Crown Equipment has announced the local availability of its latest rider pallet truck, offering a unique approach to operator ergonomics that increase productivity.
The Crown designed and built RT 4000 Series rider pallet truck is available in stand-up or sit-down models with load capacities of up to 2,000 kilograms. Stand-up models can be configured for right-hand or left-hand steering, meeting the needs and preferences of the customer. All pallet trucks in the series offer unique control arrangements and configurable seating on sit down models to provide comfort for operators of all sizes.
Crown believes the RT 4000 Series will be well accepted by regional companies operating in warehouse environments such as FMCG, 3PL, pharmaceutical and manufacturing.
According to David Sultana, marketing manager, Crown Equipment South East Asia, traditional pallet trucks require operators to stand up and, in many cases, walk behind the vehicle. However the RT 4000 allows the operator the option to sit down, increasing comfort.
“With the RT 4000 you get more productivity through an increase in operator comfort leading to reduced fatigue and increased performance,” said Sultana.
Additional features also help optimise the operator experience. Sit-down models feature a height-adjustable floorboard with 60mm of travel, giving operators the most comfortable sitting position possible on a durable, ergonomic seat that can easily be adjusted to accommodate individual operator weight and leg length. Sit-down models are also fitted with a low entry step for convenient entry and exit.
A suspended, shock reducing floorboard enhances ride comfort on stand-up models while a wraparound, soft-foam lean pad provides further support.
RT 4000’s unique design, developed at Crown’s European headquarters in Munich, Germany, focuses on delivering fast, safe and efficient all-day performance from loading dock to warehouse aisle. It also provides the quality, reliability, durability and performance built in to every piece of Crown equipment.
AC motors, developed in-house by Crown, give RT 4000 models not only strong acceleration but also a 12.5km/h top speed.
Safety is enhanced by a number of factors. RT 4000’s ergonomic refinement helps reduce operator fatigue while Crown’s patented and proven Entry Bar Safety Switch begins to slow the RT 4000 to a stop when the operator places a foot onto the entry bar and outside the truck’s perimeter.
Electronic power steering reduces fatigue while boosting RT 4000’s manoeuvrability and responsiveness. Complete with spinner knob, the steering wheel is sized and positioned to minimise shoulder and arm stress, even in the most demanding conditions.
The use of proven, best-in-class components provides reliability. High-tensile steel is used to reinforce the one-piece forks and the controls have been tested to the limit in the toughest working conditions. There is also an extensive range of Work Assist™ accessories which includes beverage holders, clipboards, storage pockets and more.
The RT 4000 Series’ design features led an international panel of design experts to grant it an iF Design Award in the Vehicles category for 2016. This is the 28th iF Product Design Award which Crown won since 1969.
Crown Product Engineering Development and Support Manager Michael Croxford, said Crown’s combined international design prowess is evident in the user-friendly details of the RT 4000.
“Crown’s focus on ergonomics which optimise operator productivity are a key feature of the new RT 4000 Series. This is evident in the availability of stand up or sit down models, and left- or right-handed steering on stand-up models,” Croxford said.
“The RT 4000 Series is designed and tested to withstand extreme stresses. Every model is fitted with a reinforced, 8mm-thick, wraparound steel skirt and steel covers 6mm thick. No exposed plastic parts are used in impact areas.
“The advantages of Crown’s vertical integration shine through with in-house manufactured AC motors which run longer, stay cooler and continue to operate reliably and efficiently no matter what conditions they’re in.”
For more information on the Crown RT 4000 Series stand-up and sit-down models please go to crown.com
About Crown Equipment Corporation
Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown’s business philosophy utilizes vertically integrated processes to design, manufacture and distribute forward-thinking, innovative solutions that improve customers’ productivity and operating efficiency. Crown produces a broad range of forklifts as well as automation and fleet management technologies.
The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Its employees number more than 12,000 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit crown.com.
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