How forklift operators interact with their equipment affects overall warehouse productivity and safety. While many manufacturers tout their designs as ergonomic, human factors is often only given attention during the evaluation stage of product development. To be truly human-centered, operator interests and needs should be defined at conception and revisited throughout the entire product development process.
Integrating a human factors & ergonomics (HF&E) professional into product development reinforces human-centered design thinking. Rather than relying on consultants to evaluate user interaction at the end of the design cycle, integrated HF&E practitioners help ensure that operators are kept in mind throughout the process.
Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has introduced the D4 Armrest as an option for its Crown C-5 Series, Crown FC Series and Crown SC Series sit-down counterbalance forklifts. It is ergonomically designed to help improve operator experience and comfort, ultimately helping boost productivity throughout the entire operation. The armrest recently captured a GOOD DESIGNÒ Award, further strengthening Crown’s international recognition for excellence in industrial design. read more »»
The supply chain and warehouse are overflowing with data; not all of it on product movement. Warehouse and forklift connectivity is generating data on worker performance, forklift utilisation and the health and status of equipment. Companies are investing to collect and analyse data to increase productivity, lower costs and enhance safety.
One area where greater connectivity delivers value is in forklift fleet service and maintenance. Connected service technicians, armed with new technology, are making service calls smarter and more proactive. Where data on forklift performance and operation is available, supply chain managers can expect service techs to arrive on-site understanding the maintenance issue and having the right part to make the repair.
Connected tools, such as mobile tablets or even augmented reality, can help walk the technician through the repair. Data entered from the service call is then uploaded to the service cloud, giving fleet managers visibility to the maintenance issue and repair to strengthen the service data pool. read more »»
Despite warehouse technology advances, such as pick-to-voice systems, the low-level order picking process is still noticeably inefficient. It can take as many as nine discrete actions from when an operator places one case on a pallet to when they place the next case on the pallet. It remains one of the most resource-intensive processes in the warehouse and thus a major target for automation. read more »»
Warehouse managers everywhere are under pressure. Even cold storage operations are feeling the heat. Managers are being challenged to fit more SKUs into existing space, turn their inventory faster and squeeze more productivity out of their existing assets. All the while, warehouse operations must be prepared for potential business disruptions caused by both internal and external forces and deal with changing consumer expectations for more variety and immediate availability in their grocery options.
How can managers of refrigerated and frozen food warehouses keep up with day-to-day business, address these growing challenges and avoid being left out in the cold? One solution is to use new forklift technology that helps deal with common issues, such as increasing energy costs and harsh operating conditions, that are encountered in low-temperature warehouse environments.
Companies expand a significant amount of effort and resources to bring predictability to their supply chains. The ability to foresee and quickly respond to potential unexpected downtime, shifting market conditions and changing consumer demand is an invaluable asset in helping companies avoid or minimise supply chain disruptions.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts and incremental successes, the supply chain can still be unpredictable, especially in the most challenging times. For instance, as any supply chain or fleet manager knows, right now is one of the most challenging times we have faced in a generation. read more »»
When it comes to the performance of your supply chain, the health of your forklifts is vital. An unhealthy fleet can lead to lower productivity, considerable inefficiencies, higher service and maintenance costs, and unsafe working conditions.
The following are five steps you can take to help ensure you have a healthy forklift fleet to continue to meet customer expectations and demands. read more »»
During this critical time, it is vitally important that supply chains have the necessary equipment and resources to continue to function. Crown is committed to providing our full support to help get essential supplies to where they’re needed most—to hospitals, to grocery stores and to the communities at large in which we, our customers and our families work and live. read more »»
Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, is credited with helping a local small-and-medium enterprise (SME) achieve a 30 per cent increase in productivity since the two companies started working together in 2008.
J-Connection Press, a Singapore-based industry-leading commercial print services company that started in 1998 as a small print shop, has now rapidly grown to become one of the largest and most trusted print companies in the region. The SME’s clientele includes some of the world’s biggest and best brands, many of which are from banking and corporate sectors.
Over the years, as J-Connection Press expanded its businesses, implementing the right material handling equipment (MHE) became increasingly crucial to effectively and safely move heavy loads in the warehouse. It is clear that focusing on the right supply chain solutions is an important foundation to achieve high productivity, maximise efficiency and boost staff morale as well as maintain safety standards.
This was when J-Connection Press chose Crown solutions due to the material handling company’s highly-positive brand reputation in the industry and the relationship kicked off in 2008 with the very first acquisition of a Crown stacker, which is still running strong 15 years later.
“The model is very easy to use and manoeuvre. It really helps in moving our heavy items around, and the quality is so good we are still using it more than a decade later,” said Mr Peter Ngan, Director of J-Connection Press.
For its strong commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has earned the 2019 Green Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
The 2019 Green Supply Chain Awards recognize companies that have achieved measurable sustainability goals within their operations in the areas of sourcing/procurement, fulfillment/logistics, operations, product lifecycle management and other areas of the supply chain.
Since 1991, Crown has been recognized with more than 20 sustainability awards, including the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) gold-level award. This honor acknowledges organizations that exceed regulatory obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance. read more »»
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