Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world's largest material handling companies, today announced two new components within its growing automation solutions portfolio that is designed to help customers increase throughput capacities, optimize existing facilities to meet changing market conditions and mitigate business disruptions.
Crown'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 customers stand to gain up to 25 percent improvement in productivity compared to 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 the 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, stopping or limiting truck height based on the location of the truck.
Company: Crown Equipment
Company URL: http://www.crown.com/en-us/automation.html