Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial and automotive components, chose Castell’s drive-away prevention system Salvo to protect staff at its DC in Newark, UK, and its warehouse in Tilburg, Netherlands.
At Tilburg, NSK’s huge facility distributes more than 4,000 pallets a month across the whole of Europe and North Africa. Customers include Ford, Volkswagen, Siemens and Bosch.
Salvo has been installed on 12 loading bays, and four Salvo Club steering wheel locks now safeguard deliveries made by rigid vehicles.
Having reversed their vehicle onto the relevant loading bay, drivers install the Salvo SGL lock on the exposed emergency airline coupling, releasing a trapped key. This key is then inserted and turned in the Salvo Control Panel on the outside of the bay.
An amber beacon illuminates on the inside to indicate that the loading bay is now safe and ready to use. The loader opens the door, trapping the key in the Salvo Control Panel outside.
While the door remains raised and the key trapped in the control panel, the trailer cannot be moved.
Castell says that The Health & Safety Executive booklet “Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety” recommends interlocks as a safe system of work to combat drive-aways.
There have been no reported health and safety incidents at the Tilburg site since Salvo was commissioned.