Crown debuts automation technologies

Crown Equipment Corporation has announced two new components within its automation solutions portfolio designed to help increase throughput capacities, optimize facilities to meet changing market conditions and mitigate business disruptions.

The firm’s new Auto Positioning System enables a forklift to take the most effective route to the next rack location. When a pick location is entered manually or shared through a linked warehouse management system (WMS), the Auto Positioning System controls the truck’s blend of lift and travel to optimize the time required to reach and automatically stop at the rack location.

Implementations demonstrated that users stand to gain up to 25% improvement in productivity compared with the operator manually driving down the aisle to the pick location and lifting the forks to the required height.

Secondly, Crown’s new Auto Fence operator-assist technology promotes safety and helps reduce risk of product, truck and facility damage. This is accomplished by using RFID tags to set up speed or height zones in very narrow aisles, automatically slowing travel speed, and stopping or limiting truck height based on the location of the truck.

The Auto Positioning System and Auto Fence are first available with new Crown TSP Series turret trucks or as a retrofit option for Crown TSP Series trucks in the field. The Crown TSP Series delivers advanced features to enhance operator comfort, ergonomics and productivity. It’s fully adjustable MoveControl Seat features integrated controls on the cushioned armrest and can be positioned at various degrees to allow the operator to choose the optimum position for each task. The man-up truck is built to maneuver high, tight spaces with more control, while improving productivity with faster cycle speeds and more efficient energy utilization.

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