Category Archives: Transport

New TS Distributor for Scandinavia

Transport Support are very please to announce that Trailtec AB are now a distributor for Transport Support Products in Scandinavia. A massive thank you to Stefan Strömstedt and his team for their hospitality during Kris Cunliffe’s (UK Sales Manager) recent visit. The future is very promising…

  

Brålandsvägen 52
444 60 Stora Höga
Sweden

Stefan Strömstedt 0703400376

Oscar Josefsson 0703400310

stefan.stromstedt@trailtec.se

Oscar.josefsson@trailtec.se

 

TS gains CHAS Safety Accreditation

As part of our ongoing commitment to health and safety, Transport Support are very pleased to announce that we have just gained our CHAS Safety accreditation. All of our engineers already hold Quarry Safety Passports and have undertaken various safety training courses.

TS CHAS accreditation Certificate  2017/18

New TS Tip Guard – Body Raised Warning System

 

Transport Support is pleased to announce the launch of a new body raised warning system that has been designed to prevent tipper vehicles (or vehicle that can raise parts of the body) from driving with the tipper body raised and colliding with bridges and other overhead obstacles.

Overview:

  • Prevents tipper body from being raised above a preset speed limit.
  • Indicates to the driver if the tipper body is raised with an audible/visual warning at all times.
  • Sounds a very loud audio/visual warning if the vehicle exceeds a preset speed limit with the tipper body raised and prevents the tipper from being raised further.
  • Prevents accidental activation of the tipping system.

Below is some footage taken from one of our Mobile DVR camera systems in a customers truck that actually collided with a motorway bridge after driving off with the tipper body fully raised. Luckily nobody was injured in this accident.

Here is another video highlighting the problem…

The TS Body Raised Warning system consists of a small ECU that is mounted under the dash in the driver’s cab. There is a dash mounted push button switch with built-in buzzer and LED that allows the driver to activate the system and give them feedback on body raised position and also if the vehicle is driving above the preset speed limit with the tipper body raised. The vehicles speed signal is monitored by the ECU and body position (i.e. raised or fully lowered) is detected by an inductive proximity sensor mounted on the chassis beneath the tipper body. Finally, the ability to lock the tipping system and warn the driver is provided by a sealed pneumatic solenoid valve that interrupts the tipping control airline and a 100db talking sounder mounted under the cab’s dash with the message “WARNING! TIPPER BODY RAISED!”.

TS Tip Guard Kit

The system operates as follows:

  1. When the vehicle is moving at less than 5mph* the driver will need to press the button on the dash to activate the tipper cut-off valve – This means there are now two buttons that must be pressed before the tipper body can be raised 1) Dash button 2) The PTO switch on the vehicle. (*Note: This speed can be adjusted)
  2. Once the button has been pressed the LED on the button will light solid to indicate that the system is active. This can only be done when the vehicle is moving at less than 5mph (or whatever maximum speed the system has been set to).
  3. The driver can now raise the tipper body as normal. As soon as the tipper body is raised off the chassis it will be sensed by the proximity sensor and the LED on the dash-mounted button will flash and a buzzer will sound with a “beep, beep” tone to indicate to the driver that the tipper body is raised.
  4. If the tipper body is raised and the vehicle starts to exceed 5mph a very loud talking sound will be activated with the spoken message “WARNING! TIPPER BODY RAISED!!!” and at this point, the tipper cut-off valve will switch off to prevent the tipper body from being raised upwards any further. It will only allow the tipper body to be lowered. The alarm will only switch off once the tipper body has been fully lowered back down onto the chassis.
  5. The system will not allow the tipper body to be raised if the vehicle is moving at or greater than 5mph*. The system prevents this by shutting off the tipper cut-off valve.
  6. The speed switch can be adjusted to activate at any speed required. However, this is not accessible to the driver and is not designed to be adjusted once the system has been installed on a vehicle.
  7. The system will fail safe in that it must be powered to unlock the tipper cut off valve and the valve is powered to open. If power is cut or disconnected the tipper body will not raise.

The Transport Support Tip Guard Body Raised Warning system creates an interlock with the vehicle that directly locks out the tipping system at a preset speed and also gives a clear warning that cannot be missed if the vehicle is driven with the tipper body raised.

For UK Sales contact sales@transpportsupport.co.uk or 01204368111

Transport Support launches new Driver Fatigue Warning System

TS Driver Fatigue Monitor

Transport Support is please to announce the launch of a new Driver Fatigue Warning system that actively tracks the eyes and facial features of the driver to detect the early signs of driver fatigue. Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realise that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing.

It’s nearly impossible to determine with certainty the cause of a fatal crash where drowsy driving is suspected. However, there are a number of clues at a crash scene that tell investigators that the person fell asleep at the wheel. For example, drowsy driving accidents usually involve only one vehicle where the driver is alone and the injuries tend to be serious or fatal. Also, skid marks or evidence of other evasive maneuvers are usually absent from the drowsy driving crash scene.

Definitions of drowsy driving or driver fatigue rely on how the concept of “fatigue” is defined. Fatigue is a general term commonly used to describe the experience of being “sleepy,” “tired,” “drowsy,” or “exhausted.” While all of these terms have different meanings in research and clinical settings, they tend to be used interchangeably in the traffic safety and transportation fields.

Sleepiness or Fatigue Causes the Following:

  • Impaired reaction time, judgment and vision
  • Problems with information processing and short-term memory
  • Decreased performance, vigilance and motivation
  • Increased moodiness and aggressive behaviours

The new Driver Fatigue Warning System from Transport Support detects these signs and gives and audio/visual alarm to the driver to alert them of their fatigued state. If they continue to drive and show signs of fatigue the system will continue to alarm. The system also features an output port which can be used to trigger external warning devices and telematics systems so that driver fatigue and alerts can be remotely monitored.

Its compact dimensions of only 92x24x46mm and 80g means that it can easily be mounted into almost any vehicle on 12 or 24v.

Drivers normally aren’t aware that they are fatigued until the actual accident happens. One of the most important functions of the early warning system is to let the drivers understand they are actually in fatigue driving and increase their alertness level. Once the system detects the driver is under fatigue driving, it will send a warning signal immediately to the driver based on PERCLOS (A Valid Psycho-physiological Measure of Alertness) analysis.

Under some circumstances, a driver probably will fall in sleep suddenly due to fatigue driving; the early warning system will make a sharp and loud sound to wake the driver at that critical time.

For further details of the Driver Fatigues Warning System visit http://www.transportsupport.co.uk/product/ts-driver-fatigue-monitor-dfm2/

Not all Reversing Camera Systems are created equal

There is a vast array of reversing camera systems on the market and a quick Google search will bring up hundreds of results but how do you know if the kit you’re buying has the good build quality and is reliable? There is a huge difference in fitting a reversing camera system to a car or motorhome and fitting one to an HGV or aggregates tipper. It is often a false economy when buying a cheap camera system on eBay only to find that after a few months it has failed and is now costing you hundreds of pounds in downtime and there is no technical backup.

What makes a good heavy duty camera system?

The most important consideration is the cameras waterproof rating (IP Rating) and only an  IP69K rating is truly waterproof as this rating guarantees that the camera can withstand high pressure and high-temperature water jets from pressure washers and steam cleaners. The TS HD range of cameras are tested for water resistance with 80ºC water jets at 100bar pressure. Many cameras on the market are shown as “waterproof” to IP67 or IP68 but over time these will start to let in water causing the lens to fog up and total failure of the camera.

Example of fogged camera

 

The materials that are used in the construction of the camera and external connections is also very important. A lot of generic cameras are manufactured out of very low-cost materials with little attention to quality control. Often made of low-quality alloy’s (pot metal), the cameras will quickly deteriorate and corrode when exposed to salt spray and stone chips. Low-quality cameras use non-tempered glass or even plastic to cut costs, making them very susceptible to damage and scratching giving blurred images, particularly in bright sunlight. Our HD cameras are manufactured with high quality ‘stay clean’ type mineral glass which is very strong, scratch resistant and even resistant to harsh cleaning chemicals. The casings on our cameras are solid aluminium with a baked on corrosion resistant coating.

How can a camera have a hole in it for the microphone and still keep the waterproof rating?

The simple answer is that most cameras with a microphone can’t and this is a major weak point when it comes to water resistance. Reliably being able to hear what is happening at the back of a reversing vehicle can be a very important safety feature but low price, low quality camera manufacturers simply glue a microphone up against a small hole in the casing and hope for the best! Over time, water and salt can corrode the microphone and then water will penetrate the casing. The TS16HD reversing camera features a true waterproof microphone which is achieved by recessing the microphone into the casing by 10mm which deflects most of the high-pressure water and dirt. It is then sealed from the elements with a specially designed silicone membrane which is isolated from the interior of the camera casing with a separate silicone seal that water cannot get past.  Our reversing cameras also have a built-in heater which ensures the internal components remain at a stable temperature so they are not affected in freezing conditions and will not ice up.

 

TS16HD Camera

 

The back of a aggregates tipper is not a good place to mount a sophisticated piece of electronics with hundreds of delicate components and optics, that is why vibration and shock testing is so important. Constant vibrations from a vehicle can weaken the internal connections and is one of the reasons why cameras and monitors fail when in use on HGV’s and tippers. We have extensively tested our camera systems against vibration and high G impacts. Our HD cameras are tested to 30G continuous vibration and can withstand over 100G shock while our monitors are tested to 20G, so we can be confident that they will stand up to the harshest conditions. Unlike many other manufacturers monitors, Transport Support’s HD Monitors are also IP rated to prevent moisture and dust from getting in.

What about Lens and Picture quality?

You will often see CMOS, CDD, HAD, 1/4″, 1/3″, TVL etc shown on spec sheets for reversing cameras but what is the best and what should you be looking for?

  • CCD sensors, as mentioned above, create high-quality, low-noise images. CMOS sensors, traditionally, are more susceptible to noise.
  • Because each pixel on a CMOS sensor has several transistors located next to it, the light sensitivity of a CMOS chip tends to be lower. Many of the photons hitting the chip hit the transistors instead of the photodiode.
  • CCD sensors have been mass produced for a longer period of time, so they are more mature. They tend to have higher quality and more pixels.

Based on these differences, you can see that CCD’s tend to be used in cameras that focus on high-quality images with lots of pixels and excellent light sensitivity. CMOS sensors traditionally have lower quality, lower resolution, and lower sensitivity.

The bigger the CCD sensor the better it will be at creating high quality, clear images as it will have more surface area to capture the image data. This is why we have opted for 1/3″ Sony Super HAD CCD sensors in all our TS HD range of cameras giving them superior image quality and low light sensitivity.

The TS16HD reversing camera features 16 high powered infrared (IR) LED for longer range night vision and unlike similar looking side view cameras, our TS45HD also has night vision capabilities with 4 built-in IR LED’s.

Our image resolution is also higher than average at 700 TV lines (TVL) with a 130º field of view unlike many cameras that are only 420 TVL and around 100º Feild of view.

At Transport Support we believe in the quality and durability of our vehicle reversing camera systems and after years or R&D and thorough testing, we can be confident in our product and back it with a 3-year warranty. We have the experience, knowledge and technical back-up to assist you in choosing the right camera system for your blind spot application.

 www.transportsupport.co.uk

TSafe now for ADT rollover protection

TSafe on A40 ADT

Our latest TSafe tipper stability system is now available with software specifically for use on off road articulated dump trucks (ADT’s) to help prevent rollover incidents and give the operator control of the machines tipping angle.  The TSafe is a fully digital solid state inclinometer system that continually monitors the ADT’s chassis angle and alerts the driver when an unsafe camber is reached. The system gives an angle reading in both axis, pitch (front/rear) and roll (left/right)  with a 0.1º resolution and can be set to alarm limits with the tipper skip raised and lowered.

The alarm angle is factory set to 6º with the skip raised and 9º when it is lowered but can be adjusted up to a maximum of 23º. This triggers an audio visual waring inside the cab and also prevents the skip from being raised when the alarm sound thus keeping the centre of gravity low to help prevent an overturn.

TSafe requires very little operator input and features a management PIN code as well as a number of failsafe and anti tamper devices. The system also features a newly developed data recording function which acts like a ‘black-box’ recorder and in the event of an incident the built in SD card can be interrogated to display all parameters and status of the vehicles angle against a time and date stamp.

Please feel free to contact me directly for further information on TSafe and how it can be used in different applications. Details can also be found at http://www.transportsupport.co.uk/product/tsafe

UK Manufacturer seeks European agents

Transport Support are one of Europe’s leading designers and manufacturers of vehicle and site safety equipment and are situated in the UK. We offer a comprehensive range of electronic safety devices and associated services, providing complete technical solutions within the quarrying, aggregate, haulage and agricultural industries. Our products are recognised and adopted by many of the largest aggregate companies and are shipped worldwide.

In order to develop our business strategy we are very much focussed on expanding our sales activities and exposure in other European countries. We are looking to hear from Agents or Partners who have a wealth of expertise in these industries that can help achieve our goals. The countries of interest are as follows:-

  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • France
  • Spain / Portugal
  • Germany
  • Nordic countries

Please reply to the UK Director, Mr Philip Gordon on pgordon@transportsupport.co.uk, we look forward to hearing from you……

Preventing Tipper Rollovers

Matthew Taylor TSafe Header

It has been known for many years that the overturning of tipper vehicles has been a major problem within the aggregate transport industry and whilst health and safety guidelines have been issued, and tilt table tests undertaken, it is still the driver at the end of the day who has full responsibility and control during the tipping process.

A cross slope of as little as 5 degrees can be enough to cause a tipper to overturn and this risk is increased when in conjunction with other factors such as cross winds, load type, uneven loading, wear and tear on the chassis/suspension. It is therefore vital that the ground is as level as possible before tipping commences and that the driver is alerted to dangerous cross slopes.  Here are some examples highlighting the dangers of tipper overturns.                             .

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd47XU1h_ZAzSJd6ae9Bo9z6pkpfQXLx0

Inclinometer Systems are designed to provide drivers of tipper vehicles with a cost effective solution to the problem of vehicle overturns by taking the guesswork out of tipping and providing a clear indication of the vehicles angle before tipping takes place.

TSafe Inclinometer SystemTSafe Tipper Safety System

 Transport Support has been an industry leader in the design and manufacture of specialised Inclinometer systems for use on tipping vehicles and trailers for over 15 years. Our new TSafe Inclinometer is a modular safety system that combines all the best features and technology from our range of top selling vehicle safety products. TSafe was designed to address three main safety concerns when tipping…

  • Unsafe vehicle angle.
  • Contact with overhead high voltage power lines.
  • Driving with the tipper body raised.

TSafe can be an Inclinometer, a high voltage overhead cable detector or both, combined with wireless capability and full event data recording. The TSafe display has a fully touch control 3.5″ back-lit screen and a built in spoken audio voice warning and features a new two axis inclinometer sensor that can monitor the vehicles angle left to right and front to back up to a maximum of 23 degrees in 0.1 degree increments, to enable the TSafe system to be used on almost any type of vehicle from a small tipper to a large quarry dump truck. We have also incorporated a body raised sensor which allows separate alarm angles to be programmed for body up or down positions as well as a body raised warning. The system has detailed event logging which records all alarm warnings, parameter and setting against a time and date stamp. In the event that an incident did happen then this data can be reviewed just like a black box flight recorder. TSafe will give audio/visual warnings to the driver before a potential rollover situation occurs and can also prevent the tipper body from being raised through the use of a tipper cut-off valve if an unsafe vehicle angle is detected.

TS Mast Mounted Camera

TS Inclinometers are also normally used in conjunction with one of our all round vision 5 camera systems which can be an aid to safe tipping when a mast mounted camera looking into the tipper body will give the driver a clear view of the load as it is discharged and allow them to identify when a load is unevenly distributed or sticking in the body. We also recommend using a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) with one of our camera kits to give up to 1 months storage of all CCTV images.

The Key Points to Safe Tipping 

  • The cross slope must be less than 5 degrees.
  • Suitable weather conditions – Check for high cross winds and frozen/wet loads.
  • Tractor & Trailer should be inline.
  • Check that the body has been loaded correctly and the load is evenly distributed.
  • Visual check for overhead obstructions such as power lines which can be difficult to spot.
  • Regular maintenance of the vehicle and trailer – It should be inspected daily for defects, particularly in the tipping gear, suspension and tyres.
  • Never shunt the vehicle or drive off with the body raised.
  • Do not raise the tipper body too quickly particularly if there is a substantial volume of load remaining in the body.
  • Check that the tailgate is open and functioning correctly.

For further information on tipping safety and advise on how this equipment can help prevent tipper overturns, please contact Transport Support on +44(0)1204 368111 or visit www.transportsupport.co.uk

New 300mm High Intensity Traffic Light Heads

300mm Red LED Traffic Light head remote controlled

This is an example of one of our bespoke remotely controlled solar powered traffic lights. These particular lights where for a large factory site where they will be used to stop traffic crossing a loading yard when forklifts are operating. These lights are fitted with our new 300mm super bright LED heads which are also available in Green, Amber, Arrows, Crosses, Crossing Man  etc. We specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke traffic light systems for almost any application.

Coming Soon! The new HVDS Mk2 High Voltage Overhead Cable Detector

The new High Voltage Detection System (HVDS) MkII from Transport Support is a further development of our highly successful HVDS range and incorporates our latest high voltage detection technology from our newly developed TSafe system.

High Voltage Detection System HVDS Mk2

The new HVDS has improved sensitivity, greater interference rejection, wide input voltage range and much greater sensitivity setting range. Like our TSafe system, the new HVDS features a signal strength meter to give the operator an indication of proximity to a detected overhead power line.

We are currently in the final testing phase of the development and will be realising the new kit in the next 6-8 weeks. A limited number of Beta sample versions are available for trails. Please contact our sales team for further information.