Vehicle manufacturer JCB has launched an automatic proximity braking safety device, developed in collaboration with FCC Environment.
The JCB Proximity Braking System (PBS) sounds an alarm and applies the vehicle’s brakes if a person enters a pre-set exclusion zone around the machine.
The system automatically puts the vehicle into neutral and applies the parking brake.
An on-site pedestrian is also warned of the danger of a moving machine via a vibrating transponder attached to his hard hat.
The PBS is offered as an option on JCB’s flagship wheeled loader, the 19-tonne JCB 457. The company is planning to roll out the feature to the rest of its wheeled loader range.
Paul Stokes, FCC head of safety, health, environment and quality, said: “We identified a need to reduce the risk of accidents in relation to our mobile plant and approached potential partners with an auto-braking concept.
“It is this concept where JCB went the extra mile to develop the PBS for us. We are delighted that this system is now available to the rest of our sector and beyond.”
FCC has previously worked with Ongrade on the SiteZone proximity warning system. Powerday was also involved in developing Ongrade’s equipment.