EQSS has since developed an enhanced load management system for telehandlers named the GEN3
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This week on Ferret.com.au we are looking again at safety, this time with a view to highlighting some of the finalists recently announced for WorkSafe Victoria 's 2012 WorkSafe Awards.
The annual WorkSafe Awards "celebrate businesses, groups or individuals who are making a dedicated commitment to safety, health and wellbeing and return to work in their workplace."
Equipment Safety Systems (EQSS) provides computer safety systems for the construction equipment industry, and has been nominated in the 'Best Solution to a Workplace Health and Safety Issue' category of the awards for a load management system the company developed for use with telehandlers.
Work on the load management system was prompted by the introduction of a new Australia wide Work Safe requirement for telehandlers in October 2007. Australian Standard AS1418/19 has been described as the most stringent telehandler standard in the world, addressing the issue of operator safety in telehandlers.
A telehandler is a versatile tractor type machine incorporating a telescopic boom fitted with a variety of tools. Each tool has a variety of ratings dependant on the machine use.
The standard requires a load management system to prevent overloading and operator error which can result in damage to equipment, operator injury, even death when lifting a suspended load. EQSS notes that the only equipment available at the time of implementation was a modified crane system imported from Italy.
Further, as the requirement for a load management system to suit AS1418/19 exceeded all international standards at the time, the company had no equipment on which to model its designs.
Leveraging extensive experience with cranes and instrumentation manufacture, EQSS developed a telehandler load management system that exceeded the requirements of Australian Standard AS1418/19, while also incorporating the world's first automatic tool recognition system.
During the initial stages of development several prototypes for the various transducers were designed and fitted to telehandlers belonging to EQSS clients, feedback was sought and only minor changes were necessary to meet market expectations.
Throughout the development process, EQSS discussed planning for an updated system, with feedback from users placed on the wish list for the next generation of systems.
The company has since completed development of an enhanced system named the GEN3, which has all the load management and lock out features of the earlier system while incorporating many new features such as a Dynamic Stability Triangle and Interactive Load Chart, plus black box recording and cameras.