5 driver assistance systems to reduce the risk of accidents 

Driving aid systems for lift trucks

Driver assistance systems for forklift trucks are additional systems which are integrated into warehouse trucks to assist the operator to manage certain situations. This equipment increases the degree of automation of the truck by freeing the operator from certain tasks.

Often implemented for safety reasons, these solutions also increase the performance of the truck, as well as the performance of the operator. Depending on the support system used, different types of sensors are deployed on the truck.

The advantages of these systems are as follows:

  • Time saving: faster transport cycles, reduced search time, simple & quick location
  • Process optimisation: elimination of picking and storage errors
  • Enhanced safety: automatic detection and avoidance of obstructions driving along with automatic braking both are programmable to suit the individual application
  • Optimum performance thanks to intelligent driving programs

So how do you increase security in your warehouse using these systems? And what forklift driver assistance systems are there? 

 

 

 

1. Curve speed control

The Curve Speed Control driver assistance system consists of an automatic adjustment of the speed in curves.

How does it work? 

The steering angle-controlled cruise control reduces the risk of damage to goods and equipment by adapting the speed when cornering. This function automatically regulates the driving speed according to the degree of the steering angle.

The advantages

In other words, the driver no longer needs to worry about his speed when going around corners! Even better…the applied deceleration is precisely calculated to maximise both safety and economy.

This support function is available for various models of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment, from order pickers to electric pallet trucks, stackers and reach trucks.

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2. Active Floor Compensation (or AFC) for driving with stability on uneven floors

Active Floor Compensation (AFC) is for narrow-aisle trucks. This driver assistance system allows maximum performance even on uneven floors.

How does it work? 

The system identifies uneven ground in the path of the load wheels and compensates for it in real time. In this way, the chassis of the truck remains horizontal and the mast vertical at all times, within the tolerance range.

The advantages

The AFC system uses ultra-fast processors that allow it to react instantly, even when the truck is running at maximum speed. Unlike passive systems which merely dampen shocks after they occur, this system actively compensates and cancels vibrations before they occur!

You can see the difference AFC is making in the video below!

3. Driving speed adapted to all angles with OptiSpeed

 

OptiSpeed can be used on all electrical drawbar equipment (pallet trucks, stackers). This system provides maximum safety by adapting the driving speed to any situation.

How does it work?

The OptiSpeed tiller automatically regulates the maximum speed of the truck according to its angle of engagement. As the angle increases, the unit decelerates automatically.

The advantages

Tiller steering helps to ensure safe movement even in the tightest spaces. The operator then benefits from facilitating movement while maximising the ergonomics of the movements.

 

4. Truck Control Assistant

The ATC (Assistant Truck Control) safety package combines several functions that detect potentially critical driving situations and then signal them to the operator - or react automatically.

 

How does it work? 

This system integrates the following functionalities:

  • Securing stops and parking
    An audible signal is triggered if the operator leaves the seat without engaging the parking brake. This device prevents the truck being left unsecure. 
  • Seat belt control
    The driving speed is automatically reduced if the seat belt is not fastened. In cabin trucks, this system is only activated when the cabin door is open. The operator is also notified of a reminder to fasten the seatbelt.
  • Curve Speed Control
    The driving speed is automatically adjusted when driving around corners. By optimising the speed the risk of damage to goods, the equipment and to the racking are considerably reduced.
  • Speed limiter for raised forks
    If the forks are raised more than 500mm (fixed value) while driving, the speed of the truck is automatically reduced. The advantage of this automatic limitation is that it safely allows the truck to move when the forks are raised.

The advantages

No more forgotten belts, no more unauthorised or unsafe stops and safer handling thanks to the Truck Control Assistant which detects potential hazards and signals them to the driver.

5. Lift fork speed reduction for securing moving goods

In order picking, one of the main challenges is to ensure maximum safety in the movement of goods. Moving forks up presents the risk of tipping over and damaging the goods on the pallet.

Speed limiter for raised forks

How does it work?

The raised fork speed reduction system prevents this risk. The driving speed is automatically reduced according to the forklift height. The speed can be adjusted according to your requirements and needs.

The advantages

Prevention of falling goods and increased safety in the warehouse.

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