Advanced Flexi operator courses launched
Narrow Aisle Ltd., a leading pioneer of very narrow aisle (VNA) equipment, has launched a new programme of advanced training courses for operators of its Flexi articulated warehouse reach trucks.
The new courses are designed to ensure operators of the latest models in the Flexi ACiON range have the skills to make optimum use of the trucks’ progressive features.
“The new Flexi LiTHiON and ACiON models feature a host of collaborative robotic – or ‘cobotic’ – technology that improves safety and product throughput, so it is essential that operators are able to make full use of the systems,” said John Maguire, managing director of Narrow Aisle Ltd.
The courses deliver both valuable refresher training for existing Flexi operators but are also suitable for the growing number of moving mast reach truck operators that are migrating from this wide aisle format to new Flexi articulated VNA technology.”
An advanced suite of ‘cobotic’ technology connected to the truck’s nervous system allows features such as the operator’s vision camera, height selection system and aisle sensing technology to be integrated without any hard-wired relays. The UK-based company claim the ‘cobotic’ technology at the heart of the new Flexi ACiON and LiTHiON range, means that the trucks are smart, safe, productive and reliable.
“A controller area network (CANbus) allows communication between all parts of the new Flexis without dedicated wiring in between. This allows additional features to be added to the truck via software alone,” said Maguire.
One such feature is the ‘smart stop’ system – an ‘in-aisle sensor’ developed by Flexi Warehouse Systems’ team of software engineers. The system disables the truck if it comes in to contact with an object such as pallet loads, racking or rack guards within the aisle. The truck can only be restarted once the driver has reported details of the collision to a designated line manager, ensuring incidents do not go unreported.
“The latest Flexi machines are bristling with features and our new courses will ensure that experienced operators, who are due for a refresher course, and drivers who are converting to the Flexi truck concept will be able to make the most of the advanced functionality available,” said Maguire.
Details on the new programme of advanced Flexi operator courses can be found on the company’s website: www.flexi.co.uk