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SAS: Improving safety for over 20 years

12 February 2019

Toyota’s SAS, System of Active Stability, is fitted as standard on each and every Toyota counterbalance forklift truck. After 20 years it is still unique, protecting your goods, trucks and operators as well as maximising throughput while reducing operational cost. It just never gets old.

Like many of the best systems, Toyota’s SAS is unobtrusive in use but activates when the system detects that there is a need for a correction.  Much like the sense of balance in the human body, the SAS system is in the background keeping everything going in the right direction!

Stability, confidence and safety are all important aspects when handling goods. While operating a Toyota forklift truck, all driving and stacking actions feel stable and controlled as the SAS system acts before an unsafe operation occurs. Made up of six functions, the main benefit of SAS is that it continually protects the operator and load when driving, turning and lifting. It also ensures improved productivity as greater stability, mast and fork control results in more efficient working. Another important benefit is that it can help to keep driver and damage costs low.

Reduce the risk of sideways tip-over

  • Swing Lock Cylinder – If the truck becomes unstable during a turn, the swing lock cylinder automatically locks the rear axle to increase the truck’s stability footprint, reducing the risk of a sideways tip-over. Available on Tonero IC forklifts and Traigo electric forklifts (48 and 80 volt)
  • Speed reduction when cornering – If SAS senses the turning speed is too high, it overrides the driver’s instructions and automatically slows the truck to keep the wheels and load in the proper position. Available on Traigo electric 3 wheel forklifts.

Greater control of the mast and forks

  • Mast Front Tilt Angle Control – Monitors load height, weight and mast position. If necessary, it automatically limits the mast angle to protect the driver and load.
  • Mast Rear Tilt Speed Control – Senses possible risk factors when the load is tilted backwards, and reduces the mast speed accordingly to protect the driver, the load and the truck.
  • Fork Levelling Control – Levels the forks at the push of a button, making work easier and quicker for the driver, particularly when loads are at height.

Creating safer and more productive operations

  • Active steering synchroniser – This helps the operator by automatically aligning the steering wheel with the rear wheels. Drivers always know which direction the truck will steer for safe, productive operation.

To learn more about the SAS system and Toyota’s range of forklift trucks and material handling equipment, visit www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk or call 0370 850 1409.

Awareness and action

For practical solutions to common safety problems, check out the Safer Logistics Zone at the Health & Safety Event, which takes place from April 9-11 at the NEC in Birmingham. Toyota Material Handling UK is the sponsor of Safer Logistics.

The seminar programme includes presentations on:

Driver Health: Asking the awkward questions

HGV drivers can face sleep, fatigue, drug, and alcohol problems among a wide range of driver health issues. This presentation gives managers the tools to develop a proactive approach to tackling the problem.

Andrew Drewary, road risk consultant, the Logistics Safety Forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)

The importance of taking responsibility for lifting equipment maintenance

The recent collapse of a crane at Falmouth docks was not a one-off, says the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). It shows the absolute necessity of implementing a strict maintenance regime for all logistics and industrial cranes and lifting equipment. Here, LEEA illustrates the importance of monitoring crane design working periods.

Ricardo German, Technical Assistant, The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)

Rack safety - can you afford to risk everything? 

Cutting corners on rack safety can cost millions, a life, or your freedom.

Jonathan Bennett, chair SEMA Distributor Group, and Simon King, ex-chair of SEMA Distributor Group

Forklift accidents: 10 common causes, 1 recurring theme

Stuart Taylor breaks down ten common causes of forklift accidents and reveals the theme that links them all. You’ll be given practical tips that can be easily applied on your site to significantly reduce the risk of accidents at a relatively low cost, keeping you compliant while retaining profitability.

Stuart Taylor, managing director of Mentor Training, on behalf of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA)

Forklift training myths – are you wasting money?

RTITB discusses the common forklift training myths many employers are making which could be costing them money in unnecessary training. The discussion will identify where employers are wasting money on unnecessary operator training and explore when forklift training is essential to ensure that delegates leave with methods to achieve safety, compliance and reduced costs in their business.

Laura Nelson, Managing Director, RTITB


Toyota Material Handling UK is the sponsor of Safer Logistics.