Based on the number of people attending the 7 a.m. start for “Preventing Catastrophic Events" (more info will be posted soon), safety continues to be a top issue in the hearts and minds of today’s elevator operations staff. Several "What’s New?" presentations followed that theme. Here is the second of three installments of "What's New?" coverage from the 2013 GEAPS Exchange:
All-weather railcar door operator
If you’ve not heard about the Wellman Rail Car Opener you probably will. If, like John Wellman, you’ve spent a few years in harsh weather wielding pry bars and sweet-talking stubborn rail car gates, you’d have wished for a better solution. Which is what Wellman says he’s created. Attached to a small tractor, able to work between most sets of multiple tracks, with what’s billed as an easy-to-use hydrostatic foot control, Wellman’s design slides under the car, slips into the gate and lets the tractor operator ease the gate open. Less stress, improved operator use and probably less sweet talk. Wellman operates out of Hampton, MN.
New hazard monitoring technology
Teeing up a new hazard monitor and a new bearing sensor tester as part of the new products they were rolling out, 4B Components senior VP Johnny Wheat and tech manager Brian Knapp discussed the company’s two “What’s New” selections. eView is their new cloud-based hazard monitoring system. It offers early detection of bearing problems, belt misalignment and other key anomalies that need to raise the hair on your operators’ necks. Because it works via the cloud, the information is available to anyone, anywhere with internet access. You’ll find more info at www.hazardmon.com, including some pretty slick reports and analytics. The bearing temperature sensor tester makes it easier to test your sensors, the company says. In a hand-held device, you pull the sensor, slide it into the tester and let it do its job. Its job is to heat the prove to 140 degrees F and make sure the warning system functions.
Dryer fire prevention
New technology certainly plays a role in keeping your people and property safe and sound. But never discount the value of water for suppressing fires. It comes as a deluge when you use the CDS system for grain dryers. This patent-pending system, which is built to fit most makes and models of grain dryers, will send a deluge of water down each column of grain in a dryer. The system sends high water volume on demand to suppress fires.
“It’s efficient, safe and helps minimize structural damage,” explained Wes Peterson, Custom Dryer Service, Frankfurt, IN.
More GEAPS coverage to come. Stay tuned.
If you missed Part 1, click here.