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Crown cracks the egg problem.

Taking delivery of a new Crown WP 2300 series powered pallet mover has helped improve worker wellbeing at the Colliton Barton premises of Roger Percy, one of the largest organic free-range egg producers in the UK.

Formed over 35 years ago, the company--which is also a large organic milk producer--was one of the first in the UK to move into free-range farming back in 1992.

It currently despatches up to 160,000 eggs to packing stations for subsequent grading, stamping, packing and onward delivery to high street retail outlets.

Until recently the daily loading of the eggs involved the use of human muscle and non-powered hand pallet trucks. Employees were suffering neck strains and back problems, a problem now resolved with the introduction of the new powered pallet truck from Crown.

Designed for ease and simplicity of operation, Crown's new WP 2300 series pallet transporters are equipped with the very latest X10 multi-functional control handle that combines all necessary lift/lower and programmable forward/reverse and speed functions in a single unit. This easy-to-use design not only helps to keep hand and wrist movements to a minimum, it also reduces operator fatigue during long working shifts.

Safety is another aspect of the WP 2300 series--also available in ride-on variants for transporting goods over long distances--which incorporates a ramp-hold feature to prevent unintentional reversing when operating on ramps or inclines.

As well as its main vehicle loading and unloading functions at Colliton Barton, the newly purchased Crown machine also travels on board the egg collection vehicle itself, aiding the pick-up and collection of newly laid eggs from some 30 chicken houses within a five-mile radius of Colliton Barton. It is also used for transferring the fresh eggs into the main chill stores, where they will be kept until required for subsequent loading and despatch.

Contact Crown Lift Trucks on tel: 0118 989 8700
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Title Annotation:Packaging & Equipment; Crown WP 2300 series powered pallet trucks
Publication:Food Trade Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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