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UK builders' merchants now operating 2000+ forklifts with RCS overload protection


A number of the UK’s largest building products suppliers now operate forklift trucks equipped with RCS Overload warning devices from RAVAS. This safety device sounds a warning alarm when the load on the forks exceeds a preset limit, assisting the driver in avoiding potentially dangerous overload situations.
A wide range of trucks from 1.6 ton to 12 ton counter-balance, articulating and multi-directional lift trucks have all been fitted with RAVAS RCS Overload systems. The RCS Overload is a simple and affordable safety system for forklift trucks, with an audible alarm that goes off when the weight on the forks exceeds a preset limit. The alarm only switches off once the load reduces below the limit again. A sensor detects when the second stage of the mast is reached, allowing the system to operate at higher lifting heights as well. It helps the driver to avoid overloading his truck, or overloading customer’s vans and trailers.

Not the only fleet protected by RCS Overload  

/>With its affordable cost, good value for money and easy installation, the RCS Overload is proving to be an attractive safety system for larger fleets of counterbalanced trucks. Schlumberger, the largest oil field service provider in the world, recently announced the purchase of 200 RCS Overloads for forklifts at sites in countries all over Asia and the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan.    

RAVAS SafeLine: a line of safety products for counterbalanced trucks 
RCS Overload is the basic product in the RAVAS SafeLine. RAVAS-SafeLoad was released earlier this year, a product that provides both weight and forklift stability information:  it uses input from an RCS-like hydraulic sensor and a set of sensors that measure the moment forces from load center position and mast tilt, to present stability information in the display. A led bar below the weight display will go from green (safe lifting), via yellow, to red (unsafe lifting: risk of tipping over). The led bar stability indication is enhanced by the color of the weight display (green backlight in safe situations, red backlight in unsafe situations).