At ADC Equipment Innovations, we deliver pragmatic system and component design, as well as innovative and reliable technologies. One of the biggest ways we do that is through rigorous and thorough safety testing procedures, as required for off-road equipment.
Our team coordinates testing services as part of our cab design offerings to global industry standards. Operator Protective Guards, with a specific focus on Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS).
Adoption of ISO Standards on ROPS and TOPS, along with standards such as the ISO 3776, ISO3471, and other series on operator restraint systems, will aid in the safe design of mobile construction, industrial, mining, forestry, and agricultural machinery across North America and Globally.
Heavy machinery takes on big jobs in sometimes dangerous environments. If your machines perform tasks in dense forests with unknown elevation, move incredibly heavy loads, test the cab’s balance, or encounter a number of different situations where they may be a roll over risk, you should invest in ROPS testing. At ADC Equipment Innovations, we are your ROPS specialists, with extensive knowledge of both ROPS needs and testing.
All ROPS must comply with the Safety Health and Welfare at work ACT 2005 and Safety Health and Welfare at work in construction. Regulations 2006 require that all ROPS comply with Machinery Directive 98/37 and subsequent revisions. ROPS must be designed, manufactured, and tested to recognized standards, to comply with BS EN 47-6:2000, BS EN 13510:2000, and ISO 3471:1994. Only then do you have a certified ROPS structure.
Machinery that takes on forestry, earth moving, and mining jobs are tough, but they also need an added level of protection from the large debris they’re exposed to. Those big branches and rubble can not only do damage to the cab but are also very dangerous for operators. If your machine’s primary application includes any kind of falling debris or large objects, you should consider FOPS certification. When you do that through ADC Equipment Innovations, you know that both your machine and your end users can get the job done safely.
Your machines, specifically excavators, are built to deal with heavy loads. Still, accidents can happen and at ADC Equipment Innovations, we make it our mission to ensure the safety of your operators in the event of a machine tip over. For TOPS certifications, we evaluate the maximum load of your machine during its specific application and ensure that should a tip over occur, the operator could walk away from the incident.
ISO 12117-1, Earth-moving machinery — Tip-over protection structure (TOPS) for compact excavators — Laboratory tests and performance requirements
This International Standard establishes a consistent and reproducible means of evaluating the load-carrying characteristics of tip-over protective structures (TOPS) under static loading and prescribes performance requirements of a representative specimen under such loading. It applies to TOPS of compact excavators (as defined in ISO 6165) with swing type boom, having an operating mass of 1000 kg to 6000 kg. This title may contain less than 24 pages of technical content.
NOTE: This part of ISO 12117 is intended to be applied to excavators having a gross operating mass up to 50 000 kg due to the limitation of the experimental and statistical data set used to derive acceptance criteria. This does not preclude the possibility of applying the procedure described in this part of ISO 12117 to excavators having larger or smaller masses, with the exclusion of excavators specially designed for mining application, where the requirements may lead to impractical design.
No matter what your machine’s application or environment, operator safety is always paramount. At ADC Equipment Innovations, we feel the same way. We are your foremost resource in OPS cab certifications and have developed a repeatable means of evaluating Operator Protective Structures (OPS) on skidders, grapple skidders, and crawlers when used in the harvesting of trees.
OPS are structures/enclosures whose primary purpose is to minimize the possibility of operator injury from hazards such as whipping saplings, branches, other spear-like objects, and snapping winch lines. With a certified OPS cab from ADC, you can be assured that these sorts of hazards will have the least adverse effect on operator visibility and comfort, letting your users get the job done safely.
Results of ISO 8084 OPS testing to these published global industry standards can generally be used to certify compliance to: