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*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”.

We are pleased to continue adding names to the list of companies who rely on our solutions.

In this case, Grupo Promsa has trusted us with its recycling plant situated in the Manresa-based premises of the renowned tire manufacture, Pirelli. In this location, Claitec installed the Hazardous Areas Solution, designed to detect an employee’s fall in a machine zone.

 

This particular project required us to stretch our innovation capabilities to the limit, and the result is a completely new system that combines the Hazardous Areas System and the Fall Protection System. The new system prevents falls when working in hazardous areas, but it is also responsible for stopping the machine’s operation after the fall of the worker, to avoid even greater risks.

Currently, there are several retractable safety systems for workers in the market but Claitec’s Fall Arrest Device is the first system that alerts and fully stops the machine.

 

To learn more about this and other solutions, we invite you to visit our product page.

To achieve the best possible quality in products and processes, it is necessary to create a culture of responsibility, discipline and efficiency. In Claitec we want to see this culture reflected in each of our team members, as well as in the manufacturing processes of our products.

 

The following video illustrates the manufacturing process of the PAS’ electronic system. Given that some customers had expressed curiosity about it, we wanted to share a process we are very proud of with them.

 

The manufacturing takes place in last generation assembly machinery with automatic inspection, in an environment where components are carefully arranged and cared for.

 

Our supplier is a leader in the industry, working as TIER 1 for leaders in the automotive industry as the European company Seat. It also complies with all the International Quality Standards ISO9001, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 Environmental Management.

The LSA equipment allow to limit the forklift speed circulating in different áreas of the warehouse.

It is specially designed to reduce the speed of the forklift in areas where pedestrians or people working.

The truck equipped with LSA automatically detects where you are and activates a signal speed limit forklift.

Uses a panel of coded reflective strips located on the roof of the doors or the changing speed zones.
When the forklift passes under the panel, the sensors detect the zone change and activate the relay corresponding of the area.

The Hazardous Areas solution prevents occupational hazards in conveyor belts or recycling pits, specifically in the paper and cardboard recycling industry.

In this video tutorial, you can see the installation of the Pedestrian Alert System (PAS) Kit in a Linde forklift truck.

The elements installed are:

  • DC/DC converter
  • TT-50 Test-tag: auto-check the correct functioning of the system
  • AC-50 Activator: RFID activator
  • LF Antennas: Detection antennas
  • Warning Light
  • Warning Buzzer
  • Inhibitor: Driver inhibitor tag

The Pedestrian Alert System (PAS) solution minimises the risks of accidents between forklift trucks and pedestrians in common work areas. Pedestrians must wear electronic tags that are detected by a device on the forklift truck, warning the driver of the risk.

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