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Pallet Detection on Forklifts

Precise positioning with Varikont L2 ultrasonic sensors

With its small design, the ultrasonic sensor Varikont L2 Series perfectly fits on the hanger rod above the forklift and detects the pallet position
With its small design, the ultrasonic sensor Varikont L2 Series perfectly fits on the hanger rod above the forklift and detects the pallet position

Worldwide demand for reliable and accurate equipment for material handling and related logistics solutions is increasing. Material handling depends on the precise positioning of heavy loads and the effective control of fast movements. Materials are transported with equipment such as forklift trucks, mobile cranes, and aerial work platforms.

Logistics applications in the material handling industry usually rely on forklifts for reliably transporting heavy loads to their destination. Pepperl+Fuchs ultrasonic sensors monitor specific areas of the forklift to ensure accuracy and reliability.

With ultrasonic sensors, you can determine whether a pallet is on the fork and how far the fork is inserted under the pallet. This information allows precise control and ensures proper transportation of the material.


Small and reliable

For the installation of ultrasonic sensors on the fork section of forklifts, we recommend cube designs like Varikont L2. Because forklifts are often used outdoors, a high IP protection degree like IP67 is necessary. The ultrasonic sensor technology is extremely robust and resists extreme conditions. In spite of rain, fog, or storms, materials are safely transported to their destination.


Assurance of properly transported material

Detecting the pallet ensures that the fork is located far enough below the pallet before the lift is released
Detecting the pallet ensures that the fork is located far enough below the pallet before the lift is released

Detecting the pallet ensures that the fork is located far enough below the pallet before the lift is released. Other machine parameters such as machine control ensure the proper travel speed. This speed depends on the situation. Use a slow travel speed when the mast is extended and the fork is carrying a heavy load. Select a slightly faster travel speed when the mast is extended and the fork is not carrying a load.

Controlling the travel speed reduces the risk of accidents, and increases both the safety and effectiveness of the machine. Ultrasonic technology can reliably detect pallets that are empty, broken, coated, wrapped with transparent foil, or made of metal. Materials can safely be carried to their destination.


Your advantages at a glance

  • Robust and durable sensor solution
  • Detection of even the most difficult materials such as metal, lacquer, wood, or foil
  • Assurance of properly transported material
  • Machine control dependent on the suspended load
  • Reduction of accident risk, increased safety

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