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Product Safety -Increasing Safety by Innovation-

Innovation brings about a variety of valuable ideas such as environmental design and economic efficiencies. Out of these, our highest priority is “Safety.”

Starting with providing safe products, and including the ultimate safety of automatic operational systems, we are making full use of innovation in terms of safety to find ways of bringing the best value to our customers.

On-site Operational Safety

Providing a very safe product is a manufacturer's most basic responsibility. On top of meeting all of the latest international standards and regulations, we deliver products with exceptional safety features that are unsurpassed by other competitors to our customers.

At the same time, our goal is to improve safety through innovation to such a level that we can help our customers realize on-site operations as they should be.

Komatsu introduced the ICT Bulldozer (2013) and ICT Hydraulic Excavator (2014) to the market that made possible automatic control of blades and buckets. No matter the level of experience of the operator, ICT construction equipment makes possible the high precision construction work of a skilled worker. As a result, supplementary workers needed in the past are no longer necessary and the guide process which is done by people becomes unnecessary, saving labor on the work site and improving safety.

The ultimate safety feature to be realized is the "Automatic Operational System." At some major mines in Australia and Chile, the Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) is in full-scale operation. This is the system where giant dump trucks automatically drive themselves, carrying over 300 tons of soil and minerals. Customers must pay most careful attention when they have several construction machinery and vehicles operating 24 hours in the harsh environment of mines. AHS is there to help with this process. The combination of the cutting edge technologies such as satellite communication and various radars and sensors creates a system that responds to the customer's diverse safety needs, and by continuing to work on further evolution of such safety systems, we are contributing to the realization of making our customers' on-site operational safety as it should be.

Example of Safety Activities

Improving Product Safety: Entire perimeter monitoring “Kom Vision”

To ensure safety in every direction from the driver's seat of the dump truck, a composite image of the perimeter is shown on the monitor. Contact and collision within blind spots is prevented by having a bird's eye view of the vehicle to check the surrounding area.

ICT-Intensive Construction

When working on sloped surfaces (like dikes and rice fields that have hardened at an angle), operators do not have to operate the working function of the machine, and instead can concentrate on moving the position of the vehicle. Foreseeing slips that occur due to carrying too much soil, the machine works with the optimal volume of soil for efficient construction, to help minimize the burden on the operator. Supplementary workers that give instructions from near the construction equipment become unnecessary and the risk of accidents is reduced.

Automatic Operation System: the Autonomous Haulage System (AHS)

Fully automated transportation is realized by operating and managing dump trucks with various ICT functions installed from a centralized control room. The dump truck uses GPS to communicate its position and drives itself according to the course and speed information transmitted from the control room.

 

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