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ELOKON @ Amazon logistics centre Graben
large project implementation completed
Going forward, Amazon will be relying on ELOKON’s pedestrian alert safety technology at their Logistics Centre in Graben. Comprising 6 warehouses and with a total area equivalent to 17 football pitches, the distribution centre is one of the largest in Germany and by the end of 2016, 53 new Crown SP 3521 High-Level Order Pickers there will have been equipped with ELOKON’s mobile pedestrian alert system ELOprotect which was specially developed for very narrow aisles and incorporates an anti-collision functionality to prevent all types of accidents, including trucks colliding with one another.
Large warehouse requires high level of safety
Two secrets of Amazon’s phenomenal success are the speed with which they fulfil their orders and their enormous product range. In the newly designed warehouse, forklifts produced by the U.S. company Crown will be transporting an almost bewildering assortment of shoes through the very narrow aisles and onto the high shelves. In this busy environment, accident and collision prevention is essential and that is where ELOprotect PSS and ELOprotect ACS come in.
How it works
As soon as a truck drives into one of the very narrow aisles, the ELOprotect solution is activated. When a vehicle has come to a stop in a very narrow aisle for order-picking, other trucks which approach within a distance of up to 15m of the first truck, will have their speed automatically reduced. In addition, a visible and audible signal emitted by the display and operation module alerts the driver of the truck to the potential hazard. If the vehicle continues to move despite these safeguards, an alarm is sounded and the vehicle is forced to a complete halt.
System implementation within 6 months
When the first brand new Crown forklifts equipped with ELOKON’s state of the art pedestrian alert safety system made their first journeys through the aisles of the Amazon logistics centre at the end of August, this marked the on schedule completion of a project that had only taken six months from start to finish.
Even for ELOKON, a schedule that tight for a project of this size was a challenge, but then, Amazon are famous for their speed of delivery after all!