Earlier this year, Netarus LLC, maker of the HoistCam™ remote camera monitoring systems, announced the Low Profile HC140 (Gen3) camera for applications where placement of the camera is critical for viewing the load. “An upgraded camera with a new connection point and 360 degree lens rotation provides the operator the flexibility to position and orient the view at virtually any angle that suits the needs of the application,” said Chris Machut, CTO.
The lower profile design was achieved by relocating the connector for the camera so that it attaches at the Video Transmission Box (VTB). With new 360-degree rotation, the camera orientation can be directed to the exact perspective needed by the operator. For example, if the crane’s hook block is located 90-degrees to the left, the lens can be oriented 90-degrees to the right so the view of the camera on the monitor is in the correct orientation. Or, 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 pins on the spreader bar.
When the application changes, the operator can readjust the camera’s perspective by manually loosening a screw on the camera, adjusting the camera’s orientation and re-tightening the screw. Further increasing the flexibility of the camera is a unique magnetic mounting system allowing the camera to be installed at various locations on the equipment as needed for the best possible view of the load.
Other improvements found on HC140 (Gen3) are an upgraded camera, delivering wide angles and infrared illuminators for nighttime viewing. Plus 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 temperature environments, up to +50°C.
“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,” said Machut.
Optional remote monitoring and recording with HoistCam™ Director enables construction managers to view and manage the jobsite from afar. Information about current real-time job progression improves communication with other contractors and workflow. HoistCam Director is also useful for risk management and accident investigation. HoistCam Director transfers video and images to a mobile digital video recorder (MDVR), which captures and stores data from up to eight HoistCam cameras. The MDVR can be configured to automatically upload to the cloud for analysis or archive.