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Red Forge Ltd is a family run business founded in 1976. Originally formed to re-manufacture automotive electrical equipment, during the early 1980’s the company introduced a new product know as Axalert™ in response to requests from the Midland divisional members of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. This product was designed to indicate to a goods vehicle driver when his vehicle became overloaded. The product was developed by one of the founding directors, the late Mr John Freeman, a Professional Design Engineer.

1976

Originally formed to re-manufacture automotive electrical equipment

1980

RedForge launch new product known as Axalert™

1984

Limitlite™ product introduced

1988

During the late 80’s RedForge Ltd acquired the assets of Printed Resistor Products and used the technology gained to introduce the Warmawork™

1995

Auto electrical re-manufacturing business closes. All efforts and resources invested into the axle load indication and heater markets. New products launched: Axalert™ 20/20 and Limitlite™ Plus

2005

The company moves into larger premises to ease the increased throughput of vehicles being fitted. Further new products launched: Axalert™ Plus and The Omniweigh™

2014

RedForge releases new products to both of the ALI ranges, the Limitlite™ Tradesman and the Axalert™ Excel

2015

The newly developed and improved loadcell based Omniweigh™ system receives VCA approval.

2016

Balancing loads for 40 years since 1976.

Over the years it built up a reputation as a reliable product favoured by many HGV operators and drivers. Subsequent to the launch of the Axalert™, the Limitlite™ product was introduced in 1984 to provide the same valuable information to Light Goods Vehicle drivers but in a simplified manner.

During the late 80’s Red Forge Ltd acquired the assets of Printed Resistor Products and used the technology gained to introduce the Warmawork™ product. This is a D.C. electric fan heater based on solid state heater technology designed specifically for the electric vehicle industry, and is resistant to vibration. Over the years this product has been recognised as very reliable and is supplied to many manufacturers of electric vehicles and associated cabin manufacturers. We still supply these heater units to various forklift manufacturers around the world.

In the mid 90’s the auto electrical re-manufacturing business was closed, and the company concentrated their efforts on the axle load indication and heater markets. This led to the rise of the current generation of weighing products, with new releases every few years as technologies changed and became more interactive. The Axalert™ 20/20 provided weight data in a memory function and its smaller brother, Limitlite™ Plus allowed GVW monitoring on LCV’s for the first time. Vehicle Telematics compatibility (VTS) was added, allowing remote monitoring of a vehicle’s load condition.

In 2005, the company moved into larger premises to ease the increased throughput of vehicles being fitted. This allowed for increased investment in development, and the latest products from Red Forge Ltd are now better than ever before. The Axalert™ Plus system provides HGV’s with the same simple overload protection enjoyed by LCV’s, for those who need to keep fleet costs down but still require a high quality product and service. The Omniweigh™ system uses state of the art load cell technology, providing accurate payload information as well as Axle Load Prediction. In addition, the company’s range of ancillary products has now increased and includes latest technology, such as USB connections.

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