What makes Baumann’s SafeLoad Assistance a game changer?

The SafeLoad Assistance system from Baumann is revolutionizing materials handling equipment safety. Traditional equipment capacities are defined by nominal load limits, affected by various real-world factors such as counterweight, mast type, and load distribution. These complexities often lead to uncertainties in maintaining safe load centers.

Manufacturers commonly use load centers as a critical parameter, indicating the distance between a load’s center of gravity and a forklift’s fork heel. However, ensuring adherence to this specified load center can be challenging, especially with uneven or non-palletized loads.

Baumann’s sideloaders are rated at specific load centers (23.6 in or 27.5 in), providing a clear capacity guideline when load centers are respected. Nevertheless, accurately determining load centers for each load, particularly those with irregular shapes or distribution, remains problematic.

To address this challenge, Baumann developed SafeLoad Assistance, a groundbreaking solution that surpasses traditional load center limitations. This innovative system employs chassis-mounted sensors to monitor axle forces, calculating the truck’s tipping point in real-time. By bypassing conventional load center constraints, SafeLoad Assistance offers a more precise and dependable safety guide for operators.

Operators benefit from immediate warnings displayed on an in-cabin screen, allowing them to promptly prevent potential hazards. This proactive approach minimizes risks of damage to products, infrastructure, and personnel.

SafeLoad Assistance also records instances of safety level exceedances, enabling managers to evaluate operator proficiency and machine suitability accurately.

“This is a game changer,” states managing director Klaus Pirpamer. “A decade ago, such technology was merely a dream. We’ve spent years developing this solution to address the load center challenge and provide the safety levels the market demands.”

Technical director Riccardo Bove adds, “We encountered significant challenges in accounting for the multitude of variables involved. While past methods showed promise, they lacked the infallibility required for crucial safety measurements. That’s why this innovation represents a breakthrough in our industry.”