to install VNA safety systems in some countries
ELOKON @ Federal-Mogul Auto Parts
Forklifts & pedestrians work safely & swiftly with ELOprotect PSS
Federal-Mogul is a global supplier of high-quality parts and systems for the automotive, power generation, aerospace, marine, rail and industrial manufacturing markets. The company prides itself on strict safety standards to protect its workers. Federal-Mogul’s distribution center in Belgium wanted to minimize the risk of forklift accidents by adding an automatic layer of protection.
Accordingly, the company deployed our ELOprotect PSS laser-based forklift-pedestrian safety system on turret trucks and high-level order pickers. ELOKON worked closely with the lift truck OEM, Crown Equipment, to configure the system for both very narrow aisle (VNA) and free-roaming lift trucks. And ELOKON technicians retrofitted the systems on existing equipment at the customer’s site.
Personnel protection system for more safety in the warehouse
The small footprint and high bay storage of VNA warehouses makes optimal use of space. But the tight spaces also mean a slim margin of safety. Especially for pedestrians traveling in or across the narrow aisles. With lift trucks operating within a foot or two of the racking, there just isn’t enough room to maneuver safely.
Federal-Mogul’s DC in Belgium is a high-density VNA environment, with fast-paced lift truck traffic up and down the aisles. And forklifts also move pallets from VNA storage to a shipping dock at the other end of the building. So Federal-Mogul needed these forklifts to move safely at optimal speeds, for the most efficient material handling.
To meet all of Federal-Mogul’s requirements, we tailored the functions ELOprotect PSS with modules.
The KR Module automatically activates “creep” speed (1.5 mph) when the forks or cab are at ground level, or when the system’s laser scanners are blocked on the load side. And the “Comfort” Activation/Deactivation (CAD) Module automatically controls end-of-aisle scanning, to avoid false alarms and maximize productivity. This function scans the entire remaining 7m aisle before switching off the protective fields, ensuring that no pedestrian was present there.
System flexibility - for maximum warehouse safety
We also added an extra function to ELOprotect PSS for Crown Equipment, the lift truck OEM. Our End-of-Aisle Control (EAC) Module works together with the CAD Module to slow trucks down and then stop them—automatically—at the end of an aisle.
Ideal solution for mixed fleets
The Federal-Mogul warehouse uses different lift truck models, including Crown TSP narrow-aisle trucks and SP order pickers. ELOprotect PSS installs seamlessly on all types—and brands—of material handling equipment. ELOKON also provides on-site training of post-installation service, to keep ELOprotect PSS running smoothly and effectively.
For Federal Mogul, it all adds up to the highest levels of protection for material handling workers—and, at the same time, maximum speed and productivity.