Crown continued its design excellence tradition with a Bronze International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for Crown’s QuickPick Remote order picking system.
This year’s win adds to Crown’s growing list of more than 80 major design awards. Over the last 25 years, Crown has earned 22 IDEA awards from the IDSA, making it one of the most decorated companies in the IDEA competition. This year, only 164 products earned the IDEA from the more than 1,700 entries worldwide.
“We are once again honoured to be recognised by one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world,” said Mike Gallagher, Vice President of Design, Crown Equipment. “For Crown, when it comes to our products, it’s about designing viable solutions that meet customers’ unmet needs. Crown’s multi-disciplined design team is committed to using state of the art design thinking to help our customers interact with technology and information in new ways and ultimately improve warehouse productivity, safety and sustainability.”
A typical order picker steps on the operator platform approximately 1,200 times a shift. This is comparable to climbing to the second level of the Eiffel Tower up to two times a shift. Crown’s QuickPick Remote uses semi-automated truck navigation technologies to reduce low-level order picking walk steps, thereby increasing productivity, reducing operator fatigue and improving safety. It cuts “truck on/off” work motions by up to 70 percent, reducing fatigue and improving the operator experience. Long-term testing shows that productivity between first and last pick of the day increased by 10 per cent on average with peaks of up to 25 per cent.
QuickPick Remote order picking technology allows operators to maintain consistent rhythm and pace, making the most of every second in the fast-paced picking process. Operators simply press a button on a wireless transceiver glove to remotely advance the forklift to the next pick location, virtually eliminating the need to return to the operator compartment while picking. QuickPick Remote operates independently of warehouse networks, which means it is easy to set up and does not consume valuable bandwidth or require costly IT investments.
According to its website, the non-profit IDSA was founded in 1965, making it one of the oldest and largest membership organisations for industrial design professionals. The organisation has more than 3,200 members in 28 professional chapters in the US and internationally. IDEA 2015 awards were recently announced at the ISDA International Conference in Seattle.
The QuickPick Remote order picking technology has earned recognition from across the industry, receiving numerous awards for design and innovation. In the last two years, the technology won the German Design Award 2015, the GOOD DESIGN award as well as an International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) award and an IF Product Design award.
About Crown Equipment Corporation – EMEA
Crown, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has a reputation for prizewinning product design, advanced engineering, user-friendly technology and first-class customer service. Vertical integration is at the core of Crown’s corporate philosophy, incorporating the design, production and distribution of innovative, pioneering solutions that enable customers to systematically increase the productivity and overall performance of their business operations. Alongside the company’s comprehensive range of forklift trucks, Crown also develops automation and fleet management technologies.
The company has its Head Office in New Bremen, Ohio, operates regional headquarters in Germany, Australia, China and Singapore, and employs over 10,000 people around the world. The service and distribution network extends to over 500 sites in more than 80 countries. Further information on Crown and the company’s ideas for helping customers advance their operational productivity can be found at www.crown.com.