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Linde Safety Pilot guides and warns forklift operators.
Linde have announced details of their Safety Pilot; a device to assist operators when using their forklift trucks.
Operators are often faced with the challenge of balancing three unknown factors whose values can only be roughly estimated. However, without a detailed knowledge of the information specified by each manufacturer in the load capacity diagram, operators may expose themselves and others to serious danger. The Linde Safety Pilot offers support in this situation because operators can simply look at the display mounted at eye level to find the answer to these three questions. The operator is shown:
- The load centre of gravity
- The load weight currently placed on the forks
- The current lift height
- The tilt angle of the forks
- The maximum lift height
To help operators quickly identify all of these values, the display features a clear design and shows information in image format keeping the volume of numbers shown to a minimum.
If forklift truck drivers are working in critical areas or if operating errors occur, they receive a visual and acoustic warning from the Linde Safety Pilot, and the truck control unit also actively intervenes and regulates the truck functions.
The Linde Safety Pilot is not just an indicating instrument though: If operators are working in critical areas or if operating errors occur, they receive a visual and acoustic warning and the truck control unit also actively intervenes and regulates the truck functions. For example, if an operator wishes to place a load on the racking and is approaching the load capacity limit the lifting speed is reduced. If the operator continues to lift the load and reaches the maximum load capacity, the truck is deactivated and safety-critical lifting and tilting functions are disabled.
The driving speed is managed in the same way, according to the load, lift height, tilt angle and load centre of gravity distance. In other words, the speed of the truck is decreased continuously if the operator lifts the load while driving. More details on the Linde website.