Monthly Archives: January 2016

CatchNET System

This video is a quick introduction to the CatchNET System.

The CatchNET system is comprised of a series of nets set up along a truck escape ramp. The array of nets is arranged to stop the vehicle in the distance allowed, while minimizing the deceleration forces. These nets made of aircraft cable can have one or two energy absorbers connected on each side. The energy absorbers, in turn are mounted within the concrete walls of the truck escape ramp.

The variable involved with determining the stopping distance and ‘g’ load response of a system are vehicle weight, vehicle speed and net width. CatchNET system has been designed to stop a wide range of vehicles now as large as 110,000 lbs. traveling at 100 mph.

CatchNET energy absorbers use a patented “metal bender” principle for absorbing energy, which provides the means to stop vehicles of varying weights and speeds. The absorbers are primarily comprised of a changer, a length of metal tape and a series of offset pins.

As the metal tape is pulled through the series of offset pins, the tape is bent back and forth beyond its yield point. The process of bending the metal beyond its yield point is the principal mechanism for absorbing the energy of impact.

The absorbers utilize few moving parts, making them virtually maintenance free. Following an arrestment, the system can be quickly returned to service by replacing the metal tapes with minimal time and effort.

Cargo Tank Truck Rollover Prevention

This training video covers the four approaches to reducing cargo tank truck rollovers:

  • Vehicle design and performance
  • Load effects
  • Highway factors
  • Driver factors

Over 78% of rollovers involve driver error. As a driver, YOU are the key component for preventing rollovers. The preview above highlights what you’ll see in the full 17 minute video.

So why do rollovers happen and what can you do to prevent them? This Cargo Tank Truck Rollover Prevention video answers those questions and more.

  • You’ll see how rollovers happen, why they happen, and what you can do to avoid them.
  • You’ll hear how vehicle design and loads affect rollover potential.
  • You’ll learn the warning signs of unsafe behaviors and conditions that contribute to rollovers.
  • And you’ll watch survivors of rollovers tell their stories.

This video will show you how to:

  • Avoid sudden movements that may lead to rollovers
  • Control your load in turns and on straight roadways
  • Identify high risk areas on roads
  • Remain alert and attentive behind the wheel
  • Control speed and maintain proper “speed cushions”

These 17 minutes can save your life—and the lives of others!

The FMCSA also has more resources for this topic found here.