Safety products: Universal access control system helps prevent potential misuse of machinery

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Fleet management: A universal access control system that uses smart card technology to physically prevent fixed and mobile machinery from being used by unauthorized people is being introduced throughout North America by Whiting Corporation.

AccessPoint from Whiting Passport is an inexpensive, easy-to-use way to significantly reduce the risks of equipment misuse, which can include death and injury, compromising of the safety of entire plant operations and also causing damage and disruption that drives up operating costs.

AccessPoint not only controls who can operate high-value, high-risk equipment, but also records when they accessed it and for how long. The technology enables users to employ one system for their entire operation. The system is administered through a secure, easy-to-use web-based application, Whiting Viewpoint.

AccessPoint for Fixed Equipment can be fitted to any electrically powered device, extending from cranes, lifting and positioning machinery vital to production, to lathes, presses, cutting and forming equipment, CNC plant and breakout machines. AccessPoint for vehicles can be fitted to any vehicle with an on-off button, including forklifts, diggers, trucks and primary production and civil engineering implements.

“Each AccessPoint system is customized to each specific user,” says Whiting Passport Product Manager Joel Phelps. “Each user has the power to store start and stop times, to track certification and expiration statuses and to set customized re-certification intervals on a per user basis, as they see fit.

“Users can remain in compliance with OHSA and other regulatory standards because AccessPoint gives them the ability to continuously view how their equipment is being used. Users can quickly address and correct misuse patterns. AccessPoint creates a shared culture of responsibility that ensures the correct use of high risk, high value plant equipment.”

System users can view run hours of all AccessPoint devices within range from any Bluetooth device, or they can log into their own personal dashboard, or Viewport, from their PC to view usage statistics of all AccessPoint devices.

Whiting Passport dealers provide real-time support to assist with installation and setup and to answer customer questions. A full range of kits is available, depending on the type of equipment.

AccessPoint for Fixed Equipment works like a power switch and interfaces with start/stop circuits, drives, PLCs, and PC controls. It is ideal for three-phase contractor-started machines or single-phase switched circuit equipment where the board can be mounted internally.

“Machinery used inappropriately can be hazardous, jeopardizing the safety of your employees, plant operations and driving up costs. The potentially fatal risk can be significantly reduced by ensuring only authorized users of your high-risk, high-value equipment are able to operate it.”

Whiting Corporation is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), which it supports in promoting engineering excellence and outstanding quality standards.

Headquartered in Monee, Illinois, Whiting’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility extends over 197,000 square feet, and is a fully-equipped, integrated manufacturing facility with a complete machine shop for material preparation, fabrication, machining and component assembly and testing. This facility also houses the headquarters and a regional office for Whiting Services, Inc., which specializes in the maintenance and inspection of overhead cranes of all manufacturers and of other Whiting equipment. Whiting Corporation’s mission is to “deliver value through customized, cost-effective solutions which meet the material handling needs of our customers.”

For more information about Whiting Corp. or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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