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Crown TSP 7000 Makes Taller Warehouses with Narrower Aisles a Reality

Manufacturing, industrial and logistics industries throughout much of Southeast Asia are experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. The establishment of major transport hubs and new ports in countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia have created a demand for new warehousing and distribution centres.

By taking advantage of the latest in warehouse design and material handling equipment technology, companies looking at expansion can gain significant cost and operational efficiencies.

According to Steven Hill, managing director, Crown Equipment, Southeast Asia, there are many factors that have, in recent years, impacted warehouse and distribution centre design and operation, with the two most common factors being the cost of land and the availability of new technologies.

The Cost of Land
As the cost of commercial and industrial land around the world has risen, the focus first shifted to making optimal use of space via the development of very narrow aisle (VNA) racking and specialised trucks to operate efficiently in these tighter spaces. The push to VNA environments occurred initially in Europe, where the cost of land had risen steeply.

“The racking was the simple part, but it was the development of VNA vehicles that made it all happen. However, for Crown, this was not as challenging as it was for many other companies, given that we had manufacturing plants that could work with designers and racking companies,” said Hill. The result was a range of Crown vehicles capable of manoeuvring and operating in tight environments.

The next answer to the ever-rising cost of land and the ever-increasing need for more storage space came in the form of higher buildings. Designers realised that while the cost of a square metre of land may be fixed, the cost of a cubic metre was not. All they had to do was go up.

However, just as the world could not construct high-rise central business districts until the invention of the elevator, taller warehouses were reliant on the development of forklift trucks capable of safely and quickly rising to quite incredible heights. Once again, Crown was at the forefront of this development.

“The Crown TSP 7000 is the latest iteration of the industry’s quest for height, speed and safety in forklift trucks,” said Hill.

The Crown TSP 7000 turret truck can reach a lift height of 17.1m, or six storeys, and deliver most loads to full height. The Crown TSP Series also utilises some of the largest batteries available to provide up to 50 percent more power for truck performance and battery life. One of the key mechanical elements that allows the TSP series to reach new heights is the Crown MonoLift™ mast. This exclusive closed-section mast minimises deflection for the entire length of the mast, creating load stability and operator confidence at height.

Innovations such as this are delivering what business owners and warehouse designers need to drive storage and material handling costs down.

New Technology Applications
Innovations like those referred to earlier in this article don’t happen by chance, they require dedicated teams of designers, technologists and engineers working together to bring them to reality. Ideally, these teams should be in-house, rather than a myriad of third party suppliers.

Crown has always operated on the principle of vertical integration, creating in-house teams with the skillsets required to develop solutions specifically for vehicles manufactured by Crown.

“In the last decade, Crown has been developing engineering technologies that have revolutionised much of the ways in which forklift trucks operate, and software technologies that provide information to warehouse managers that show how their entire operation is performing,” said Hill.

Crown engineering technology has been applied to areas such as mast design and manufacture, regenerative braking, quick change load wheels that can be changed in two minutes instead of the usual 25 minutes with standard load wheel assemblies, laser guided fork positioning, and Xpress™ Lower technology that increases lowering speeds to an industry-leading pace of 1.2 metres per second, more than 40 percent faster than lowering speeds on traditional trucks.

“Crown’s technology goes well beyond the truck, providing warehouse and operations managers with a powerful software solution that spans operator performance, collision alerts, the condition of major components within the truck, and workplace health and safety compliance,” said Hill.

Once again, this software technology, InfoLink®, has been entirely developed and built by Crown for its full range of forklift trucks.

“Crown’s InfoLink wireless fleet and operator management system provides managers with the information they need, presented via personalised dashboards to make better business decisions including fleet optimisation, battery charging practices, shift and operator performance, and safety compliance,” said Hill.

Crown believes that companies embarking on new warehouse and distribution centre projects will find its one-stop-shop approach to supplying major products, technologies and services simple, professional and extremely cost-effective.

“Crown has structured its business in Southeast Asia to be as comprehensive as possible. The aim has been to offer customers a single, dedicated, point of contact for a broad range of material handling requirements. Our commitment is to alleviate much of the complexity that has, in the past, been a major stumbling block in the design, installation, equipping and efficient operation of a successful new warehouse or distribution centre,” concluded Hill.

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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