JCB Proximity Braking System

JCB Proximity Braking System is launched

JCB Proximity Braking System

JCB Proximity Braking System

JCB is launching a brand new safety system which reduces the risk of  on-site collisions between man and machine.

The JCB Proximity Braking System (PBS) automatically sounds an alarm in the cab and applies the vehicle’s brakes if a person enters a pre-set exclusion zone around the machine. In addition the system automatically puts the vehicle into neutral and applies the parking brake.

In harmony with this, the at-risk pedestrian is also warned of the danger of a moving machine through a vibrating transponder attached to their safety helmet.

The new PBS system initially launches as an option on JCB’s flagship wheeled loader, the mighty 19-tonne JCB 457. Furthermore, the plans are to roll out the feature to the rest of JCB’s wheeled loader range.


The main features of PBS include:

  • Detection zone providing a ‘bubble’ around the machine
  • Vibrating transponder to warn the pedestrian
  • Audible warning in the cab for the machine operator
  • Automatic braking to help reduce the risk of a collision
  • Ideal safety system for a range of industry sectors


JCB Proximity Braking System uses triple antennas mounted on the wheeled loader, which generate a detection zone around the machine. Operatives on site are equipped with a vibrating transponder, which usually attachs to a safety helmet. If the person enters the safety ‘bubble’ around the machine, the transponder will vibrate to warn the operative that they’ve entered a danger zone.

At the same time, the transponder also communicates with the machine. It triggers an audible alarm in the cab and alerting the operator to the potential collision. The machine automatically applies it’s brakes, bringing the loader to a halt. This potential collision records on the machine’s MCU, with date and time information. This is used to highlight further safety improvements the site may require.

The JCB Proximity Braking System fits to multiple machines on a single site. Waste and recycling sites suit the system due to the heavily trafficked working areas. Installation of the system requires a site visit and assessment. This is to understand the site operation, check on walkways, traffic routes and other variables which can affect the operation of the system.

It should be noted that the Proximity Braking System is an additional aid to site safety and does not replace standard site operating safety practices.

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