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ELOshield enhances operational health and safety for pigment manufacturer
Safer forklift movements at Clariant
Safety is high on the agenda for the Pigments Division of Clariant (Colorants Solutions Deutschland GmbH) at its site in Frankfurt’s industrial park in Höchst, where it manufactures insoluble colorants. These are then mixed and ground for ongoing processing at the neighbouring HPPM Plant (High Performance Pigments Mill). This entails the movement of large volumes of material from one site to another and consequently results in a high level of forklift traffic. Clariant has been using ELOKON’s automated proximity detection system ELOshield since the summer of 2020 to ensure the safe passage of forklifts in and around the premises and the optimum protection of its personnel.
Automatic speed reduction with ELOshieldZONE
The major issue for this project however was the challenge of constantly monitoring the three riskiest areas where visibility is very poor. "In our experience this is where collisions have repeatedly happened, resulting in damage to the trucks and/or the building," said Dr. Lindner. The implementation of a permanent and automatically activated speed limit is designed to prevent these occurrences in future.
ELOKON’s solution was to install a number of radio antennas along the S-bend in the goods-in section, in the inner and outer area of the doorway towards the external warehouse and alongside the production line. When a vehicle enters the monitored area, its speed is automatically reduced to seven kilometres per hour. If ELOshieldZONE also detects a person or another forklift truck in the vicinity, the system warns both parties and reduces the speed to just three kilometres per hour.
No noticeable drop in production levels
"Our employees were sceptical at first, but quickly accepted this virtual 'protective shield'," says Dr. Lindner. This was mainly because the reduced speed limit did not cause any noticeable drop in productivity. Dr. Lindner also stresses the overriding advantages of the system.
"Since ELOshield has been operational there have been no instances of damage in the areas it monitors. This is not only a major plus for the safety of our employees, but also reduces costs in the long run."