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When it comes to safety, pedestrian crossings are one of the more challenging areas in our industries. Traffic tends to be intense and, in some cases, neither operators on foot nor forklift drivers take the necessary precautions, creating risky situations or directly causing minor or major occupational accidents.

To achieve a level of absolute safety in pedestrian crossing, Claitec has developed a new solution that combines two gates and two vehicle barriers with the PSG Pedestrian Safety Gate Solution.

When this new system is in operation the forklift barriers is raised, the pedestrian doors blocked and the pedestrian traffic lights turn red, warning of imminent danger and preventing the crossing.

What if a person wants to cross the pedestrian crossing? They simply need to press a button next to the gate. The system – by means of the two MT50 sensors, each one located a few meters before the pedestrian crossing – will verify that there is no forklift in the proximity, and it will lower the barriers, turning on the red lights at the same time on the barriers.

And once it’s safe for the pedestrians to walk, the system will turn the pedestrian traffic lights green and unlock the pedestrian gates, remaining in this (adjustable) setting for a few seconds until the person has had enough time to cross safely.

After that time, the pedestrian gates will be blocked again, the traffic lights will turn red and the barriers will open, once again enabling forklift traffic through the area. If someone presses the button to cross when there is a forklift nearby, the system will continue as before until it detects the forklift.

Usually, pedestrian crossings without barriers ensure the safe passage of a person by installing manual pushbuttons, offering him or her a risk-free exit route at the crossing. However, with our gated solution, manual pushbuttons are not necessary as our application has a set time to cross, which is precisely designed to prevent people from pressing an emergency button and unlocking the pedestrian doors without having allowed for the important safety step of lowering the barriers.

Would you like to find out more about Claitec’s safety systems? Do you have a specific question or need more information about any of our solutions? Please, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!

In this post we’d like to discuss the particularities and differences of two key spaces in our industries – the common and the individual areas – in relation to our Hazardous Areas System.

The Hazardous Areas System features different configurations depending on the number of conveyor belts in an industrial space. In a hazardous area we can find two or more belts connected to the same control unit. In this case, when one of the arches detects a tag, the control unit will stop the machine and the conveyor belt.
So, what is the difference between common and individual areas?

In a common or non-individual area, the control unit has more than one belt configured within the protection system itself. This means that once one of the arches detects a tag, it will stop the machine and all belts that are connected to the control unit and to the machine at the same time.

However, in the case of individual zones, the control unit is configured to have a system established for each of the belts in the hazardous area. In this case, when one of the arches detects a tag, it will only stop the belt that has detected the tag and, – at the same time, the machine -, while the rest of the tapes will be able to continue working.

If you would like to know more about any of the systems we offer, or if you have specific queries about any of our solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!

Many of our industrial spaces often feature a production or work area located under elevated offices, lofts or mezzanine spaces. A particularly risky situation occurs when forklifts travel between the shelves or racks and the upper level where the offices, loft or mezzanines are located. Needless to say that vehicles circulating in this set of circumstances can cause serious damage and put both the driver and the people in these spaces at risk.

Production plant where the solution have been installed.

After having detected this situation, at Claitec we have developed a solution that responds and eliminates this kind of risks by installing a laser sensor at a safety distance of 50 cm around loft offices. So, when the forklift crosses the laser sensor, an acoustic and visual alarm signal is activated to warn the driver and the others present of the situation of imminent risk or danger.

With this warning system, the operator can react in time and serious risks can be avoided – both for themselves and for the people surrounding them -, as well as possible damage to the building infrastructure and consequent costly repairs.

As an additional option to this solution, a radio frequency transmission can be added to warn the driver or to stop the vehicle.

Would you like to find out more about our industrial safety solutions? Please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!

From 8th to 10th November 2022, Dakar hosts the Préventica International Forum. Its 3rd edition is dedicated to Risk Management in Africa for sustainable economic development. A 3-day event to train, get information, meet experts and benefit from business opportunities in one place that summarizes a true crossroads of meetings between industrial safety professionals.

Our dealer as well as an expert in industrial safety, BE SAFE INTERNATIONAL, has had the opportunity to actively participate, demonstrating once again the functionality of Claitec’s safety solutions in front of the cameras and the large audience it has received.

Until today, it is still possible to stop by their stand (Stand D 05) to be able to closely observe the different live demonstrations of the following products: Such as the PAS Pedestrian Alert System, el CAS-G2 Collision Avoidance System, VAS Visual Alert System and the PSG Pedestrian Safety Gate.

If you have any doubts about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are always happy to help!

EURO EXPO IndustriMässor is a regional trade fair that since 1977 has been helping companies to build business relationships in different locations in the Nordic countries both in the short and long term within the manufacturing industry sector.

During the 9th and 10th of November 2022 the EURO EXPO is held in Kiruna (Sweden) to provide new ideas to develop production for manufacturing companies.
Claitec safety systems will be there alongside our Swedish distributor Apex Import AB, which offers the best safety products, always taking into account the best quality and environmental considerations, to the different segments of the industrial sector.

Stop by and take a look at the different product demonstrations that will be there, such as the PAS Pedestrian Alert System, the CAS-G2 Collision Avoidance System and the VAS Visual Alert System.

If you have any doubts about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are always happy to help!

We love the fact that we could meet our colleagues Troax GB again in an important event such as Robotics and Automation Exhibition! The leading UK event dedicated to helping end-users source products and technologies to improve efficiency and productivity

It has been an innovative, stimulating and future vision centred experience, and we are happy to have had the opportunity to present Claitec safety solutions to everyone who welcomed us, thank you so much for placing your trust in us.

If you have any doubts about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are always happy to help!

Did you know that the industrial sector is the biggest consumer of energy on the planet, only behind transport? In a world where the ways we generate and consume energy are increasingly under scrutiny, it is imperative for industry players to understand and talk about the importance of saving energy.

Firstly, it is important to view energy saving not only as an issue linked to economic aspects, but also an issue that bears a direct impact on the environment and our societies. And, while there is consensus on the need to end dependence on oil and fossil fuels, manufacturing is responsible for more than 20% of harmful gas emissions on the planet and most companies require increasingly higher energy consumption to meet their operational needs.

What do we mean by “energy efficiency”?

As the world itself indicates, energy efficiency is the efficient use of energy, that is – being aware of our consumption patterns, and ensuring that they have the least possible impact on the environment. The energy efficiency policies of a company should, therefore, aim to protect the environment in which we live, doing so by reducing energy intensity and aligning the consumption of their business activity to what is truly necessary and nothing more.

¿How does energy saving benefit us?

The benefits associated with energy efficiency are multiple. Here are some of the most relevant:

  • Significant economic benefits: By reducing energy consumption, we are also reducing our energy bills.
  • Improved competitiveness: Reducing production costs increases our profitability. The money we save can then be invested, for instance, in our human resources and R&D – to boost the company’s competitiveness in the market -, occupational health and safety, etc.

  • Reduction of environmental impact: By minimising energy consumption, we are also reducing our emission of gases that are harmful to the atmosphere, helping improve the health of the planet and its people, today and in generations to come.

  • Environmental and social responsibility and commitment: By implementing measures aimed at greater energy efficiency, our companies show their commitment and corporate social responsibility, while strengthening their positioning and brand image before the various key audiences.

  • Compliance with laws: Energy efficiency has also become an institutional requirement. Investing in energy efficiency and savings will help us avoid the high economic sanctions companies endure in the event of non-compliance.

Useful tips to save energy in our industries

At Claitec we believe that it is necessary and urgent to invest on actions that allow us to move towards a more sustainable future. The following tips will help you apply energy saving measures in factories or production plants:

  • Lighting: Make the most of natural light and replace high consumption light bulbs with LED lighting. Use timers and sensors that adjust their uses as required. Small changes like these can be a source of notable savings.

  • Air conditioning systems: Installing low-consumption heating and air conditioning equipment, with monitoring options will allow consumption to be optimised and reduce your energy bills.

  • Insulation: Select the appropriate insulation for the walls, floors, and ceilings of your facilities so that the climate control systems can efficiently control cold or heat.

  • Efficient energy: There are efficient energy sources on the market that are adapted to the intense energy consumption of industries and manufacturing environments. This energy will reduce operating costs and boost performance through reliable systems with no power limits.

  • Consumption habits: Creating an energy saving culture in your work environment and amongst your collaborators will make it possible to standardise rational and efficient consumption habits in your workplace, thus achieving better results. Remember, small gestures can achieve great savings!

  • Technology and innovation: Replacing old equipment and machinery with higher performance products that reduce production and time, will result in decreased energy consumption.

Savings and efficiency – objectives of a more sustainable industry

Energy efficiency is not a fad or a one-time phenomenon.

Institutions worldwide have already taken a clear position on the matter and are demanding that industry leaders work towards minimising our environmental impact and guaranteeing the sustainability of resources.

And high-volume consumers must respond. Choosing a good, efficient, and sustainable energy supply becomes a fundamental factor in successfully developing any manufacturing process or industrial transformation.

Need more information on the matter and/or any of our solutions?

Please get in touch! We are here to help you.

The VSG system (Virtual Safety Gate) is a virtual gate that warns drivers and pedestrians that passage is not allowed in certain areas or intersections by means of an alert system that projects a red line on the ground.

The virtual safety gate has been providing Claitec’s customers with valuable assistance and it’s becoming a great ally in improving safety and preventing work accidents in industrial corridors.

The VSG system can be easily placed at the entrance point of any aisle to notify forklift drivers when other vehicles or operators are circulating along the same aisle. The gates can be fitted either with an RGB pilot light on the post or with a traffic light that indicates whether passage is allowed or otherwise.

If there are no vehicles in the corridor, the VSG will project a green line on the ground. If a vehicle enters the corridor, it will automatically change the projection to red until the vehicle leaves the area, making it easy for the drivers to determine whether they can advance or whether they must wait.

There are several options to help detect if a forklift is circulating along the aisle:

  • VSG – Internal configuration.

Configuring the VSG itself will help detect a vehicle as it enters or leaves an aisle, and automatically proceed to activate the line projectors: red when it detects the presence of a forklift that has not yet left, green when there is no forklift and /or has already left.

The VSG is connected to an MT-50 and in the forklift, we have installed a PAS kit. So, when the MT-50 of the VSG detects the vehicle, it directly changes the projection colour to red, changing it to green only when the vehicle leaves the corridor.

In this case, the VSG is connected to an LSA control unit, and the forklifts incorporate coded reflective bands. When a vehicle passes through the VSG, the VSG automatically reads its coded reflective stripes and changes the projection from green to red, alerting of the presence of a vehicle in the aisle.

The VSG is connected to a CAS-G2 and in the forklift we have installed a CAS-G2 system. When the CAS-G2 detects the vehicle, it directly changes the projection colour to red, changing it to only when the vehicle leaves the corridor.

Should you have any questions and require our advice, please, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

The collision between forklifts is a very real risk in many industrial plants. At Claitec, we have observed that our customers’ warehouses and the warehouses of those who ask for our opinion, consistently experience very heavy traffic, and as such, the risk of collision is significantly increased.

We have also noticed corners or areas where forklift drivers lose visibility, either because they are 90-degree bends, or because there are doors that prevent them from seeing another truck on the other side.

How can this type of risks be minimized?

Collision Avoidance system (CAS-G2)

The Collision Avoidance System is a solution that warns the forklift driver when it detects other vehicles in a 25-meter range. So, whether the other truck is circulating in the “blind spot” of a curve, or whether it’s on the other side of an automatic gate, the CAS-G2 system will alert the driver so that he or she is aware of the presence of another vehicle is in its vicinity and thus use the appropriate caution.

It works as an extension of the PAS system which, must be requested from the factory. A PAS activator AC-50 is placed on the forklifts so that they can detect each other. When a forklift detects another one in its safety zone, the system alerts the driver of the imminent risk. The system also allows for some variations in the configuration – for instance, it is possible to make the truck slow down when it detects the presence of another vehicle in their immediate vicinity.

What are benefits of the CAS-G2 system for you?

First and foremost, the safety of your workers. By dramatically reducing collisions in heavy traffic areas and in areas of poor visibility, the risk of accidents decreases. The design of the CAS-G2 solution also allows the driver to notice immediately when another truck is in the same area of ​​work, warning him or her of a possible collision.

Not only that – the CAS-G2 system also delivers increased productivity as forklift drivers can focus on their work without having to worry about their safety. Thus, not only will you achieve a higher level of efficiency, you will also notice a significant reduction in the stress levels of your workers.

What are the main areas of application of this solution?

As we mentioned above, the CAS-G2 system is ideally suited to areas with heavy forklift traffic and low driver visibility. For instance, in:

  • Docks
  • Goods’ loading and unloading areas
  • Store aisles’ exits

The CAS-G2 system is also very useful in places where large forklifts coexist with smaller trucks.

If you are keen to find out more about this system or would like further information about any of our products, don’t hesitate to contact us.

As you know, our goal at Claitec is to develop solutions that adapt to the needs of our clients and that contribute to generating safer work spaces, preventing or reducing the chances of workplace accidents. This article introduces three of such practical and innovative solutions to improve safety at a critical point in any industrial space: pedestrian crossings.

The PSG Solution (Pedestrian Safety Gate) is a door designed to reduce risk situations in high-activity environments. This system has two key functions: to create safe pedestrian crossings and to restrict the entry of unduly protected personnel. It is designed to interact with the TCS Traffic Control System, automatically interacting with Claitec’s devices to block any pedestrian from crossing if a forklift is detected in the vicinity.

The VSG Solution (Virtual Safety Gate) consists of a virtual gate operated by photocells. It’s activated by movement and when circulation is prohibited in a certain sector or intersection, the VSG activates a warning system that projects a red line on the ground.

If the gate detects a forklift, the projection on the ground warns that crossing is not allowed. If the pedestrian chooses to cross anyway, a pilot light and an audible alarm alert him/her of the danger. The gate also sends a signal to the forklift warning the driver about the person in the danger area. If the person is in the danger zone as the gate goes into alarm mode, s/he can retreat to the safe zone and no alarm is triggered, as the system is capable of detecting whether s/he leaves the safe zone (thus activating the alarm) or leaving the safe zone (thus leaving the alarm deactivated).

And, finally, it’s important to highlight the PAS System’s (Pedestrian Alert System) contribution in preserving the integrity of operators at intersections in our workspaces. As mentioned in previous posts, the PAS System is a solution that has shown great efficiency in improving industrial safety in all kinds of areas. Its contribution is great as it warns forklift drivers when it detects a person at a distance adjustable from 1 to 11 meters. It is a unique system capable of differentiating between people and objects, and it even detects operators who are behind a wall or a shelf, thus, adding safety and preventing accidents at crosswalks.

Do you have any doubts about these devices? Is there anything we can assist you with? Please, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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