Our clients: Vision solutions

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Reachtruck Solutions
 

Situating the problem:

At the DHL site in Bornem they work with reachtrucks that can put away pallets double deep.

This means that these forklifts can extend their forks. They often work at heights making it difficult for the driver to estimate the precise height of the pallet. The driver therefore needs to look upwards which has resulted in a lot of neck and shoulder complaints amongst these forklift drivers. 

Our solution:

 

 

First of all  we mounted a wireless fork camera on one of the extendable forks. This helps the driver determine the precise height for the first horizontal layer and afterwards for the second layer behind the first horizontal one. This solution is wireless. The power is supplied via a battery. We use a wireless camera to lower the cost of cable wear-out. 

To lower the pressure and workload on the neck and shoulders of the driver, we mounted a second camera on the highest point of a fixed mast. This camera "watches" upwards. Now the driver can follow how far the pallet has already been pushed into the rack. The driver only has to look up for one second to check up on his work. 

With a multi-vision screen with split screen (2 video images visible at the same time) the driver can always access both images of the cameras. He can even enlarge one image to the size of the whole screen by using the touch function of the screen. 

Because DHL sometimes works with fluids and because they use an open forklift, we chose to use a waterproof screen. 

 
 
 
 

Situating the problem:

Lambrechts is a wholesale store in sanitary ware. They work with reachtrucks in their warehouse. Reachtrucks are forklifts with extendable forks which can be extended at an altitude to place a pallet into a rack. The drivers of these forklifts often have neck and shoulder complaints because they have to look up often to check if everything is in order.

Our solution:

 

To reduce the neck and shoulder complaints, we integrated a visibility solution with 2 cameras. The first camera improves the vision on the horizontal layers of the racks at high altitude. The second camera was placed on the fixed part of the mast, and provides vision during the placement of the pallet on the racks. By improving his vision, the driver can work more efficient and fastere. Shoulder and neck muscles are relieved because the driver doesn't have to look up as much.

 

 

 

With a multi-vision screen with a split screen (two video images visible on the same monitor) the driver can always see both of the camera images. The touch function allows the driver to enlarge a certain image to fit the whole monitor screen. 

 

 

 

 

 

The connection between the camera on the fork of the forklift and the monitor is wireless using digital transmission. 

This solution is 

 

a)      Cheaper to purchase in comparison with an expensive video cable system. 

b)      Cheaper in maintenance, because video cables wear off pretty quick.

         Wireless connection has no mechanical parts so doesn't wear off. 

 

No power is present on this fork of the forklift. We used rechargeable batteries. Compact, with an on/off button and with a strong built-in magnet!

At Bose they thought a camerasystem would be too expensive. Until they got an estimate of our solution. 

Situating the problem:

Bose works with reachtrucks in their warehouse. These forklifts can extend their forks at an altitude, making it possible to place a pallet in a rack. Drivers have to look up a lot to check if everything is ok, placing a lot of workload on the neck and shoulders, leading to overuse injuries. 

Our solution:

 

Together with both the manager and the drivers we worked on a solution.

This solution not only provides better visibility of the horizontal layers of the racks at high altitude, but placement of a second camera on the fixed mast provides a clear vision during the placement of the pallet. 

By combining both cameras the neck and shoulder workload is lowered. This will result in a reduction of neck and shoulder complaints. A better vision also results in a faster and more efficient way of working for the driver.  

With a multi-vision screen with split screen (2 video images visible on the screen at the same time) the driver can see both camera images.  The touch function allows the driver to enlarge a specific screen to be made visible on the whole monitor screen.

The connection between the camera on the fork and the monitor is wireless through a digital transmission.  

This solution is

 

a)      Cheaper to purchase than an expensive video cable system

b)      Cheaper in maintenance, because video cables wear out quickly.

         Wireless connection has no mechanical parts. 

 

No power is present on the fork of this reachtruck. We work with rechargeable batteries. Compact, with an on/off button and strong built-in magnet! 

Situating the problem:

Like some of our other customers, Sedis also had a problem with their reachtrucks. The visibility of the driver, or rather the lack there of, during the shelving of the pallets on a rack resulted in a lot of shoulder and neck complaints. Because the driver has to look up often this results in the overuse of neck and shoulder muscles. 

Our solution:

 

We elaborated a visibility solution with a wireless camera system so that the camera can be used at an altitude without a problem. Therefore the client doesn't need to worry that the cables will wear off since there are none. The visibility solution we used on the reachtrucks of Sedis consisted of a camera on the fork of the forklift and a mono vision monitor screen.

 

 

 

The neck and shoulder muscles were relieved which resulted in a decrease of complaints of these muscles. Besides this, the driver can work more efficiently and faster because he can follow what he is doing on the monitor screen.

 

A wireless connection is used between the camera on the fork of the forklift and the monitor, using digital transmission. 

This solution is

 

a)      Cheaper to purchase in comparison with an expensive video cable system.

b)      Cheaper in maintenance, because the video cables wear off quickly.

         Wireless connection has no mechanical parts.

 

On this reachtruck no power was present on the fork of the forklift. We used rechargeable batteries. Compact, with an on/off switch and a strong built-in magnet!

Situating the problem:

Like many of our clients at V2S IKEA came to us with the problem that their driver lacked visibility during the moving of pallets when working at heights of 6 meters to 10 meters. A second challenge was that there wasn't enough space to place a camera. Their forklifts have telescopic forks so the camera would have to move together with the forks. The cables of the camera should not be damaged during this movement. The camera can (obviously) not be damaged too by the movement of the forks against each other.

 

Our solution:

We suggested a fork camera with wireless connection. This is more cost-effective than to provide the machine with expensieve mast cables, and this is also less affected by wear and tear (wireless = no mechanical parts).

The people at Jungheinrich delivered a nice tailor-made suit: they put the camera on the back of the heel of the fork, as we recommended. They also made sure the forks do not touch the cameras and they made sure that the cables could never be pinched between 2 things. 

Providing the driver with a better visibility thanks to the camera, neck and shoulder complaints should lower because of the decrease in overuse of these neck and shoulder muscles. The driver can also work better and faster if he can clearly see what he is doing. 

The power of the camera is provided by a rechargeable battery which can last up to 8 hours. The rechargeable battery has built in magnets to ease the attachment and detachment of the battery. It also has a charging indicator and an on/off button. 

 

Situating the problem:

KUEHNE & NAGEL works with reachtrucks on their warehouse. Neck and shoulder complaints are very present amongst their workers, because the drivers need to look up a lot to see if their pallet is placed onto the rack perfectly. Besides this, another complaint was that the drivers do not have a clear depth view and that for some small pallets they do not know if the forks are aligned right. 

 

Our solution:

At KUEHNE & NAGEL we elaborated a solution with a fork camera. This camera is installed on one of the forks and delivers clear visibility when putting away a pallet. WE used 1 camera with a monovisioen screen for the best visibility of the driver. The driver can now work more efficient and faster. This visibility solution decreases the load on the neck and shoulder muscles and prevents long-lasting injuries. 30 forklifts are using a fork camera at the moment.

The connection between the camera and the monitor is wireless thanks to digital transmission.  

This solution is

 

a)      Cheaper to purchase in comparison with an expensive video cable system.

b)      Cheaper in maintenance, because video cables wear off pretty quickly. Wireless connection has no                      mechanical parts. 

 

This reachtruck has no power on the forks. We used rechargeable batteries. Compact, with an on/off switch and with a strong built-in magnet! 

With the expansion of a second camera we solved the problem of the limited depth view. The second camera (with cable, so no wireless connection) was placed on top of a fixed mast (illustrated below with a magnet because it was a demo) and provides a clear view of the position of the forks. It also helps with knowing how far/deep a pallet is placed onto the rack. No more looking up from inside the cabin.

 

Situating the problem:

The forklifts at STG use forks that can turn. Sometimes to only lift a normal pallet, sometimes to lock a bale of tobacco in between. They were looking for a solution that could improve the visibility of the driver when he is putting away a pallet on one below. 

 

Our solution:

We suggested a visibility solution where we could also take into account the placement of the camera which could not be in the way of the moving forks. After a demo (on site) we showed that the visibility could be significantly improved and that placement of the cameras o the forks in a way that they were not in the way of the moving forks was possible.

Rear view camera solutions
 
 

Situating the problem:

Foamglas had several safety questions. They were looking for a safe solution for speed zoning and a visibility solution for during driving in reverse. Their forklifts almost drive the same amount in reverse in comparison with driving forwards.

 

Our solution:

When driving in reverse in a forklift, a lot of accidents are prone to happen. That is why our visibility solution of our reverse camera is a perfect solution. The driver of the forklift has a clear view of what is happening behind him. We mounted our reverse camera system on all of their forklifts.

 

 

We also proposed our Proxy Truck system to them regarding the speed zoning question. This system works with tags. We lower the speed of the forklifts when they enter specific zones inside the warehouse.    

Situating the problem:

SAPA came to us with several questions. They were looking for a rearview camera and besides this were looking for a system of speed zoning. 

 

Our solution:

SAPA now uses one of our visibility solutions: the rearview camera. This camera makes sure that the blind spots are now visible to the driver while driving. This increases the safety.

 

 

We solved their question regarding speed zoning with our Proxy Truck. We inserted a low speedzone. The Proxy SL lamp and speaker warns pedestrians near some crossing points when trucks are nearby or passing.

 

 

In the zones were the company has their ovens, we inserted a low speed zone. When the ovens are open, because they need to be filled, this low speed zone is overruled to accelerate the loading process. Thanks to our tailor made solution there is a low speed zone when the ovens are closed, which is overruled when they are opened.

 

Situating the problem:

To improve the safety of their workers, and to lower any damage to vehicles, Promat was looking for a visibility solution, a rearview camera for their forklifts. 

 

Our solution:

We introduced our rearview camera system. The blind spot is the most common reason of an accident. The camera system gives a total image of what's happening behind the truck. This increases the safety of surrounding pedestrians.

Our rear view camera system in the middle of the truck.

Our dead angle camera in front on the cabin.

Image of the dead angle camera.

Monitor with the image of the dead angle camera.

 

Situating the problem:

Renault Trucks Belgium was looking for a visibility solution for their client Coca Cola which will both give the driver of a truck a clear view of the back as well as visualise the blind spots of the truck.

 

Our solution:

We solved both problems with 2 solutions. Our first solution is our Full View Reverse camera, the camera gives a 2-in-1 image (combination of an horizontal image and an image in bird perspective) showing everything that happens behind the truck. This camera also detects movement.

 

 

We also installed our blind spot cameras on top of the cabin of the truck. These cameras give a clear image of both sides of the truck to visualize the blind spots. The driver can view all video images on a multi-vision monitor. He can even enlarge one video image to fit the whole screen to increase detail.  

Front camera solutions
 

Situating the problem:

LBX is specialised in fabricating train wheels. These train wheels need to be moved/stacked using a special clip (yellow clips on the picture). The driver of the vehicle often has a very bad visibility of the clips. Chances of an error in stacking/moving of the wheel is bigger because of this. This increases the chance that a 400 kilo wheel drops to the floor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our solution:

Our visibility solution for LBX consists of 2 fork cameras mounted on both forks. We used a multi-vision screen that is set on "split" screen. The driver can constantly see both video images on the monitor screen. He can zoom in on one video image if needed.

 

Because they do not work at an height in this company, we opted for a solution using spiral cables instead of wireless transmission. Wireless transmission would be unnecessarily more expensive. The spiral cables can be extended to 2 meters which is more than enough to span the distance of the forks. Because we chose spiral cables, which is a cheaper solution when compared to wireless transmission, the client can now invest in a second camera. 

 

This project was a real challenge. 

Situating the problem:

Nexan uses a 50 ton forklift made specifically to lift and move huge spools of cable (they go up to a diameter of 4m). When working with these kind of weights and sizes a clear visibility is very important. Not only of the truck itself but also of the surroundings of the truck. 

Our solution:

After a thorough analysis of the use of this forklift and after talking to several users of the forklift we drafted a proposal with 2 9" multi-vision screens and 6 cameras. 

 

Depending on which actions will take place some image configurations will automatically appear on the screen. The viewing angle of each camera is adapted to what needs to be visible (and nothing more, which would be called "image pollution").

When a spool is picked up, a specific image configuration will make sure the driver knows exactly when he can lock the spool. The driving of these configurations is automatic via a trigger signal. The driver doesn't need to search for the desired images on the screen. 

 

 

When driving one camera makes sure even the blind spot is clearly visible. This camera can appear on 2 screens thanks to a splitter cable! 

Click       to see the plan we worked out for them (which has now already been "running" on their forklift for more than a year).

 

Situating the problem:

Atlas Copco was looking for different visibility solutions. One request was that some of these solutions had to be wireless. 

Our solution:

We elaborated different customized visibility solutions as they asked us to do so. When needed, we provided them with wireless cameras. We also provided them with a special mini camera. This camera allows the driver to see if the trailer is properly connected. 

 
 
 

Situating the problem:

One of the sites of Belgacom requires that large cable reels should be moved and loaded onto the truck. As a result of bad visibility a lot of damage was done to special (expensive) conductors mounted on the floor of the truck. Belgacom wanted to find a solution for the visibility problems.

 

Our solution:

We suggested a visibility solution which would save them money. With the help of the right camera placed in the right spot their drivers now have a much more clear vision. This both for the pick-up of the reel as well as the loading onto the truck. The investment paid off quickly..

Situating the problem:

 

At SCA in Stembert 8 ton trucks equipped with large clips to move giant rolls of paper drive around the site. These clips can turn 360°. When rolls of paper are being moved, the driver barely sees what happens in the front. They asked us to solve this problems with one of our visibility solutions. 

 

Our solution:

We mounted a camera on each of the clips. This was possible thanks to our wireless transmission. With the help of rechargeable batteries (including built-in magnet) no cables were needed. 

 

 

The driver can rely on a multi-vision screen with 2 video images (split screen). When one of the video images is touched using the touch screen this image is enlarged over the whole monitor screen. Touching the image again switches it back to Split View. 

 

You can connect up to 4 cameras on this screen and can even choose to view all 4 of the video images on the screen. 

Situating the problem:

At Tenecco a lot of trucks need to be unload and loaded very quickly. The loads are variable and visibility is therefore restricted in some cases. Tenecco asked us to help them with this problem.

 

Our solution:

Thanks to our solution with our fork camera and a wireless connection, the driver now has a much clearer visibility. Even when the load needs to be put away on a pallet gauntry the visibility has improved significantly.

 

Situating the problem:

XPO Logistics works with reachtrucks in cooling cells at -25°C. Their vision was hampered by the triple mast of the forklift.

 

Our solution:

We delixverd a visibility solution resistant to the cold temperatures because the camera has a built-in "heating". Our visibility solution makes it possible for the driver to have a clear view of where he can drop his pallet. 

Narrow aisle truck solutions

Situating the problem:

At FACQ they were looking for a solution to improve the driver of a man-up truck's view. When he is working at a height in a narrow aisle, he does not see what is happening on the floor. 

 

Our solution:

Together with our partner TMHB we delivered a narrow aisle truck (man-up truck) vision solution. 2 wireless cameras were mounted. A camera for each direction of travel. The images from both cameras can be seen on the DUAL SPLIT VIEW monitor. This way the driver always has a good view of what happens on the floor. The client is very satisfied with this solution. 

On the screen we can see the images of both the front and back camera. When the driver touches one of the images, he sees the enlarged version for better detail.

 

Situating the problem:

At Alkern they had a vision problem. The driver had little to no visibility while driving using the "stein road clamp". This clamp is an attachment tool that is regularly connected and disconnected. 

 

Our solution:

By means of a suitable vision solution we clearly improved the driver's view (see photos). Thanks to our wireless connection and the rechargeable batteries with built-in magnets, you can also quickly change tools. 

In this photo we see the "stein road clamp". In the two orange circles we see on the one hand the mounted camera and on the other hand the batteries and transmitter. 

In the picture above you see what the driver sees from the cabine. In the picture below you see the image from the camera on the monitor inside the cabin from the driver. It is very clear we improved the view of the driver with our solution. 

 

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