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Always conscious of the vital role that forklifts play in the daily work of our industries today, at Claitec we are constantly seeking to provide solutions that complement their operation, make them more effective and safer, facilitating drivers’ tasks, and ultimately, helping prevent accidents.

In today’s post we’d like to introduce you to one of the latest tools we have developed after listening to several of our clients’ suggestions. After learning about some of the problems they face and some of the accidents that occur because of the excess height in the load transported by the forklifts, we created an innovative tool known as the High load sensor HLS.

The HLS warns forklift drivers as soon as it detects that the loads picked up exceed the permitted heights or predefined measurements. Thanks to the light and sound signal sent to the driver if the load exceeds the maximum allowed, we now prevent unsafe movements that could lead to an accident.

In addition, the HLS Solution is presented as an ideal complement in the prevention of accidents in warehouse doors, a weak point managed today by installing a bidirectional Tz2 Tag on the warehouse doors and incorporating the PAS System on the forklifts. These solutions make it possible for drivers to be warned when a vehicle approaches a door that is closed or not fully open.

If you have any questions, if you want to know more about our solutions or if you require our advice, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Claitec team has recently been strengthened with three new additions:

Maria will act as support in Claitec’s administrative, commercial and production tasks.

She has a degree in communication, protocol, and institutional relations. She has worked in recent years in the organisation of events, fairs, and congress in Barcelona.

She defines himself as a versatile, planning-oriented, and organised person. Her hobbies include social media, cooking, and confectionery, as well as traveling and getting to know different places and cultures.

Neus will join our marketing department and add a breath of fresh air to our graphic design and corporate identity tasks.

She has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from UdG and spent a year in Belgium where she specialised in visual and conceptual communication.

She is also an illustrator, so during her free time you will most probably find her drawing, preparing her own art exhibitions or selling her own goods in craft marketplaces.

Nil joins us to provide support to our production department and to act as a Technical Assistant in Software Development and R+D.

He studied a higher degree in Automation and Robotics and is currently continuing his training in the field of Electronic and Automatic Engineering at the UdG.

Nil is a technology enthusiast, especially of the development and programming of machines and robots. During his free time, you will find him cooking or playing football.

¡It’s a pleasure to have the three of you join our team!

One of Claitec’s key missions since its inception has been to continuously improve the safety and health standards in all industries, as well as to prevent work accidents involving operators and machinery. We do so by comprehensively understanding the workspaces we work with, and developing solutions that complement each other, creating safer places and providing better results for our clients.

In this video we invite you to discover how some of our solutions can be perfectly integrated and work harmoniously in a workspace to achieve greater safety and efficiency. We suggest you imagine a journey through the industry and appreciate how the different solutions are activated:

Your journey starts with a forklift travelling around a warehouse to unload a truck. Shortly after, an operator leaves the safety zone to encounter the moving vehicle. This action automatically triggers the PAS System (Pedestrian Alert System), warning the driver that it detected a person nearby. This system can differentiate between objects and people, and it can detect an operator even behind a wall or a shelf.

Continuing with our tour, we notice another forklift entering the warehouse and immediately activating the innovative Roof Radar – a safety system that automatically reduces the speed of a vehicle as it enters a building. The way it works is that when the radar detects the ceiling, it automatically selects the low speed in the vehicle to regulate traffic and avoid accidents in closed spaces. When leaving the roof space, the Roof Radar deactivates on its own.

In that same depot we now see the TCS traffic control system in operation in action. A pedestrian is moving through his safety zone until reaching a crossing where the Pedestrian Safety Gate (PSG) indicate he must stop as a forklift is in circulation. As soon as the vehicle has gone, the traffic light turns green, and the Pedestrian Safety Gate (PSG) allow our pedestrian to move forward.

The vehicle then comes to an intersection just as another forklift approaches. It is at this moment that our CAS-G2 System is activated, a tool designed to avoid collisions between forklifts. This system allows a vehicle to detect another with the same solution already installed, alerting drivers to take the necessary precautions. The CAS-G2 has a configurable range of up to 40 meters, and it can detect vehicles even in blind spots.

Then, we see a forklift moving down an aisle loading or unloading merchandise. When it reaches the end of the aisle, and as it converges on a main warehouse’s path, the risk of a collision in this treacherous location increases considerably. That’s when the Crossing Guard System comes into action, warning from above through visual alerts – be it traffic lights, blue spot projection or the VAS Projector (safety alert display) to alert the driver about whether or not he has rite of passage permit, guaranteeing its integrity.

We can also see how the NAS system provides safety in that same warehouse as in all warehouses with narrow aisles, minimising the risk of collision between forklifts in areas with reduced spaces. If a forklift intends to enter an aisle where another vehicle is already operating, it will immediately be warned by a traffic light signal indicating that it cannot continue its course. If the forklift remains in the aisle, the traffic light will indicate its presence in the area to the rest of the vehicles or pedestrians approaching the place.

Today’s tour concludes with the TDS System in action for unloading of vehicles – a safety system which minimises the risks of being run over at loading docks. This tool consists of a traffic light that warns the forklift driver when operators are present. In this case, the dock is equipped with detection sensors, which emit signals that the traffic light passes on to the operators and drivers, avoiding risks and accidents.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The link between forklifts and accidents at work and occupational safety concerns is widely known in the industrial sector. Claitec works tirelessly to address this situation and improve the way in which these vehicles interact with people in workspaces.

Our experience and our clients’ in this regard has proven that the following five aspects are key to preventing forklift-related accidents:

  1. Drivers’ poor training. We have been witness time and again to the lack of appropriate training in operators who must drive a forklift for hours on end. Investing in driver education and training should be a priority, as well as equipping them with a number of complementary tools that assist their task, such as the PAS Pedestrian Alert System, to mention an example. Investing in this type of safety tools will reduce accidents and achieve better results.

  2. Driving speed. The recommended driving speed is less than 5 miles per hour (about 8 km/h). Driving at higher speeds and irresponsibly robs the vehicle of its ability to react to unforeseen events and it increases the risk of accidents. The LSA Solution for low-speed areas is ideal to keep the driving speed under tabs.

  3. Operating an overloaded forklift. A very risky way of driving as it impacts both the driver’s visibility and the vehicle’s ability to control and respond, causing extremely risky accidents. Claitec’s high load sensor HLS is an extremely helpful tool designed to control the load and minimising risks while driving.

  4. Workspace design. Sharp curves, zero viewing angles, or narrow aisles are very common causes of workplace accidents. We often see forklifts overturning or crashing at dangerous intersections. Claitec’s BS Solution for blind spot areas minimises the risk of collision between forklifts and pedestrians while reducing collisions in areas of limited visibility.

  5. Lack or scarcity of traffic warnings and signs. A key factor to industrial safety is to clearly indicate forklift circulation areas, especially in those places where these vehicles coincide with operators on foot. However, the necessary signs are very often not placed in the appropriate places, or these are not reviewed and updated according to the different functions of the spaces. Industries can address this issue with solutions such as the Crossing Guard – to avoid collisions at intersections -, or the VAS System – which warns pedestrians and/or forklift drivers of risk situations – by projecting signs on the floor.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

One of our missions at Claitec is to keep our team and processes in a continuous state of improvement. We are constantly searching for and designing new ways to strengthen our tools and enhancing our portfolio. The product we are proud to present today is the result of this tireless search. Our new long-range antenna reinforces the capabilities of our solutions and provides different alternatives for the control of safety in our workspaces, helping to reduce and avoid workplace accidents.

The new long-range antenna is compatible with all of Claitec’s vehicle, people and property detection systems. It emits a LF field that warns of the presence of people or machinery within its range.

This new type of long-distance antenna is installed in the vehicle or machine that incorporates the PAS (Pedestrian Alert System) and thanks to its new design, it is now capable of detecting at a range of up to 11 meters, compared to the standard LF antenna’s detection range of up to 6,5 meters.

In other words, with the new antenna we are expanding the use of the different Claitec systems – particularly in larger vehicles (over 3,5 tons and higher speeds) -, and in situations where more detection distance is required.

Claitec’s new antenna features several characteristics that make it ideal for work in industrial environments:

  • IP67
  • Temperature range from -40ºC to + 85ºC
  • High degree of shock absorption
  • Easy installation thanks to its integrated support, among others points in its favour

Strengthening the PAS and TCS Systems.

The Pedestrian Alert System (PAS) is a solution that warns truck drivers when it detects a person at adjustable distances. This unique system is capable of differentiating between people and objects, and it even detects workers who are behind a wall or a shelf. The PAS is highly used and valued by our customers, and now, thanks to this new antenna, we are almost doubling its range capacity, going from 6,5 to 11 meters in total.

AThis new antenna also provides extremely positive results for the TCS Solution (a Traffic Control System that differentiates pedestrians and forklifts in the same workspace), allowing for broader controls, earlier warnings and improving the coexistence of machines and people, thus reducing risks and avoiding workplace accidents.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

As we launch into a brand new year, there’s no better time to take stock of what 2021 left for us – a year full of emotions and challenges still marked by the impact of the pandemic throughout the world.

The collective feeling is that these have been challenging and uncertain times but we also feel they’ve brought us closer together and compelled us to work with greater confidence to add efficiency and safety to all our processes.

So, today, we would like to look back and review some of the innovative solutions Claitec developed in 2021 which are already being incorporated by our clients with great success into their work routines.

  • The Roof Radar is a safety system that automatically reduces the speed of a vehicle as it enters a building. When the radar detects a ceiling, it immediately selects the low speed on the vehicle until it leaves that space again.
  • The MT-50 tag is a device that bands together the functions of the TT-50, TZ-TAG, TZ2-TAG (BI/UNI). It performs the same functions of all of these did plus adding improvements in power capacity – RF and LF typical of a T-10R -, among other things. With these devices, a safety perimeter can be delimited in a physical space, without the need to have people with the T-10 key rings as was previously necessary.
  • The active inhibitor consists of an electronic device that is installed next to the driver’s seat to inhibit his/her keys when entering the vehicle. This way, the drivers’ keyring is not detected and for the rest of the systems it will appear that only the forklift is circulating, thus avoiding the common crossed detections problems that tend to reduce effectiveness and pace of work.

Thanks to the trust that clients like yourself place on Claitec and thanks to the constant exchanges we have we our clients, we have thrived through another year together.

Now, it’s time to work towards an even better 2022!

Thank you, best wishes for 2022 and let’s continue facing new challenges together!

The coexistence between forklifts and pedestrians is one of the most challenging aspects of the safety of our workplaces. The team at Claitec is continually devising ways to help us overcome the risks that it generates. We know that speed is related to safety, but we are also aware that productivity demands are important, and our latest solution finds the perfect balance.

Meet, the Roof Radar!

Roof Radar is a safety system that automatically reduces the speed of a vehicle when it enters a building. As soon as the radar detects a roof, it immediately selects the low speed on the forklift until it leaves that space again.

In other words, the forklift can return from carrying out tasks in an open space without pedestrians, such as the loading and unloading of merchandise on a beach, and as it enters the warehouse or work area where there are pedestrians about, it will automatically modify its speed without requiring any action from the driver. The Roof Radar prevents the possible negative effects of a forgetful or distracted operator in relation to the speed of the machine.

The Roof Radar complements the safety features of the vehicle and can be integrated into any type of forklift. Thanks to a sensor based on radar technology, this innovative solution from Claitec is capable of detecting superstructures (i.e. ceilings) in a range of up to 24 meters.

The Roof Radar comes with four settings for radar’s reaction time and eight settings for its detection range, which means that this device can work even in the most complex operating conditions. The sensitivity of the transmitter ensures that small superstructures such as bridges, tree canopies and pipes do not cause any unnecessary reduction in forklift speed.

The device can be easily installed in the driver’s cab or on the vehicle’s protective roof. The detection zone distance, sensitivity and output settings can be easily selected on the Roof Radar.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The team at Claitec is here to help you.

The team at Claitec is constantly seeking ways to solve our clients’ challenges and to improve upon the tools currently available for them to do so. The AV-30 – the next step in the evolution of the AV-50 verification antenna – is the result of this pursuit.

The purpose of the AV-50 device is to verify the status of the batteries and the correct functioning of the active tags’ RF communication in a certain workspace. Using additional software and a USB device connected to a computer, this tool allows the date and time of the verified tags to be recorded.

In addition to the verification antenna, the AV-50 can be used as an Access Control. This function is now improved thanks to the AV-30, which can send an output signal that activates an electromagnet and can also have a potential-free relay to activate other elements, such as an automatic door, a pilot light, or a traffic light.

The AV-30 delivers different innovative solutions compared to the AV-50, including:

  • It is a more compact solution.
  • It can perform both functions i.e., antenna verification and access control.
  • It is powered at 100 – 240 VAC through an IP68 connector.
  • It is easier to install, saving time and increasing efficiency.
  • It can be mounted on the wall and on a pole aided by several accessories.

Are you keen to find out more about this solution?

Do you need advice on any of our products?

Don’t hesitate to contact us.

We all know the critical role forklifts play in our industries. They are irreplaceable tools that provide us with efficiency and results. However, the coexistence of this machines with workers on foot poses a significant threat to occupational safety and it is a generator of work accidents, run-ins or major damages.

That’s why in this post we want to discuss three key tools that help segregate forklifts from pedestrians and significantly improve traffic in our workplaces.

1) PAS Pedestrian Alert System:

A reference tool in this area and an essential tool for any industry. The PAS system warns forklift drivers as soon as it detects a person at adjustable distances from 1 to 6.5 meters. This system is capable of differentiating between people and objects, and it even detects workers who are behind a wall or a shelf. A tool that has achieved remarkable results in very different contexts, the PAS system complements easily other safety measures in our workspaces.

2) VAS Solution (Visualisation of Safety Alerts):

Our Visual Alert System, an innovative development designed to warn pedestrians and/or forklift drivers of a potentially risky situation by projecting signals on the ground. Such signs are highly visible to operators and easy to detect, and they become very useful in spaces with high frequency of pedestrian movement. The signs emitted by the VAS solution stand out against the more basic traditional panoramic mirrors and signs used in industries up until now.

3) PSG System (Pedestrian Safety Gate):

A safety gate designed to reduce risk situations in high-activity environments. This system has two functionalities: creating safe pedestrian crossings and restricting entry to improperly protected personnel. It combines with the TCS Traffic Control system, automatically interacting with other Claitec devices to block pedestrian crossings in the event of an approaching forklift.

Should you need more information on how to improve your levels of occupational safety, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The team at Claitec is here to help you.

We are delighted to announce a new addition to our company! Ivan joined us as interns and have stayed on to strengthen our software and R&D team, an area we are highly committed to and intend to build up and consolidate.

Ivan is also a graduate in Multiplatform Application Development (DAM), and is especially interested in data processing and algorithmic programming. He enjoys video games not only as a player, but also as creator, having shared his work with the gaming community through GitHub.

It is a pleasure to work with you!

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