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Success Story:

Hanson Pipe & Precast Relies on the World's Most Advanced Positioning System: The ARATEC Positioning Solution System from PSI Technics

Dear Valued Customer –

Hanson Pipe & Precast is one of the world's largest concrete pipe manufacturers, and the largest manufacturer of concrete products in North America. It is part of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., a member of the Heidelberg Cement Group and one of North America’s largest suppliers of heavy building materials to the construction industry.

In March 2011, the company’s St. Martinville, Louisiana, facility decided to integrate PSI Technics' state-of-the art ARATEC Positioning Solution System into their fully automated crane system as part of the modernization of their existing facilities.

Hanson Pipe & Precast decided to add PSI Technics' TPCC Thermo Protection Cooling Case to protect their optical distance meters and to extend the life span of the sensor diodes.

Our technologies help you to reach your business goals and offer you sustainable, long-term solutions.

PSI Technics wishes you and your family Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous Year 2012!


Karl-Heinz Förderer
President and CEO



Project Scope:
Replacing Trimble ICS5000L and Advanced Skew Control (ASC) units with the ARATEC Positioning Solution System, including the FLP6000ASC Advanced Skew Control to expand the system to support three axes as well as installing the TPCC Thermo Protection Cooling Case.

Project Duration:
Less than one week.

The Challenge:
  • Seamless integration of the new positioning system into the client's existing facility.
  • Precise, oscillation-free positioning of significantly varying loads.
  • Protection of laser distance meters from environmental temperatures of 140°F (+60°C).
The Solution:
  • Replacing three Trimble ICS units with a single ARATEC supporting 3 axes.
  • Simplified system structure due to the modular hardware configuration of the ARATEC Positioning Solution System.
  • The FLP6000ASC Advanced Skew Control reduces facility wear and tear.
  • Sensitive sensors are protected by the TPCC Thermo Protection Cooling Case that extends the life span of sensor diodes.
  • Position feedback is provided via laser distance meters.
  • Ethernet-based communication enables remote assistance and the use of additional features.
  • Reduced repair and maintenance costs.
  • Extends the life span of the facility, including sensor equipment.
  • Increased availability and efficiency.

Click here to download the complete application report as a PDF file.


Name Change
To date, we have been using the abbreviation "PSS" in connection with our Positioning Solution System. We have recently learned that the abbreviation has been registered at the German Patent and Trademark Office as a protected word mark for a programmable safety controller available to the Engineering industry by Pilz GmbH & Co. KG in Ostfildern, Germany. Pilz GmbH & Co. KG informed PSI Technics about this and asked us to subsequently notify our customers accordingly. Because we have been using the abbreviation PSS in our brochures, we were asked to withdraw the corresponding material from circulation. Therefore, please destroy any materials related to the Positioning Solution System that may currently be in your possession. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be sending you updated materials about the latest version of our Positioning Solution System and will refrain from using the abbreviation PSS for the above-mentioned reasons. You can also download the updated material at
Thank you for your understanding.

Reminder: Take Advantage of Our Extended Warranty Offer

When you buy and use a new SICK DME, DMT, DML, DS or DT distance meter in combination with the TPCC Thermo Protection Cooling Case, we will extend the warranty for both the TPCC and for your SICK sensor from 24 to 36 months.

A corresponding warranty decal for your sensor will be included in your TPCC shipment.

The TPCC ships with the required adapter that enables an easy integration of SICK sensors. The TPCC can be installed by your maintenance personnel.

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