New compact in-cab inclinometer improves safety and reduces risk of accidents during tipping
JOST have introduced a new range of Edbro inclinometers designed to bring improved levels of safety to tipping operations. The inclinometer constantly monitors the angle of the rear end of the tipper and stops its operation if a dangerous angle is being reached.
The tipping angle is measured constantly while a simple in-cab control unit allows the driver to monitor the operation. The unit also highlights when the truck may be on an uneven or inclined surface, which could compromise the safety of tipping operations.
The provision of accurate information takes the pressure off the driver, who can make informed decisions about tipping based on real data.
An automatic lock-out function can be installed on the tipping mechanism to prevent actuation beyond identified danger points. This obliges the driver to lower the body and reposition the vehicle on more even ground before recommencing tipping.
Edbro set this safety angle at 3°, just below the point of instability for some tippers. However, a manager’s key is also provided, so that this angle can be adjusted in conjunction with advice from the trailer builder.
Significantly more compact than previous designs, the control unit features a clear, high-visibility LED display and measures 106mm x 67mm x 22mm, allowing it to fit unobtrusively into most cabs. With an IP52 environmental protection rating, the unit is dust and splash proof, and able to withstand the rigours of life in a truck cab.
The inclinometer has a measuring range from 0° to 9.9°, while its accuracy and repeatability are both 0.1°. The sensor unit measures 110mm x 55mm x 25mm and, along with its connectors, is IP69K rated, meaning it is protected against the harshest environmental conditions, bad weather and high-pressure washdowns.
It can run on either a 12V or 24V supply and is supplied as a full kit including the display unit with mounting bracket, the sensor unit, a cut-off valve, power/valve cable, sensor cable, trailer cable, fuse, manager’s key, all the required fastenings, and multi-language fitting instructions.
Peter Smith, sales director for JOST UK, said: ‘Images of trucks that have rolled over because they have become unstable due to an excessive tipping angle are absolutely haunting. By providing accurate information and pre-emptive warnings, our new inclinometer eliminates the need for the driver/operator to rely on guesswork.
‘As such, it will be a significant contribution to tipper safety and efficient operation. It should prove popular with both installers and drivers because it is more compact, easier to fit and simpler to use than many alterative solutions.’