Rider Pallet Truck can be remotely operated with wireless glove.

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Available with Crown PC 4500 Series rider pallet trucks, QuickPick(TM) Remote Advance System enables order pickers to remotely advance truck to next pick location without having to return to operator's compartment. Users can choose between 2 wireless remotes: transceiver glove or transceiver trigger. Utilizing lasers to detect obstacles, system applies brakes if obstacle is detected. Pairing procedure ensures that each module operates one truck at a time.

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QuickPick(TM) Remote Advance System from Crown Equipment Revolutionizes Low-Level Order Picking

System's Wireless Glove Allows Remote Operation of Pallet Truck

NEW BREMEN, Ohio - As warehouse and distribution managers continue to search for ways to enhance operational efficiencies and reduce labor costs, Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world's leading forklift manufacturers, has introduced the QuickPick(TM) Remote Advance system. With the simple press of a button on a wireless transceiver glove, order selectors can remotely advance the truck to the next pick location without having to return to the operator's compartment. This allows them to remain in the optimum position for picking. The technology is currently available with the Crown PC 4500 Series center control rider pallet trucks.

The innovative QuickPick Remote Advance uses task automating technologies to simplify workflow and improve the picking process, thereby increasing productivity and reducing operator fatigue. Crown has conducted field studies that show how the technology helps reduce the number of steps order selectors take on and off the platform by up to 70 percent; as well as reduce the number of steps in the picking process.

"Low-level order picking is a fast-paced, physically demanding job where operator fatigue has a significant impact on productivity. It's also an area that has experienced limited advancements in the way order picking is performed through the years. In fact, customers tell us that any improvements in the picking process would contribute to noticeable operational gains," said Rod Squires, product manager, Crown Equipment. "QuickPick Remote Advance, the first system of its kind, increases productivity by allowing operators to maintain consistent rhythm and pace, making the most of every second in the picking process."

For advancing the truck, customers can choose between two different wireless remotes: a transceiver glove or transceiver trigger. Both remotes feature a conveniently-located, thumb-actuated button that operators press to advance the truck to the next pick slot. A wireless transceiver module that snaps into a holder on the back of the glove periodically transmits and receives RF signals from an RF tower located on the truck.

QuickPick Remote Advance utilizes lasers to detect obstacles in the path of the truck. If an obstacle is detected, the brakes are automatically applied. The lasers can also detect proximity to racks, enabling the system to utilize Crown's Access 1 2 3® Comprehensive System Control to initiate minor corrections to travel path to keep the truck moving down the aisle.

A pairing procedure using patent-pending technology ensures that each module operates one truck at a time - the one with which it is paired. The module also includes horn and brake buttons for safety and control.

The QuickPick Remote Advance system operates independently of warehouse networks, which means it is easy to set up and does not consume valuable bandwidth or require costly IT investments. For more information on the system, visit www.crown.com.

About Crown Equipment Corporation

Crown is one of the world's largest lift truck manufacturers. Crown's award-winning line of lift trucks maintains a reputation for exceptional product design, engineering and manufacturing. From the smallest hand pallet truck to the highest lifting turret truck, Crown seeks to provide users with safe, efficient and ergonomic lift trucks that lower total cost of ownership and maximize uptime. Headquartered in New Bremen, Ohio, Crown manufactures lift trucks that are sold throughout the world. For more information, visit www.crown.com.

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