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Safe transports with SmartFork® made by VETTER

Thursday, 30 July 2020 ( #985 )
With the innovation of SmartFork applications, fork specialist Vetter has taken safety and efficiency of forklift operations to a new higher level.
SmartFork FrontCam
SmartFork FrontCam
Prevent accidents! Every day accidents happen during forklift operations. Persons are injured and load is damaged. But many of the accidents are preventable. Vetter made it their business to develop intelligent systems to reduce risks during transport tasks. Gut feelings belong to the past. Best forward view! A good forward view even with loaded cargo is an important safety criterion for forklift drivers. Vetter integrates latest camera technology into the fork to achieve this goal. Forklift operation becomes safe and efficient. Three options for best results There are three important scenarios for the forklift driver:
  1. During load pick-up he needs a good view on the load.
  2. During transports and putting down cargo the driver needs best forward visibility ahead of the load.
  3. An optimum solution is a combination of 1. and 2. offering best visibility for each task.
SmartFork SideCam installation
SmartFork SideCam installation
Perfect view of the load - SmartFork SideCam SmartFork SideCam is a semi-integrated camera system at the lateral side of the fork blade for an easy and safe load pick-up. Both forks are visible on the monitor and the driver can aim along the fork during loading and unloading. This enables a safe retraction in pallets, manoeuvring damages are significantly reduced. The robust camera installation and an intelligent cable guiding in the fork reduce the installation height by approx. 60% and the camera is protected against damages and shearing off.
SmartFork FrontCam (detail)
SmartFork FrontCam (detail)
Best forward view - SmartFork FrontCam Using SmartFork FrontCam the driver obtains an image of the area in front of the forks, even with loaded cargo. The camera is integrated inside the fork tip and transmits the camera picture onto a monitor inside the driver cabin. The visibility field of the driver is considerably increased and sighting of carriers much easier. Persons and obstacles are detected earlier, thus damages are prevented. The perfect combination - SmartFork PremiumCam Every SmartFork application offers benefits but only in combination they form an intelligent overall solution. With SmartFork PremiumCam, a combination of FrontCam and SideCam, the forklift driver has always the correct camera perspective in use. The automatic switching between the cameras offers a safe transport in all situations. SideCam offers easy retraction in pallets even in great heights. Once the load is picked-up, the system switches automatically to FrontCam offering best forward view ahead of the load. Precise, efficient and simply clever.
SmartFork SideCam monitor
SmartFork SideCam monitor
SmartConnect - Energy and data transfer for flexible application Optionally SmartFork can be equipped with SmartConnect, an alternative to conventional cable-guided systems. The self-sufficient energy supply by a rechargeable Bosch battery and data transfer via Bluetooth or WiFi are an optimal installation-friendly alternative to mast cable installations. Flexible for individual applications and working conditions. Many further options for the forklift of the future All SmartFork camera applications can be combined with various assistant systems of the SmartFork product family offering further benefits for forklift operations. The integration of intelligent sensors into the fork increases safety and productivity. At the same time, the use of SmartFork saves time and cost and reduces workload. The ergonomic working conditions for the forklift driver can be essentially improved.
SmartFork FrontCam monitor
SmartFork FrontCam monitor
Best technology for hardest applications Forks are subject to enormous loads. And also the components integrated into the fork (f.ex. cameras and sensor technology) are subject to high strains, too. Being Europe's leading fork manufacturer, Vetter has the expertise to develop and produce industrial solutions for hardest applications. And only Vetter assures that capacity and stability of the fork are always guaranteed. Europe's leading fork manufacturer with tradition Today, VETTER is the leading fork manufacturer in Europe. Production sites in Germany and in the USA supply the most comprehensive fork product program for renowned manufacturers and service partners in the material handling industry. Main incentive for many years is VETTER's innovative product range for Logistics 4.0. Own subsidiaries in many countries ensure a close proximity to the market players. Founded in 1889, the family-owned business stands for reliability, competence and sustainability. _________________
VETTER Industrie GmbH Carl-Benz-Strasse 45 57299 Burbach / Germany 02736/4961-0 Send an email www.forks.com www.smartfork.com

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