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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.

Como vimos en el primer post del caso de éxito de GSK, la empresa priorizó el cuidado y bienestar de sus empleados, instalando un Sistema de Control de Tráfico (TCS) en la zona de producción de su planta. Luego de comprobar el éxito de la solución en la primera fase, la compañía dio un paso más en materia de seguridad industrial, ampliando el Sistema de Control de Tráfico de Claitec, pero esta vez en su zona de almacén.

La finalidad de esta solución es una adecuada segregación entre peatones y carretillas, asegurando un trabajo tranquilo para ambos operarios. Al igual que muchas de las soluciones de Claitec, es pasiva, es decir, no requiere de la atención u operación de un trabajador. Funciona mediante la colocación de un dispositivo TZ2-Tag en el almacén, que detecta la presencia de carretillas a su vez equipadas con otro activador. También incluye semáforos, señalización, portillos de seguridad y barandillas para segregar peatones.

Durante la primera fase, en la implementación de TCS en la zona de producción, se daba la particularidad de que los pasillos eran muy estrechos, los que dificultaba una adecuada separación entre el paso de peatones y de las carretillas elevadoras. Sin embargo, en esta segunda fase ocurre que en el almacén hay un mayor número de carretillas, sumado al hecho de que hay más espacio libre, por lo que éstas transitan a mayor velocidad. Si además sumamos el hecho de que hay pocos peatones, y que los operadores de las carretillas trabajan con un menor grado de alerta, estamos hablando de un lugar con mayor riesgo de accidentes.

El objetivo de la fase era segregar adecuadamente el tráfico de peatones y de carretillas. Para esto se requería una combinación entre tecnología para un adecuada señalización y detectores, así como puertas que garantizaran la seguridad de los operarios, al impedir su paso a zonas en estado de riesgo. Fue así que se instaló la solución TCS, que permitió cumplir con éxito los objetivos de esta fase dos, permitiendo un trabajo más eficiente y seguro para los operarios del almacén de GSK.

Como se observa en el video, la solución incluye detectores que identifican la presencia de una carretilla en la zona. Los dispositivos de señalización –dos semáforos- alertan a cualquier peatón de la presencia cercana de una carretilla.  Pero la gran novedad de la solución radica en las puertas: éstas se cierran automáticamente ante la presencia de la carretilla, evitando que cualquier operario a pie entre en la zona. Cuando la zona está libre de carretillas, éstas se abren nuevamente, permitiendo el normal paso de cualquier peatón con o sin carros.

Las puertas, además, cuentan con la ventaja de funcionar en base a un sistema de apertura y cierre motorizado, siendo de gran utilidad para operarios con sus manos ocupadas, ya sea conduciendo una carretilla, o transportando un carro caminando. Además la obvia seguridad que brinda a los peatones, ayuda a los conductores de carretillas a trabajar con mayor tranquilidad y eficiencia, con la seguridad de que no va a haber peatones en sus zonas de tránsito. Incluso puede “olvidar” la preocupación en cruces de poca visibilidad.

También se puede observar que los semáforos señalizan en verde o en rojo de acuerdo a la situación, brindando seguridad extra a todos los implicados.

GSK así dio un nuevo paso hacia brindar la mayor seguridad a sus operarios. Luego de las dos primeras fases, en las que la empresa aseguró la planta de producción y el almacén, GSK se plantea implementar una tercera etapa, instalando la solución en su planta de medicamentos. Así completaría el equipamiento de su planta de Aranda de Duero con el sistema de alerta de peatones y control de tráfico de Claitec.

*GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) es una compañía líder mundial en investigación farmacéutica y en el cuidado de la salud. La empresa defina cuya misión es conseguir que las personas puedan hacer más, sentirse mejor y vivir más tiempo.

*Case Study: GSK

*Case Studies analyse the implementation of Claitec’s solutions in a specific client.

GSK defines itself as a multinational operating in the pharmaceutical sector, with a particular focus towards the sciences. Its main activity centres around research and development of a wide range of innovative products in three main areas: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.

The number of activities carried out by the company is staggering: GSH is commercially active in over 150 countries around the world, with a network of 84 production plants in 36 countries, and large R & D departments in the UK, Spain, United States, Belgium and China.

Identifying a problem

GSK had shared some of their concerns with us, specifically in warehouse safety: there were problems segregating pedestrians and forklifts in the production area, the distance to carry out both types of maneuvers was minimal, and they were worried about the potential for negligence or human errors at the different intersections.

We had always identified a risk in the coexistence of people and forklifts in the factory” explains Marta Leal Ramirez, Director of Prevention Services and the Environment.

However, Pablo Santamaria Lacuesta, Project Engineer at GSK, commented that finding an integral solution to their problems was difficult: “When it was time to face this project, we looked for the different business solutions available to us but none satisfied us fully as they failed to meet all the requirements we wanted“.

It was at this point that the engineering department at GSK contacted Claitec’s Engineering Department, and together they solved the problems at hand. In Santamaria’s own words, “we set up a personalized, customized system to address all deficiencies“.

The solution: Traffic Control System

The system Santamaria refers to is, Traffic Control – a comprehensive traffic control system, which is not dependent on batteries and mobile devices, and operates in a totally passive form, that is, it does not require human attention. The system provided a number of solutions to GSK’s main points of concern:

  • The physical segregation of pedestrians and forklifts,
  • Blocking the manoeuvre of the different gates which, prevent pedestrians from crossing,
  • Warning systems for forklift drivers to prevent blind spots.

Marta Leal commented that this solution allowed them to “break down barriers” in relation to other solutions on the market, and it has delivered “an independent passive protection system, completely independent from performance of both the pedestrian and the forklift operator“.

Looking ahead to fulfill their mission

The protection of people at GSK is an integral part of the company’s philosophy beyond its business line. As Marta says, ” GSK’s mission is to protect people, both our patients, as well as the persons working in our company. Within this framework, our main goal is to achieve and maintain zero accidents in a sustainable fashion“.

In line with this mission, Santamaria said that the company remains committed to further improve safety in all its different spaces: “Having implemented the first phase in the production side of the business, we will face new challenges and will proceed to install Traffic Control in the warehouse, because the high density of forklifts and pedestrian traffic is a major challenge for us”.

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