Crown has added to its series of pedestrian stackers with the launch of the new WI 2300 Series with initial lift. The stacker has a lift height of up to 5.2 metres and comes with a number of features that make work in warehouse environments safer and more productive. The WI 2300, developed and built in Germany, embodies over 50 years of experience in the development and production of materials handling solutions.
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Crown has been developing and manufacturing pedestrian stackers since 1957. The Crown stacker range includes a wide variety of pedestrian and ride-on options suitable for all types of applications, involving any shape or size of load – using plastic or wooden pallets, skids, metal containers or wire baskets.
The new WI 2300 Series is designed to handle Euro pallets, wire baskets or open bottom containers. If the forks are lowered onto the outriggers, the truck can transport loads of up to 2000 kg. Working as a stacker or double stacker, the WI 2300 can lift loads of up to 1600 kg. In addition to the new WI 2300 Series, Crown manufactures five other types of stackers: straddle (load capacities up to 1800 kg), fork-over (load capacities up to 1600 kg), double-stacker (load capacities up to 2000 kg), reach (load capacities up to 1600 kg) and a counterbalanced model range (load capacities up to 1800 kg), which combines the versatility of a counterbalanced lift truck with the economy of a stacker. The new WI 2300 stacker with initial lift completes this comprehensive range.
“This latest model reflects our long tradition of pedestrian stacker production. The fact that the new model is easy and safe to operate is not the only good thing: the safety, robustness and long life that characterise all Crown products mean that customers can also enhance the efficiency of their materials handling operations over the long term”, concludes Gary Thurner, Product Marketing Manager at Crown.
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The centrally positioned X10® control handle – used on all Crown pedestrian products – gives the pedestrian stacker a very tight turning circle, which means it can squeeze into the narrowest of stockrooms. With thumb-operated controls enabling right- or left-handed operation, the X10® handle can be used to control the stacker’s speed very precisely, whether travelling forwards or backwards. The Brake Override function allows operators to manoeuvre the stacker very easily at creep speeds, even when the handle is in a near-vertical position. The visual and tactile differentiation of the controls mounted in the handle minimises hand and wrist movements, which in turn reduces operator fatigue. The 120 mm initial lift provides extra ground clearance so the stacker rolls smoothly and evenly over slopes, ramps, boards and uneven floors.
Industry-leading stability and safety
Warehousing is characterised by high goods throughput and heavy time pressure, so it is essential that machinery should be safe and stable in operation. The WI 2300 has a broad stability quadrangle and – thanks to the stacker’s low-profile construction – a low centre of gravity, so it is extremely safe in use. The robust construction, comprising interlocking I-beam rails with angled mast rollers, reduces mast deflection and prevents loads from swaying. As usual with Crown pedestrian stackers, an unhampered line of sight through the mast provides operators with an excellent view of the forks. Not only does this help prevent collisions, it also helps protect the load.
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.