… and TSP 7000 VNA turret truck and Crown InfoLink® both nominated for International Forklift Truck of the Year Award (IFOY).
The independent jury at LogiMAT presented Crown’s intuitive remote control for order pickers, QuickPick® Remote, with the “Best Product 2013” award in the “Order-Picking, Packaging, Securing” category. Just 24 hours earlier two other Crown products – the TSP 7000 VNA truck and the InfoLink® fleet management system – had both been nominated for the prestigious IFOY Award.
Making order picking more efficient
Low-level order picking is a tough job. In the course of an average shift, order pickers may walk up to 25,000 steps at speeds of up to 5 km/h (3 mph) – equivalent to a total distance of as much as 25 kilometres (15.6 miles). In addition, pickers must frequently bend down, straighten up, and carry heavy objects, so it is not surprising that they burn as much as 3,500 calories in a single shift.
Crown QuickPick® Remote makes this demanding work significantly easier, so is especially suitable for large-scale wholesale operations and retail hubs. The wireless transceiver and controls are incorporated into a special glove, which allows order pickers to control the movement of their trucks from a distance while keeping both hands free. Using intuitive controls, operators can guide their order pickers to the next pick location without having to climb into or out of the truck. This substantially reduces the number of steps pickers have to take, whether or not they are carrying loads. It also means they can take the most direct route from one location to the next, and drastically reduces the laborious process of climbing into and out of operator compartments. Each truck is fitted with a front-facing laser and two additional lasers in the front apron, which help to identify obstacles and avoid collisions.
Ken Dufford, Vice President Europe at Crown, is delighted by the award: “Winning this award confirms that with QuickPick® Remote, we’ve taken a big step towards safely automating certain warehouse processes as part of a carefully thought-out warehouse automation strategy. A number of our customers have helped us test this system in practice, and the results of this long-term testing showed a 10% improvement in productivity between first and last pick. In certain cases we were able to reduce the time required for specific picking operations by as much as 25%.”
IFOY Award nominations
Crown’s dual nomination for the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award is yet another cause for celebration. The innovations, ergonomics and efficiency embodied in Crown’s TSP 7000 VNA truck convinced the jury to nominate the truck in the “Warehouse Trucks” category, while Crown’s performance in a project for British firm Spicers won the company a second nomination in the “Forklift Truck Solutions” category, which focuses on system solutions for intralogistics. Spicers decided to replace their entire fleet with Crown lift trucks supported by the innovative InfoLink® fleet management system. In the process they reduced the size of their fleet by more than 40% while simultaneously increasing productivity and slashing maintenance and repair costs by an impressive 90%.
The IFOY Award is bestowed on the year’s best forklift trucks and system solutions in four different categories. The annual award is made by an independent panel of international trade journalists. The IFOY Award is sponsored by the VDMA’s Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Sector Association, under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. CeMAT, the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics, is the platform for the award presentation in Hanover.
About Crown Equipment Corporation – EMEA
Crown Equipment Corporation is one of the world’s largest material handling companies. Crown’s award-winning line of forklifts maintains a reputation for advanced product design, engineering and integrated manufacturing processes. Offering a broad range of forklifts, as well as automation and fleet management technologies, Crown provides customers with forward thinking and innovative products designed to improve performance and lower operating costs. With its Head Office in New Bremen, Ohio, and regional headquarters in Germany, Australia, China and Singapore, Crown operates a global service and distribution network. Additional information about Crown’s ideas for helping its customers advance the productivity of their operations and accomplish more can be found at www.crown.com.