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Collision avoidance systems for cranes

Cranes in close proximity poses a collision risk

Crane collision avoidance sensors can ensure that cranes do not come into contact with personnel or other machinery. Utilizing electromagnetics, RFID, GPS or bi-directional radar (or in the case of PBE’s system, all four), facilities can configure these tracking methods to recognize different groups, such as vehicle types, personnel, or obstacles. Both overhead crane collision avoidance systems and tower crane anti-collision warning systems are not a “one size fits all” solution, so Carroll Technologies works with its customers to customize a warning system that is ideally suited for the application, from mines and tunnels to construction facilities of all sizes.

According to Carroll Technologies president Allen Haywood: “Systems can be customized for a lot of different types of operations and programmed to set the parameters that they need. We can also incorporate remote opening gates and doors, as well as recordings of travel so that they can look back through history via mobile or desktop software. It can record everything that has been travelling, what speeds have been travelling at, and any near misses.”

The U. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 22% of fatal injuries occur when the worker was operating a crane, and 23% occur when the worker is engaged in construction, assembling, and dismantling activities. With a crane proximity warning device, workers will be alerted to the risk of collision, and any near misses can be assessed to ensure that risk is mitigated in the future. Holistic services are increasingly popular, with companies such as Carroll offering tracking and communication services using the same technological base, which could significantly reduce the likelihood of collisions.

Further reading:

Proximity Warning Systems & Proximity Detection Devices for Mines
Forklift Proximity Detection Systems
Collision Prevention Systems in Industrial Applications
Collision Avoidance: Systems, Devices & Equipment in the Mining Industry

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Railway Safety Equipment

Railway worker using safety equipment

Safety culture in the railway industry has seen a decline in railroad worker injuries, with non-fatal worksite accidents falling from almost 9,000 in 2000 to below 4,000 in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Carroll Technologies has more than 40 years of experience providing safety equipment to various industries, including mining, tunneling and construction. Carroll has searched the railway safety equipment market to find the most reliable safety solutions.

Railway safety equipment suppliers

Personal protection equipment

Personal protection equipment (PPE) is one important aspect of keeping workers safe. Carroll Technologies supplies a wide range of PPE for any application, including rugged hard hats (with safety visors, cap lamps, ear protection, and a number of other safety features).

Protective Industrial Products (PIP USA) has an extensive railway safety product portfolio, in addition to custom-made safety solutions. Products include hearing protection, protective clothing, respiratory safety, warning beacons, welding protection, electrical safety and fall protection, as well as eye, foot, hand and head protection.

According to Allen Haywood, president of Carroll Technologies: “PIP supplies just about anything that is a personal protective device. It’s a good company that we’ve been relying on for protective equipment for many years.”

Gas detection

When it comes to gas detection, Carroll Technologies supplies industry-leading handheld devices from MSA. The Altair 4X is a durable gas detector that can measure up to four gases simultaneously from a range of XCell(R) sensor options, while the Altair 5X is capable of measuring up to six gases simultaneously and is available with an integrated photoionization detector (PID sensor) for VOC detection. Carroll Technologies is a factory authorized repair and certification centre for these MSA gas detection devices.

Fire prevention

In addition to gas detection equipment for railways that can prevent the risk of fire, Carroll supplies fire suppression systems from Honeywell, which include sprinklers, deluge and water curtain systems, foams, and dry chemical powders suitable for water-averse sites.

Fall protection

OSHA fall protection standards dictate that workers who are required to be on any surface more than 6ft high with an unprotected edge must have fall protection equipment. Carroll supplies industry-leading harnesses, hooks and shock-absorbing lanyards from MSA and Honeywell Safety for railway worker fall protection, as well as customisable signage for unsecure areas.

Safety equipment

Even with the best safety equipment, communication still remains key. Carroll provides fully customised radio communication networks in collaboration with Icom, which has been supplying rugged two-way radio products across the world for more than 50 years.

According to Allen Haywood, president of Carroll Technologies: “Icom is a strong company internationally. The services they provide can meet just about anyone’s radio needs.”

“We’re seeking to be a complete communications provider for our customer base, no matter what their communications needs are, whether it’s underground, confined space, tunnelling or above ground in large buildings and factories.”

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Substations for mining, tunneling and dredging applications

Portable substation for mining

Underground mining substation

Underground mining substations present some additional challenges. Extra considerations have to be taken into account to ensure that the roof is reinforced, and the area must be fireproof. Substations used underground will need to be flameproof and may need to be galvanised to protected against corrosion.

Portable substations for mining

A mobile or portable electrical substation is a self-contained trailer/container equipped with the necessary high and medium voltage components of a full substation, such as the power transformer and switchgear. These are used when the installation of a permanent mine substation is not economical or to quickly restore electrical services during an outage.

Rugged mining, tunneling and dredging substations

Line Power, a division of Electro-Mechanical, specializes in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and control for a range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, and electrical utility.

Line Power’s portfolio of electrical solutions includes high voltage switchgears and substations for mining, tunneling and dredging applications. Its range includes 5 MVA substations, portable substations for phosphate mining, dual output 5 KV trailer-mounted portable reclosers, 1000 kVA portable substations with a walk-in aisle and built-in HVAC, skid-mounted portable substations with aluminum enclosures, bore hole substations, 10 MVA caterpillar-track mounted substation, and completely enclosed portable substations with heavy insulation. It also includes an array of other substations designed for specific applications or sites, such as surface mines or gold mines.

Where to buy Line Power substations

Carroll Technologies supplies Line Power products in addition to providing a complete design and installation service, specifically tailored to your needs. Building on more than 40 years of industry experience, Carroll also ensures that installation is integrated with systems operated by other technology brands.

Post-purchase, Carroll Technologies offer a complete installation, servicing and repair service with 24/7 technical support.