Forklift Collision Avoidance Systems and Proximity Detection

The safety in a warehouse is high priority. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, a worker died every 111 minutes from a work-related injury in 2020, of those 30% due to transport-related accidents. Forklifts are powerful and heavy pieces of equipment, to prevent fatalities collision avoidance and proximity alert systems need to be installed.

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Forklift pedestrian detection systems for enhanced safety in distribution and warehousing operations

According to industry reports, forklift-related accidents are among the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities, highlighting the need for effective safety measures.

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Forklifts are indispensable for daily operations in warehouses and distribution centers. However, managing a fleet of forklifts can be a complex task, involving aspects such as maintenance, safety, and operational efficiency.

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Commercial vehicle collision avoidance systems

Commercial vehicles manoeuvring around and travelling to construction sites, mining facilities, and other busy industrial locations need to be part of a vehicle collision avoidance system. Even on the road, large commercial conveyances should have proximity sensors for vehicles.

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Forklift collision avoidance systems are an essential part of enhancing workplace safety by alerting forklift drivers and other workers to the presence of vehicles, personnel and obstacles.

Elokon’s ELOshield proximity alert system is engineered to bolster safety in environments where forklifts and pedestrians share space. Utilizing Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, the system provides precise detection capabilities to prevent potential accidents. The setup includes modules for both forklifts and pedestrians, with the forklift module emitting a radio signal that is reflected by personal modules worn by employees. These personal modules can be embedded in high-visibility vests.

When a pedestrian encroaches on a forklift’s safety zone, the system triggers visual and auditory warnings for the driver and loud alarms for the pedestrian. Additionally, the forklift automatically decelerates to walking speed, mitigating the risk of collisions. ELOshield’s configurable detection zones can activate different responses, such as alarms and vehicle slow-downs or stops, based on proximity.

Forklift collision avoidance systems in action

Carroll Technologies was approached by Ford Motor Company for help with a collision avoidance and proximity detection system to improve safety within their warehouses. Many of their facilities have lot of forklifts that operate in close proximity to one another, posing risk not only to the equipment but also to employees who are working around the vehicles.

Utilising electromagnetics, RFID, GPS or bi-directional radar (or in the case of PBE’s system, all four), facilities can configure these tracking methods to recognise different groups, such as vehicle types, personnel, or obstacles. Proximity detection systems are not a “one size fits all” solution, so Carroll Technologies works with its customers to customize a warning system that is ideally suited for the application, from mines and tunnels to forklift facilities of all sizes.

According to Carroll Technologies president Allen Haywood: “Facilities that just have one forklift want to make sure that they don’t collide with certain low hanging obstacles and avoid danger areas, it’s never just about collision avoidance with other forklifts, but also avoidance of personnel.

“For Ford Motor Company with needed customizations such as more tags, so they’ll be notified if they get close to people, objects, other forklift, pickup trucks, or heavier pieces of equipment. This is the same technology that they use for collision avoidance for haul trucks, pickup trucks and loaders for big operations that can be used inside buildings for a handling facility, whether it’s one forklift or 50.

“Systems can be customized for a lot of different types of operations and programmed to set the parameters that they need. We can also incorporate remote opening gates and doors, as well as recordings of travel so that they can look back through history via mobile or desktop software. It can record everything that has been travelling, what speeds have been travelling at, and any near misses.”

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