At the latest IAA 2019 Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, DHOLLANDIA has not only shown some of our best sellers and long-time classics, but also new technologies such as tail lift connectivity, the communicating tail lift and rear view camera systems. The main point being that DHOLLANDIA is not only the leading manufacturer in terms of mechanical and hydraulic engineering, but is pioneering also in smart systems that aim to boost efficiency, fleet control, management of the TCO and operator safety.
Continuing on the same wave of innovation, DHOLLANDIA has also been prototyping and developing new means to designate to working area of the platform and make it more visible to the surrounding persons and traffic, during the day but especially at night. In future, after passing the required tests and homologation, such means could supplement or replace the flashing platform lights mounted on top of the platform surface, a technique widely used in the tail lift industry today.
The project shown on attached images uses LED stripe projection lights mounted at the underside of the platform, to mark the platform and the working area of the tail lift on the ground and maximize the awareness of other persons and vehicles about ongoing loading or unloading activities. This technology uses specially designed optic lenses to bundle and emit very intense LED light beams, forming a sharp and highly visible colored stripe on the ground. The used technology is available for applications from 10 to 80V, so it is not only suitable for regular commercial vehicles in 12 or 24V, but also electrically driven vehicles in 48 or 72V. With few adaptations where needed, this technology could be available on the majority of the existing DHOLLANDIA product range.
Besides the excellent visibility in badly illuminated areas, this technology keeps the upper work surface of the platform free. In comparison to the usual surface-mounted platform lights widely used in the industry today, these new lights cannot cause any tripping hazard for the operator walking around on the platform, and cannot be hit or damaged by pallets or other cargo being maneuvered around on the platform surface. In that sense, the new technology could benefit from an extended longevity while offering additional safety to the operator on the platform.
This technology still forms the subject of further development. It is not yet homologated for the use on tail lifts, and is in no position yet to replace traditional surface-mounted flashing platform lights. But it is one of the channels DHOLLANDIA is working on to further shape the future of the tail lift industry. The product is not commercially available today, but we will of course inform our clientele of further progress as it comes.