NEW BREMEN, Ohio (February 14, 2013) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest forklift manufacturers, announced today that its Crown RM 6000 Series reach truck earned the prestigious GOOD DESIGN™ Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. This marks the third significant design award for the Crown RM 6000 and the 12th GOOD DESIGN™ Award for Crown Equipment.
Selected as a winner in the industrial category for outstanding aesthetics and innovative design, Crown’s RM 6000 is the industry’s first pantograph reach truck that can reach 505 inches and deliver up to 1,000 pounds more capacity at height. It is equipped with forks that travel upward at a pace of 160 feet per minute.
The truck also features a MonoLift® mast, which Crown’s design and engineering teams created to combine advances in truck geometry and mast rigidity and offer more load capacity at height. Elevated load sway is minimized through the use of a closed cross-section mast construction. Reduced mast sway and twisting results in less time waiting for the mast to steady and more time moving loads. The Crown RM 6000’s innovative variable side stance positions the operator for maximum effectiveness and forward/reverse visibility during travel and load handling functions. The truck’s superior visibility allows operators to work at optimal levels of efficiency, which in turn generates increased warehouse productivity, according to Tim Forlow, marketing product manager, Crown Equipment.
According to The Chicago Athenaeum, the museum received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms “representing the most important and critical mass of influential corporations worldwide in the design industry from more than 48 countries.”
In addition to the GOOD DESIGN™ Award, the Crown RM 6000 has been recognized with a Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) and Core 77 Design Award.
About the GOOD DESIGN™ Awards
The GOOD DESIGN™ Awards, conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, bestow international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered basic product and consumer design.
Now in its 60th year, the Museum’s historic Good Design program was founded in Chicago in 1950 with the participation of early modernism’s most formable designers including Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames
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.