Inside Logistics

Crown Equipment and JBT partner on automation


March 27, 2019
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NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Crown Equipment Corporation and JBT Corporation are forming a strategic collaboration in order to support customers seeking to maximize the benefits of material handling automation to achieve tangible, predictable return on investment (ROI).

“While the market has been buzzing about the potential of material handling automation, we have been working diligently to develop a practical approach for our customers to use automation-related technologies ,” said Jim Mozer, senior vice-president, Crown Equipment.

“Part of our approach is collaborating with the experts at JBT to accelerate the development of Crown’s DualMode scalable and flexible automated solutions.”

 The Crown DualMode T tow tractor, which can switch between manual and automated operation, is an early result of this collaboration that is currently being piloted through Crown’s early adopter release initiative.

It joins Crown’s growing automation solutions portfolio that includes the QuickPick Remote order picking system and the Crown TSP Series turret trucks with Auto Positioning System.  

“Our customers are always looking for an easy way into automation,” said Barry Douglas, general manager and vice-president, JBT Automated Systems.

“By working with Crown, we can more easily meet these expectations for end users. Also, they know that Crown trusts JBT, which reinforces the trust they place in us. Ultimately, our work with Crown will push the industry forward in a genuine way.”