PRECO’s PreView Side Defender® II Actively Monitors Blind Spots
PRECO Electronics’ PreView Side Defender®II actively monitors a truck’s blind spot, detecting moving vulnerable road users (VRU) while ignoring stationary objects, resulting in safer driving for truck operators in crowded low-speed urban settings.
Using the system’s two intelligent operating modes, Side Defender®II provides urban VRU and on-road lane change blind spot protection. As part of the PreView Side Defender®II system, the new PreView v2 in-cab display equips operators with more intuitive audible and visual alerts while offering installers more flexibility and time savings, according to the company.
How sensors can streamline vehicle maintenance
You may have heard it before: the modern truck is essentially a computer on wheels. Today’s trucks can have up to 400 sensors and 130 million lines of code, and with the drive toward improving fleet safety and maximizing efficiency, not to mention autonomous vehicles.
As technology evolves, sensors are being tasked with providing an increasingly complex and accurate picture of what’s happening to the vehicle and its various systems. This is what Ed Renna, eastern regional fleet sales manager, PRECO Electronics, refers to as a “perception system.”
PRECO Electronics Announces Involvement in bauma 2019 and Partnership with Danfoss Power Solutions
PRECO Electronics® announces its integration partnership with Danfoss Power Solutions, introducing the software integration of PRECO’s perception radar sensors and Danfoss’s PLUS+1® Platform to OEMs and integrators. With partners and dealers around the world, PRECO works to mitigate the broad and complex safety issues facing heavy-duty industries. To provide the construction industry with the opportunity to learn how to improve safety in and around heavy mobile equipment, PRECO will be exhibiting its latest collision avoidance solutions at bauma 2019, April 8 – 14, in Munich, Germany.
bauma News Tracker: PRECO Showcases Safety Systems
At bauma 2019, PRECO Electronics is showcasing its 360 degree vision systems, as well as other technologies for improved safety on job sites.
Safety starts with a plan
Accidents by nature are unplanned. But by creating strategic plans that include the integration of safety training, education and technologies, significant strides can be made to mitigate or completely avoid future incidents and collisions.
Level 1 Automation Gains Ground
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported in late November that a shift boss at a limestone pit op was crushed to death when a loaded hauler “ran over her pickup truck at the crusher site.”According to MSHA, it was the 14th mine site fatality reported in 2018. It was the seventh powered-haulage fatality, up one from the previous year. In the report, MSHA listed four best practices, one of which was “install and maintain collision avoidance/warning technologies on mobile equipment.”
PRECO Electronics Recognizes Fernando Figueroa with the 2018 Excellence in Safety Award
PRECO Electronics® is proud to announce Fernando Figueroa, President, and co-founder of Curv Compliance, as the winner of the 2018 Excellence in Safety Award®. Figueroa has built his career on keeping employees safe, well trained, and knowledgeable to reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace. In honoring those who educate and take action to improve safety on and off the worksite, PRECO strives to support and bolster the significant difference safety leaders like Figueroa make across the globe.
PRECO Electronics PreView Side Defender II
Side Defender II actively monitors the blind spot, detecting moving vulnerable road users (VRU) while ignoring stationary objects, resulting in safer driving for truck and bus operators in crowded low-speed urban settings.
A Long History of Innovative Safety Solutions
PRECO Electronics has been creating innovative safety solutions for the heavy-duty truck market for over 70 years.
PRECO Enhances PreView Side Defender System
PRECO Electronics announced its PreView Side Defender II now provides radar-based blind-spot detection in addition to lane-change detection for trucks.
Side Defender II actively monitors the blind spot, detecting moving vulnerable road users while ignoring stationary objects. As part of the Side Defender system, which can be retrofitted, the new PreView in-cab display equips operators with more intuitive audible and visual alerts while offering installers more flexibility and time savings.
PRECO releases upgrade to its blind spot platform
PRECO Electronics introduced its new blind spot monitoring platform at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Wednesday.
The PreView Side Defender II actively monitors and detects what the company calls moving “vulnerable road users” (VRU) while ignoring stationary objects, which PRECO Vice President of Business Development Tom Loutzenheiser says results in safer driving for truck and bus operators in crowded, low-speed urban settings.
The Intersection of Risk Management, Safety, Technology and the Workforce
The construction space looks attractive in 2019, given its solid economic position, consistent job growth expectancy, and the promises made to boost infrastructure spending in the United States.
To cultivate talent, and meet the ever-increasing economic need for competent workers, companies must begin creating a solid foundation, starting with the essential top-down commitment to improve safety, expand skill sets and educate staff.
PRECO Electronics Introduces PreView Side Defender®II
Responding to global demands to protect vulnerable road users (VRU), PRECO Electronics introduces PreView Side Defender®II, the new benchmark for side collision mitigation technology across the globe. Representing an evolution of advanced technology, Side Defender®II adds VRU awareness to PRECO’s blind spot lane change warning feature, and successfully eliminates nuisance alerts, reduces lane change accidents, and mitigates incidents in crowded urban settings.
On the Side of Safety and Autonomy
Blind spot and side object detection systems are following the trends of increased sensor and system integration in an effort to further improve safety and autonomous operation.
Use of proximity detection systems continues to increase as manufacturers look to improve safety and work toward further automating vehicle operations. These systems help increase visibility around a vehicle or piece of heavy machinery by alerting drivers of any obstacles—stationary objects, people or other vehicles—in their path.
PRECO Electronics Introduces the 2018 Excellence in Safety Award Finalists
Recognizing safety professionals each year for their unique innovation, dedication and best practices within the heavy-duty industries, PRECO Electronics® is proud to announce the three finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Safety Award: Curv Compliance’s Fernando Figueroa, Bayer’s Heather Fry, and Quinn Company’s Lucas Kwan.
Equipment buying trends in 2018, 2019
Superior Industries’ John Garrison and PRECO Electronics’ Sean Martell discuss equipment buying trends they saw in 2018, as well as what they anticipate for 2019.
Rugged, Reliable Object Detection Technology
Founded in Boise, Idaho, in 1947, PRECO Electronics has become a worldwide leader in heavy-duty safety innovation. PRECO patented the world’s first electronic backup alarm as a result of watching utility workers on dam sites. Ed Peterson, PRECO’s founder, noticed that accidents happened frequently while heavy equipment operated in reverse. The flaggers used at the time weren’t safe because the equipment blind spots were too massive.
RADAR-ENABLED TRUCK SAFETY DEVICE OPTIMIZED FOR AFTERMARKET
In anticipation of the European Union’s new legislation of mandating blind spot safety for all heavy-duty vehicles, Boise-based PRECO Electronics launched an enhanced version of its PreView Side Defender optimized specifically for aftermarket users. Side Defender’s advanced technology has been successful with OEMs since 2016, notes the company, and the updated solution provides a powerful and affordable option with ease of installation for retrofits.
Who's Doing the Thinking?
A related way to augment safety is to use radar to alert the operator of impending hazards. Sensors are attached to the rear of the vehicle to alert the operator of impending hazards. “They go on the blind spots for heavy-duty equipment,” explains Sean Martell, North American sales manager for PRECO Electronics, although they can be placed all around a haul truck or any off-road equipment, except where a tool such as a ripper bucket is located. “Radar is more heavy-duty than ultrasonic,” he reveals.
McNeilus Reaches 100,000th Mixer Milestone
The history-making McNeilus® Bridgemaster® mixer, which rolled out of the factory on Sept. 21, features all the company’s most advanced technologies, including:
- Award-winning FLEX Controls™. “The brains of the operation,” the controls platform offers an unprecedented level of performance and accuracy that allows better, more precise mixing.
- Patent-pending Automatic Washout System, which saves operator time by virtually eliminating the need to access the top of the mixer for cleaning.
- Collision-avoidance radar-sensing technology from PRECO Electronics.
The Formula for Creating a Culture of Safety
With deadlines to meet, customers to please, and budgets that can often be tight at best, safety can easily take a back seat to cheaper, faster, shortcuts. Anyone who has ever dealt with the aftermath of an on-the-job accident or fatality will be the first to attest that safety should not only be in the front seat – it should be the driver.
iP Safety Conference & Expo Exhibitor Showcase: PRECO Electronics
Ed Renna of PRECO Electronics tells us about an excellent utility safety product they had on display at the 2018 Orlando iP Utility Safety Conference. To learn more about the conference, go to utilitysafetyconference.com.
PRECO Electronics Brings Over 70 Years of Safety Innovation to 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles
In anticipation of the EU’s new legislation, the need for side blind zone detection coverage has become a priority. Since introducing the first radar-based side collision mitigation solution in 2003, PRECO Electronics has maintained the leadership position in side object detection as well as rear blind zone coverage which continues to be recognized as a significant health and safety issue.
Germany calls on EU to adopt new Blind Spot Regulation
Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists account for almost 50% of Europeans injured or killed each year in vehicle accidents and 28% of them are lorries. In response, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer called for all EU trucks to be equipped with mandatory safety systems to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being knocked over.
PRECO Electronics to Exhibit at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, announced its involvement in the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles trade fair.
The IAA (International Automobile Exhibition), hosted in Hannover, Germany, is a conference presenting the lead manufacturers and suppliers in mobility, transportation and logistics. PRECO will be exhibiting Sept. 19 – 27, in Hall 11, Stand G13.
Mini Cam, Major Impact
In order for fleets to meet the new guidelines, there is some work to be done to not only understand the guidelines but also to find the appropriate camera and monitor combination that will meet the new FMVSS 111 guidelines.
'Cause Backing Up is Hard to Do
There are several hazards when backing a vehicle – not just avoiding what is immediately behind the truck or moving into the pathway of the truck, but there may be inadequate clearance of the sides or top of the vehicle, and the truck’s blind spots hide objects whose presence can make it unsafe to back up.
Reducing Blind Zones
With a service area spanning eight Northern and Pacific Northwest states, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. keeps a lot of drivers and trucks on the road. The company installs and repairs electric and gas utility lines in cities, suburbs, and in the countryside, often in extreme weather conditions. To help their drivers operate more safely, Montana-Dakota has been systematically upgrading its trucks with PRECO Electronics’ PreView Radar side and rear detection systems.
Not All Rear-View Cameras Are Completely Safe, A Fleet Manager Finds
Gary Lentsch, fleet manager for the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon, knew that changes were coming to the rules governing vehicle backup cameras. NHTSA’s final rule on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for Rear Visibility (FMVSS 111) doesn’t require camera providers to certify that their products meet the new specifications. Instead, it is up to the entity installing the cameras on the vehicles to demonstrate compliance. Lentsch looked to PRECO Electronics to help him retrofit his fleet vehicles.
Giving Equipment Operators a “Sixth-Sense” to Avoid Accidents
The simple fact of the matter is that it can take more than being a good driver—even an excellent driver—to be a safe driver. Perry Mitrano, Director of Public Works/Fleet Services and Solid Waste for the City of Bunnell, is an award-winning commercial vehicle operator, but that didn’t help him when he came within inches of backing over an elderly man. This near-fatal incident happened while Mitrano was filling in for one of his collection drivers in the City of Bunnell, FL, but it could happen to any waste equipment operator—anytime and anywhere. Active safety technology prevented an accident that day, and it can prevent many more.
Commitment to Industry, Top Technology on Display from McNeilus at WasteExpo 2018
In McNeilus booth #1823, the company is showcasing three vehicles – a Meridian™ Front Loader, Atlantic Series Front Loader® and Zero Radius™ Side Loader, as well as an interactive display for the McNeilus CODE™ controls system, featuring a new touchscreen display and integrated with collision-avoidance radar-sensing technology from PRECO Electronics. Ten additional McNeilus vehicles will be featured in partner booths and display spaces throughout the tradeshow.
PRECO and Partners Showcase Active All-Around Collision Avoidance Systems at 2018 WasteExpo Conference
At this year’s WasteExpo, McNeilus will be showcasing PRECO’s PreView Sentry and Side Defender integrated with its McNeilus® CODE Touch Display on a refuse truck on the show floor. This system combines PRECO all-around blind-spot driver assistance with the intuitive, driver-friendly CODE Touch Display. McNeilus, a leading manufacturer of front load, side load, and rear load refuse trucks, understands the value that PRECO’s all-around blind-spot assistance provides to refuse truck operators.
Smart Technology Helps Drivers Avoid Collisions
Cameras and monitors are a great start, but PRECO Electronics has a safety solution that includes collision avoidance technology with an active alert inside the cab.
Another Small Step Forward
By May of 2018, all new vehicles with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds—including buses and on-road trucks—must be equipped with rear visibility technology to comply with the upcoming FMVSS 111 mandate. This final rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of an ongoing effort to reduce an average of 267 fatalities and 15,000 injuries caused by reversing vehicles each year. Along with other safety technologies, the use of back-up cameras on cars, buses, and light-weight trucks represents yet another attempt to put an end to the rising rate of vehicle accidents in the U.S.
PRECO Electronics Recognizes Michael Posz of Fraley & Schilling with the 2017 Excellence in Safety Award
PRECO Electronics®, the global leader in heavy-duty collision avoidance solutions, today announced Fraley & Schilling’s Michael Posz as the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Safety Award. Posz, who took over as Fraley & Schilling’s Director of Safety in 2016, has cultivated an existing safety culture with the introduction of new technology, increased education and additional onboard training. The results of his efforts realized a 50 percent decline in incidents in 2017 for Fraley & Schilling while his organization has grown from 200 to more than 500 trucks.
PRECO Electronics’ Suite Of Object Detection Solutions Showcased At 2018 World Of Concrete
PRECO® Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision avoidance solutions, today announced its participation at the 2018 World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas. Dedicated to concrete and masonry professionals, World of Concrete is the largest annual international event bringing industry experts together to learn about new solutions and best practices. PRECO will showcase its suite of PreView Radar systems in its booth (#C4012) as well as across the show floor with key customers and partners.
PRECO's PreView Sentry wins Construction Equipment’s Top 100 New Products of 2017 Award
Construction Equipment’s Top 100 New Products is the longest-running awards program of its kind in the industry. Each year, our editors evaluate the products introduced over the previous months and choose those considered most innovative. Editors use four criteria: A top product is an advancement in technology, a new product line, offers significant improvements to existing products, or increases competition in its field.
PRECO Electronics Opens Applications for the 2017 Excellence in Safety Award
PRECO® Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision avoidance solutions, today started accepting nominations for its seventh annual Excellence in Safety Award. The PRECO Excellence in Safety Award recognizes leaders of change that address safety with vigor, while using advanced safety initiatives and thinking outside the box to make roadways and worksites safer.
PRECO Electronics Wins 2017 Commercialized Innovation of the Year Award
PRECO® Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision avoidance solutions, today announced PRECO’s PreView Sentry™ Plus received the 2017 Commercialized Innovation of the Year Award, a category of the Idaho Innovation Awards. Created by Stoel Rives and supported by Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council, these awards recognize innovations, innovative professionals and companies for their groundbreaking accomplishments. As this year’s award recipient, PRECO’s PreView Sentry Plus was selected for the intelligent technology that combines heavy-duty collision avoidance technology with an integrated radar and camera monitor system.
A More Accurate Picture of Vehicle Surroundings
Having the ability to create vehicle systems which can detect and avoid systems which can detect and avoid other vehicles, objects, and people without the need for human interaction is essential to ensuring safe operation of these vehicles on roadways.
All-around sensing will be important, as well, said Tom Loutzenheiser, Vice President of Business Development at PRECO Electronics, during a presentation of the company’s PreView Side Defender radar-based object detection system at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017.
Wastecon/ISWA World Congress 2017: Safety Gets an Assist From Technology
It’s no secret that the waste and recycling industry ranks among the most dangerous industries in the United States. While some technology providers are hoping to help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur, they acknowledge that technology alone cannot solve the industry’s safety issues.
Tom Loutzenheiser, vice president of Preco Electronics, Boise, Idaho; Del Lisk, vice president of safety services for Lytx, San Diego; and Gary Mosier, vice president of national accounts for 3rd Eye, Katy, Texas, participated in a panel discussion during the Safety Super Session at Wastecon/ISWA World Congress, a combined conference hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Wien, Austria, in Baltimore Sept. 25-27, 2017. David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO, moderated the discussion.
PRECO Electronics’ Suite of Safety Solutions Displayed at WASTECON 2017
PRECO Electronics®, the global leader in medium- and heavy-duty collision avoidance solutions, today announced its involvement in this year’s premiere international solid waste conference, WASTECON® 2017. Located in Booth #1408, PRECO will be displaying its PreView® Sentry, Side Defender, PreView® Plus, as well as its cache of new camera and monitor offerings. The combination of PRECO’s flexible radar systems monitors blind spots on the rear and sides vehicle, and actively warns operators with audible and visual alerts to help avoid potential collisions – improving operational safety and efficiency.
PRECO Electronics Joins the Geotab Marketplace with Industry Leading Collision Avoidance Solution
PRECO Electronics®, the global leader in heavy-duty collision avoidance solutions, today announced that its object detection solution, PreView Sentry™ will now be available on the Geotab Marketplace. Appealing to both on and off road fleets, the integration of PreView Sentry with Geotab’s open-platform telematics solution captures critical data related to blind-zone collision avoidance and near miss information.
Humans and Technology Working Together to Advance the Industry's Standard Safety Practices
The solid waste industry’s adoption of intelligent technologies is accelerating at a rapid pace. As a result, the industry as a whole is witnessing a tidal wave of innovation that is helping to reinvigorate standard practices and create safer and more efficient businesses.
Rush Truck Centers Join a Growing List of Authorized Distributors to Offer PRECO’s PreView® Radar Safety Solutions Nationwide
PRECO Electronics®, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation solutions, today announced that Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA) (NASDAQ: RUSHB), which owns and operates Rush Truck Centers, the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has become an authorized distributor and installation provider of PRECO’s PreView Radar safety technology.
As an authorized distributor, Rush Truck Centers will offer PRECO’s suite of active radar-based solutions, including PreView Sentry™, Preview Side Defender™ and PreView WorkSight® (including WorkSight for Waste and Wireless WorkSight) across its more than 100 locations nationwide.
Safety in Numbers
Any discussion of vehicle safety begins with a conundrum: new cars and trucks have never been safer, and yet the number of people who lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents went up for the first time in nearly a decade. Preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2016, up 6% over 2015 and 14% over 2014.
Honolulu Disposal Service Keeps Citizens Safe, Drivers Accident-Free With PRECO Electronic's PreView Radar Systems
The combination of frequent storms, tourists, hungry rodents, and corrosive ocean air poses a challenge for all truck fleets operating in Hawaii. But for Honolulu Disposal Service’s garbage disposal trucks, the challenges can be even greater. Its trucks typically operate in bad weather and early morning hours when visibility is poor. They navigate busy, narrow urban streets and alleys. To help its drivers operate as safely as possible, Honolulu Disposal equips its trucks with cameras, and with PRECO Electronics’ PreView Radar systems.
Integrated Package of CV Technologies Exclusively From Kinishi
Kinishi have integrated the new Sentry radar system from PRECO Electronics, demonstrating its object detection capabilities to an eager audience on their exhibition stand. The Kinishi touchscreen interface provides a fully adjustable radar detection zone, with the ability to detect objects from the face of the radar up to 30 meters away.
PRECO Electronics Introduces New Active Vision Systems for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced the immediate availability of its expanded vision system offerings. PRECO’s new suite of monitors and cameras, including PreView® Monitor 5 HD, PreView® Monitor 5 LD, PreView® Mini Cam, and PreView® Mirror Monitor, provides customers with a wide range of flexibility and ability to integrate PreView® radar sensors to help mitigate accidents, improve fleet operations, and further assist with blind spot monitoring.
“PRECO’s new suite of monitors and cameras satisfies our customers demand for safety technology to improve situational awareness for vehicle operators,” said Tom Loutzenheiser(@tomloutz), Vice President of Business Development at PRECO. “PRECO is the leader in integrating radar and vision technologies, and our new vision systems provide fleets with more collision avoidance options.”
Zone Defense® Partners with PRECO Electronics to Provide Expanded Safety Offerings
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced their partnership with Zone Defense. The integration of Zone Defense’s advanced vision-based fleet safety technology and PRECO’s intelligent radar technology provides operators with the seamless integration they need to mitigate collisions.
PRECO Electronics and Zone Defense are both focused on designing and manufacturing fleet safety solutions necessary to mitigate collisions. The partnership between PRECO and Zone Defense provides fleets with flexible and advanced solutions to mitigate accidents and improve vehicle operation.
Oxnard City Employee Receives Safety Honor
A city of Oxnard employee has received the 2016 Safety in Motion Award for demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to safety to truly distinguish himself as a leader in safety, PRECO Electronics said in a news release.
The recipient is health and safety supervisor George Van Hemert, who is responsible for worker safety at the Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station. The station serves as the central hub of the city’s solid-waste management system and as a regional resource for adjacent cities.
Cameras and Radar Technologies Help Avoid Costly Jobsite Collisions
The automotive industry leads the way in object detection and collision mitigation systems with integrated camera and radar technology. Eliminating collisions due to natural blind spots has been a high priority in recent years and the resulting collision mitigation systems were rapidly adopted for use in the trucking industry. Now this technology is proliferating in the heavy construction market.
“This technology is mainstream in the automobile world and I see it becoming more mainstream on heavy equipment very soon,” says Sean Martell, North America mining and construction sales manager, PRECO Electronics.
Side-object detection for OTR vehicles displayed at Conexpo 2017
PRECO Electronics invented the vehicle-backup alarm in 1962 and now seeks to set a similar safety milestone with the PreView Side Defender technology the company showcased at the Conexpo 2017 trade exposition in Las Vegas. The company calls the radar-based side-collision-avoidance system “the industry’s most-advanced side-object-detection solution.”
Targeted at over-the-road vehicles but also suitable for off-road applications, PreView Side Defender provides audible and visual alerts to avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians and objects in the side blind spots, an area in which the company said accident frequency is increasing. The range can be from 3 to 8 m (10 to 26 ft) from the vehicle sides and up to 6 m (20 ft) fore and aft.
PRECO Electronics’ Introduces New Advanced Safety Technology at 2017 Work Truck Show
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation within North America’s largest work truck event, The Work Truck Show 2017. PRECO will be located at booth #5873, demonstrating how its radar safety technology eliminates an operators’ blind spots in side and rear applications. On display will be the combination of PRECO’s two recently announced collision mitigation technologies: PreView Side Defender and PreView Sentry.
PRECO Electronics Showcases Industry’s Most Robust Side Object Detection Solution for On-Road Construction Market at the 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Conference
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Conference. Held in Las Vegas March 7-11, CONEXPO-CON/AGG brings together construction professionals from all disciplines, including contractors, dealers & distributors, service providers, engineers, and producers. For the first time in the United States, PRECO will be showcasing PreView Side Defender™, the industry’s most advanced side object detection solution.
PRECO, located at booth #S64833, will be demonstrating how its newly released side collision avoidance radar system, PreView Side Defender, provides operators with active alerts to mitigate or avoid side collisions. Used in combination with PRECO’s suite of collision mitigation offerings, customers are able to achieve active all-around driver assistance to ensure safe and efficient use of their vehicles.
Tech comes to collection
Technology is helping waste haulers to create more efficient collection routes and a safer environment for operators and drivers.
From smartphones to smart TVs to the Palo Alto, California-based Tesla putting driverless cars on the road, technology is growing and advancing every year. For the waste and recycling industry, technological advancements are arriving just as frequently, especially when it comes to collection trucks and their operators.
PRECO Electronics CONEXPO CON/AGG Show Report
The PreView Sentry and Side Defender collision avoidance radar systems debut this year in concrete and constructions materials hauling. The former eliminates operators’ rear blind spots by detecting objects from the face of the radar up to 30 meters (98 feet); its detection zone width is adjustable to fit nearly every vehicle type.
Collision Mitigation Comes of Age
Over the past few decades, we have seen vehicle safety progress from being predominately operator-based—relying on the operator’s ability to foresee and respond to a potential incident before it can cause any damage—to being increasingly technology-based.
At the current pinnacle of the technology-based safety pyramid are collision mitigation systems. Initially designed for passenger vehicles, these systems are expanding into heavy-duty industries. The construction industry stands to benefit greatly from these safety solutions, so long as business owners and equipment operators are open to innovating.
SWANA accepts submissions for safety awards, expands categories
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, is recognizing excellence in solid waste safety through its awards program, while expanding the categories being honored this year.
PRECO, Boise, Idaho, is the official sponsor of SWANA’s 2017 Safety Awards Program. PRECO designs, engineers and manufactures collision mitigation technology optimized for heavy-duty equipment.
Safety Must be Key Focus for Waste & Recycling Industry
Health and safety is always a great concern in waste management and recycling industry. A few weeks ago, when I was in the USA, I was surprised by the facts and figures about health and safety in the waste sector that were presented by SWANA, ISWA’s National Member that covers USA & Canada. So, I asked David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO (as well as the host of ISWA’s 2017 World Congress in Baltimore, on September 25-27) to prepare a blog….
Just a few days ago, I was happy to learn that David Biderman has been awarded PRECO Electronics’ Safety in Motion Award for his “unparalleled commitment to safety” in 2016 (HERE). The Safety in Motion Award is given annually to honor industry leaders who PRECO believes show initiative, imagination, and involvement regarding their approach to safety, distinguishing them as a voice of safety for the industry. Congratulations to David and SWANA and let’s see what we can learn from their commitment to health and safety!
SWANA CEO wins PRECO Electronics Safety in Motion Award
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA’s) Executive Director and CEO David Biderman has been awarded PRECO Electronics’ Safety in Motion Award for his “unparalleled commitment to safety” in 2016. PRECO Electronics is a Boise, Idaho-based heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation technology provider.
[VIDEO] PRECO’s Sentry system sets perimeter to protect equipment
Tom Loutzenheiser from PRECO Electronics talks about line of vision systems that enhance heavy-duty vehicle industries safety by combining active radar technology with camera/monitor systems. Construction equipment blind zones vary and durability is a major factor. Operator interface will continue to evolve
PRECO Electronics Recognizes Two Recipients of 2016 Safety in Motion Award
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced the 2016 Safety in Motion Award recipients as Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) David Biderman and City of Oxnard Environmental Resources Division’s George Van Hemert. Both recipients have continually demonstrated their unparalleled commitment to safety to distinguish themselves as leaders in safety.
Press Release | January 12, 2017 |
PRECO Electronics Demonstrates Industry’s Most Comprehensive Object Detection Solution at 2017 World of Concrete
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation at the 2017 World of Concrete Conference. Held in Las Vegas, World of Concrete assembles global leaders from the entire spectrum of concrete and masonry industries. PRECO, located at booth #C3340, will be demonstrating how its newly released collision avoidance radar system, PreView Sentry™, eliminates operators’ rear blind spots and creates a safer and more efficient worksites.
Press Release | November 1, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Demonstrates PreView Sentry at the iP Utility Safety Conference and Expo
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation technology, today announced its participation in the iP Utility Safety Conference and Expo(November 1-3). Held in Glendale, Arizona, the conference, hosted by Incident Prevention Magazine, is the premier education event for safety, training and operation professionals within the utility market.
Located at booth #201, PRECO will demonstrate its recently announced PreView Sentry™, the industry’s most advanced and flexible object detection solution.
Press Release | October 28, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Accepting Nominations for 2016 Safety in Motion Award
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation technology, today announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award. Now in its sixth year, the annual Safety in Motion Award is the most widely recognized and anticipated award among heavy-duty safety professionals.
Staff Writer | For Construction Pros | October 10, 2016 |
Preco PreView Sentry Object Detection System
The PreView Sentry object detection system is designed to reduce the incidence and severity of heavy-duty equipment accidents.
- Accurately identifies the location and velocity of up to 16 people or objects simultaneously
- Fully adjustable detection zone with the ability to detect objects from the face of the radar up to 98 ft.
- Zone width adjustable from 6.5 to 26 ft. to fit almost all vehicle types
Recycling Today Staff | Recycling Today Magazine | September 29, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Releases PreView Sentry: Object Detection System is Designed to Enhance Heavy-duty Equipment Safety
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment. Preco says it aims to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of heavy-duty equipment accidents by developing reliable safety solutions.
Marcia Gruver Doyle | Equipment World Magazine | September 27, 2016 |
Preco Unveils PreView Sentry, Adjustable Heavy Equipment Object Detection That Sees All the Way to the Face of the Machine
Preco Electronics is debuting the PreView Sentry at the MINExpo show in Las Vegas this week, an object detection technology that uses a different radar bandwidth than before, thus making it more functional, says Doug Whitfield, director of marketing.
Sentry has a fully adjustable detection zone, with the ability to detect objects from the face of the radar up to 98 feet. The width of the detection zone is adjustable to fit almost all machine types.
Kevin Yanik | Pit & Quarry Magazine | September 26, 2016 |
Object-detection System Aimed to Eliminate Collision Accidents
“We have spent the last 17 years developing radar-based object-detection systems,” says Jim Bean, CEO and president at Preco, in a company statement. “Sentry represents the next generation of collision mitigation technology. We built Sentry with an eye to the future, anticipating applications such as vehicle automation, sensor fusion and system integrations, including telematics and data logging.”
Therese Dunphy | Aggregates Manager Magazine | September 26, 2016 |
Preco Electronic’s PreView Sentry Detects Up To 16 Objects Up To The Face of a Machine
Preco Electronics is debuting PreView Sentry at MINExpo today, an object detection technology that uses a different radar bandwidth than before, thus making it more functional, says Doug Whitfield, director of marketing.
Sentry has a fully adjustable detection zone, with the ability to detect objects from the face of the radar up to 98 feet. The width of the detection zone is adjustable to fit almost all machine types. The device can accurately identify the location and velocity of up 16 people or objects simultaneously, says Preco. Built-in fail safe alerts notify the operator of radar blockage or communication issues.
Press Release | September 26, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Introduces Breakthrough Object Detection Technology: PreView Sentry™
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision mitigation, today announced that they will be unveiling their newest object detection system at the 2016 MINExpo trade show (booth# 8085): PreView Sentry.
Heavy-duty industry accidents are costly and can bring an entire operation to a halt. Unfortunately, these accidents are on the rise. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment. PRECO believes that this is unacceptable, and aims to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of heavy-duty equipment accidents by developing the most reliable safety solutions available to OEMs, upfitters and fleet operations.
Press Release | September 21, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Announces PreView Side Defender to the Over-The-Road Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucking Market
Boise, Idaho and Hannover, Germany – September 21, 2016 – PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced PreView Side Defender, the industry’s most advanced side object detection solution. Available immediately, Side Defender is engineered for medium to heavy-duty over-the-road vehicles. Designed specifically for heavy and medium trucks, Side Defender actively warns operators of objects in the vehicle’s side blind zones, including pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, in order to reduce the incidence of side collisions.
PreView Side Defender will be introduced and shared at the 66th annual IAA Commercial Vehicles Conference in Hannover, Germany on September 22-29, 2016. PRECO will be showcasing PreView Side Defender within MEKRA Lang’s IAA booth in hall 11 #A21.
Press Release | September 20, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Set to Unveil New Object Detection Technology at MINExpo 2016
Boise, Idaho and Las Vegas, Nevada– September 20 – PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas September 26-28.
PRECO will be unveiling new technology that will help mining companies reduce the incidence of blind zone related accidents and the costs associated with these collisions. PRECO has been supporting safety programs of mining companies for over 40 years, and is excited to coincide the release of their newest technology with the opening of MINExpo on Monday, September 26, 2016, at booth #8085.
Press Release | September 15, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics To Showcase Industry’s Most Advanced Side Object Detection System at IAA Commercial Vehicles Conference
Boise, Idaho – September 15, 2016 – PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its involvement in the 66th annual IAA Commercial Vehicles Conference. The IAA conference, hosted in Hannover, Germany, assembles the worldwide leaders for mobility, transportation and logistics.
At this year’s conference, PRECO will be showcasing PreView Side Defender, the industry’s most advanced side object detection solution, within MEKRA Lang’s booth (Hall 11 #E21). Developed for the over-the-road (OTR) markets including trucking, municipalities, waste and recycling, the Side Defender system actively warns operators with audible and visual alerts to avoid potential collisions.
Matt Wood | Construction Business Owner Magazine | August, 2016 Issue |
Paving the Way for New Baseline Safety Standards
As Construction Business Owner noted in its January 2016 issue, United States residential and commercial construction combined is expected to grow from 5 to 9 percent in 2016, and heavy infrastructure spending is expected to grow approximately 8 percent from $312.6 billion in 2015. Not exactly a boom, but not a bust either. Given these growth predictions, now is a good time for construction companies to look for ways to operate more efficiently. As it has in other industries, new technology has a lot to offer in this regard.
Dan Rafter | MSW Management Magazine | June, 2016 Issue |
Safety: Vehicle-Awareness, Safety Systems Making Life Safer for Waste Haulers
Perry Mitrano, director of solid waste with the city of Bunnell, FL, would have backed into a man who was crouched behind the rear wheel of his truck if his radar system hadn’t sounded its in-cab alarm. That’s because Mitrano, who was filling in for an absent driver that day, would never have seen the man, even with the cameras with which his truck is equipped. The man could easily have been killed by Mitrano’s truck.
Anne Wallace Allen | Idaho Business Review | June 6, 2016 |
A word with Tom Loutzenheiser of Preco
Tom Loutzenheiser is vice president of business development for Preco Electronics, a Boise company that makes radar-based accident-prevention tools for heavy equipment.
All engineering and development takes place at Preco’s headquarters in Boise, where 50 people work. The electronics are outsourced to manufacturers in the U.S., Mexico, or the Far East, and then the product is shipped back to Boise for final assembly, testing and shipment.
Press Release | June 2, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Announces Europe’s First Wireless Safety Solution Designed Specifically for the Waste and Recycling Industry
Boise, Idaho and Munich, Germany – May 30, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced that Preco’s PreView® Wireless WorkSight® Solution to will now be available to the European market. Preco’s Wireless WorkSight active object detection system addresses the needs of the waste and recycling market with a proven and cost effective solution that improves the efficiency of the operator and the safety of the surrounding work environment.
Press Release | May 31, 2016 |
Preco Electronics’ Introduction of Wireless Collision Mitigation System Changes the Industry’s Use and Understanding of Active Safety Solutions
Boise, Idaho – May 31, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty equipment collision mitigation, today announced the immediate availability of its PreView® Wireless WorkSight® active safety solution. Developed with the same rugged and advanced features as the entire Preco line of safety solutions, PreView Wireless WorkSight eliminates the body cables and reduces the installation time for its customers and OEM partners.
Press Release | April 18, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Presents at Annual AEM Product Safety &
Boise, Idaho – April 18, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced Preco’s presentation within Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) annual Product Safety & Compliance Seminar. Hosted in Rosemont, Illinois, April 18-21, the AEM conference gathers industry leaders to engage in conversations and demonstrations of the industry’s most innovative and thought provoking safety solutions for the heavy-duty vehicle industry.
Ailbhe Goodbody | April, 2016 |
Keeping Your Distance
As mining equipment gets larger and faster, there is an increased need for operators to use proximity-detection and collision-avoidance technology to effectively overcome the equipment’s blind areas. Ailbhe Goodbody investigates
Press Release | April 8, 2016 |
Preco Electronics and MEKRAtronics Announce Strategic Partnership
Boise, Idaho USA and Ergersheim, Germany — April 08, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced a strategic partnership with MEKRAtronics, a business division of MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG. Under the terms of the agreement, MEKRAtronics will offer and bundle Preco’s patented PreView® Radar object detection solution as a complement to its suite of heavy-duty indirect vision solutions.
Press Release | April 6, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Awards Montana-Dakota Utilities With Annual Safety
in Motion Honor
Boise, Idaho – April 6, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s (NYSE: MDU) Fleet Maintenance and Repair Specialist, Kim Hodges, as the recipient of the 2015 Safety in Motion Award. Mr. Hodges, a 20-year veteran of the Montana-Dakota Utilities, is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the utility’s fleet that spans eight Northern and Pacific Northwest states.
Tom Jackson | February 12, 2016 |
PRECO VideoLink II adds audible radar object detection to in-cab camera backup camera systems
Backup cameras are good. Radar object detection systems are even better when it comes to preventing accidents. At the World of Concrete last week, Preco announced its newest product the PreView VideoLink II—a radar-based object detection system that integrates with existing in-cab rear-vision and backup cameras.
VIDEO | February 10, 2016 |
How Sensor Fusion Can Improve Construction Industry Safety
Preco Electronics’ VP of Business Development, Tom Loutzenheiser discusses how the combination of various systems create a connected vehicle, automatic sensor reporting and an operator that is more aware, creating a safer work site.
Press Release | February 9, 2016 |
KCMA and PRECO Electronics Partner to Provide Active Safety Solution
Boise, Idaho – February 9, 2016 — PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, announced today an OEM partnership with Kawasaki-
KCM Wheel Loaders.
| February 9, 2016 |
Global Automotive Blind Spot Detection Market to Exceed USD 3 Billion by 2019, According to Technavio
Advancements in the automobile industry have led to the development of collision avoidance systems (COS). These COS are called life saver technologies, as they help in reducing the severity of accidents.
Brian Straight | Fleet Owner | February 4, 2016 |
Preco Electronics debuts new safety system
LAS VEGAS. Preco Electronics has introduced a product that it said will turn any in-cab monitoring system into an active safety solution. The company unveiled its PreView VideoLink II this week at the World of Concrete show here.
PreView VideoLink II provides an overlay to any existing in-cab camera and monitor system, the company said. It converts an existing monitor into an active-safety solution that provides both audible and colorful visual alerts.
Press Release | February 1, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Transforms Any In-Cab Monitoring System into Active
BOISE, IDAHO FEBRUARY 01, 2016 — Preco, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced the introduction of PreView VideoLink II. Available immediately, PreView VideoLink II provides a new colorful overlay to any existing in-cab camera and monitor system. VideoLink, appealing to the OEM and the aftermarket, converts an existing monitor into an active-safety solution that provides both audible and colorful visual alerts. The result is active driver assistance to mitigate or avoid collisions.
Matthew Bradford | Fall/Winter 2015 |
Safety Fusion - Protecting the waste management industry through integrated technologies
In the waste management industry, few factors affect a company’s bottom line and reputation as its approach to vehicle safety. Accidents can lead to crippling repair and legal costs, and no employer wants to see their operators ot the public injured as a result of a collision.
KCM Focus Magazine | 3rd Issue 2015 |
Reducing Costs by Investing in a Safety System
When considering the costs associated with running a work site, companies are constantly trying to figure out efficiencies that lead to increased productivity and reduction of costs. When every dollar counts it is imperative that these decisions are constantly evaluated to ensure the profitability of each individual project.
Press Release | October 28, 2015 |
Preco Electronics Sponsors Telogis Latitude 2015 Conference
Preco, the global leader in heavy-duty truck collision mitigation, today announced its participation as a Gold Sponsor of Telogis Latitude 2015, the premier business conference showcasing advancements in SaaS-based connected intelligence. Held October 26-28, 2015 in Dana Point, California, Latitude 2015 brings mobile enterprise leaders as well as some of the world’s largest vehicle and equipment manufacturers together to share best practices to transform the industry’s use of analytics to optimize operations and improve safety.
Sara Jensen | OEM Off-Highway | September 8, 2015 |
A gentle tap on the shoulder for safety
Safety continues to be an important element in equipment design, particularly for larger machines in which operator visibility is hindered due to the size of the vehicle. While mirrors and cameras aid in improving visibility, they can only do so much.
Aggregates and Mining Today | September 1, 2015 |
Mitigate Risk Through Strong Safety Practices and Technology
Accidents cost money, and nearly all are avoidable given the appropriate investment in safety technology.
When you delve into the myriad of layers involved in a mining operation, you begin to appreciate and understand the inherent risks that mining companies face on a daily basis. With trucks measuring over 40’ (12.5m) long, 25’ (7.5m) wide and 18’ (5.5m) high, the risk of accidents is immense. Vehicles and equipment that operate in above ground mines are so large that there are often 360° operator blind zones. With such high-risk equipment, errors can quickly escalate to worksite shut downs and loss of life.
Jim Parsons | Engineering News Record | July 6, 2015 |
Amid Success, Balfour Beatty Strives to Keep Getting Better
The contractor’s emphasis on safety isn’t limited to its employees and subcontractors. Suppliers are also involved. Recognizing the growing use of telehandlers in recent years, for example, Balfour Beatty established a national agreement with SunBelt Rentals to install proximity alarms on any telehandler shipped to one of the firm’s projects.
Donna Schmidt | Coal Age | February 1, 2015 |
Technologies Collide For Surface Safety
As the old adage goes, a rolling stone gathers no moss. That is especially true in the area of collision avoidance, where the everyday improvements in technology such as global positioning, radar, digital imagery, and even performance monitoring quickly make their way into the mining sector to enhance safety and accuracy and even production uptime.
Walt Moore | Construction Equipment | August 6, 2014 |
Dealing With Deadly Spaces: Machine Bind Spots
The June 2014 edition of Workplace Solutions, a publication of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), includes an article entitled “Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Backing Construction Vehicles and Equipment at Roadway Construction Worksites.”
The article cites a Bureau of Labor Statistics report stating “of the 962 fatal workplace injuries at road construction sites from 2003 to 2010, 443 were due to workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment. Workers were fatally struck 143 times by vehicles or mobile equipment that was backing up.”
Seth Skydel | May 30, 2014 |
Driving Fleet Value and Performance
“The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for fleet professionals,” said Gerald Owens, fleet manager at Oncor Electric Delivery and EUFMC president. “EUFMC offers educational sessions on management topics by industry experts, manufacturers and fleets, and roundtables where fleet managers share best practices and work with suppliers and service providers to address challenges. This conference is a unique forum where fleet managers can exchange ideas and network with suppliers who showcase new technologies and are prepared to discuss technical and operational issues.”
EUFMC continues to attract a record number of attendees. In 2013, more than 100 fleet professionals from about 75 investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada came to the conference.
Ed Ritchie | March 31, 2014 |
Stay Visible, Stay Safe
Worker safety is gaining more attention from state and federal agencies as road construction continues to grow in response to needed highway infrastructure repair. Overall, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries in the private construction sector increased 5% in 2012. And when it comes to the leading cause of highway construction worker injuries and fatalities, the US Federal Highway Administration’s statistics identify “contact with construction vehicles, objects, and equipment.” But these injuries and deaths are preventable through good practices and use of the proper safety equipment.
Ed Ritchie | October 27, 2013 |
Smart Trucks 2014 – Smart Trucks Enable Safe Drivers
Operators need every tool available to stay on top of driver and vehicle safety, so it’s not surprising that vehicle tracking and video systems are rising in popularity. Then too, we have advances in active braking technology. Indeed, there’s a wide array of equipment and technology, plus an abundance of technological terms to muddy up the waters. Most everyone has heard of GPS (global positioning system), but what about SaaS, DDR, IR, radar, HD video, and RCS? Too much jargon? Don’t panic. We’ll simplify things and explain the basics.
Construction Business Owner | September 1, 2011 |
4 Steps to Blind-Spot Safety
1. Inventory tools and their functions.
-A back-up alarm warns people who are in danger outside the vehicle.
-A camera/monitor extends the driver’s view behind the vehicle.
-An object detection system warns the driver of people or objects in the blind spot.
Utility Products | March 5, 2009 |
Is Backing Safety Your Blind Spot?
This is an all-too-familiar headline. A beautiful day for a walk can quickly turn into a day of tragedy when people and large trucks coexist in close vicinity. Accidents are bound to happen.
Unfortunately, this scene is replayed year-round. Large trucks must work around the general public to provide the services that make our lives better: waste removal, road construction, utility work, building improvements/construction, and many other services that require large trucks to travel in and around roads where people live, work, and play.