California Community News provides a range of printing, inserting, packaging and distribution services for several newspaper and media companies including the Los Angeles Times Media Group. At its busy 325,000-square-foot production facility in Irwindale, Calif., millions of inserts and papers are printed and packaged each year.
With a busy schedule of nearly constant production and activity, California Community News needs a powerful and reliable forklift to meet production demands as well as one that is agile enough to move through a busy facility quickly and safely while being used for a multitude of tasks. On the production floor alone, operators need forklifts that are used 24 hours a day for five to six days per week.
The company has come to rely on the Crown FC Series counterbalance forklift, the TSP Series Very Narrow Aisle forklift, the InfoLink® fleet and operator management system, and especially the Crown SC Series counterbalance forklift and its incredible maneuverability. With its on-board Intrinsic Stability System®, the SC Series assists the operator with precision handling and control based on steer angle, truck speed, load weight and lift height. The versatile SC Series helps improve operations in virtually every area of the company except the pressroom. In fact, California Community News saw a 15 to 20 percent improvement in productivity compared to their previous forklift fleet.
Utilizing Crown’s optional InfoLink® fleet management system has allowed the company to effectively manage and document operator and fleet performance. Providing real-time alerts, intuitive dashboards and detailed reports, InfoLink® allows California Community News to explore and analyze issues quickly and accurately with on-demand performance data.
The company also relies on the long-term durability of the Crown SC Series to provide lasting value. From its heavy-duty chassis and rugged drive motors to its steel steer axle and strong I-Beam mast, the SC offers the power and reliability needed to withstand the unrelenting uptime its production schedule demands.
“It’s reliable, it’s agile and it’s flexible. It has power,” commented Durga Bhoj, California Community News Division Manager. “It’s hard to find all those components in one unit and the SC fits that.”
For more details of how California Community News and Crown work together, visit the customer result on crown.com.