Several hundred lift truck mishaps are unfortunately reported within Texas every year. Operator training is not enough to decrease the number of incidents, enough to say, though, it is definitely amongst the most essential parts. Clearly, the right approach to preventing lift truck mishaps is having the business and organization involved, in addition to combining the efforts of each and every individual in the facility.
Toyota applies the SAS or System of Active Stability. This technology is derived from automotive technology. The SAS is capable of electrically monitoring and controlling lift truck operations. This specific system is very essential for helping reduce the chance of mishaps from happening. When the SAS system detects any type of instability, its advanced sensors signal simultaneously and engage the proper controller. The Active Control Rear Stabilizer and the Active Mast Function Controller help to avoid accidents or injuries occurring by adding stability.
Toyota's SAS system is a patented technology that is able to sense various things which could lead to possible lateral instability. If and when those conditions are detected, the SAS immediately locks a hydraulic cylinder on the rear steer axle. If this particular situation occurs, the stability footprint of the forklift changes from triangular in shape to a rectangular shape, resulting in added stability. The result is an instant stability and really reduces the possibility of a lateral overturn from occurring.
When the machine senses instability occurring, the SAS engages immediately. After that, the Swing Lock Cylinder is engaged and the rear axle becomes stabilized. This creates the lateral stability the machinery requires to help lessen the chance of lateral tip-overs from occurring.
Similar to the active rear stabilizer control, the active mast function controller uses the same technologies. Its function is to sense the numerous things which can result in a potential longitudinal instability. Whenever the SAS controller detects potential longitudinal instability from occurring, 2 systems become engaged to help lessen the possibilities of forward and rearward tip-over accidents from happening: the forward tilt angle control and the rear tilt speed control.
The machinery forward tilt angle control is able to sense the mast height and load weight, the will override the operator's manual control automatically. It will also limit the forward tilt that would reduce the chances of spilling or forward tipping. All these safety mechanisms are in place to help the operator be safe.
Utilizing the same load sensors and mast height sensors, the rear tilt speed control is designed to govern the mast's reverse tilt speed to half. This really lessens the possibilities of spilling unsecured cargo or having the forklift tilt backwards.