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NEWEST & BRIGHTEST: Telehandler safety system on show at ACE

EQSS will share a stand with Merlo, which offers EQSS’s Model 6245 system on a growing number of its machines.EQSS said Model 6245 is the only system available in Australia that exceeds the requirements of Australian Standards 1418.19, AS 1418.10 and AS1418.5.Most telehandlers sold on the Australian market have been built to satisfy the less stringent European standard, EN 1459, so local importers have been forced to re-engineer their machines to comply with the nation’s tough standards. Australian Standards are unique in stipulating that a telehandler being used to pick and carry a freely suspended load can carry no more than 66% of its load rating – less than the usual 75% limit when the machine is stationary or travelling with forks.When a telehandler is fitted with a man basket it must comply with the elevating work platform standard, AS 1418.10, which requires the operator in the basket be in sole control of all movement. The Australian Standards also require tougher overload and stability testing.Jumping through all these hoops has been a headache for telehandler importers and has meant a hectic time for load management system suppliers such as EQSS and its main rival 3B6.There are dozens of telehandlers on the Australian market and it can take hundreds of hours developing and testing a load management system to suit each model.EQSS chief executive Annie O’Shea said the company had been kept busy developing its systems for more Merlo machines but was keen to work with other OEMs.“They have all got different requirements – some are looking to install the systems themselves and others want to be able to support their distributors,” O’Shea told N&B.O’Shea said Model 6245 had been substantially improved over the past six months.“We are now out of R&D [research and development] mode and into full production,” she said. “We have been able to haggle with the suppliers and get the costs down, so most importantly we are now price competitive with our immediate competition.” The EQSS system includes an innovative automatic tool recognition function, which means it can detect whether the telehandler is fitted with forks, man basket, a crane jib or other attachment.The company says automatic tool recognition ensures fail-safe operation that exceeds Australian Standards.

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