Remote Operator-to-Machine Communications Increases Safety

vermeer_gs09509601_8_pos_tethered_cc copyThis hand-held controller (pictured) was specifically engineered by GS Global Resources to meet an OEM’s specific application and industry needs.

Traditional directional drilling once applied in telecommunications, electric installation, oil, forced water, sewer lines and gas distribution now is crossing over to new applications every day.  This trend is driven in part by advantages of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and electronic control technology. HDD benefits include relatively short set-up time, with minimal labor requirements, using a small crew to operate the drilling rig.

As HDD machines become larger, operator visibility decreases, however. This creates potential safety concerns for operators and those working around the machine.

Secondary drive controls mounted in fixed locations provide some additional visibility. The restricted view was a major issue with respect to machine operation in ensuring that no hazards for machine or people would occur. But not until GS Global Resources (GSGR) introduction of tethered and wireless remote control systems were operators empowered to move freely around the machine.

Historically, machine operators worked controls within the cab to drive machines. With the introduction of GSGR’s hand-held tethered or wireless controllers, machine functions can now be activated or stopped while working outside of the machine.

GSGRs remote hand-held pendants give operators a safe, easy machine-control interface. With CAN communications technology, pendants now talk directly to machine-control systems. This allows machine operators the flexibility to control a machine from the driver’s seat or wherever they are located while holding the pendant.  The key aspect is the use of advanced electronic control systems utilizing tethered or radio remote control, which creates a safe machine for the operator and machine alike.