Genie introduces white noise alarm
By Euan Youdale09 September 2022
Genie has launched the new Lift Guard White Noise Alarm, which is available globally as an option on the company’s equipment.
The alarm provides an alternative to a traditional tonal alarm that can reduce noise emissions on jobsites up to 45%.
Like a traditional tonal alarm, the new White Noise Alarm sounds when a MEWP travels forward or in reverse, or moves up or down. However, instead of making a beeping sound, the device makes more of a ‘whooshing sound’, says Genie, making it easy to hear by personnel who are in direct proximity to the MEWP. The sound dissipates quicker than a tonal alarm if personell are not in close proximity, due to the technical acoustical differences in the alarm.
“On busy jobsites, personnel can become desensitised to competing warning alarms coming from a variety of equipment,” says Bryan Williams, Genie product manager. “However, because the White Noise Alarm makes a sound that is directional and not penetrating, it is more obvious from where the sound is coming. As a result, it is audible only to people who are near the equipment and serves as an immediate reminder to watch out.”
In addition to crowded job sites, the alarm can be beneficial for environmentally sensitive work areas, or for after-hours work in locations where it is important to minimise public disturbances.
When equipped, the White Noise Alarm will be functional when the machine is in motion, such as when it is driving and for ascent and descent; the tonal alarm will remain in place and functional for all other machine alarms, including tilt and overload.
The White Noise Alarm is available for all new Genie slab scissor lifts, telehandlers (ANSI only), Runabouts, and will be available in the first quarter 2023 for boom lifts and RT scissor lifts. Retrofit kits will also be available for many existing machines.