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Light curtains detect fork lifts

SICK UK has added a new forklift truck (FLT) detection capability to its M4000 light curtain range to permit pallet loading and unloading into light guarded areas, such as infeed and ­outfeed conveyor systems, whilst protecting the safety of personnel.

 The M4000 FLT multiple light beam entry and exit protection system is supplied with an easy to connect FLT ground loop detection system that can be configured to recognise forklifts and pallet trucks permitted to enter a ­protected area.

“Loading and unloading of pallets in hazardous areas around machines has always presented problems when trying to restrict personnel access. By the very nature of their size, pallet conveyors offer ample opportunity for either intentional or unsuspecting access to hazardous machinery by people,” explains Seb Strutt, senior product manager for Sick UK.

 “Sick worked closely with customers to develop a solution that restricts human access but allows FLTs to pick up and drop off loads across a light-guarded perimeter without triggering machine shut-down.”

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