Fastener maker adopts narrow-aisle picker

by MM&D Online Staff

NEW BREMEN, Ohio—Logistics executives from Continental/Midland, a producer of fasteners for manufacturing applications, were looking for a forklift that would enable their operators to pick and fill orders faster while operating within their narrow aisle application.

Throughout its 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Park Forest, Illinois, Continental/Midland utilizes forklifts to move product and perform picking duties across multiple shifts six days per week. Previously, operators were using man-down trucks, which required them to handle products twice to pull product from the racks, fill orders and replace the unused product. This arrangement inhibited productivity, and it increased the risk of product damage from multiple handlings.

Continental/Midland added three Crown TSP Series very narrow-aisle turret stockpickers to its fleet.

“Our biggest concern was how narrow our aisles were. We wanted to make sure the equipment would be able to deal with our small space,” said Ken Breiner, warehouse manager, Continental/Midland. “Crown worked with us to find the right product to fit our small space: the Crown TSP Series. Being able to pivot large pieces of equipment to get our freight down and ready for market has been huge.”

The versatile man-up truck delivers advanced features to enhance operator comfort, ergonomics and productivity. Its fully adjustable MoveControl Seat has integrated controls on the cushioned armrest and can be positioned at various degrees to allow the operator to choose the optimum position for each task. With Crown’s three-wheel design, fine-tuned steering and visibility, the Crown TSP Series is built to maneuver high, tight spaces with more control, while improving productivity with faster cycle speeds and more efficient energy utilization.

“The operators love the Crown TSP stockpickers because they are able to pivot within a tight space. Overall, they like the Crown trucks a lot better than being on a man-down vehicle since they had to turn their head each time and look 25 feet in the air to see what they are moving,” said Breiner. “We have grown as a business around $50 million in sales and through that growth we have not had to add additional personnel because of the use of this equipment.”