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SafeGauge to continue ELW journey with launch of MultiTool Pro at IMARC

SafeGauge, which has a goal to eliminate live work (ELW) in heavy industries, such as mining, defence, construction, agriculture and oil & gas through the use of wireless/Bluetooth testing solutions, is set to unveil a new product at next week’s IMARC event, in Sydney, Australia, that, it says, promises to elevate vehicle maintenance to unprecedented levels of efficiency and effectiveness.

The MultiTool Pro allows technicians to connect to 12 SafeTest gauges simultaneously, from up to 100 m away. SafeGauge has a range of SafeTest Pressure Transducers (PT Series), Dial Indicators (DI Series) and Tachometers (TM Series), which, it says, are the go-to solutions for heavy industry applications.

The intuitive ‘plug-and-play’ touchscreen on the MultiTool Pro interface comes packed with a host of new features, including data-logging and graphing, with the ability to generate comprehensive reports that can be exported and shared via in-built cloud connectivity, according to the company.

Fit for heavy-duty applications, it comes with a rugged IP68 designed casing, with attached stylus pen.

Luke Dawson, Managing Director at SafeGauge, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of IMARC 2023 and share our latest innovations with industry professionals. SafeGauge is dedicated to transforming the landscape of heavy vehicle maintenance, and our wireless testing solutions are a testament to our commitment to safety, efficiency and innovation.”

By eliminating the need for technicians to work in close proximity to operational heavy vehicles (inside the machine footprint) through the use of such tools, SafeGauge says it ensures both the safety of technicians and the efficiency of maintenance procedures.

SafeGauge live testing solutions to be distributed in South Africa by Booyco

SafeGauge is looking to address the hazardous and time consuming task of live testing mining vehicles and equipment with its range of digital testing systems, which will now be distributed in South Africa by Booyco Electronics.

According to Graeme Jardine, Booyco Electronics’ Chief Sales Officer, the SafeGauge range aligns closely with Booyco’s safety focus.

“As the mining industry works towards zero harm in the workplace, mines are always on the lookout for technologies that can make their sites safer,” Jardine said. “SafeGauge helps to achieve this strategic goal by addressing an important area of maintenance: live testing.”

This refers to the testing of large equipment like articulated dump trucks, rigid frame dump trucks, LHDs and hydraulic shovels while they are running, to generate vital data on the machines’ condition. Jardine notes that this is traditionally conducted with hoses and handheld gauges, to test variables such as pressure, fan speed and wear on rotating equipment such as slew bearings. The practice often involves maintenance staff being in close proximity to an idling machine, working near high pressures and rotating components.

“By introducing the Safegauge sensors and products which are fitted to large equipment with quick couplers or magnets, the necessary readings and measurements can be taken from a distance of up to 50 m,” Jardine explains. “This removes the personnel from any hazardous areas where they might, for instance, be positioned in crush zones of unplanned movement.”

This wireless monitoring system not only allows workers to test live machines from a safe distance, but it also does it up to seven times quicker, according to the company. This translates directly into less downtime, which improves the productivity of mobile plant.

“The innovations by SafeGauge eliminate the need for hoses and gauges when conducting tests on running machines, and this eliminates the risks associated with traditional handheld gauges, such as the dangers of overpressure causing hose or gauge bursts,” Jardine says. “Instead, SafeGauge provides compact and portable kits that can be easily transported to the site or used in a workshop.”

The Workshop Kit, for example, has up to seven connectable transducers for measuring pressure. Jardine notes that the SafeGauge Field Service Kit has been particularly popular as an all-in-one kit for field technicians, and includes a dial indicator for wear measurement and two pressure transducers for pressure measurement.

“In our engagement with markets in South African and north of our borders, customers have been enthusiastic about putting SafeGauge to work,” Jardine says. “They have also been impressed by how easy it is to use the equipment, with just a relatively short induction.”

He highlights that the technological advancement of the SafeGauge range makes it a suitable addition to Booyco Electronics’ offering – as it leverages the Jet Park company’s depth of electronic and digital expertise.

“Our established resources and market footprint equip us well to support SafeGauge in South Africa, and we look forward to the prospect of taking these solutions into other parts of Africa,” Jardine says.