Working at sub-zero temperatures is challenging for forklift truck operators, but even more so for the actual machines. To handle pallets and other loads efficiently, operators need more than a warm cabin. They also need a truck that doesn’t break down in extreme conditions – a lift truck that’s been optimised for the deep freeze.
Hence the launch of the ESR 5000 Cold Store Cabin. Building on the ESR 5000 reach truck’s class-leading reliability, durability and performance, Crown have designed a vehicle optimised for low-temperature environments – not just cold, but deep-freeze cold at minus 30°C.
Keeping the truck protected…
The new truck’s chassis weld seams and studs are coated with a special wax-based anti-corrosion compound. Exposed electrical connections are covered with silicon sealant, and critical components are fitted with their own thermostatically controlled heaters. The motor compartment is protected by extra layers of paint and a heavy coat of clear varnish. And by using specially formulated hydraulic oil and coating all moving parts in low-temperature grease, Crown has made sure that the truck’s performance remains high even when temperatures are (really) low.
Keeping it part of the family…
Totally integrated with the reach truck, every cabin feature helps make load-handling in hostile conditions as easy and stress-free as possible. Huge heated windows with wipers front and back give unprecedented visibility in all directions – even upwards. Anticipating the unexpected hazards that lurk in a cold store, the rugged cabin structure is constructed from profiled tubular steel, protected by an extended roof and chassis. There’s even an emergency escape hatch in the roof.
It’s cold outside…
Airtight windows, coupled with electronically controlled twin heaters and fans plus five adjustable air vents, mean that the cabin interior is always warm and comfortable. A wide seat with adjustable lumbar support, personal weight settings for each operator and controls built into the armrest also helps drivers stay active and alert. With a broad selection of options and a unique choice of controls (multi-task, fingertip or dual-lever), the cabin supports high-throughput performance from one end of a sub-zero shift to the other.
Bringing drivers in from the cold…
A warm, spacious, comfortable cabin is one thing – but what about access? Like a car door, the door fitted to the ESR 5000 Cold Store Cabin is front-hinged for convenience, so operators can swing easily in and out. A wide step helps keep footing secure. Carefully designed details like this, coupled with other standard features such as the adjustable steering column, nested door heater, spacious desktop with clipboard and 360° visibility, mean that working in a Cold Store Cabin truck is just as productive as working in normal conditions.
… and so it should be
Crown’s new Cold Store Cabin model is squarely aimed at the kind of deep-freeze storage applications that are commonplace in the food industry. It brings the ESR 5000 Series truck’s already impressive capabilities and reputation to bear on demanding low-temperature environments, offering an optimised solution that is currently unique in this sector.
Crown Equipment Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric lift trucks. Since the company first started building materials handling equipment in the 1950s, Crown products have won numerous industry accolades. From the smallest pallet trucks through to the largest VNA trucks, Crown uses leading-edge design, innovative engineering and high-quality manufacturing techniques to respond to the full range of customer needs, achieving exceptional standards of reliability and productivity.
Crown has a unique corporate structure, characterised by the highest levels of vertical integration in the industry. This enables the company to keep tight control of development, production and customer support. Up to 85 percent of the components used in Crown products are developed and manufactured by Crown in custom-built facilities. Crown is committed to offering customers superior value that reduces TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
Crown Equipment Corporation is a family-owned business with head offices in the USA, Australia and Germany. Crown now operates a global distribution and service network with more than 70 fully-owned subsidiaries and over 300 independent dealerships.