hot stick probe – the Quick Grab Probe – which is a unique spline-end attachment that is specifically engineered to easily open fuse doors on overhead cutouts.

The most unique feature of the Quick Grab Probe is the additional probe on the side of the tool. Most hot stick probes have a single probe that can engage the ring on a fuse barrel. The Quick Grab Probe uses a dual-probe design so that a lineworker can easily find the fuse door pull-ring from a distance.

The Quick Grab Probe also uses an arched head that can slide against a fuse barrel. Locating that barrel with a long telescopic hot stick often is a struggle. Once the operator has found the barrel, the secondary probe is automatically positioned to find the pull-ring with just a slight turn.

Utility Solutions Inc.    www.utilitysolutionsinc.com

Smart Hearing Solution

Honeywell VeriShield WEBHoneywell offers a new smart hearing solution that combines cloud-based software and connected, protective headsets to monitor sound in real time and analyze patterns to help companies better protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss.

The VeriShield Smart Hearing Solution comprises a protective headset that reduces background noises to safe levels within the headset, allowing workers to communicate more clearly and easily. The headsets continuously collect and transmit noise-related data to Honeywell Safety Suite, a cloud-based service that automates and streamlines the collection and reporting of critical safety intelligence. Supervisors and workers can monitor and view noise exposure data – including noise peaks, patterns and unusual occurrences – on their smartphone or mobile computer using the Honeywell VeriShield mobile app.

Exposure to unsafe noise levels on job sites adversely affects millions of workers and accounts for 16% to 24% of all hearing-loss cases reported worldwide, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Honeywell    www.honeywell.com

Technical Service and Support Tools

Terex Tech Tips WEB2In 2019, Terex Utilities released or updated more than 50 Tech Tips and service presentations. Some Tech Tips are applicable to specific Terex digger derricks, aerial devices or auger drills, while others address frequently asked questions or common challenges faced by customers. Following are descriptions of just a few of the topics Terex Utilities covered in 2019.

The Hi-Ranger TM Series is a heavy-duty transmission aerial device used by line crews, offering working heights to 125 feet, basket capacities of up to 800 pounds and material-handling capacities of 1,500 pounds. Three of the new Tech Tips released in 2019 provide practical troubleshooting assistance in addition to manuals. Tech Tip #57 explains how to use the manual letdown system; Tech Tip #82 provides guidance on how to set zero on the TM Leveling Controller; and Tech Tip #77 assists in evaluating the cause of top controls not working.

Load Alert, Terex Utilities’ aerial device technology for monitoring jib and platform capacity and boom position, was updated in 2019 with new screen notifications for the operator. Two Tech Tips – #118 and #119 – explain what to do if sensor communication is lost or inaccurate.

Terex’s evolving chassis controller system interfaces between Terex equipment and the OEM chassis computer system for DC pump control, throttle control and remote stop/start. If service personnel need help with programming or want to refer to an easy cheat sheet of fault codes, Tech Tips #78 and #81 are useful.

These and other technical support documents are available online at the Technical Support tab at www.terex.com/utilities, or users can sign up to receive email notifications at www.terex.com/utilities/en/links/preferences.

Terex Utilities    www.terex.com/utilities

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Pettibone Lifts WEBPettibone has announced its entry into the mobile elevating work platform market. The company is immediately debuting a total of 13 models with work heights ranging from 18.4 to 46 feet.

Offered in electric or hydraulic drive configurations, Pettibone’s ANSI A92.20-compliant lifts provide personnel with reliable solutions for safely working at height in indoor or outdoor applications. Key features of the line include a universal drive control box with LED screen, platform extensions with foot pedal control, and large scissor arms for excellent stability and durability.

Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC    www.gopettibone.com

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