Yale introduces a Pedestrian Awareness Light (PAL) option which has been designed to provide an alert to pedestrians and users of mobile equipment that forklifts are operational in the area.
The “Blue Point” light is available as either a factory-fitted option, or can be retro-fitted to existing equipment from any manufacturer.
The Yale solution projects an intense and highly visible pattern on the floor which creates a conspicuous visual warning to pedestrians. This may be useful in noisy environments where audible warnings may be missed, and at blind intersections where direct visibility of equipment may be obscured.
The spotlight is attached to the back of the forklift and projects a blue light on to the floor to act as a warning to other workers in the area.
Automotive component manufacturer Borges is currently the world’s leading provider of textiles and acoustic material for all vast array of cars and trucks. Director of Logistics, Jochen Harmeling, explains how the lights have helped at the Borges plant in Spain. He says: “Pedestrian Awareness Lights have allowed us to increase efficiency of the working environment in the plant without affecting noise levels, thanks to the higher visibility of trucks moving inside the warehouse”.
Yale engineering manager, Matthew Allen, comments: “As well as providing visual notice to pedestrians in the warehouse, the lights can warn operators of other mobile equipment, preventing damage to goods and equipment”.
A red PAL LED light is also available from Yale as an aftermarket option. Yale’s Matthew Allen adds: “Offering a choice of colours means that the Yale solution can be used on different types of floors, for example the red spotlight may be suited to grey or blue surfaces, while the blue light offers better visibility on red or brown floors.”