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Toyota Demo Days are an annual event held by Toyota Material Handling CZ for customers, prospects, business partners and journalists in Czech Republic. This year, the company presented over 100 products and solutions on the exhibition site measuring over 4,500 m2, involving 17 business partners and dealers.

 

Manvale, Claitec’s importer in Czech Republic, exhibited its PAS (Pedestrian Alert System) and LSA (Speed Zoning) product ranges.

 

Claitec is delighted with the reception our stand had amongst visitors.

 

Logistic Summit & Expo 2017, the Latin America’s main trade fair in Intralogistics and Supply Chain, was held a few days ago in Mexico.

 

Drill Company’s presence at the fair represented an excellent opportunity to promote the CLAITEC brand and products on the Latin American market.

Drill Company, Claitec’s importer in Mexico, exhibited its PAS (Pedestrian Alert System) product ranges and latest developments.

 

Claitec is delighted with the reception our stand had amongst visitors.

As we saw in the first post pertaining to the GSK’s success story, the company prioritised the care and welfare of its employees by installing a Traffic Control System (TCS) in its plant’s production area. After verifying the success of the solution in the first phase, the company took another step towards industrial safety, incorporating Claitec’s Traffic Control System to its warehouse area.

The purpose of this solution is to adequately segregate pedestrians and forklifts, ensuring a safe work environment for both operators. Like many of Claitec’s solutions, the Traffic Control System is a passive approach that does not require the attention or operation of a person. It works by placing a TZ2-Tag device in the warehouse which, detects the presence of trucks in turn equipped with another activator. It also includes traffic lights, signage, safety gates and pedestrian railings.

 

During the first phase of the TCS implementation in the production area we encountered a unique problem – the corridors were very narrow. This made it difficult to separate pedestrian crossings and forklift trucks properly. There were also more forklifts in the warehouse and more free space, causing them to travel at faster speeds. If we add the fact that in the warehouse there are few pedestrians and that the forklift operators work with a lower degree of alertness, we have before us a place with greater risk of accidents.

The objective of the second phase was to adequately segregate pedestrian and forklift traffic. This required a combination of technology for adequate signalling, detectors, as well as doors that ensure the safety of operators by preventing their passage to risk areas. In this video you can see how the TCS solution was installed to allow us to successfully meet the objectives of this second phase and to provide a more efficient and safe work for GSK’s warehouse operators.

 

As seen in the video, the solution includes detectors that identify the presence of a forklift in the area. Signalling devices – two traffic lights – alert pedestrians to the presence of a nearby forklift. But the great novelty of the solution lies in the gates as these close automatically in the presence of the forklift, preventing any operator on foot from entering the area. When the area is free of forklifts, they open again, allowing the normal passage of any pedestrian with or without carts.

The gate has the added advantage of a motorised opening and closing system – extremely useful for operators with occupied hands, particularly if pushing a cart. Besides the obvious safety it provides pedestrians, these gates help forklift drivers work more safely and efficiently, with the assurance that there will be no pedestrians in their transit zones. They can even “forget” about potentially crossing paths with pedestrians in poor visibility areas.

 

Worthy of mention also is the fact that the traffic lights indicate green or red according to the situation, providing extra security for all those involved.

 

GSK took a new step towards providing greater safety to its operators. After the first two phases, in which the company secured the safety in the production plant and the warehouse, GSK plans to implement a third stage, installing the solution in its medicine plant. This would complete the implementation of Claitec’s pedestrian warning and traffic control system of its Aranda de Duero plant.

 


* GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) is a world leader in pharmaceutical research and healthcare. The company’s mission is: “to get people to do more, feel better and live longer”.

Claitec participated in the fair LogiMat 2017 in Stuttgart.

 

The fair was a good opportunity to meet with some distributors and customers from Europe.

In LogiMat 2017 we have seen that the logistics sector is booming and that the industry 4.0 is more present.

 

 

Safety in the workplace:

The importance of the most “trivial” measures

 

It is easy to fall into the belief that workplace safety depends only on tools such as helmets, vests, harnesses, or implemented solutions such as those offered by Claitec. Undoubtedly all of these are important, but we can never forget about other factors that also influence the safety of a plant or factory.

Our mission is not to install technological solutions. Our mission is to create a safer life in a safer workplace. This means being aware of all the factors that can affect safety in the workplace, including, for example, some measures or practices that at first sight may seem “trivial“. It is precisely there where we find the largest latent risks, precisely because people do not often pay enough attention to them.

 

In this post we want to analyse something which, at first glance might seem trivial like parking a car in the workplace. The interest in this subject was triggered when we began to observe that many of the companies we visited had the practice or even rule of parking their cars using reverse gear. But why?

 

After analysing the reasons with a more critical vision, as well as studying several comments and contributions from different companies, we have come to the conclusion that there are many benefits of implementing this rule, particularly in terms of safety.

 

1. Emergency cases

The first and most obvious reason is thinking about the most serious threat to the safety of those working in a plant, i.e. an emergency. During any extreme risk situation, if all cars had been parked using reverse gear it is common sense to assume that any potential evacuation would be a lot more agile, particularly so if we are talking about a large plant, with lots of cars parked in the car park. On the other hand, the exit of cars that had been parked in forward gear would be much slower.

 

The sum of many cars leaving their places at half speed could mean that the complete evacuation of the plant takes double, triple or even four times more than it would with cars that had been parked in reverse gear.

 

2. Leaving the plant with less risk

The other benefit we notice at safety level also occurs when leaving the workplace. If a driver had parked using reverse gear, leaving his space is not only a lot simpler and more direct – above all it allows for a better visibility of whatever is transiting along the street.

It is a lot easier to exit if the car has been parked with its back to the footpath. In addition, if the vehicle was parked with its front to the footpath, it would have to go back far enough to be able to determine whether another vehicle was coming or not, which almost always would involve invading part of the street, thus raising the risk of running over a pedestrian, colliding with another car, etc.

 

This becomes even more important if we consider that when we leave work we are in a hurry to reach our destination. This mind-set does not combine well with a reverse exit with reduced visibility. When arriving at work in the morning, it is less risky to do an extra manoeuvre to reverse the car, considering that we are better rested and generally less eager to reach our destination.

 

3. No attention is paid to what’s in the parking space

While we are talking about safety as we leave the parking space, the risk is also minor as we arrive. When the car is parked forward, it is not necessary a conduct a previous manoeuvre and the driver can enter the car into its place directly. When parking backwards, the driver is forced to make an extra manoeuvre, so he is forced to check the space before entering with his car.

 

You never know what you may find in your car space: small car, a pedestrian, an object (such as a car), an animal, etc.

 

4. Psychological effect

Beyond the most obvious benefits seen above, when we analyse the safety benefits of parking the car in reverse gear more in depth, we discover something very peculiar: by emphatically signalling the rule or recommendation to park the vehicle in reverse gear, the driver does not have to wait to enter the plant to become aware of the importance of safety. In his very own personal car he is already exposed to a sign that reminds him or her how important safety is.

 

 

Conclusion

To conclude, let us look back at the term “trivial” that we underlined at the beginning of the post. As experts in the field we know that many factors affect safety but not all are equally present in people’s minds. That’s why we thought it important to raise awareness about something that may seem trivial at first glance, such as parking the car every day.

However, we see statistics of accidents or evacuation problems in parking spaces. In those cases, the security measures are no longer trivial. We invite everyone to reflect on the importance of safety in workplaces in ALL its forms – from the most indispensable safety instruments to those practices which, while they may seem trivial, when needed can represent such an important difference in the health of a human being.

As 2017 starts to unfold we take the opportunity to present Claitec’s new corporate video.

This video is one more step towards ensuring our processes and final products are known and understood as well as towards explaining our history and vision.

 

This video signals the start of 2017 – a year that’s promising to be a very important time for the team at Claitec!

 

Claitec is committed to continually invest in research that helps us transcend the current limits of RFID technology, enables us to take the next generation of products further in the most efficient way, and guarantees the safety of workers in risky industrial environments.

 

As such, we have the pleasure to welcome Francesc Massó to Claitec’s R + D department this month. Francesc has studied electronics and worked in developing radiofrequency products for more than 10 years. He thrives with big challenges in the form of projects using new technologies to create new products that deliver real value to people.

 

Francesc has been passionate about electronics since he can remember, having always enjoyed investigating and learning from new technologies. His hobbies include building FPV (First Person View) drones and building electronic equipment with Arduino or Raspberry.

And he is a DIY (Do It Yourself) philosophy enthusiast!

 

Francesc, it’s a pleasure to have you on board Claitec’s team!

 

Coined at the Hanover Fair (Germany) in 2011 – the largest exhibition of industrial technology -, the term “4.0 Industry” describes a trend that encompasses what could be defined as smart factories or cyber-factories. Digital technologies are the protagonists of this new model. Today’s global trend is to move towards digitalisation, in search of greater productive efficiency and logistics with the help of robotic tools and information management.

The first industrial revolution was driven by the introduction of the first steam production machine. The second, by the factories of mass production that displaced craft work. The third was the revolution in electronics, the Internet and renewable energy. Industry 4.0 is the result of the fourth industrial revolution which, seeks to take advantage of the immense capacity to obtain information that has exponentially developed in order to interconnect all the parts and processes of a factory using the Internet of things – that is, the potentiality of the physical objects of being interconnected through Internet. The immense wealth of data available today at all times can be processed and channelled through analysis software to produce more effectively.

 

Claitec proposes the development of safety measures focused on the concept of industry 4.0 – a product design that allows to identify and locate people, vehicles and robots. At the same time, it advocates a factory of the future working under a PIM structure (People-made manufacturing) to replace algorithmic mathematical models with other heuristics based on artificial intelligence, in order to help employees to complete the production process.

Process automation must be supervised, especially now that thanks to all these technological advances there’s a greater flexibility and adaptability to all sorts of eventualities. The use of wireless sensors and media is vital for this to happen. Data mining along with intelligent information management, prediction and prevention systems and artificial intelligence become very important tools and resources to ensure a safe production within the factories- safe for operators and safe for machinery and processes.

 

Claitec proposes for people to be decision makers and to be able to work in a safe and collaborative environment in unison with technology and machinery. The factory must become a healthy environment, where motivation permeates all levels and turns people into productive operators who work in harmony with technology, enjoying and understanding the new processes and the advantages that these mean for their work and their daily life.

Safety must be the first priority of the 4.0 Industry. The increasing presence of vehicles without drivers, robots and machines requires a functioning that ensures the safe and healthy coexistence between technology and people.

By implementing small electronic devices, Claitec can detect the location and movement of people and vehicles at all times. This also allows the development of a wide range of applications that solve security problems and enable better production. Just as GPS have revolutionised the way we travel, indoor location technology will enable many applications within the factory of the future that will revolutionise the way the industry works.

 

Claitec ensures an increased level of accident prevention in high-risk areas, greater control of outsiders, protection of personnel and company assets through reliable, easy to handle alarms and easily installable individual warning systems for pedestrians and operators.

When defining the business model, factories in Industry 4.0 should put safety first. The minimum cost of accident related time-off-work expenses amounts to 1,500 euros per day. Implementing measures to avoid these expenses should be a priority in view of the profitability these new smart companies have to economise energy and raw materials and the efficient allocation of resources.

For these reasons, any system that allows communication and location in an effective and accurate way becomes essential in this new scenario. Hyper connectivity – possible today thanks to the development of the media and technology – is aligned with this idea.

 

Customers’ needs come first for Claitec. Therefore, the marriage of teamwork and open innovation with employee social responsibility and empowerment are, and will always be, a priority when it comes to proposing solutions. Our concern to develop the best possible safety measures for the factories of the Industry, is a clear example of this goal.

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The ALL4PACK International Packaging and Handling fair, will be celebrated from 14 to 17 November.

Tilt-import, Claitec’s importer in France, will exhibit our LSA (Speed Zoning) product ranges and latest developments.

 

Tilt-import´s presence at the fair represents an excellent opportunity to promote the CLAITEC brand and products on the French market.

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CeMAT-ASIA 2016, the world’s main trade fair in Intralogistics and Supply Chain, was held a few days ago in China. Claitec is delighted with the reception our stand had amongst visitors.

 

Greenpack, Claitec’s importer for the Asia, will exhibit its PAS (Pedestrian Alert System) product ranges and latest developments.

 

Greenpack’s presence at the fair represented an excellent opportunity to promote the CLAITEC brand and products on the Asian market.

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