FLIR’s A315/A615 thermal imaging cameras

FLIR’s thermal imaging cameras were developed to produce clearer images with greater accuracy over long distances.

The FLIR A615 is a compact thermal imaging camera that is fully controlled by a PC. Due to its compliance standards, the FLIR A615 offers plug and play with third-party Machine Vision software such as National Instruments, Cognex, Matrox, MVtec and Stemmer all facilitated by GeniCam protocol compatibility.

FLIR’s A615 camera is equipped with an uncooled vanadium oxide (VoX) detector that aims to produce a crisp thermal image of 640 by 480 pixels. In addition to a high-speed infrared windowing option, the thermal image produces a clearer image than standard models.

Operators that do not require as high an image quality can opt for the A315, which produces thermal images of 320 by 240 pixels. 

Both models make temperature differences as small as 50 millikelvin clearly visible, while including a built in 25-degree lens with motorised focus and autofocus. The A315 offers a field of view and minimum focus distance of 25 by 18.8 degrees over 0.4 metres, in addition to a focal length of 18 millimetres. For those that require a greater scope of vision, the A615 conversely uses a range of field of views and focal lengths.

A solution for uncontrolled movement / vehicle rollaway – BRAKESAFE

“Anecdotally, on average one heavy vehicle Rollaway occurs every day in Australia. Of these incidents, one per week requires emergency services intervention. How does this happen? The driver forgets to- or does not apply the Parking Brake” (Dr Peter Hart (Chairman of ARTSA) – Prime Mover Article April 2018.

As seen on the news recently, Heavy Vehicle Rollaways are a common event- and they occur far more that what is reported.

Many people suffer serious and fatal injuries due to incidents involving the uncontrolled movement (Rollaway) of all types of heavy vehicles, including Tractors, Trucks, Buses, Forklifts, Tractors, Mobile Cranes, Earthmoving Equipment, Waste Vehicles, Sweepers, etc- and more.

In most incidents the predominant cause is where the Handbrake has not been engaged. Unfortunately, forgetting to apply the Handbrake is a terrifyingly easy mistake to make when exiting a vehicle. Add to this the risk of Rollaways when the driver uncouples the brake line or the air tank disengages the handbrake as it is pressurised during vehicle start.

Bus Safety Victoria-  Bus Rollaways research released 23 November 2016, in Victoria alone, 47 bus Rollaways have been reported since 2000 resulting in injuries and fatalities to drivers, passengers, damage to infrastructure, homes and vehicles.

But there is a solution – LSM Technologies’ internationally patented- BRAKESAFE- Handbrake Failsafe Technology that prevents Runaway / Rollaway accidents once and for all.

BrakeSafe will automatically apply the vehicle handbrake:

  • If a driver forgets.
  • Leaves the seat.
  • Opens the door.
  • If brakes are engaged due to air pressure loss, BrakeSafe will monitor release to prevent Rollaway during start- up.
  • Works with Ignition On or Off.
  • Provides audible and visual alerts.

In addition, BrakeSafe integrates to LSM Technologies’ FSM Fleet Safety Manager Telematics / Web Based System for alerting, reporting, analysis of events and compliance.

For more information, see the following links:

Also see LSM Technologies’ other Vehicle Safety Control Technologies:

Dressta TD-20M LA crawler dozer

Dressta TD-20M LA crawler dozers were made for all methods of waste disposal, tearing through ground cover and compacting over refuse. 

A variety of special attachments, including perforated side doors and track shoes with clean-out holes, ensure the machine is tailored to the landfilling industry, with the result protecting against contamination while ensuring an optimal performance. 

Semi-u or full-u blades equipped with a waste rack work to provide a smooth compaction, while the rack prevents unwanted materials, such as rods and wires, from entering the radiator area. In addition, centre clean-out holes in track shoes reduce the packing of materials between the sprocket and track chain bushings, which can cause accelerated wear of the track components. Striker bars also prevent debris from riding up the track and damaging fenders. 

The operator cab was designed with safety and comfort as key traits, while working to boost productivity. It can also be equipped with screens of the windows and cab lights to protect against damage. Large cab windows and a sloped hood provide an excellent view of the mounted equipment and an all-round viewing area. An audible and visual warning system also ensures safety is front of mind. 

Gradual turns are supported by a two-speed geared steering module, while keeping full power to both tracks, in addition to conventional clutch-brake performance for tight or pivot turns.

Cat 826K Landfill Compactor

The Cat 826K Landfill Compactor was designed for maximum safety and comfort, easy serviceability and a variety of applications. 

The new compactor boasts numerous production improvements, including three new wheel and tip configurations available to meet a particular application. This comprises a paddle tip for high performance and less fuel burn with more traction and weight, a plus tip for increased side slop stability and a combination tip of paddle and plus to maximise performance and fuel economy with side slope stability. An automatic engine and electrical system shutdown works to conserve more fuel, in addition to a lock-up torque converter. 

In terms of reliability, the compactor uses the fuel-efficient Cat C15 engine with ACERT Technology which works to offer a consistent performance, long life and low emissions. Engine regeneration for Tier4 Final is automatic and does not interrupt the machine’s work cycle. 

To maximise operator safety, a throttle lock maintains the engine speed which aims to reduce fatigue. Visibility has also been enhanced with an optional rearview camera, in addition to the VIMS 3G machine monitoring system, which helps to keep operators informed on machine conditions and operations. 

The compactor’s serviceability is supported by an electronics bay located inside the cab, which offers easy access in a controlled environment.

IVECO factory dual control systems

IVECO has offered a factory dual control system since 1992, providing refuse collection companies with an Australian-developed and factory-supported dual control steering set-up.

According to IVECO, unlike some manufacturers who retrofit their vehicles with products from after-market suppliers, the IVECO dual control system as fitted to the ACCO was developed in Australia to suit local conditions and extensively tried and tested in the field to ensure safety and reliability.

The IVECO-engineered dual control system offers a functional design, featuring a cross shaft and mitre box arrangement that does not require an additional steering box. The cabin dash is also duplicated with all the main controls conveniently located in the centre console.

Ease of operation is another key feature of the IVECO system with right-hand-side to left-hand-side drive actuated with the flick of a control switch and a pivoting ‘flip over’ transmission console.

As it’s developed in-house and installed along IVECO’s own local production line, the IVECO dual control system offers significant cost benefits compared to retrofitted systems. Other notable efficiencies arise at the time of maintenance or repair, with faster and more affordable access to parts and servicing via the IVECO dealer network.

LSM officially partners with Vision Techniques

LSM Technologies has added Vision Techniques- Vehicle Safety Solutions to its current portfolio of OH&S Solutions to help prevent accidents.

The technology works to save money and motivate best driver practice, bringing operators peace of mind and helping to protect equipment assets and the public.

Vision Techniques is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of vehicle safety technologies. For more than 30 years, the company has offered operators patented specialised Vehicle Safety Mitigation Controls to reduce the risk of collision, vehicle theft, vehicle runaways/rollaways, operator RFID control security and maximise fleet efficiency.

VT is the predominant provider of Safety Solution Technologies to the largest UK operators of waste collection, street sweepers, municipal councils, road construction and quarrying industries.

VT Sales Director Steven Hurd and Technical/Operations Manger Dave Smith visited LSM earlier this year, spending nearly two weeks providing the team with special guest training, product orientation and completing demo installations.

VT unique and specialised technologies expands its current portfolio of relevant OH&S Technologies and adds Safety Engineering Controls as:

  • Banksman: Reversing Auto Braking Radar (AEB) System.
  • Brake Safe: Anti-rollaway/ Runaway System.
  • IDent Drive Stop: utilised for Machine Isolation/Anti-theft/Handbrake Failsafe System
  • IDent RFID Controls: unauthorised Control Operation system – e.g Brake release/Compacter Operation, etc.
  • Stop Safe: Controlled Stop Braking System.
  • Many other specialised Vehicle Safety System Solutions.
  • TurnSafe: Cyclist/Pedestrian Detection and Alarm Systems.

Polystar’s recycling technology

Polystar’s technology addresses the issue of plastic recycling by offering a range of one-step machines designed for the reprocessing of polyethylene and polypropylene flexible packaging material.

Polystar machines are designed to be simple to operate and easy to maintain, all the while taking up minimal space and time. Their output comes in the form of high-quality plastic pellets that can be fed straight back into the manufacturing process, saving on raw material costs as well as on waste disposal.

This pelletising system – with its integrated cutter compactor – eliminates the need for pre-cutting in most cases and ensures the material spends less time in the extrusion process to minimise degradation. This means that the final product will be of the highest quality and the material properties will not be affected.

In addition to the double degassing in the first extrude, the venting area – the connection between the first and second extruder – serves as a third degassing section (optional) to further remove the ink and extra humidity level from the material.

The unvented extruder has a very short screw L:D ratio, in which the material travels in the extruder for the shortest time and distance. This results in minimal change in material property and higher output comparing to vented extruder.

Furthermore, the re-positioning of filtration before degassing ensures a superior degassing effect, producing high quality pellets from heavily printed material.

Applied Machinery Managing Director David Macdonald said manufacturers who want an easy, efficient solution to plastic film recycling now have the opportunity with Polystar recycling machines.

“Polystar requires less space and energy consumption whilst producing high quality plastic pellets, which are immediately reusable. The Polystar machines are a must get for companies that are serious about plastic film recycling,” Mr Macdonald said.

Polystar is a Taiwanese-based company that now has machines operating in 102 countries.

“Applied Machinery is proud to have been appointed a distributor for Polystar machines. We are confident that the product will appeal to manufacturers looking to effectively recycle their plastic film waste, and provide those manufacturers with a competitive advantage in the market place,” Mr Macdonald said.

Applied Machinery recently celebrated 25 years in business and, in addition to Polystar, represents a large range of other premium machinery manufacturers including Yawei, Genox, Hurco, Cosen, Chen Hsong, Alfarobot, Hermle, Akyapak, Pro-Plas, Hyundai-WIA and Kitamura.

TOMRA Finder

TOMRA Sorting, an industry leader in sensor based sorting systems, has developed the TOMRA Finder to recover high purity metal fractions.

Through a combination of new hardware, such as smaller resolution electromagnetic sensors and finer valve pitches, together with sophisticated new software packages such as intelligent object recognition, the new TOMRA Finder offers users improved product purity together with reduced air consumption.

The TOMRA Finder is available with a range of new features designed to maximise recovery performance and benefits to users. Among the new hardware features, the new EM4 electromagnetic sensor offers a choice of two sensor resolutions which allow the Finder 4 to detect metal objects down to a particle size of one to two millimetres.

The introduction of new, more robust, valve blocks with reduced response times and a much finer valve pitch significantly improves the ability to eject small objects, while also reducing material overshoot. 

These features combine to improve product purity by up to 15 per cent, while reducing air consumption. The TOMRA Finder also permits the automatic testing of each valve on the machine with the benefit of identifying any valve which is found to be defective.

Another new feature, adaptive belt calibration, allows the TOMRA Finder to continuously check for permanent metal inclusions in the belt, thereby reducing misfires, optimising product quality and enhancing sorting stability.

STADLER ballistic separator

With increasing demand being placed upon material purity, the STADLER ballistic separator is the ideal machine for cleaning up paper and plastics.

With more than 750 ballistic separators sold to date, STADLER is one of the worldwide market leaders for these low maintenance machines. 

The ballistic separator operates on the principle of six or eight inclined screening paddles that rotate offset from each other. This allows for trouble free sorting of materials into three different fractions, without the downtime associated with disc screens.

The machine works by allowing rolling and heavy materials, including hollow bodies, plastic bottles, stones, wood, cans and steel sections to be dropped out towards the low end of the screening deck. Flat and light materials, such as paper and cardboard, are transported upwards. The screened fraction allows for various sizes to be separated with the paddle perforation. In the case of paper, this can significantly reduce any residual glass.

One of the key features includes patented pivoting frame with tilt adjustment, meaning there is no need to tilt the entire machine. Another key feature is optimal material distribution to any subsequent optical sorting machines, such as near-infrared sorters, while bolt-on screens can be replaced individually. The machine also features dirt and wrapping protected shafts, large maintenance openings – both above and below the working area and stadler patented stacking function that facilitates multi-level sorting of different particle sizes.

Ecostar’s Hextra Screen takes to the road

Since arriving in Australia three months ago, the mobile Ecostar Hextra Dynamic Screen has been rolling through demonstrations on compost and other problematic waste streams. According to sole distributor CSS Equipment, the demos have shown Ecostar to be economical, fast, and a highly flexible resource recovery tool.

Making quick work of wet sticky compost and green waste in Melbourne, Woollongong and Sydney, the demonstrations have highlighted the effectiveness of the machine’s patented non-wrapping and non-clogging technology on this difficult waste stream.

CSS Equipment’s Neil Coyle said the speedy and flexible Ecostar mobile screen recently headed to Queensland to prove itself again on problematic scrap metal shredder flock.

“CSS Equipment Recycling Solutions is proud to be the sole distributor of Ecostar manufactured equipment in Australia, including and not limited to Ecostar dynamic screens,” Mr Coyle said.

“Purchase or book demonstrations of all Ecostar manufactured machinery directly with CSS Equipment to receive the benefit of the Ecostar warranty and spare parts service.”