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KOMFORT, Poland’s largest supplier of floor coverings
has safety sorted with the assistance system ELOshield
Together with STILL, ELOKON has installed 23 mobile ELOshield systems with customised zones and 70 personal modules at KOMFORT, Poland's largest wholesaler of floor coverings. This driver assistance system automatically detects when a person enters the danger zone of a forklift and can also be used to prevent collisions between forklifts. One specific issue at KOMFORT that needed to be addressed was the safe handling of the 4m long rolls of floor covering which called for individually defined protection zones, as well as a specialised solution in the radio sensor technology.
Special protection, smart forklifts
Due to the mix of products and therefore the diverse loads in the warehouse, two types of forklift were chosen to overcome certain challenges of this project; ones fitted with extra-long forks are used to enable easy handling of the 4m long carpet rolls, and these work alongside trucks with standard forks which deal with other items.
This is where ELOshield’s customised zones come into play, acting as protective shields. The use of multiple antennas enables the creation of freely configured zones to accord with specific customer requirements. In this case the zones were adjusted to suit the hazardous situation and the specific type of forklift in order to offer the highest level of protection for personnel. For example, the front protection zone of the forklifts with longer forks is wider than the zone directly around the operator’s cab.
A further stipulation was that acoustic alerts and warning beacons were to be used in yellow zones only, whereas in red zones an automatic speed reduction down to 8km/h was to be activated. The other forklifts were to be parameterised with a radial protection and warning zone of 2 or 4 metres respectively.