indicatorUsers of fork lift trucks understand the importance of knowing the exact weight of a given load… and the significance of load centres and load height on truck stability. (Interestingly, the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2010 Innovation Award was presented to Ravas Europe B.V for its Forks wireless weighing system)

Well, as a measure of the international standing of the Safety Conference and other Association activities (including its Awards for Excellence), the Association was delighted to receive a call from Gary Saigh from Flexco Industries in Canada. Gary was keen to speak at the Conference and, having learned about his company’s FLEX-1500 system, organisers were equally eager for him to participate. Indeed a space was created in the programme specifically to accommodate a presentation on this interesting new item.

Flexco specialises in the accurate measurement of stress in metals and the practical application of this data. The FLEX-1500 puts this expertise into use on the forks of a fork lift truck by providing an accurate reading of the weight of a load, at the forks’ load centre at ground level. The system then automatically adjusts that reading if the load moves – whether that’s closer to the tips of the forks, nearer to the face of the carriage or as it’s lifted to any height.

In this way, the FLEX-1500 can alert an operator if what should be a stable load is being handled inappropriately. While the implications of this on safe operations is clear, Gary will explain how this all works to attendees at the Conference.

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