Blind Spots (BS)

Blind Spot

The Blind Spots (BS) solution minimises any risks of collisions between forklifts and/or pedestrians in poor visibility areas.

The system can be setup for many different types of blind spot situations.

The Blind Spot System (BSS) is a warehouse solution that alerts forklift operators of other forklifts or pedestrians approaching a blind spot, intersection, doorway or gate. The system can be used to trigger lights, buzzers, traffic lights or lock/unlock gates etc to  it indicate right-of-way between pedestrians and forklifts.

  • Detection of trucks and/or pedestrians in the proximity of the traffic light.
  • Easy installation.
  • Durable and robust system components.

HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS:
The examples illustrated below are just a few of the many custom combinations the BSS can be configured to, including the addition of ShockWatch’s Pedestrian Alert System (PAS).


BSS EXAMPLE 1:
Forklift Detection – Blind Corner

Blind Spot System forklift trigger

     System Components:

  • All forklifts are fitted with ShockWatch Pedestrian Alert System (PAS)
  • A Tag is fitted to the wall
     Main Operating Characteristics:

  • When forklift is detected in range of wall Tag, it triggers light and/or buzzer on blind side
    of intersection to alert oncoming traffic of
    approaching forklift or pedestrian
  • Detection range up to 7m

BSS EXAMPLE 2:
Pedestrian Detection – Blind Corner

Blind Spot System pedestrian trigger

     System Components:

  • All pedestrians wear ShockWatch Tags
  • A Detection Unit is fitted to the wall
     Main Operating Characteristics:

  • When pedestrian is detected in range of unit, it triggers a light and/or buzzer on blind side
    of intersection to alert oncoming traffic of
    approaching pedestrian
  • Detection range up to 7m

BSS EXAMPLE 3:
Forklift Detection – Doorway

Blind Spot System forklift trigger

     System Components:

  • All forklifts are fitted with Detection Units
  • A Tag is fitted to wall or ceiling
     Main Operating Characteristics:

  • When forklift is detected in range of wall or ceiling Tag, it triggers light and/or buzzer on other
    side of wall to alert oncoming pedestrians of
    approaching forklift
  • Detection range up to 7m

BSS EXAMPLE 4:
Forklift Detection – Gate

Blind Spot System activating gates

     System Components:

  • All forklifts are fitted with Detection Units
  • A Tag is fitted to wall or ceiling
     Main Operating Characteristics:

  • When forklift is detected in range of wall or ceiling Tag, it triggers light and/or buzzer on other
    side of wall to alert oncoming pedestrians of
    approaching forklift
  • Gates are locked on forklift approach. A manual
    gate override button can be installed in case
    pedestrian is caught in mid-crossing
  • Detection range up to 7m

BSS EXAMPLE 5:
Forklift Detection – Beam

Blind Spot System using beams

     System Components:

  • Reflector beam fitted near pedestrian crossing
  • Reflector mirror fitted opposite reflector beam
  • Control Unit connected to mains power
     Main Operating Characteristics:

  • When forklift approaches pedestrian crossing a beam is broken to trigger the light/buzzer alert

Areas of Application

  • Loading and unloading zones
  • Poor visibility areas at junctions between pedestrians and forklifts
  • Areas with high forklift traffic

FAQ's

What is the primary function of the PAS system?

The primary function of the PAS system is to warn the forklift operator when a pedestrian with a T-10 tag is inside the detection zone set which will trigger an intermittent light and/or buzzer. Once the pedestrian is out of range the light/buzzer will cease activating.

What are the limits of the system?

The system is ideal where the maximum load capacity of the truck is 4T. The system may be suitable for trucks a little larger with the addition of a Repeater which can add 1-2m of extra detection distance.
The top speed of the truck to get effective detection is usually a maximum of 10km/h.

What is the detection distance between the forklift and a pedestrian?

The detection distance that can be adjusted on the AC-50 Activator units dip switches is between 0.5m and 6.5m front and back and up to 4m on the sides.

Does the forklift operator wear a tag?

All pedestrians and forklift operators must wear a T-10 tag for detection by all forklifts fitted with the PAS. The forklift operator places their T-10 tag in the driver inhibitor holder mounted on the forklift when they are ready to operate the forklift. This inhibits the tag from detection by any forklifts. Once the operator leaves the forklift they must take out their T-10 tag with them so they can be detected by other forklifts in the vicinity.

Will the Pedestrian Tags be detected by every forklift?

Yes, the pedestrian tag is universal and will be detected by every forklift fitted with the system. There is no special programming required. They will work out of the box.

Does the Pedestrian Tag make a sound on detection?

No, the current pedestrian tag will only illuminate when detected. There is a new tag in beta testing that will have a sound. This is not due for release until the first half of 2017.

How do I know that the battery in the pedestrian tag is still good and will be detected?

Our AV-50 Battery Verification unit will test the battery level as ok or battery low when it is scanned. Accompanying software can show the tags scanned and their current level of voltage. If a tag is scanned and it shows as battery low you still have a few days to change the battery over.

Can I store the pedestrian tags near the AV-50 Battery verification unit?

If you need to keep the pedestrian tags near the AV-50 Battery Verification unit then they need to be at least 8m away. Within 8m will affect the life of the battery.

Documents

Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 Blind Spots brochure

 

Videos

Pedestrian Alert System
The following video illustrates the Pedestrian Alert System (PAS). Our solution minimises the risk of accidents between forklifts and pedestrians in common work areas. Pedestrians must wear electronic tags that are detected by a device on the forklift truck, warning the driver of the risk.