Crown introduces the Crown WAV 60 Series designed with features to help achieve a greater level of safety, efficiency and flexibility for applications where ladders are typically used to reach up to five metres such as those found in retail and manufacturing settings.
Better known as the Wave®, the Crown Work Assist Vehicle® is ideal for workers receiving, shipping and stocking small loads or products in busy, confined spaces, as well as order picking and order fulfilment. It can travel and lift simultaneously, so operators can move efficiently around a facility while raising and lowering to the appropriate heights in one smooth, seamless operation. The Wave’s AC drive motors and controls increase travel speeds to 8 km/h and provide more responsive acceleration and manoeuvrability. The on-board Access 1 2 3 control system enables optimum performance and control through intelligent coordination of operator prompts, lift/lower operations, steering and braking, performance levels and other vehicle systems.
“We use the new Wave for picking PVC profiles, in a three-shift operation”, said Jörg Thauer, responsible for technology in the Berlin-based logistics service centre of the Profine group, one of the leading producers of PVCu profiles for window and door systems. “In logistics, time is always the critical factor. That’s why we were totally won over by the new AC motor, with its top travel speed of 8 km/h and minimal maintenance requirements. The new Access 1 2 3 display module is perfectly positioned and gives our operators all the information they need at a glance. We also really like the rugged construction, which uses lots of steel instead of plastic, as well as the many adjustable settings that allow us to optimise the Wave’s performance for our working environment. Overall, the new WAV 60 is a very accomplished product.”
The Crown WAV 60 Series, which can be easily charged via a standard power outlet, offers a number of safety features designed to help ensure operator safety while boosting ease of work and productivity.
- Interlocked gates must be closed to raise or lower the platform. Full speed travel requires gates be open to allow an unobstructed exit in the event of an emergency. Travel speed is reduced when the gates are closed.
- Safety sensors below the platform disable raise, lower and travel functions if someone or something applies pressure to the motor cover located below the platform.
- Hand sensors ensure the operator has both hands on the controls for normal travel and lift functions. If either hand is removed travel is automatically reduced to creep speed.
- Dual foot pedals include sensors to ensure the operator has both feet properly positioned on the platform. The Wave automatically stops travel and lift/lower functions if either foot is removed.
Markus Liesfeld, Marketing Product Manager at Crown, said, “Carrying items up and down a ladder can be a dangerous task. According to the European Statistics on Accidents at Work database, approximately 145,000 injuries leading to four or more days of absence were due to falls from height. Crown’s Wave helps to reduce the risk of injury and accidents associated with activities such as lifting, climbing and carrying. It enables operators to handle their everyday tasks with confidence.”
The Wave load tray supports up to 90 kg, while the load deck holds up to 115 kg. An optional, powered load tray features infinitely variable positions that allow operators to easily make height adjustments for flexibility with any load. The Wave can also be used with a range of Work AssistTM accessories, such as clip pads, mast storage pockets and accessory mounts.
About Crown Equipment Corporation – EMEA
Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology supported by superior after-sales service. Crown’s business philosophy utilises vertically integrated processes to design, manufacture and distribute forward-thinking innovative solutions that improve customers’ productivity and operating efficiency. Crown develops, produces and sells a broad range of forklifts, as well as automation and fleet management technologies.
The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Germany, Australia, China and Singapore. Its employees number more than 12,000 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit crown.com.