Laser safe technology

08 May 2008

Advanced laser technology has been incorporated into the latest anti-collision system designed to prevent overhead cranes and hoists from colliding with end walls or other overhead equipment

The Laser Collision Avoidance System (LCAS) from Cattron Group International in the US “uses retro-reflective Class I laser technology, which can detect either stationary or moving objects.

“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.”

With a range of 50 m, the device can sense distance changes as little as 3 mm, according to Cattron. The alarm is activated when any object comes within the set distance, which, the company says, gives operators sufficient time to take corrective action.

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