At GKD Technologies we’ve been focused on delivering innovative and reliable safety systems since our beginnings in 1992. By understanding the complex needs of the most highly regulated sectors, we have continued to lead on data driven safety solutions for over 25 years.
Building safer, more efficient places to work.
GKD Technologies supply construction and industrial sectors with the next generation of flexible, modular safety solutions. Our industry leading, innovative products provide effective control measures to keep people safe, protect investment in plant and equipment, and help to increase productivity.
We aim to empower customers with information that can be used to track and report on safety and efficiency at work. The data we deliver provides actionable insights and can be used to support a positive safety culture.See how we can help your sector
Our Vision and Values
Our vision is to inspire industries to adopt a safety first, data driven approach to protecting people and their investments with connected and open safety solutions.
We also have three core values at the heart of our business:
- We put people first, in our business and yours.
- We are passionate about keeping people safe.
- We innovate, using technology to make the workplace safer for everyone.
GKD Technik is founded by the now Director of Innovation, Nick Ground. With first activities in the supply and installation of technology products. Nick's expertise in Rated Capacity Indicators soon sees the business focus on applying the technology to lorry loader cranes, the first full system is deployed in 1994 to BT via Atlas Cranes.
1994 - 1997
As the Rated Capacity Indicator system is developed, known at the time as the BACS (Boom Angle Compensation System). A hugely successful solution with over 3,000 systems sold and installed on lorry loader cranes. In 1995 the THW1 and THW4 are introduced to the range both Rated Capacity Indicators for Palfinger cranes.
The first GKD Rated Capacity Indicator system for installation onto hydraulic excavators is developed and sold.
GKD Technik division launches an advanced Total Moment Indicator system for use on long reach excavators and demolition machines. The company name changes to GKD Europe Ltd to reflect European business standing.
GKD Technik develops an advanced Rated Capacity Indicator for use on Road Rail Vehicles (RRV’s). Version one of the 3RCi and is one of the first on the market to receive Network Rail approval for this technology.
Recognising that the civil construction market could benefit from a more comprehensive safety solution, GKD develop the 2RCi for excavators. As a result, GKD sees increasing traction in its global customer base.
The first GKD overseas distributor, SIA&YEO, is appointed sole GKD distributor in Singapore where the 2RCI has become increasingly popular. They remain the longest serving overseas distributor.
The business focuses on safety control solutions and develops SlewGuard, a slew limiting system for hydraulic excavators and cranes. GKD also develops the first height limiting solution to join the product range, the 1HLI, and the Incline Alert system for the civil engineering and construction industry.
Recognising that closing rail lines was no longer viable, GKD developed the first Rated Capacity Indication with full envelope control. SpaceGuard was the first solution to receive dual system verification for Adjacent Line Open (ALO) and Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) working.
GKD utilise radio frequency technology to develop the first Proximity Warning System in the UK: SiteGuard. Successful initial trials by Network Rail concluded that SiteGuard was an effective safety control product.
OnGrade is appointed as the sole UK distributor for SiteGuard and enjoys early success with its first commercial sales to New Milton Sand & Ballast and then McArdle. OnGrade are now a value-added reseller for GKD with over 6,000 tags in use across the UK.
As the Network Rail electrification programs get underway, it is recognised that heavy duty machinery will be required to lift gantries and other infrastructure. UK installer and distributor GOS Engineering develop the first road rail Crane, the Monster Bug, complete with 3RCi system in the cab.
GKD undergoes a rebrand and rename to GKD Technologies Ltd. This includes changing the name of the proximity warning system to SensorZone and the name of the machine control system range to SensorSafe.
GKD launches the 3RCi+ and is the first supplier to offer RIS 1530 Issue 6 compliant RCI systems to the rail sector. The Rated Capacity Indicator was developed just four months after the new standard was issued.
GKD Sensor Slew and Height system wins PLANTWORX Safety Innovation Award. GKD in collaboration with Precision Partners and Topcon demonstrate “Dynamic Slew Control” across a worksite, enabling slew of an excavator to be limited according to its position on a site.
GKD launch the first dedicated height limiter for telehandlers and the product gets early positive recognition from UK plant hirers.
UK installer and distribution partner GOS Engineering develop the first Wireless Tandem Lift system, revolutionising tandem lift operations on UK rail networks. This product is going through Network Rail certification ready for UK wide distribution with partners.
GKD undergoes a rebrand that includes a new company logo and website, and the launch of the Series One, Series Two and Series Three ranges.