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Westcotec launches new Speed Roundel speed-activated signs

Two UK-based companies have collaborated to develop a new generation of electronic roadsigns that will help reduce accidents and save lives in built-up areas. The new sign – a ‘Speed Roundel’ – is an unobtrusive compact design that can be attached to streetlights and will illuminate on detection of traffic exceeding the speed limit. These types of signs are proven to not only calm traffic, but also reduce fatalities. It is expected that the Speed Roundel to be particularly useful to Local Authorities as a high-visibility ‘reminder’ in newly introduced 32km/h (20mph) urban areas.

Westcotec designs and manufactures the new Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS), which uses a radar speed detection system with an LED display that helps minimize operating costs. Ladbrook Engineering developed the lightweight metal enclosure that is constructed using the ‘metal spinning’ technique – a powerful metal forming method that is used to create conical and cylindrical shapes. As the metal is spun on a high-speed axis, it is shaped, either by hand or by using CNC controlled tools. An important aspect of metal spinning is that the material hardens during the process, which, which allows the manufacture of thinner, yet stronger components.

Left: Westcotec has become a leader in accident reduction technology and has manufactured over 5,000 electronic roadsigns since 2002

“Our new Speed Roundel has many advantages over existing designs,” says Phil Hayton, managing director of Westcotec. “It is small and discreet when not active, but very bright once activated. It is also powered from the electric supply within the streetlight, ensuring a much lower cost of installation. Another aspect of the design is a lightweight vandal-proof enclosure that will ensure the sign will remain working for many years. In urban areas, these types of signs can have a hard life and be costly to maintain. In view of this, we make them as robust as possible and offer a five-year guarantee. With such a simple installation process, the smaller format and a long working life, we expect to see a high level of demand. This product will bring down the overall cost of accident reduction and we feel sure that will be attractive to local authorities currently trying to manage their budget.”

 

February 9, 2010

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