UK based, GKD Technologies designs electronic sensor technology and software for use as safety warning devices to protect people, machines and equipment in construction, earth moving and rail industries.
The company has recently upgraded its GKD 2RCi rated capacity load indicator, which is designed to be retrofitted onto hydraulic backhoe 360° excavators. The indicator increases safety during lifting operations. All lifting equipment and excavators have a specified safe working load, stated by the manufacturer, to safeguard both the operator and the machine. The system can be fitted to single or two-piece boom machines and is designed to satisfy regulation regarding use of excavators as a crane.
The 2RCi is a flexible safety system which in its basic form is a simple load indicator – but can easily be configured to incorporate height and slew monitoring. The 2RCi is also available with intelligent motion cut facilities to control the safe movement of height, slew and or load.
In response to changing requirements, especially for Highway construction, this latest version offers the option of a ‘Virtual Wall’ function.
The virtual wall or envelope control function can be programmed to the safe parameters of the machine’s required working area, working in conjunction with the slew and height control – this prevents the excavators boom operating outside its safe-zone. This function increases the usability of the machine and allows for optimization of the ‘working area’. Should the machine approach its pre-set limit an external audible alarm will warn the operator. The optional intelligent motion-cut, if installed, will stop the machine and only allow safe movement.
In addition to the rated capacity indicator functions and the virtual wall, the 2RCI provides added benefits to the user, with digging depth indication, which helps to reduce over-digging of trenches. Height limiting also allows the operator to operate in restricted headroom areas.
The 2RCi uses a compact fully responsive touch-screen display which is operator friendly and less complicated than other load capacity indicators on the market. The 4.3 inch, high brightness LCD touch screen provides the operator with an easy to read graphical interface.
The system also has the option of a data logging function which updates at 1-second intervals – rental companies find this function very useful to monitor their machines.
GKD Technologies will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Intermat exhibition in Paris in the British Pavilion, hosted by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association), Hall 6. GKD Technologies are actively seeking overseas distribution partners.