RFID tracks visitors at Zip World
Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda in March 2013. Offering riders the closes experience a human being can get to skydiving without actually leaping out of a plane, it involves ‘flying’ head-first for just under a mile, exceeding speeds of 100mph down a mountain and then 500ft above the quarry lake.
The latest Zip World attraction is the Zip World Caverns, home to a series of exhilarating underground zip lines, robe bridges, obstacles and tunnels. It has been built in vast caverns that were first excavated nearly 200 years ago and which have remained largely unchanged. Of course, letting the public roam into an underground adventure has certain safety implications, as Zip World general manager Richard Manchett explains: “Acting on the advice of the HSE we required a method of reliably logging and tracking equipment to each of our guests. We quickly realised that this was far from the routine manufacturing scenario and after an exhaustive search we contacted Turck Banner.
“They listened to our requirements and came up with exactly the right system. We were impressed by the quality and durability of the hardware which is vital in the harsh environments that we work in. Furthermore, they were with us throughout installation and commissioning and continue to advise us as our requirements change. Turck Banner has a reputation for delivering reliable system solutions and they certainly lived up to it at Zip World.”
The role of Turck Banner in the systems market is to offer design and integration expertise based upon a vast range of quality products including HMIs, bus systems, RFID, Ex interface, lighting and indication, cables and connectors and, of course sensors. The Turck Banner approach to systems is simple: supplying a system means supplying a solution to the customer’s problem, not simply selling a piece of kit. Turck Banner offers support every step of the way, from initial site survey to the fully functional design.
The compatibility of component parts in a system is a vital issue. Customers require complete handshake compatibility within their system, no more problems with the remote I/O not talking to the PLC, for example. Turck Banner is able to provide this assurance. Furthermore, single point ordering further alleviates compatibility and delivery issues. On average 90% of the parts used on a system are Turck Banner’s own products.
At the Zip World Caverns, visitors are given RFID wrist bands. They are logged into the experience through the turnstiles, and logged back out and the end. They are also monitored through the caverns, and at the same time the tags interface with video cameras so that visitors’ experiences in the caverns can be recorded, enabling you to buy a permanent record of your adventure.
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