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Crane-mounted camera

Developer of HoistCam remote camera monitoring systems announces the Low Profile HC140 (Gen3) model for applications where camera mounting is critical for viewing the load. The design was achieved by relocating the camera connector so it attaches at the Video Transmission Box. With new 360-degree rotation, camera orientation can be directed to the exact perspective the operator requires. If the crane’s hook block is located 90 degrees to the left, for example, the lens can be oriented 90 degrees to the right so the view of the camera on the monitor is correct. Or, HC140 developers note, when mounted on other types of equipment, such as a rubber tire gantry or straddle carrier, it is possible to orient the camera for a view of the spreader bar pins.

When the application changes, the operator can readjust perspective by manually loosening a screw, adjusting camera orientation, and re-tightening the screw. Further increasing the flexibility is a unique magnetic mounting system allowing the camera to be installed at various locations on the lifting equipment as needed for the best possible view of the load. Other HC140 improvements are an upgraded camera, delivering wide angles and infrared illuminators for nighttime viewing. A higher quality housing and nitrogen filled enclosure provides the HC140 with an IP69K rating for optimum performance when fully submerged in water or when working in high operating temperatures.

“Our customers were asking for a camera solution for complicated load handling scenarios. On its own, the HC140 (Gen3) offers that flexibility, which is further maximized when the setup is customized for unique situations, such as having multiple units feed to a single split screen or when special power supply requirements, such as solar generated power, must be met,” says Netarus Chief Technology Officer Chris Machut.

Optional remote monitoring and recording with HoistCam Director enables managers to view and manage plants or jobsites from afar. Information about current real-time job progression improves work flow and communication with other contractors. The device is also useful for risk management and accident investigation, and transfers video and images to a mobile digital video recorder, which captures and stores data from up to eight cameras. — Netarus LLC, Norfolk, Va., www.hoistcam.com