Several hundred lift truck accidents are sadly reported within Missouri each year. Operator training is not enough to lessen the number of incidents, enough to say, though, it is certainly amongst the most important components. Clearly, the right approach to avoiding lift truck mishaps is having the business and organization involved, in addition to combining the efforts of each person in the facility.
Toyota has applied the SAS or System of Active Stability, that is technology derived from the automotive technology. The SAS can electrically control and monitor lift truck operations. This particular system is really important for helping lessen the possibility of accidents from happening. Whenever the SAS system senses any kind of instability, its advanced sensors signal simultaneously and engage the proper controller. Both the Active Mast Function Controller and the Active Control Rear Stabilizer help to avoid accidents or injuries happening by adding stability.
Toyota's SAS system is a patented technology that is able to detect various factors that could cause potential lateral instability. If and when those conditions are detected, the SAS immediately locks a hydraulic cylinder on the rear steer axle. If this situation occurs, the stability footprint of the lift truck changes to a rectangular in shape from a triangular in shape, resulting in added stability. The outcome is an instant stability and really reduces the chance of a lateral overturn from happening.
The SAS system engages instantly, when the machinery senses the occurrence of instability. After that, the Swing Lock Cylinder is engaged and the rear axle becomes stabilized. This creates the lateral stability the machinery requires to help reduce the chance of lateral tip-overs from happening.
The active mast function is similar in operation to the active rear stabilizer control. The active mast function controller system uses the same patented technology to detect numerous things which lead to potential longitudinal instability. When the SAS controller senses potential longitudinal instability from happening, 2 systems become engaged to help decrease the chances of rearward and forward tip-over situations from happening: the forward tilt angle control and the rear tilt speed control.
The Forward Tilt Angle Control would sense load weight and mass height, then automatically override the operator's manual control and limit forward tilt to reduce the chance of tipping the lift truck forward or spilling a load. These safety devices are in place to help the operator be safe.
The Rear Tilt Speed Control utilizes the same mast height sensors and same load sensors to govern the mast's reverse tilt speed to half. This really reduces the possibilities of having the forklift tilt backwards or spilling unsecured cargo.