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Double warning system in shoe warehouse
Extra protection for deaf employee with ELOshield
Safety systems generally give acoustic and optical warnings to alert personnel to the risk of collisions in the warehouse - but if sounds cannot be heard in potentially dangerous situations, other measures need to be put into place. This was the case with shoe wholesaler P+P Schuhvertrieb GmbH, where a deaf employeee works at its central distribution centre in Heinsdorfergrund. By using ELOKON’s RFID based personal safety system ELOshield, the company was able to ensure maximum safety for all operatives in the warehouse.
ELOshield is a radio-based identification system which automatically detects when an object or a person approaches a forklift’s danger zone. The ELOshield forklift module is installed in an easily visible location above the dashboard in the cab of the Jungheinrich truck. The read/reception unit transmits a radio signal, which is received by personal transponders and reflected. Ms. Großer wears her personal transponder – which is just the size of a smartphone – on an armbelt. On the basis of a so-called run-time measurement of the radio signal, the system continually detects the distance between the forklift truck and the person. If a specific distance is breached the forklift driver receives visual and acoustic indication of imminent danger and at the same time the transponder emits an acoustic signal as well as a vibrating alarm. Should the vehicle get closer, the vibrations become more pronounced. „This twofold warning system for Ms. Großer therefore gives her plenty of time to react to keep her out of danger “, said Christian Penciulescu.
Start-up in just one day
The system was installed and operational in just one day, having previously been configured with circular warning and protective zones. The warning zone is active from a distance of 3m, whilst the protective zone is active from 1.5m. On the day of installation, the truck module was fitted to the truck interface and Ms. Großer was instructed on the use of the personal transponder.
The installation took place in November 2017.
About P+P Schuhvertriebs GmbH
P+P Schuhvertrieb GmbH is a medium sized family run company which is based in Heinsdorfergrund in the Vogtland region of Germany. It was established in 1991 by Christian und Yvonne Penciulescu. P+P’s team consists of 170 employees, 18 of whom work in its administrative and warehousing areas. The company has 25 shoe shops in the Federal States of Saxony, Thüringia, Saxony-Anhalt und Lower Saxony. As well as the network of retail outlets P+P Schuhvertriebs GmbH also operates an online shop.