Crown’s QuickPick Remote Advance
improves low-level order picking
Apr 11, 2011 7:00 AM
Crown Equipment Corporation has introduced the QuickPick Remote Advance system. With the 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 available with the Crown PC 4500 Series center control rider pallet trucks.
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%; as well as reducing the number of steps in the picking process.
For advancing the truck, users 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 (radio frequency) signals from an RF tower on the truck.
QuickPick Remote Advance uses 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 use Crown’s Access 1 2 3 Comprehensive System Control to initiate minor travel path corrections 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.
QuickPick Remote Advance operates independently of warehouse networks, meaning it is easy to set up and does not consume bandwidth or require costly IT investments.
For more information, visit www.crown.com.
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