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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Technology Driving Forklift Safety Forward

ELOKON, is a leading developer and supplier of innovative safety and assistance systems for the intralogistics sector, and the company is focusing on how advancements in technology could play a vital role in warehouse and forklift safety.

Utilising advancements in the automotive sector

Unfortunately, serious accidents with forklift trucks are still all too prevalent, despite the fact that industrial accidents within the industry as whole are on the decline. Prompting the industry to take cues from developments in the automotive sector, in order to improve on the current forklift safety statistics.

Advanced driver assistance systems in particular, are currently at the forefront of innovations in safety technology. The systems are being used for situations where personnel and machines work in close proximity, for example in a warehouse, in order to help reduce risk and protect both equipment and personnel.

Smarter forklifts & safe zones

This technological safety revolution is focusing on functional safety and reducing accidents in the workplace – it’s being aimed across all aspects of materials handling. ELEKON is incorporating the latest sensor technology used in the automotive industry in its distance warning systems, mobile personnel protection devices and fleet management systems.

The forklift assistance systems that the company is developing are comparable with those on cars, as they give off different alerts before or during critical situations. These same assistance systems can also autonomously, or semi autonomously intervene with the steering of a forklift, in order to prevent accidents.

High risk areas, such as blind spots at busy intersections in the warehouse are a big concern for forklift operators, as there vision of what or who may be around them is often impeded. Integrated warning systems can now be configured to monitor such high risk areas, or even monitor zones where machines and personnel interact. The warning systems would essentially be acting as a protective shield in all potentially hazardous areas.     

Sensors & speed

Driving speeds can sometimes be an issue, especially during the transition from outdoor to indoor operations, where forklift speeds outside are typically much faster. To combat this, radar based systems are being developed to automatically reduce speeds when a forklift enters the warehouse or production area, and then reverse the procedure when the forklift transitions outside.  

Further advancements in the development of forklift environment sensors are enabling more sophisticated detection of potentially hazardous scenarios. ELOKON have managed to develop a self actuating laser scanner and anti-collision system. They have called it ELOprotect, and it essentially ensures that safe distances are maintained between pedestrians and forklifts. It also helps to prevent collisions between the forklifts themselves.

These electronic guardian angels are becoming more and more prevalent in the intralogistics sector, largely thanks to the advancements of in-car technology. This technology is now being offered throughout warehousing and intralogistics environments, to make the future of the industry as safe as possible.

Are you looking to purchase a new Forklift or used forklift? Then simply give us a call today on 0800 298 8790

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Testimonials

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director
Emerys

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