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Kee Safety utilizes QuantumX in product development

Kee safety, UK

Introduction

UK-based safety specialist, Kee Safety is using a range of HBK products to ensure that its latest Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) conforms to European Standard EN 795:1997 for anchor devices in protecting workers against the possibility of falls from height.

Kee Safety uses HBK’s Quantum MX840AU9B force transducers and catman®Easy software for the research and development of its horizontal life line, KeeLine, in both dynamic drop tests and static tests on full-scale built-up roofs at its factory.

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KeeLine® is a wire-based personal protection system that comprises 8 mm grade, 316 stainless steel wire with electro-polished brackets and detachable travellers to provide flexible, continuous protection for up to three users working at height.

The system is suitable for fitting on roofs or horizontal/overhead structural applications. It has been developed for use by working teams carrying out essential roof top maintenance tasks, and incorporates an Inline Shock Absorber that minimizes loads to an acceptable level for both the user and structure in the event of a fall.

The Inline Shock Absorber allows the KeeLine system to be installed to lightweight modern roof constructions with minimal or no roof penetrations.

Scott Bennett, Kee Safety’s Quality Manager, notes, “We selected HBK’s equipment because it gave us an off-the-shelf solution for both the hardware and, more importantly the software. A particular attraction of the software was its ability to filter the data at 60Hz that we needed for our dynamic tests.” 

HBK’s MX840A is a compact 8-channel universal amplifier that can support up to 15 different transducer types per channel. All eight inputs provide 24-bit analog-to-digital converter with synchronized data acquisition at sample rates of up to 19.2kHz.

The inputs are electrically isolated to ensure high measurement accuracy. The U9B is a miniature load cell for tensile and compressive forces constructed in stainless steel and available in ten measuring ranges up to 0-50kN. It is intended primarily for integration into assembly and production processes where there is not much space available for mounting.

This equipment is complemented by catman®Easy, HBK’s intuitive software for simple acquisition and visualization of measurement data.

Bennett adds, “In terms of the engineering, using HBK’s equipment has been a complete success and resulted in markedly improved products and we are now also using the equipment to test our other PPE devices regularly throughout the year.”

Company

1934 – It All Began in the Agriculture Industry

In 1934, we invented Kee Klamp® tubular fittings for use in the agriculture industry. Following the development of these simple safety barrier systems, many other uses were found. Today, barrier systems and guardrails are still an integral part of our portfolio offering, while at the same time, continue to become far more sophisticated in construction and application.

 

Worldwide Services

We’ve expanded our global reach significantly as international markets have developed. Today, we have operations in The United States, Germany, Canada, France, Ireland, UAE, the Netherlands, Poland, China and Singapore. Along with distribution partnerships in over 60 countries, we truly offer worldwide service.

 

Innovative Fall Protection Solutions

As we continue to expand and improve our product offering, we look to broaden our development of fall protection related products and services. For years our customers have enjoyed the benefits of quality fall protection systems that comply with the highest OSHA standards. As these standards continue to evolve, we continuously work to offer solutions that meet the challenges our customers face.

Scott Bennett Kee Safety’s Quality Manager

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