Ireland-based forklift manufacturer Combilift is increasing the safety of forklift use with its Combi Safe-Lift Anti-Overload Device, which helps avoid the pitfalls of potential overloading.

Combilift notes there are several factors that can influence a forklift truck to become overloaded, including load center, weight of load, lift height and the type of load. The load center, which is the distance from the face of fork to the center of gravity of the load, plays a crucial part. The position of the load center can also vary depending on the type of load being lifted, for example liquid loads or non-uniform loads.

The Combi Safe-Lift has an audible alarm that warns the operator of an overload situation and a load moment indicator that is fitted to the dashboard in the cab. The operator can instantly see from the green, amber and red “traffic light” signaling when there is a risk of overloading or when the forks are not fully engaged and take appropriate action. A strain sensor on the mast section and a lift cut-out valve on the hydraulic line will disable lifting if the unit is being potentially overloaded.

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“We offer the Combi Safe-Lift as an option at the moment but we believe that this simple and cost-effective system should become a standard option on all counterbalance trucks in future," said Combilift CEO and Co-founder Martin McVicar. "Fitting a straightforward device such as the Combi Safe-Lift is an effective way to reduce risks for the operator and other personnel, and also to avoid product damage as well as costly repairs.”

The device can be retro-fitted on Combilift trucks currently in operation, though Combilift officials sat it is easier to add the sensor to new forklifts during the manufacturing process.

McVicar said the safety feature helps take the guesswork out of how much weight or how high a load can be lifted, which can help newer members of the industry thrive. As part of that initiative, McVicar said Combilift is increasing its involvement in Forklift Safety Day in the United States, taking place this year on June 11. 

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