Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Rugged Inclinometers

H4 Sensors are small extremely rugged inclinometers (or tilt indicators) made for off-road forklifts, material handlers, and equipment with aerial type extended booms.

Available with 0.5V Analog or Digital Serial Outputs, two levels of Temperature Compensation, and 3 different measuring ranges, the H4 Series of inclinometers provide single axis inclination sensing in a rugged environmentally protected housing.

The sensing package incorporates a liquid capacitive sensing element and integrated temperature compensation over the industrial operating range of -40deg to +85deg.
These sensors are available with a choice of two output configurations, analog voltage or digital serial outputs.
These outputs are linear with respect to the input angle directly.
Depending on the required accuracy, two levels of temperature compensation are available.
Angle ranges available are +/-30deg, +/-45deg, and +/-70deg.
Digital Serial (RS232) Output: The Serial output (RS232) transmits the degree of angle in a decimal format.
This output provides a continuous stream of readings - one reading per line at approximately 250msec per reading.
The H4 transmits the output to a computer through its serial port, using HyperTerminal as the interface.
The unit is configured for 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit.
Applications include boom angle indication, platform leveling for construction and lift equipment - built for rugged harsh environments to provide accurate angle monitoring.
The H4 has a common footprint (with adjustment slot) making it easy to retrofit or field replace less durable or accurate sensors.
Rieker Boom Angle and Tilt/Level Indicators Comply with Current OSHA Standard 1926.550

Applications include boom angle indication, platform leveling for construction and lift equipment - built to provide accurate angle monitoring in rugged harsh environments.

In the future we will keep you updated on any new products designed to help prevent injury and equipment damage.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Backlit Boom Angle Indicator

Highly Visible Day or Night!

Rieker Instrument Co., Folcroft, PA. Rieker’s 4120 Boom Angle Indicator, designed to improve the boom operator’s ability to detect tip over situations, now has super bright backlighting. Available in AC or DC for either 12V or 24V, the bright light allows for instant readability of the over-sized numbers from several angles, day or night (rated for 20,000 hours)! The case is made of 100% Polycarbonate - tough enough for the harshest off-road or construction environments - will not rust, freeze, or otherwise "hang up" like old-fashioned pendulum styles. Installation is fast and easy even in the field - two mounting screws attach it right to the boom - no down time or costly retrofit. The 4120 Series is available in a left- or right-hand version in several case/number configurations.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Products Designed with Safety In Mind

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, over 113 workers lost their lives in rollover type accidents between 1992 and 2001. This trend with better safety training and warning devices and /or safety aids have reduced this number, however it still remains an issue on the job sight.

- Rieker Electronics SlopeAlert™ Tilt Warning System -
The first version of the RT (Rough Terrain) or SlopeAlert System was introduced in the early-nineties, designed specifically for off-road, in-motion vehicles and equipment that operate in high vibration/shock, rough terrain environments. Two of the most common applications for a tilt warning device are: 1) to help prevent vehicle or equipment rollover on steep slopes; and 2) to aid track vehicles that need protection for over rotation while in motion. The decision on the necessity to develop such a system was taken after the investigation into an increasing number of rollover accidents involving off-road construction equipment and vehicles tipping over while operating on rough or sloped terrain – resulting in damage, injury, and loss of life.

Since that time the SlopeAlert™ Tilt Warning System has undergone serious changes and improvements.

The SlopeAlert is a reliable, low cost solution for determining in-range and out of range tilt conditions. Connected to a lamp, horn, or solenoid relay, this compact single or dual axis unit can indicate both safe and unsafe conditions as well as provide a control signal to shut down equipment. The rugged, hermetically sealed construction stands up against severe environments and vibration commonly found at off-road work sites. Multiple trip settings are factory calibrated and can be arranged in a single axis to indicate caution before final alarm. This tilt warning system has been developed and manufactured in accordance with the current and prospective construction safety standards, recommendations and requirements, and can be installed on all types of construction equipment, tractors and off-road vehicles – well suited for OEMs.

Although the SlopeAlert was designed for monitoring vehicle inclination in off-road, rough terrain environments, it is well suited for any application where inclination needs to be limited or controlled. Other industrial applications include irrigation, plough, and grader hydraulic leveling controller, lift vehicle/equipment monitoring and shut-off switch.

For the next generation of vehicle or equipment operator alerts for the threat of a tip-over while on sloped terrain, modern tilt warning systems - in addition to understanding the risks involved while operating on rough terrain - will help reduce equipment damage, insurance premiums, injury, and loss of life.

Monday, October 24, 2005


CLINOMETER (cli•nom•e•ter)
Pronunciation: kli-'nä-me-ter
Etymology: Greek klinein to lean [klinein to incline + -meter.]
1. Any of various instruments for measuring angles of elevation or inclination

2. Any of various surveying instruments for measuring angles of elevation, slope, or incline, as of an embankment. Also called inclinometer.

3. (Geol.) An instrument for determining the dip of beds or strata, or the slope of an embankment or cutting; a kind of plumb level.

4. an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation [syn: inclinometer]

Units: degrees, percent slope, inch per foot rise

Clinometer is a typical marine reference name for an inclinometer used on sailing vessels to indicate pitch and/or roll. Mounted along the keel or beam axis, the clinometer provides an accurate measurement of the sailboat's roll or heel angle from 12 feet away - allowing the pilot to adjust for optimum cruising or race position.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

INCLINOMETER (in•cli•nom•e•ter)

the definition of...

An Inclinometer (or Clinometer) is an instrument for measuring angles of slope (or tilt), elevation or inclination of an object with respect to gravity. Also known as a tilt sensor, tilt indicator, slope meter, slope gauge, gradient meter, gradiometer, level gauge & level meter.

INCLINOMETER (in•cli•nom•e•ter)
Pronunciation: "in-kli-'nä-me-ter
1. An instrument used to determine the angle of the earth's magnetic field in respect to the horizontal plane.
2. An instrument for showing the inclination of an aircraft or ship relative to the horizontal.
3. An instrument for showing a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal
4. An instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation [syn: clinometer]

Examples of Usage:
Construction/Industrial: a. An instrument for measuring the inclination or slope, as of the ground, in relation to gravity or horizon; b. Any of various instruments for measuring the departure of an object from vertical; a driftmeter.

Transportation: For measuring the rolling and pitching of a ship or the banking of a road curve.


Tilt Sensor: Noun: Any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as motion or inclination, etc.) and responds to it by relating an electrical signal to indicate an angle - typically in degrees.

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