In recognition of its connected and automated material handling solutions, Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has been named to the Food Logistics 2020 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list for the eighth consecutive year. read more »»
The lead-up to purchasing material handling equipment can be an overwhelming process. This is why Crown Equipment wants to help customers in buying the best forklift for their warehousing operations.
With many factors to consider when purchasing a forklift, understanding where to start is crucial in the decision-making process. Whether you are a first-time buyer or simply in need of a quick refresher course, Crown Equipment is committed to provide customers with the right steps to help them purchase the best forklift suitable for their material handling needs. Through this guide, learn the process of buying a forklift, acquire tips on making the right purchase and note the common pitfalls to avoid. read more »»
Brothers, Carl H. Dicke and Allen A. Dicke, founded Crown Equipment Corporation in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, in 1945 with an unwavering commitment to customer service. Seventy-five years later, Crown is a widely-recognised, global material handling equipment manufacturer and technology provider with more than 16,100 employees worldwide, serving many of the world’s most recognisable brands and category leaders. read more »»
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.
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 »»
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