Australian access control system wins global acceptance
Western Australian-based company CASWA has created a new easy-to-use technology that significantly reduces both operational health and safety (OHS) and business risk associated with industrial equipment use.
The new AccessPack technology was first aimed at high-risk equipment but, owing to its simplicity and versatility, it is now being installed on a variety of equipment across a range of industries around the world.
AccessPack uses smart card technology to prevent unauthorised operators from using high risk or critical equipment such as cranes, production critical machines, hydraulic power packs, lathes, presses, computer numerical control (CNC) plant and breakout machines, as well as vehicles such as forklifts, diggers and elevated lifting platforms. This improves OHS outcomes, as users need appropriate ‘tickets’ including qualifications, accreditation, training and/or inductions in order to operate equipment. It also maintains records of use, resulting in operator accountability.
The technology features an ability to track when maintenance or servicing is due and has an equipment-tagging feature where even a certified operator cannot use the equipment until the mandatory maintenance is carried out.
Companies like Schlumberger, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, FMG, Weatherford, UGL, Komatsu, Hitachi, Disney and Rolls-Royce have already accepted the new AccessPack technology.
CASWA has also signed a licence agreement with the Whiting Corporation for distribution throughout North America.