Reaching high

Crown lift truck

The new Crown ESR 1020

Recent developments in forklift technology have resulted in cutting-edge reach trucks that are much smarter, offering an array of benefits to the end user.

Latest from Goscor Lift Truck Company is Crown’s new ESR 1000 Series reach trucks. The range’s future-proof Gena operating system optimises performance and makes vital information easy to see, understand and use, while the full connectivity makes it ideally suited for challenges of Logistics 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

A true case in point in the latest technology is Crown’s new ESR 1000 range of reach trucks – comprising the ESR 1020 with narrow chassis, the ESR 1040 and the ESR 1060 for intensive use.

A key talking point on the range – to be launched locally by Crown’s southern African distributor, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – is its technological appeal, championed by the new Gena operating system. The system creates a particularly intuitive and safer user experience via a 7-inch colour touchscreen with a variety of customisable widgets and assistance systems such as Auto Height Select and Capacity Data Monitor.

Patrick Barber, sales director at GLTC, says the InfoLink is seamlessly integrated into Gena and can be enabled for a fee on customer request. “Via the Gena display, operators have a variety of new safety and coaching functions. The full connectivity via GSM and Wi-Fi makes the ESR 1000 Series fit for the challenges of Logistics 4.0 and IoT,” says Barber.

“The ESR 1000 takes a considerable leap forward in reach truck design, building on the award-winning ESR 5200 Series. Customers can now benefit from advanced productivity, safety and management capabilities as standard features, thanks to the Gena operating system and InfoLink,” adds Barber.

The range

The ESR 1020 is available in 1.4 tonne (t) and 1.6t capacities. With its maximum lift height of 9 090mm, the narrow chassis model is ideal for confined spaces, block stacking applications and rack aisles only 2.5m wide.

The ESR 1040 is available in 1.4t and 16t capacities. The standard width model is a value-packed solution that doesn’t compromise on durability or operator comfort. It offers a maximum lift height of 9 450mm and a maximum lift speed of 0.61 m/s.

Designed for heavier loads, higher lift heights and greater throughput, the ESR 1060 is available in 1.4; 1.6; or 2t capacities. The model offers a maximum lift height of 13 560 mm, overall width of 1 285mm and maximum lift speed of 0.8 m/s.

Working smarter at height

We all know that positioning forks and loads at height can be a daunting task. On ESR reach trucks, operators will work with skill and precision at any height without compromising productivity. Programmable features – Xpress Lower, intuitive displays, one-touch controls and camera options – all work in union to optimise performance. Advanced hydraulics and motors, including regenerative lowering systems, deliver smoother, quieter and faster lowering.

The Optional Xpress Lower technology lets the operator double lowering speeds, resulting in substantial savings in time and money. ”With the Xpress Lower technology, the mast lowering speed has been doubled to 1.1m/s, which is unique in the market. This allows productivity increases of up to 21%,” says Barber.

The ESR’s Auto Height Select (AHS) feature automatically stops the forks at programmed rack heights, either by selecting the desired destination on the screen or by using the one-touch button to stop at the next programmed height. Its precise, automated positioning capabilities help avoid product, rack and truck damage, while improving throughput significantly.

The ESR’s optional Tilt Position Assist compensates for mast and carriage deflection and automatically levels forks relative to the ground for more precise positioning. Camera options for the forks or mast further optimise load handling and positioning.