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High speed straight ahead tiller desensitization

A method for adjusting the position of a steered wheel of a vehicle includes detecting a steering position value of a steering control device of a vehicle such that the steering position value corresponds to an angular position of the steering control device; calculating a traction speed breakpoint at or above which steering desensitization may occur; and defining a maximum commencement steer angle at or below which steering desensitization may commence. The method also includes determining if the angular position of the steering control device or an angular position of the steered wheel is equal to or less than the maximum commencement steer angle; detecting a traction speed of one of a traction motor or a traction wheel of the vehicle; determining if the traction speed is equal to or above the traction speed breakpoint; and calculating, by the processor, a steering desensitization value when the angular position of one of the steering control device or the steered wheel is equal to or less than the maximum commencement steer angle and the traction speed is equal to or above the traction speed breakpoint.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Industrial vehicle armrest

An armrest includes an upper support section having one or more ventilation and drainage apertures that couple an upper surface of the upper support section to a lower portion of the armrest to facilitate airflow and drainage between the upper surface of the upper support section and the lower portion of the armrest. The armrest also includes one or more control implements and an arm pad removably coupled to the upper support section. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Traction speed recovery based on steer wheel dynamic

Calculating a current target position value for controlling a traction speed of a materials handling vehicle, that includes receiving steering command signals; generating an output value proportional to a rate of change of the steering command signals; determining whether the output value is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold; determining a raw target position value for controlling the traction speed of the materials handling vehicle; and calculating the current target position value based on: whether the output value is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold, and whether the raw target position value is less than or equal to a previously calculated target position value for controlling the traction speed.. . ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Systems and methods for materials handling vehicle odometry calibration

Systems and methods for calibrating odometry of a materials handling vehicle. One embodiment of a method includes determining a current location of the materials handling vehicle, determining an odometry distance from the current location to a destination based on a calculation of a determined number of rotations of a wheel and a circumference of the wheel, and determining a positioning system distance from the current location to the destination. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

User interface device for industrial vehicle

A processing device comprising a graphical user interface in an industrial vehicle is provided. The processing device comprises a touch screen display that receives touch gesture commands from a vehicle operator, memory storing executable instructions, and a processor in communication with the memory. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

User interface device for industrial vehicle

A processing device comprising a graphical user interface in an industrial vehicle is provided. The processing device comprises a touch screen display that receives touch gesture commands from a vehicle operator, memory storing executable instructions, and a processor in communication with the memory. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

User interface device for industrial vehicle

A processing device comprising a graphical user interface in an industrial vehicle is provided. The processing device comprises a touch screen display that receives touch gesture commands from a vehicle operator, memory storing executable instructions, and a processor in communication with the memory. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

User interface device for industrial vehicle

A processing device comprising a graphical user interface in an industrial vehicle is provided. The processing device comprises a touch screen display that receives touch gesture commands from a vehicle operator, memory storing executable instructions, and a processor in communication with the memory. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Industrial vehicle for identifying malfunctioning sequenced tag and tag layout for use therein

According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, an industrial vehicle is provided comprising industrial vehicle hardware, tag reader, reader module, user interface, and vehicle controller. The tag reader and reader module cooperate to identify individual sequenced tags along an aisle path of a tag layout in accordance with a sequence list accessible to the reader module. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Order picker materials handling vehicle with improved downward visibility when driving elevated

A materials handling vehicle including a power unit supported on wheels, and a mast assembly supported on the power unit. The mast assembly includes four or more telescoping sections defined by pairs of laterally spaced rails. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Industrial vehicle with feature-based localization and navigation

An industrial vehicle is provided comprising a drive mechanism, a steering mechanism, a vehicle controller, a camera, and a navigation module. The camera is communicatively coupled to the navigation module, the vehicle controller is responsive to commands from the navigation module, and the drive mechanism and the steering mechanism are responsive to commands from the vehicle controller. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

De-centralized operational indicator system for a materials handling vehicle

A materials handling vehicle comprises an operator compartment, forks that can be raised and lowered to carry a load, a power unit, an outward facing output module, and a controller. The outward facing output module comprises an indicator directed away from an operators' compartment of the materials handling vehicle. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Systems and methods of remotely controlling a materials handling vehicle

A materials handling vehicle includes an operator platform from which an operator can drive the vehicle; a traction control system for advancing the vehicle across a floor surface; at least one sensor configured to detect the presence of an object located at a position proximate to the vehicle; and a controller communicably coupled to the at least one sensor and the traction control system. The controller is responsive to the output of the at least one sensor to stop or slow down the vehicle if an object is detected proximate to the vehicle and the vehicle is traveling in response to a remote travel request. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

Observation based event tracking

A computer-implemented process of tracking events, is carried out by detecting that a first badge is within a personal-area network wireless communication range of a second badge, thus designating an encounter, and performing, by processor executing instructions read out from memory, an event logging transaction responsive to the encounter. The event logging transaction is performed by receiving, from the first badge, an electronic message characterizing an observation made by the user of the first badge relative to a user of the second badge, converting the electronic message received from the first badge into a pinpoint response, and generating an event record comprising an identification of an event type, and the pinpoint response.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180060715

Industrial electronic badge

An electronic badge comprises a housing having a form factor of a mobile device, a processor, and memory coupled to the processor and including an observation and feedback application. Further, the electronic badge comprises a first transceiver that communicates on a first personal-area network, a second transceiver that communicates on a second personal-area network, and a third transceiver that communicates on a local area network. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180059682

Materials handling vehicle path validation and dynamic path modification

A materials handling vehicle comprising a path validation tool and a drive unit, steering unit, localization module, and navigation module that cooperate to navigate the vehicle along a warehouse travel path. The tool comprises warehouse layout data, a proposed travel path, vehicle kinematics, and a dynamic vehicle boundary that approximates the vehicle physical periphery. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057329

Multi-field scanning tools in materials handling vehicles

A materials handling vehicle comprises an operator compartment, a compartment tower, a multi-field scanning tool, and mechanisms that facilitate movement along a travel plane in a warehouse. The tool establishes a scan field, and, within scan field bounds, an occupancy detection field and an obstacle detection field. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057328

Battery transfer apparatus

A battery transfer apparatus for loading/unloading batteries from materials handling vehicles includes a mobile unit and a battery stand. The mobile unit is used to transport batteries into/out of materials handling vehicles and includes load handling structure comprising at least one roller, which is used to roll batteries into/out of materials handling vehicles. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/01/18 / #20180057049

Materials handling vehicle obstacle scanning tools

A materials handling vehicle comprises an obstacle scanning tool and steering mechanism, materials handling hardware, vehicle drive mechanism, and user interface that facilitate movement of the materials handling vehicle and materials handled along a travel path. The tool establishes a scan field, a filter field, and a performance field, and is configured to indicate the presence of obstacles in the filter field and the performance field. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/08/18 / #20180039799

Tag reader with diagnostic tag and an industrial vehicle incorporating the same

An industrial vehicle comprising a tag reader, a reader module, and a diagnostic tag, wherein the diagnostic tag is coupled to the industrial truck within a read range of the tag reader. The reader module and the tag reader cooperate to identify the diagnostic tag and individual tags of a tag layout and the reader module discriminates between the individual tags of the tag layout and the diagnostic tag and the individual tags of the tag layout, correlates an identified individual tag of the tag layout with tag data, correlates an identified diagnostic tag with operation of the tag reader, and generates a missing tag signal if the diagnostic tag is not identified or the operation of the tag reader is not within specified operating parameters.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170374511

Use of electronic badges in aisle passing maneuvers

An industrial vehicle passing maneuver is authorized by an automated process. The process comprises receiving, by a processor, a first message, a second message and a third message. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170372563

Electronic badge as a talking marker

A process uses electronic badges to convey a condition associated with an environment to an industrial vehicle. The process comprises identifying a condition in a limited, defined environment and associating the identified condition with a badge id. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170372188

Electronic badge to authenticate and track industrial vehicle operator

A system for controlling an industrial vehicle comprises an information linking device, a badge communicator, an operator badge, and a controller. The controller controls the industrial vehicle operating state by identifying that an operator possessing the operator badge has approached the industrial vehicle, communicating with the server via the information linking device to authenticate the operator as authorized to operate the industrial vehicle, and pairing the operator badge with the industrial vehicle upon determining that the operator is authorized to operate the industrial vehicle. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

12/28/17 / #20170372184

Indirect electronic badge tracking

Electronic badges are indirectly tracked by detecting, by a badge communicator on a select industrial vehicle of a fleet of industrial vehicles, the presence of an electronic badge and performing a badge logging transaction in response to detecting the electronic badge. The badge logging transaction includes receiving, by the badge communicator, a badge identifier transmitted by the detected electronic badge. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334696

Materials handling vehicle comprising hand-held drive unit

A variety of vehicle-based and warehouse-based solutions are provided to increase the adaptability, utility, and efficiency of materials handling vehicles in the warehouse environment, such as a materials handling vehicle comprising a hand-held drive unit comprising a user interface and an operational command generator responsive to the user interface. The hand-held drive unit is configured to send operational commands generated in response to user input at the user interface to the vehicular controller(s) to control operational functions of the traction control unit, the braking system, the steering assembly, the mast assembly, the picking attachment, or combinations thereof.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334645

Systems and methods for home position and cart acquisition with a materials handling vehicle

A variety of vehicle-based and warehouse-based solutions are provided to increase the adaptability, utility, and efficiency of materials handling vehicles in the warehouse environment, such as a goods storage and retrieval system, comprising a multilevel warehouse racking system, a mobile storage cart, a cart home position, and a materials handling vehicle disposed on a vehicle transit surface and comprising a fork carriage assembly, a navigation subsystem, a cart engagement subsystem, and one or more vehicular controllers to use the navigation subsystem to navigate the materials handling vehicle along the vehicle transit surface to a localized engagement position where the cart home position is within a cart engagement field of view, and use the cart engagement subsystem to engage the mobile storage cart in the cart home position with the fork carriage assembly.. . ... Crown Equipment Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334644

Dual-axis vertical displacement and anti-rock support with a materials handling vehicle

A variety of vehicle-based and warehouse-based solutions are provided to increase the adaptability, utility, and efficiency of materials handling vehicles in the warehouse environment, such as a materials handling vehicle comprising a picking attachment is secured to a fork carriage assembly and comprising an x-y-z-Ψ positioner to engage and disengage a target tote such that movement of the picking attachment along a z axis by the x-y-z-Ψ positioner is independent of movement of the fork carriage assembly along the vertical axis z′ by the mast assembly and mast assembly control unit. The fork carriage assembly may comprise a mobile storage cart support platform defined by one or more cart lifting forks, and an anti-rock cart engagement mechanism configured to engage a mobile storage cart supported by the cart lifting forks.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170269608

Systems, methods, and mobile client devices for supervising industrial vehicles

The embodiments described herein relate to systems and methods for presenting information from a management server on a mobile client device to facilitate the management of industrial vehicles. Embodiments of the system can include a plurality of industrial vehicles communicatively coupled to the management server, and a mobile client device communicatively coupled to the management server. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

08/31/17 / #20170248965

Fleet management system

A process of operating a materials handling vehicle based upon tasks comprises receiving an operator login of an operator and wirelessly transmitting an identification of the operator to a remote server based upon the received operator login. Further, an operation on the materials handling vehicle by the operator is monitored to derive operational information communicated across a materials handling vehicle network bus of the materials handling vehicle. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

08/10/17 / #20170225930

Control elements for materials handling vehicles

A plurality of control elements extend from the base portion of a control module in a materials handling vehicle. The control elements are located adjacent to one another, wherein at least one of the control elements includes mounting structure that permits the control element to be selectively mounted to the base portion in at least first and second positions. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

08/10/17 / #20170225627

Mounting bar assembly for a materials handling vehicle

A mounting bar assembly mounted to a materials handling vehicle includes a mounting bar extending from a body portion of the materials handling vehicle, a housing mounted to the mounting bar and supporting at least one electronic device, and cabling that extends to the housing through a hollow interior portion defined within the mounting bar. The mounting bar assembly further includes cabling for providing communication between the at least one electronic device and control structure of the vehicle. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170217744

Carriage assembly for materials handling vehicle and method for making same

A carriage assembly is provided, which is adapted to be movably coupled to a mast assembly of a materials handling vehicle. The carriage assembly comprises a lifting carriage comprising a lifting carriage upper member including structure for laterally shifting a fork carriage. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170203920

Goods-to-man warehousing comprising multilevel racking, mobile storage units, storage unit transporters, and pick-place vehicle

A goods-to-man warehousing system comprises a multilevel racking system, a plurality of mobile storage units, a storage unit transporter, a pick-place vehicle, a mobile storage unit transfer node, and a warehouse management computing hub. The multilevel racking system comprises a vertically and horizontally distributed array of storage bays. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170183005

Multiple zone sensing for materials handling vehicles

A materials handling vehicle includes at least one contactless obstacle sensor that scans at least two speed zones, each speed zone being defined in an area at least partially in front of a forward traveling direction of the vehicle and being associated with a unique predetermined maximum speed greater than zero (0) miles per hour. A controller that receives information obtained from the at least one obstacle sensor and, if the vehicle is traveling under remote control, the controller is configured to limit the vehicle speed to the predetermined maximum speed of a corresponding one of the at least two speed zones based upon the detection of an obstacle in that speed zone.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170178536

Dynamic operator behavior analyzer

Dynamic industrial vehicle monitoring for modification of vehicle operator behavior comprises identifying a metric that characterizes an event associated with the operation of an industrial vehicle, the metric having at least one behavior modification action and at least one performance parameter to evaluate the event against. Monitoring operation of the industrial vehicle is carried out for the event. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170178427

Dynamic industrial vehicle measure

A task to be performed using an industrial vehicle is defined and segmented into segments including a start segment and an end segment. The performance of the industrial vehicle while the industrial vehicle performs the segments is measured, and a target score for the task based on an extrinsic factor that is in effect at least one time during performance of the task is defined. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170174490

De-centralized operational indicator system for a materials handling vehicle

A de-centralized operational indicator system comprises a communication component, a controller, and an output component. The output component comprises a first illumination device and a second illumination device. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170131711

Adjusting industrial vehicle performance

A computer-executed process and system for evaluating industrial vehicle performance comprises identifying kinematic functions of an industrial vehicle, receiving constraints of an environment in which the industrial vehicle operates, and computing a cutback curve for a parameter of a select kinematic function of the industrial vehicle. A kinematic model of the industrial vehicle is generated based on the kinematic functions, the constraints of the environment, and the cutback curves. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170129753

Order picker materials handling vehicle with improved downward visibility when driving elevated

A materials handling vehicle including a mast assembly supported on a power unit. The mast assembly includes plural telescoping sections defined by pairs of laterally spaced rails. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

05/04/17 / #20170121158

Systems and methods for pose development using retrieved position of a pallet or product load to be picked up

A method and apparatus for using unique landmarks to position industrial vehicles during start-up. In one embodiment, a method of using pre-positioned objects as landmarks to operate an industrial vehicle is provided. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170069092

Industrial vehicle with feature-based localization and navigation

An industrial vehicle is provided comprising a drive mechanism, a steering mechanism, a vehicle controller, a camera, and a navigation module. The camera is communicatively coupled to the navigation module, the vehicle controller is responsive to commands from the navigation module, and the drive mechanism and the steering mechanism are responsive to commands from the vehicle controller. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170060138

Systems, methods, and mobile client devices for supervising industrial vehicles

The embodiments described herein relate to systems and methods for presenting information from a management server on a mobile client device to facilitate the management of industrial vehicles. Embodiments of the system can include a plurality of industrial vehicles communicatively coupled to the management server, and a mobile client device communicatively coupled to the management server. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170057798

Sensor configuration for a materials handling vehicle

A materials handling vehicle includes a power unit; a load handling assembly coupled to the power unit; at least one obstacle detector mounted to the power unit; and a controller. The at least one obstacle detector detects object located along a path of travel of the power unit, and generate a distance signal upon detecting an object corresponding to a distance between the detected object and the power unit. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170043804

Model based diagnostics based on steering model

A steering application executing on a vehicle control module receives a steering control input to control a steered wheel of a vehicle and, based on the steering control input, determines a setpoint value for the steered wheel. A diagnostic supervisor receives a measured value of the control attribute and the setpoint value; wherein the first diagnostic supervisor comprises a first model of a steering system of the vehicle. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170043787

Diagnostic supervisor to determine if a traction system is in a fault condition

A steering application executing on a vehicle control module receives a steering control input to control a steered wheel of a vehicle. Based on the steering control input, the steering application determines a traction threshold value associated with a traction control attribute related to a traction wheel of the vehicle. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170043786

Model based diagnostics based on traction model

A traction application executing on a vehicle control module receives a traction speed control input to control a traction wheel of the vehicle. Based on the traction speed control input, the traction application determines a first setpoint value of a control attribute related to the traction wheel. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170043765

Steering and traction applications for determining a steering control attribute and a traction control attribute

Based on a steering control input, a measured value of the steering control attribute and a measured value of the traction control attribute received by a steering application, determining: a first setpoint value of the steering control attribute; a target steering angle of the steered wheel of the vehicle. Based on receiving, by a traction application executing on the vehicle control module of the vehicle: a traction speed control input to control the traction wheel of the vehicle, and the target steering angle, from the steering application, determining, by the traction application: a second setpoint value of the traction control attribute.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170036561

Fractional depletion estimation for battery condition metrics

Evaluation of a battery state comprises transforming a time based history of the load on the battery into a spectral representation of that history in a load domain, e.g., the current domain. The method also comprises comparing the spectral representation to an expected battery capability for the load represented by each line in the spectra and calculating the fraction of the expected capability used at each spectral line. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170028994

Vehicle control module with signal switchboard and output tables

A control module capable of operating on one of first and second vehicles can include a) a module output table comprising a superset of module output elements comprising a first subset of module output elements related to a first set of hardware devices provided on the first vehicle and a second subset of module output elements related to a second set of hardware devices provided on the second vehicle; b) vehicle function output elements related to vehicle function outputs utilized on the first and second vehicles; and c) a configuration table comprising configuration elements corresponding to the module output elements. The module can also include computer-based structure for determining a value of a vehicle function output element corresponding to a module output element of the module output table, transforming the value to the transformed value, and storing the transformed value based on the corresponding module output element.. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170028993

Vehicle control module with signal switchboard and input tables

A module capable of operating on one of first and second vehicles includes an input table having a superset of input elements, with a first subset of input elements related to a first set of hardware devices on the first vehicle and a second subset related to a second set of hardware devices on the second vehicle. The module includes at least one configuration table with configuration elements corresponding to ones of the superset of input elements, wherein each configuration element has data related to transforming a value associated with an input element. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170018253

Processing device with field-replaceable user interface for industrial vehicle

A processing device for an industrial vehicle includes a field-replaceable user interface. The processing device includes a service module and a main module. ... Crown Equipment Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170017392

Processing device having a graphical user interface for industrial vehicle

A processing device having a graphical user interface includes a housing having a touch screen display that receives touch gesture commands from a vehicle operator. Still further, a set of controls is arranged on a front face of the housing. ... Crown Equipment Corporation








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