Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has introduced the D4 Armrest as an option for its Crown C-5 Series, Crown FC Series and Crown SC Series sit-down counterbalance forklifts. It is ergonomically designed to help improve operator experience and comfort, ultimately helping boost productivity throughout the entire operation. The armrest recently captured a GOOD DESIGNÒ Award, further strengthening Crown’s international recognition for excellence in industrial design.“Crown designers and engineers conducted extensive field research to ensure the design of our new armrest properly incorporates the operator’s work context, physiological needs and cognitive requirements. The result is one of the industry’s most ergonomically advanced armrests designed for optimal comfort and operation,” said David Sultana, Marketing Director – Asia Pacific, Crown Equipment.
“The armrest is vital to providing operators a comfortable, productive work environment that does not leave them with aches and pains at the end of the shift. This is important as warehouse managers struggle to attract and retain skilled employees in a tight labour market.”
The fully adjustable, D4 Armrest features a large surface area with a breathable pad that pulls moisture from the operator’s arm and is replaceable as wear and tear occur. It has an integrated horn button, built-in grab handle and complete up/down and fore/aft adjustment allowing the operator to easily and comfortably operate the forklift in a more productive manner. For the Crown FC Series and Crown SC Series, customers may choose any one of four integrated bionic hydraulic control layout options:
Fingertip option for operators who require rapid, minimal hand movements to operate, and easy blending of hydraulic functions. It features thumb-activated directional control, a wrist support and optimally spaced soft-touch controls.
Dual-lever option for operators wearing heavy gloves in freezer and cold storage environments. It features finger-activated direction control and two multi-axis control levers.
Mini-lever option for operators who require precise control and use a variety of control methods (finger, pinch-grip, etc.). Variable-spaced controls can be field-adjusted to provide spacing versatility to match operator preference.
Combination option for operators who prefer the dual-lever option for the most used functions but also require the finer hydraulic control for the attachments.
The introduction of the D4 Armrest is accompanied by new Work Assist® organisers that can be purchased as one of three kits for electric sit-down counterbalance trucks. These magnetised one-pocket, three-pocket and clipboard organisers can be added for additional ergonomic advantages while optimising operator efficiency and application flexibility.
About Crown Equipment Corporation
Crown Equipment Corporation (Crown) is one of the world’s leading material handling companies. Crown offers its customers a broad range of electric and internal combustion (gas) forklifts, as well as automation and fleet management technologies. Crown seeks to provide customers with forward thinking and innovative products designed to improve performance and lower operating costs. Sales and service of the products are handled by Crown-owned direct operations and independently owned dealers throughout the world.
The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Its employees number more than 16,200 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 19 factories in 11 locations around the world. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit crown.com.