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The importance of forklift collision avoidance systems in intralogistics

Date: 2013-05-12 View:

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A forklift is a potentially dangerous piece of machinery - there are some dismal accident statistics to back that up. Every year, forklifts kill approximately 85 people. About 34,900 people are seriously injured in forklift accidents each year, and about 61,800 people are not seriously injured in forklift accidents. Rear collisions have been identified as one of the most common accidents, accounting for 20% of forklift accidents.

While the exact causes of these accidents vary, many could have been detected earlier—and possibly even avoided—if companies had implemented safety measures, such as collision avoidance systems.

Forklifts are often used, for example in the field of logistics. Shelves, machines and large storage spaces can seriously obstruct views. There is a serious risk that warehouse personnel and logistics vehicles are out of the driver's line of sight.

There are often many people in the forklift area, especially electric forklifts, which make little noise during operation. Therefore, when drivers use forklifts, they may encounter certain blind spots, such as intersections, T-junctions, L-junctions, entrances and exits, shelves, etc.

Staff can stray into blind spots. He may not be able to see the backing forklift or hear the forklift moving, there is a danger of a collision with each other, and this is where the forklift collision avoidance system comes in handy.

The collision avoidance warning system increases the safety of vehicles in the logistics sector when handling machinery.

The anti-collision system consists of three parts: the host, the ultrasonic probe and the LED display.

Calculate the distance according to the echo time of the ultrasonic wave and activate the safety warning function. The driver can "see" behind blind spots with audible alerts and a distance estimate shown on the LED display.

The technology helps protect vehicle operators by proactively analyzing and warning them of potentially hazardous situations.

To minimize safety incidents in a fleet, investing in a collision avoidance system is a good place to start.

In most cases, your drivers are transporting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cargo in low-visibility weather conditions. Your driver may be driving cautiously to get to his destination safely, but he can only see a few feet ahead. What happens if the car in front of your driver loses traction and slows abruptly to regain control? He collided with another car, sending them both into a ditch.

Fortunately, the driver was not injured, but your vehicle and cargo were severely damaged. Also, your insurance premiums will go up due to accidents. This one accident will cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, with a collision avoidance system, you can avoid such situations while keeping life and property safe.

There are several types of collision avoidance systems available for logistics vehicles. They include:
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
The FCW system is a cutting-edge safety technology that tracks the speed of vehicles, as well as the speed of vehicles ahead and the distance between them. If the vehicle gets too close due to the speed of the car behind, the FCW system notifies the driver of an imminent collision.

Rear Collision Avoidance System
Rear Collision Avoidance is a high-tech safety system that detects oncoming traffic when reversing. By using sensors located at the rear of the vehicle, the technology helps avoid and prevent rear collisions when reversing, even in low visibility conditions.

Lane Departure Warning System
This type of collision avoidance system alerts the driver when the vehicle begins to veer out of its lane and is especially useful for real-time blind-spot detection.

Pedestrian Detection System
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable targets of forklifts across intralogistics, accounting for at least a quarter of all traffic fatalities. Pedestrian detection systems use sensors to detect human movement on the road to help drivers spot moving objects before it's too late.

Automatic Braking System (ABS)
ABS is a car braking system that activates when it detects an oncoming obstacle. Most automatic emergency braking systems (ABS) apply a small amount of braking force to give the driver more time to intervene, while some automatic emergency braking systems (ABS) apply the brakes until the vehicle comes to a complete stop.