Prestigious Infrarail health and safety award for Prolec’s tandem lift solution
Safety systems specialist Prolec picked up the prestigious Infrarail show health and safety award with its innovative tandem lifting option for its Liftwatch Rail technology.
With the Infrarail awards highly respected across the rail industry, Prolec is delighted to have secured the coveted award for health and safety, and to have prevailed over nine other nominated contenders in this category.
The company’s Liftwatch Rail technology (now Rail Pro) recently received European type approval and is the only safety control solution with this accreditation. The award was presented at an evening gala ceremony hosted by acclaimed music impresario Pete Waterman and was collected by Gareth Evans, Prolec’s rail industry specialist.
“It’s a testament to our hard work over the past two years ensuring our Rail Safety Products are as safe as possible.
“This includes type approving the Liftwatch Rail system and developing this solution to a problem with an operation that has presented challenges for many years. With this insightful industry recognition, we now look forward to developing our products further to maintain Prolec’s lead as the Safety Innovator.”
Tandem lifting is an increasingly common rail maintenance application where two machines work together. Without unified control the risk potential arises when one machine is motion-cut by its rated capacity controller due to overload, and can then pull its partner machine over.
Prolec’s tandem lifting module is an option for its successful Liftwatch Rail product. It deploys a secure data link to combine the safety systems on two independent machines, enabling operation in concert to maximise safety by ensuring that hydraulic motion cuts are invoked concurrently on both machines.
"Type approval certification is a notoriously protracted, time-consuming and costly process. But our successful certification last September for tandem lifting adds to the range of critical real-life applications that Prolec customers can deploy with confidence.
"As the market leader, it’s only right that we deliver a certified solution to keep equipment and operators safe – and it seems the industry agrees!”