Internet of Things (IoT) helps businesses increase operational efficiency and given the context and the risks, it is critical to treat safety as a top priority. When it comes to industrial safety and injury prevention, there is still room for improvement. Recent studies have linked the increasing speed of fulfillment, with work injuries—particularly in spaces such as: warehouses and distribution centers, but not only.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), every day people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. This counts for more than 2.78 million deaths per year. In addition, there is an overwhelmingly high number of 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries happening each year. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast, and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 3.94 % of the global Gross Domestic Product each year. Therefore, it should be a top priority for any organization to invest in advanced technologies, allowing companies to reduce risk and employees to return home, safe, to their families.
Instead of just reacting to accidents that might cause injuries to employees, facility managers are increasingly looking for ways to address potential safety issues, in a proactive manner. Workplaces utilizing industrial IoT enhance safety by providing means to improve employee behavior while safety managers can monitor real-time events (and getting notified through SMS or email alerts) or check historical-related data.
Safety should be at higher levels, especially in businesses where work with heavy types of equipment is mandatory. Forklift safety is a critical issue for both, employers, and employees, and using advanced technology to maintain it is essential, in order to avoid human error and ensure reliability.
Forklift to Pedestrian and Forklift to Forklift Collision Prevention System
As soon as the forklift meets the personnel, the system allows the forklift to act in 2 stages. It first automatically slows down and then it stops. Distances and speeds for both stages can be defined in the system.
Example: It can be defined as decreasing the speed to 6 km / h when closer than 10 meters and decreasing it to 2 km / h when closer than 5 meters.
Zone-Based Forklift Deceleration System
In zone-based deceleration systems, a warning alarm is sent to the system when the forklift enters the pre-defined danger zone. With the warning sent, the forklift is then reduced to the predetermined speed level. At the same time, both the forklift operator and the personnel in the area are warned with audiovisual alarms. As the forklift passes the area, it returns to its normal speed level.
By tracking the forklifts in real-time, the area where they are located is determined, leading to increased efficiency in operating.
Route optimization and forklift usage rates can be analyzed by monitoring in real-time with 30-40 cm accuracy. With these analytics, it is ensured that forklifts are used effectively by evaluating the current conditions of the forklifts and establishing route optimization. With the region determination feature, the entry/exit times and waiting times in restricted areas can be recorded and controlled.
Comprehensive analysis can be made with region-based action reports and heat maps. With the timeline feature, all routes of the forklift can be recorded and viewed as an animation. Improvements can be made by analyzing the working efficiency of the forklift. At any time, forklifts in that area can be detected. At the same time, idle/occupied times and usage rates can be examined.
The Data Analytics supported “Forklift and Pedestrian Safety System” developed by TrioMobil and distributed by Deltatel uses the most advanced IoT and Artificial Intelligence technologies, both increase the efficiency of operations and prevent occupational accident risks, by automatically slowing down the forklifts when a pedestrian or another forklift is encountered.
Forklift safety can be ensured with Deltatel distributor of TrioMobil solutions in 17 European countries.
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