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Crown C-5 Series and InfoLink® helps The PRI Group reduce maintenance costs up to 60 percent

The PRI Group, a full service recycling company primarily handling paper and plastics, frequently experienced downtime due to drivetrain failure caused by debris on the floor of its facility becoming entangled under its forklifts. The company turned to Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, for a solution.

The PRI Group’s recycling process generates a great deal of dust and debris, both on the floor and in the air. Bailing wire and strapping material falls within the aisles and the fine paper dust works its way into every piece of machinery. After experiencing drivetrain and hydraulic failures with its previous forklift fleet, skyrocketing maintenance costs and unexpected downtime became a constant headache, even with the company routinely performing planned maintenance on its trucks.

Looking for a forklift that could keep up with its operation, The PRI Group selected Crown’s C-5 Series for its sealed underbody that protects critical drivetrain components from debris. The optional On-Demand Cooling system eliminates downtime associated with overheating by clearing radiators of built-up dust and debris each time the engine is started. The company also chose Crown’s InfoLink Fleet Management System to help them monitor usage to ensure that critical maintenance is performed according to schedule. Together, the C-5 Series and InfoLink have helped The PRI Group significantly reduce its overall maintenance costs up to 60%.

“The sealed brakes, the sealed undercarriage, and the fan system, the cooling system that the Crown’s have, have taken our maintenance costs way down,” said Tony Varchetto, president and CEO, The PRI Group.

Since its establishment in 2009, The PRI Group has operated three shifts, 24 hours a day, six days a week. The company relies on forklifts that can handle the 110,000 square foot facility’s heavy workload. With the Crown C-5 Series and InfoLink Fleet Management System, The PRI Group has been able to reduce damage to its forklifts caused by floor debris and ensure planned maintenance is completed on time, every time, cutting overall maintenance costs and fleet downtime.

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