Avoidance system protects overhead crane collisions

07 May 2008

Cattron Group International introduces its Laser Collision Avoidance System (LCAS), which contains advanced laser technology to ensure overhead cranes and hoists do not collide with end walls or other overhead equipment.

The LCAS uses retro-reflective Class I laser technology that can detect either stationary or moving objects, said Jeremy Pearson, sales director, North America Material Handling. “Unlike some other products on the market, everything is in one enclosure. Set up is easy and most of it can be done on the floor before taking it up to the crane so down time is kept to a minimum.”

The field adjustable LCAS can be programmed for alarm, slowed or stopped at any user-selected distance. With a range of 164 feet, the device can sense distance changes as little as 0.12 inches. The alarm output of LCAS is activated whenever a unit detects any target moving within its set warning distance, giving operators suffcient time to take corrective action before a costly collision can occur.

“When you consider the costs of repairing cranes that have been in collisions and factor in the additional costs to production because of equipment downtime, you can see why LCAS systems are so essential for equipment and personnel safety,” Pearson said.

Additional LCAS features include continuous fault monitoring, input voltage from 100 to 240 VAC, solid state control outputs with optical isolation to 4000 volts, and a single standard NEMA 4X (IP66) enclosure with optional internal heater for cold temperature applications.

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