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Warehouses that are busy and constantly have freight or materials moving around the floor can be risky for pedestrians. The pedestrians on the floor need to be seen by forklift operators and other machines moving around in the building. A warehouse pedestrian detection system can help do just that.
There are several different warehouse pedestrian detection systems available that can help improve your warehouse or manufacturing facility's safety. The systems use a sensor on the equipment and a sensor carried by the pedestrians inside the building.
When the sensors are too close to each other, an alarm sounds on both, alerting the driver that there is a pedestrian nearby and letting the pedestrian know they are near a working forklift. The proximity alarm can be set to a specific distance on these systems so that the alert goes off at six feet. It can be as low as one foot, but for most warehouses, five to six feet works well.
Many of these warehouse pedestrian detection systems are programmable and can have preset safety zones where the forklift and the pedestrian can both be without the alarms going off. Examples of this might be a work area where equipment is being serviced or repaired, a parking area that forklifts are stored in, or areas that put people and the machines extremely close together but with a barrier between them for safety.
The sensor used in these warehouse pedestrian detection systems is often small enough that your workers can wear the device around their neck on a lanyard without it interfering with their work. The sensor is rechargeable so that it is ready to use the next day, and you may want to assign one unit to each employee and give them the responsibility of charging it every day.
The warehouse pedestrian detection system has a mobile sensor installed on every forklift in the facility, and these units send out the signal for the system. These mobile units are powered by the batteries in the forklift so that they have the power to send and receive alerts where the pedestrian units do not.
Depending on the manufacturer for the warehouse pedestrian detection system, you may be able to program the mobile sensors for proximity simultaneously from a computer that sends out a signal or may have to hand-program them.
If you operate a large warehouse that has a lot of machines running around, you may want to put programming in a priority category so you can make changes on the fly without affecting productivity in the warehouse. For more information about this type of system, contact a local provider, like Hit Not.