Crown launches the new LP 3500 Series of mid-level order pickers
To make order picking faster and more flexible, Crown’s new LP 3500 Series includes four models of mid-level order picker. Capable of lifting up to 1000 kg and travelling at speeds of up to 10.5 km/h, the LP 3500 Series is an efficient solution for warehouse operators who need to pick goods from two- and three-tier racking.
A day in intralogistics is a day filled with challenges. One of them is managing a warehouse efficiently and order picking forms a major part of this challenge. Normally, picking locations are positioned at ground level, for optimum efficiency. But many companies need access to such a wide variety of goods that this approach is no longer practical: increasingly, warehouse managers are obliged to create picking locations on multiple tiers of shelving or racking. This creates a new challenge of finding a fast and flexible way to pick orders from second- or third-tier racks. Fortunately, Crown has developed a highly efficient solution in the LP 3500 Series of mid-level order pickers.
Top-level picking performance
The new Crown LP 3500 Series includes models either with fixed forks or auxiliary lifting forks. All models are capable of exceptional performance in their specific areas of application, which are determined by the types of goods to be picked and the heights at which they are stored. The models with auxiliary lifting capability are ideally suited to applications that may, for instance have a high degree of small-sized or even fragile goods, because the forks can be positioned at a convenient height for placing these goods onto the pallet. All models in the new Series are capable of lifting the operator platform to a height of 1800 mm, handling heavy loads and travelling at elevation, which is why they represent such an efficient, flexible solution for various order picking scenarios.
Increased operator efficiency
Speed and efficiency are the key to smoothly functioning picking operations. Analysing the complete order-picking cycle, the least productive elements – representing just under 50% – consist of time spent travelling between individual picking stations and time spent raising or lowering the platform. To reduce this time factor and optimise the working process, operators can raise or lower the platforms on Crown LP 3500 Series of mid-level order pickers while they are driving along. The truck’s speed adjusts automatically in proportion to platform height: in a smooth and stepless fashion. In applications where trucks are constantly travelling short distance between order-picking stations, warehouse managers can opt to fit the truck controls on the fork side of the platform. This saves operators even more time, as they no longer have to twist or turn to reach controls behind them, or change position between travelling and picking.
To improve picking performance even further, the entire LP 3500 Series is fitted with a powerful AC drive system. The high-torque AC motor enables the trucks to accelerate rapidly while using very little energy, and requires minimal maintenance. Regenerative motor braking is safe and reliable, and saves energy by re-using it.
Safe order picking at any level
Crown’s LP 3500 Series is characterised by an attention to detail that makes each operator’s daily work easier and more efficient. The ergonomic layout of the controls and the thick rubber mat fitted to the floor of the operator’s compartment all help to minimise operator fatigue. Electronic steering means that the trucks are highly manoeuvrable during order-picking operations. An easy-read display provides the driver with concise information on key vehicle status indicators. When operators are picking orders at heights above 1200 mm, three-bar safety gates on either side of the platform help keep them safe. These gates are quick and easy to open and close due to built-in shock absorbers. Operator safety is further enhanced by an overhead guard.
The new LP 3500 Series expands Crown’s prize-winning range of lift trucks by adding four robust, durable mid-level order pickers to an already impressive range of warehouse equipment.
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.