NEW BREMEN, Ohio (April 4, 2013) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, recently earned two prestigious awards at international industry events, including a Design for Safety Award at the International Material Handling Exhibition (IMHX) in England and the Best Product for 2013 at LogiMat, the biggest annual intralogistics exhibition in Europe.
At IMHX, an independent panel of experts awarded the Crown WT 3040 pallet truck with the Design for Safety Award, which recognizes companies or products that have made a contribution to safety awareness or injury reduction in material handling environments. The panel of judges cited specifically the forklift’s patented Entry Bar Safety Switch, which is designed to stop the truck immediately if the operator’s foot depresses the switch. This helps prevent injuries caused by operators who fail to keep their feet within the perimeter of the truck.
In addition, an independent jury recognized Crown’s QuickPick® Remote with “Best Product 2013” in the “Orderpicking, Packaging and Securing” category at this year’s LogiMat show in Munich, Germany. The QuickPick Remote system uses task automating technologies to simplify workflow and improve the picking process, thereby increasing productivity and reducing operator fatigue. Order selectors simply press a button on a wireless transceiver glove to remotely advance the forklift to the next pick location, greatly reducing the need to return to the operator’s compartment while picking. Crown field studies show that the technology helps reduce the number of steps order selectors take on and off the platform by up to 70 percent.
“These latest awards recognize Crown’s commitment to designing products and technologies that help improve safety and the way people work,” said Mike Gallagher, vice president of design, Crown Equipment. “Ensuring operators are productive, safe and comfortable while they are operating the forklifts ultimately improves the overall productivity and efficiency of the warehouse or material handling environment.”
IMHX is a comprehensive materials handling and logistics event that brings together industry professionals to share best practices in reducing costs and maximizing supply chain efficiencies. LogiMat, an international trade fair for distribution, materials handling and information flow, showcases innovative products, solutions and systems for warehouse, production and distribution logistics.
About Crown Equipment Corporation
Crown Equipment is one of the world’s largest material handling companies. Crown’s award-winning line of forklifts maintains a reputation for advanced product design, engineering and technology, and integrated manufacturing processes. Offering a broad range of forklifts, as well as automation and fleet management technologies, Crown seeks to provide customers with forward thinking and innovative products designed to improve performance and lower operating costs. Headquartered in New Bremen, Ohio, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore, Crown operates a global service and distribution network. Additional information about Crown’s ideas for helping its customers advance the productivity of their operations and accomplish more can be found at crown.com.