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Multi-Camera Safety System Helps Equipment Operators See the Big Picture

Thu June 07, 2012 - National Edition
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The track-vision systems from RMT are equipped to connect up to four cameras to a single monitor according to Marc Lefebvre, sales manager of RMT.
The track-vision systems from RMT are equipped to connect up to four cameras to a single monitor according to Marc Lefebvre, sales manager of RMT.

A multi-camera operator vision system from RMT Equipment is “job site-rated” to increase safe operation in the largest heavy-duty equipment operations.

The track-vision systems from RMT are equipped to connect up to four cameras to a single monitor according to Marc Lefebvre, sales manager of RMT.

“Installing a four camera system on your mining truck or crushing plant is as easy as setting up one backup camera. You just run the insulated cable from the camera and plug it in,” he said.

Lefebvre said that safety-conscious equipment owners are now equipping more machines with multiple cameras to bring rear and side views of the job site into the cab along with “tool views, with the camera mounted all round the machine or on a primary or secondary crusher or conveyor system.”

Track-vision monitors borrow a page from the security camera industry by offering operators a choice of displays for the images from their cameras. Using the “quad box option,’’ display modes include a fixed view of a single selected camera, or an auto-mode which rotates through all cameras in sequence, or a split screen view which displays all camera images together. The high resolution 800 x 480 image on the standard 7 in. monitor ensures a clear look in all directions with the split view display. The optional 10 in. Track-vision monitor also is available for applications in which the split screen will be used frequently or for viewing large work zones.

The on-screen display (OSD) system built into the monitor enables users to label their views in terms that are most meaningful and intuitive for the operator.

Multiple backup safety cameras are essential for operating large machines or crushing plants. Along with excavators, Lefebvre especially recommends boom cameras for demolition equipment, where the operator may reach over and behind a wall when equipped with either a breaker or shear.

Unlike devices designed for automotive or surveillance use, however, track-vision monitors are built specifically for the working conditions faced by heavy equipment. The brightness of the track-vision monitors will adjust automatically to ambient light, ensuring clarity and reducing operator fatigue throughout long duty cycles in any season. An integrated sun visor is included in all models. The LED displays are housed in fully watertight enclosures to prevent moisture and humidity from clouding the view or damaging internal electronics. They are proven resistant to impacts and vibration and they have tested successfully in temperatures ranging from minus 50 F (minus 40 C) to 185 F (85 C).

For additional reliability, the monitors are equipped with built-in surge protection and filtering to insulate internal components from uneven power supply. All Track-vision monitors are compatible with both 12 V and 24 V electrical systems.

About RMT Equipment

Established by Bob and Marc Lefebvre in 1996, today RMT Equipment is a leading North American specialist in weighing solutions and the track-vision camera system for wheel loaders, forklifts, log loaders, excavators, mining trucks, scrapers and conveyor belt scales and metal detectors. RMT is the North American Head Office of the VEI Payload Management Systems (loader scales) and the Canadian head office of SciTronics belt scales and metal detectors. In 2010, RMT introduced North America to the XW family of wireless crane scales and grapple scales developed by Intermercato AB of Sweden. RMT systems and solutions are sold and serviced by a growing network of equipment dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, call 800/648-8132 or visit www.rmtequip.com.