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Rush Tracking Systems Acquires ShockWatch Equipment-Monitoring Division

With this acquisition, the company has adopted a new name—TotalTrax—and will now offer a complete solution that can track not only a forklift's location and cargo, but also its driver's identity and any collisions that may occur.
By Claire Swedberg
"Through technical progression and innovation, we expanded the capabilities beyond impact sensors, creating a whole new class of products," says Michael McMillan, ShockWatch's VP of engineering and customer service. The latest products focus on providing sensor-based data regarding forklift impacts, in order to reduce the likelihood of products being damaged while being transported by those vehicles, decrease the chances of harm to racks in warehouses, and help maintain safety records for compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

FleetControl Manager consists of a forklift-mountable unit containing an impact sensor and an access-control unit that plugs directly into a forklift's vehicle-mounted computer (VMC). All data is collected and forwarded through an existing Wi-Fi network to ShockWatch's EquipCommand software suite, where sensor data is interpreted and stored, and from which automated e-mails of activity reports can be issued to authorized parties. The system's EquipCommand software continuously monitors and reports real-time information regarding equipment safety, utilization, productivity and maintenance, based on data culled from the forklift sensor.

As a lift operator begins driving, he or she must log in to the FleetControl Manager system before being able to operate the equipment. The system utilizes either a 125 kHz HID RFID card reader, a bar-code reader or a keyboard that a driver can use to enter his or her employee PIN code to obtain operator access.

The EquipCommand software not only interprets and stores data indicating when impacts are detected, linked to the specific person driving a particular forklift, but also tracks that vehicle's productivity, based on the movement data for each driver.

The company has sold about 100,000 units worldwide to date, McMillan says, and typically works with 350 to 400 new customers or distributors annually.

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