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Pedestrian Alert System

The Pedestrian Alerts System (PAS) from Claitec is a forklift proximity warning system for the prevention of workplace accidents between forklift trucks and pedestrians. A pedestrian warning system is crucial for high traffic environments. Not only do these systems reduce the risk of accidents, they also improve workplace productivity by allowing employees and forklift operators to focus on the task at hand.

The Pedestrian Alert System will warn the forklift driver of nearby pedestrians. Pedestrians must wear electronic tags (KEYFOBS) that are detected by a control unit on the forklift. If a pedestrian comes within the specified range of between 1 and 6.5 metres, the driver will be warned of the risk by a flashing warning light, piezo alarm or by reducing speed automatically (if the forklift model permits). These warnings help to improve forklift pedestrian safety and allow pedestrians and forklifts to coexist within the same space.

PAS can also be used to trigger warning lights and alarms at intersections when pedestrians or forklifts are in the area. The visual and auditory warnings make forklift pedestrian safety systems a valuable investment for hazardous work environments. Not all employees will have a thorough understanding of safety protocols, and with high staff turnover there is also a potential for inexperience. PAS can compensate for momentary lapses in judgement and lack of experience by clearly highlighting potential hazards, before they may be observed. This technology is particularly useful for application in blind corners, intersections and loading zones, three of the most common places for accidents to occur. Safety is paramount – improve your safety standards and reduce the risk of injury at work by installing a pedestrian warning system from Claitec today.

The overwhelming majority of forklift incidents involve pedestrians. Workplace injury claims can be very costly, but PAS systems in conjunction with clearly defined safety practices can dramatically reduce the risk of injury. It is not always easy to keep tabs on visitors, and not everyone will be familiar with industrial workspaces. Pedestrian safety around forklifts should be reinforced at three levels – management, forklift operators and pedestrians. Each group should have a clear and thorough understanding of best practice, with the PAS system serving as an additional aid. By maintaining good pedestrian forklift safety practices, communication and situational awareness will be enhanced. This enables employees to work safely, efficiently and effectively.

The PAS system from Claitec is easy to install, and settings can be customized to suit your needs. It is perfect for warehouses, manufacturing facilities, distribution hubs and other industrial spaces. Make an investment in your employees’ safety and reduce your risk of forklift accidents today – we look forward to assisting you.

The Claitec Pedestrian Alert System is a solution for the prevention of workplace accidents between forklift trucks and pedestrians. This forklift proximity warning system can also be used to activate lights and/or buzzers at intersections and blind corners, or to automatically lock/unlock gates when a forklift is approaching. Warehouse pedestrian safety is of the utmost importance, and automated systems go a long way in ensuring the safety of everyone on the floor. Forklift proximity sensors provide pedestrians with greater situational awareness by alerting them to the presence of forklifts operating within the area, before they may have a chance to witness them with their own eyes. This contributes to good forklift and pedestrian safety practice by minimizing the risk of collisions.

This Pedestrian Alert System (PAS) kit consists of the following components which are fitted to the forklift:

  • Activator antenna (AC-50) – system electronics connected with the two LF antennas
  • DC-DC Converter 24VDC – power supply for the AC-50 Activator, TT-50 Test Tag, light/buzzer
  • LF antennas with supports – mounted front and rear connected to the AC-50 Activator
  • Self-control Test tag (TT-50) – constantly testing that the AC-50 Activator is correctly functioning
  • Driver’s pedestrian tag inhibitor (T-10) – standalone bracket to deactivate the forklift drivers personal tag when getting on the forklift
  • Warning Light/Buzzer – flashing light/sound when pedestrian tag detected connected to the AC-50 Activator

For the Pedestrians:

  • Personal tag – worn by pedestrians for detection by the AC-50 Activator unit mounted on the forklift when in the settable detection range

To activate lights/buzzers at intersections,blind corners or lock/unlock gates etc:

  • TZ2 Tag – activates the light/buzzer when forklift approaches
  • RGB Light/Buzzer – light and/or buzzer activated by TZ2 Tag

Key Features

  • Detection of pedestrians in the forklift’s proximity.
  • Detection distance is automatically adjusted depending on the speed of the machine.
  • Front and back detection zone from 0.5 to 6.5 metres.
  • Side detection zone of up to 4 metres.
  • Easy implementation by local distributor or installer.
  • Durable and robust system components.
  • Applicable to all types of industrial vehicles up to 4T load capacity (over 4T load capacity vehicles may be suitable with the addition of a Repeater).
  • Ideal in areas where the speed limit is up to 10km/h

Optional accessories

Battery verification unit for pedestrian key fobs AV-50 Battery Verification Unit
Verify the battery condition of the pedestrian key fob with the AV-50 unit. Also comes with software to show the keyfobs scanned and their current battery voltage.

Areas of Application

  • Ideal for Forklift trucks of up to 4 tonne load capacity
    (larger vehicles may be suitable with the inclusion of a PAS Repeater which enhances signal and placing the LF antennas side by side on the truck)
  • Ideal speed in areas up to 10 km/h
  • Loading and unloading zones dedicated to external drivers (people who are not familiar with the facilities and are at high risk of accidents within the space they share with the forklifts)
  • Poor visibility areas such as junctions where pedestrians and forklifts may intersect or where storage corridors exist
  • Work spaces shared by machines and pedestrians such as production lines where the space for the movement of personnel and forklifts is very limited.

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 and vibration and is rechargeable. This is not due for release until third quarter of 2018.

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.

Can lights/buzzers be triggered at blind corners or intersections?

Yes, with this standard pedestrian alert system setup, the forklift setup can trigger a light/buzzer at a blind spot or intersection on approach with an installed TZ2 Tag.
A Pedestrian can also trigger a light/buzzer at a blind spot or intersection on approach with an installed AC-50 unit.
See the Blind Spots Product page for further information.

 

 

 

 

Documents

Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 Pedestrian Alert System brochure
Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 Pedestrian Alert System Presentation

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.

Installing the battery into the Pedestrian Tag T-10
The following video shows how to install a battery into the Pedestrian Tag T-10.