Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today introduced a larger, more robust display module for its forklifts equipped with Crown’s InfoLink® fleet and operator management system. The InfoLink 7” Touch Display Module enhances the operator experience with greater functionality and an interface designed to simplify onboarding, maximise productivity and reinforce safety. read more »»
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 »»
Lead-acid batteries are absolutely vital to forklift operations, but can also lead to major headaches for fleet managers playing a guessing game with optimal battery inventory. Having too few, or even too many, batteries can negatively impact performance and operational productivity.
These tips will help you determine and maintain the right number of lead-acid batteries needed to efficiently and proactively support your fleet. read more »»
Buying secondhand forklifts can be a cost-effective solution for companies to meet their material handling needs.
Whether you are a multinational corporation or an up-and-coming small-to-medium enterprise (SME), forklifts are an important cog in the wheel of your warehouse operations. It goes without saying then, that an investment in the right material handling equipment (MHE) will literally lighten your load, while the wrong purchase can lead to a decrease in productivity, safety, unhappy operators, serious reliability issues and unnecessary financial headaches. read more »»
As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to transform the way we interact with machines, data and each other, it is bringing a new level of connectivity that is evolving today’s warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing environments.
Unfortunately, the tangible benefits and business value tied to greater connectivity are being overshadowed by the hype. The result is confusion, frustration and false starts as pilot projects don’t deliver on unrealistic claims or require more resources, time or dollars than initially suggested. read more »»
In a previous post, we explored why greater connectivity in the warehouse was important. Now we’ll look at how to get started on your journey to a connected facility.
Crown experts have led and participated in numerous technology implementations to promote greater connectivity that includes the forklift. We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t, and the issues and challenges involved. We understand the challenges that may cause implementations to falter or encounter roadblocks.
Based on that experience and insight, we recommend companies take a phased approach to implementation; one that is based on clear, strategic business objectives and builds on each accomplishment to get to the next objective. read more »»
Crown has won the International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award 2020 in the “Warehouse Truck Highlifter” category for the company’s ESR 1000 Series of reach trucks. A world-famous accolade for outstanding performance, the IFOY Award acknowledges the year’s best intralogistics products and system solutions. The new ESR 1000 Series won the IFOY Award 2020 on the back of multiple innovations for boosting productivity, connectivity and operator safety. These include Crown’s newly developed Gena® operating system and Xpress Lower™ mast-lowering technology. 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 »»
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.