Caterpillar Logistics has entrusted the safety of loading bay employees at its Tullamarine warehouse in Victoria, Australia, to Castell's Salvo. Caterpillar's goal was to implement a process on its loading bays that would protect its employees from unscheduled vehicle departure.
“Unfortunately, I'm well aware that this type of accident can occur,” explained Michael Forrest, warehouse supervisor. “Other Cat Logistics facilities in Europe and North America had implemented the Salvo system into their facilities with great success and the feedback was very positive.
“It's innovative, it's cost-effective and, more importantly, it's easy to use. I know that our people are going to go home safe every night.”
Salvo attaches to an articulated trailer's emergency airline coupling and prevents unscheduled trailer departures, or “driveaways”. Removal of the emergency airline automatically locks on the trailer's brakes. When the Salvo Type 1 lock is fitted to the exposed coupling it releases a coded key. The key is inserted into the control panel of the relevant loading bay and enables the door to be opened or the dock leveller positioned. Specific system configuration can vary according to individual requirements.
Once loading has begun, the key is trapped in the control panel, putting the loader in complete control of the operation. The key is only released when loading has been completed and the door shut, allowing the Type 1 lock to be removed from the airline coupling.