Camera & Laser Level Forklift Aid Systems for High Lifting Operations
Filed under: Safety
With the cost and availability of storage space increasing year on year, many companies are combating this by increasing the height of their storage racking to maximise available vertical space, without expanding their racking’s overall footprint.
Forklift operators are being asked to move goods at heights where it is very difficult to have a clear view of where they are placing the goods, from their low vantage point seated on their forklift.
This blog looks at two mechanical aids that can be installed to assist in the safe storage or removal of goods at heights, these being camera or laser level systems.
When lifting loads above 6m in height it is very difficult for a seated forklift driver looking upwards to correctly judge movements and the positioning.
Such moves can often result in damaged goods/equipment or much worse operator or pedestrian injuries from falling goods.
Installing a specialist camera system enables operators to know exactly where their tynes are positioned when operating in high racking.
The camera installed on the forklift carriage, height adjusted to be in-line with the top of the tynes allows the operator to precisely position their tynes between the racking shelf and the pallet.
It also allows the operator to safely and securely position the pallet onto racking shelves during operations.
Laser Leveller System
An alternative to a camera system is a laser leveller system.
The laser beam unit is installed in a similar position to the camera system, where the laser beam precisely lines up with the top of a forklifts tynes.
When in operation this laser beam will emit a laser line on to surfaces showing operators where the top of the forklift tynes are located.
Whilst not as precise as a camera system operators can monitor the level of the laser line for accurate fork tip placement when moving pallets.
The above mentioned camera or laser leveller systems are one of the most effective aids that can be installed onto materials handling units to address issues of:
- Controlling product, equipment and employee damage through precise movement operations
- Increasing productivity through precise and time-saving movements during operations, operators are able to complete lifts first time without having to constantly re-adjust the tyne heights
- Creating a safer working environment through operators being able to correctly pick up loads and ensure they are placed correctly onto racking without fear of them falling