Automated Flagger

WAFD

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The Wanco Automated Flagger Assistance Device (AFAD) is a portable flagging station that removes the traditional human flagger from the road while providing motorists with clear guidance through a temporary traffic control (TTC) zone. As a result, the Wanco AFAD not only improves worker safety but also lowers costs by limiting liability and exposure for personnel.

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Nearly 40 percent of pedestrian fatalities in work zones are roadway workers who are struck by vehicles.* The Wanco Automated Flagger addresses worker safety by enabling a human flagger to remain off the road and out of the path of moving traffic. Operated by remote control, one worker can manage one or two AFADs from a safe distance.

The Wanco AFAD meets MUTCD standards for automated flagger assistance devices, featuring highly visible 12-inch red and yellow signal lights and a red-and-white reflectorized gate arm to control right-of-way. The gate arm blocks traffic when it is down, and allows traffic to pass when it is up. The signal lights change automatically in coordination with the gate arm position: a red light tells motorists to stop while the arm is down, and a yellow light flashes continually while the arm is up.

The flagger–operator is in full control of the gate arm, manually triggering changes in its position. The operator can choose either of the two included remote controls, a wireless touchscreen or cabled push-button. The full-featured touchscreen interface is intuitive and easy to use. It offers several configuration options to suit the work zone and the operator’s needs.

The Wanco AFAD is compact and portable, making it easy to tow. Two AFAD trailers can be towed together by a single vehicle where allowed by local regulations. Deploying the Wanco AFAD is simple, quick and easy, allowing a worker to set up the unit in a few minutes.

*Work zone fatality statistics available through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Features

  • Removes human flagger from the road
  • Wireless or cabled remote control
  • Intuitive easy-to-use controller
  • Battery powered and solar charging
  • Tandem tow or optional nestled tow

Transport

  • Extremely portable, can be towed by most vehicles
  • Compact trailer is easy to maneuver
  • Tow one trailer or two trailers

Setup

  • Leveling jacks raise trailer tires off the ground to provide stability
  • Heavy-duty hand-winch allows one person to easily raise and lower the sign and signal lights
  • Single auto-locking device holds the tower in place while operating and during transport
  • Gate arm remains attached during transport and for storage
  • Gate arm extension can be removed and stowed
  • Easy sync with wireless controller
  • Full deployment by one person takes just a few minutes

Operation

  • Remote control allows human flagger to remain off the road
  • Wireless controller and cable-connected controller both included
  • Flexible operation allows any combination of one or two operators and AFADs
  • 12-inch red and yellow LED signal lights are highly visible
  • Operator can enable haul-road crossing mode
  • Intrusion alarm activated from wireless controller

Wireless controller

  • Full-color touchscreen with high-resolution display
  • Intuitive easy-to-use interface
  • Large AFAD buttons continuously indicate gate position and signal light behavior
  • Prohibited operations are “grayed out” and inactive
  • When two AFADs are controlled by one operator, the main control screen prevents both AFAD gates from opening at the same time
  • Continuous display of wireless signal strength, power indicators, and system alerts
  • Large “All Stop” button closes any open gate
  • Individual vehicle-intrusion alarm buttons for each connected AFAD

Cabled controller

  • Single large button opens and closes gate
  • When cable is connected to control box, prevents wireless control

Power system

  • Battery powered and solar charging
  • Energy-efficient operation results in long run times
  • Solar panel charges batteries automatically without intervention
  • Charging system shuts down when batteries are fully charged, preventing damage
  • Power system allows battery charging with solar panel or commercial power
  • Cooling fan protects battery charger from overheating
  • Battery box includes cradle and charger for wireless controller
  • Battery box can be locked to prevent unauthorized access

Maintenance

  • Standard trailer tires
  • Bolt-on fenders can be replaced if damaged
  • Durable powder-coat finish resists the elements

Applications

  • Bridge maintenance
  • Pavement patching operations
  • Temporary traffic control zones
  • Partial road closures
  • Haul road crossings

Options

Lights

  • Signals backplate
  • Rear indicator light

Gate arm

  • Short arm extension
  • Fluorescent orange flag

Power system

  • Choice of battery types and configurations
  • Additional solar
  • 45-amp battery charger
  • High-security battery box

Towing

  • Combo-hitch for 2-inch ball and 2 1/2-inch pintle hook
  • Heavy-duty lunette ring for 3-inch pintle hook
  • Rear tandem-tow hitch
  • Nestled dual-tow bar

Some options may not be available for aftermarket installation. Please consult factory.

Specifications

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Weight

Approx. 875 lb (397kg)

Construction

Trailer

MIG-welded steel tubing

Finish

Oven-baked powder coating

Tow hitch

2-inch ball coupler

Tires

ST175/80D13

Gate arm

Rectangular PVC tubing, 3" × 2⅛" (76 × 54mm) H × D

Signal lights

Lamps

12-inch LED
Red top light
Yellow bottom light

Housing

Yellow polycarbonate with hinged door access to lamp and wiring

Visor

Tunnel type, extending 9.75" (248mm) from door surface

Flash rate

50 times per minute
50% duty cycle

Regulatory sign

Size

24" × 36" (61 × 91cm) W × H

Design

Standard R10-6 “STOP HERE ON RED” sign

Material

Aluminum sheet, 0.080 in (2 mm) thick, with white high-intensity reflective coating

Intrusion siren/horn

Sound

1-tone siren, 110 dB

Power

15W, 12Vdc

Wireless controller

Display

4.3-inch resistive touchscreen
480 × 272 pixels

Radio transmission

915MHz, 10Kbps

Range

1000 ft (305m) range from controller to AFAD trailer

Cabled controller

Function

Single push-button

Connection

Quick-connect cable
15 ft (4.6m) cable length

Power

Batteries

Four 6 Vdc deep-cycle Group 24 batteries, wired in parallel and series for a 12-volt system

Battery capacity

416 Ah total

Solar panel

One 85W panel

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Specifications subject to change without notice.

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