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Side-View Safety Cameras Stand up to Heavy-Duty Applications

Wed March 07, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

A Track-Vision camera on the back of a John Deere grader.
A Track-Vision camera on the back of a John Deere grader.

As backup cameras become increasingly popular for trucks and passenger vehicles, equipment owners are discovering how similar cameras can improve safety and productivity for operators.

Safety cameras have proven themselves to be so effective avoiding accidents that shortly they will become mandatory in certain categories of heavy equipment in the next few years.

The challenge for owners and operators, however, is to install cameras that can perform reliably under heavy-duty conditions.

RMT Equipment is answering the call with the Track-Vision line of backup safety cameras. The Track-Vision cameras are designed specifically to withstand the bone-jarring, teeth-rattling all-season conditions that can mean a short life for lesser cameras in steel mills, scrap yards, quarries, demolition zones and logging sites, according to the manufacturer.

The standard Track-Vision camera provides a 115 degree field of view, wider that most mirrors, to the rear, to the sides or overlooking the tool end of the machine. The high-resolution lens delivers a crisp, clear image even in low light; its sensitivity is acute enough that it actually “sees” in the dark better than the human eye.

Despite its sensitivity, however, the camera is ruggedly built to withstand all kinds of impacts, vibration and weather. The camera lens is heated to keep ice, frost and fog from obstructing its view. Its housing is filled with nitrogen gas, so no humidity can form condensation on the inside of the lens, either. The entire unit is fully watertight and salt-spray tested and able to stand up to high-pressure washing.

Already in use throughout North America, Track-Vision backup safety cameras have proven to keep working in temperatures as cold as minus 50F (minus 40C) and as hot as 185F (85C).

Job site-rated Track-Vision cameras offer a simple way for heavy equipment owners to eliminate blind spots and meet current standards for 360 degree visibility. Restricted operator visibility is responsible for at least 80 percent of equipment-related fatalities, injuries and damage, so installing the right cameras can quickly pay off in reduced downtime and liability. Experience in quarries and blast zones indicate that the savings in tire costs alone can more than cover the cost of a Track-Vision camera system, according to the manufacturer.

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

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