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Forklift anti-collision system is innovation award finalist

German safety technology company Elokon debuts pedestrian-forklift anti-collision system


March 13, 2018
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TORNESCH, Germany – The U.S.-based Material Handling Institute (MHI) has named Elokon’s forklift anti-collision system, ELOshield, as an Innovation Award Finalist for “Best Innovation of an Existing Product.” ELOshield was one of just four finalists in this category, and 12 finalists overall, out of over 110 nominations.

The MHI Innovation Award highlights the latest developments in supply chain technology and services, focusing on solutions that provide “quantifiable and sustainable results in terms of ROI, cost savings and customer satisfaction.”

ELOKON and the other award finalists will present their solutions to a panel of five judges on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the MODEX material handling industry exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. The judges are independent professionals from the U.S. material handling industry. Award winners will be named on April 11, 2018, at MHI’s Industry Night gala.

ELOshield is an ultra-wideband warning system that helps prevent industrial truck accidents, improving safety for both equipment and workers in material handling operations. A fixed-site version monitors accident-prone areas, such as high-traffic aisle intersections. A mobile version monitors zones of up to 50 feet around moving vehicles.

The system’s ability to customize object-detection zones around mobile equipment is unique. Zones can be programmed, by vehicle, as circles, symmetrical rectangles or asymmetrical polygons. Two different proximity zones, representing “warning” and “danger” risk levels, can trigger different system reactions.

When an industrial truck gets too close to a floor worker or another vehicle, ELOshield warns both the pedestrian and the driver with a combination of audible, visual and vibration alerts. The system also automatically slows the truck down to “creep speed” and, if desired, stops the truck.

Elokon GmbH, based in Germany, is making its U.S. debut at this year’s MODEX exhibition. The firm is also delivering an educational seminar, “Applying Innovations in Advanced Driver Assistance-Systems to Material Handling,” on the MODEX show floor.