Home Product Review: The Wave® Work Assist Vehicle Ergonomics Done Right®

Written by: humantech on June 17th, 2011

Product Name:

The Wave® Work Assist VehicleCrown Wave


The work assist vehicle developed by Crown Equipment Corporation is revolutionizing ergonomics in warehouse and manufacturing environments by designing an improved alternative method to many traditional job tasks requiring operators to climb, reach, lift and walk, often with heavy and awkward loads.

Ergonomic Benefits and Features:

  • The compact design allows accessibility to storage shelves, work areas and narrow aisles that many forklifts cannot, thereby, also replacing the need for manual use of rolling/warehouse ladders and handcarts that often create high risk situations.
  • The additional mounted load tray provides a consistent storage location for objects at appropriate working heights to minimize the time spent manually handling loads. The platform adjusts in height with the operator to eliminate stair/ladder climbing while holding loads.
  • The control handle and steering functions have been carefully designed for optimal compatibility with operator hands and arms to promote comfortable neutral postures.


  • Warehouse
  • Manufacturing
  • Small Parts Picking
  • Rail-guided applications
  • Maintenance Tasks

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2 responses to “Product Review: The Wave® Work Assist Vehicle”

  1. Koster says:

    Is there any other device like this developed by another brand?

  2. Dick Engel says:

    I use the WAVe in a tire warehouse. Its lift capabilities are great for order picking. Its steering, however, at first seems designed to allow tight maneuverability and zero turns, but is actually quite cumbersome to use, often locks up, fails to accomplish zero radius turning, and often tracks incredibly poorly as the front caster wheels float about (especially while reversing). It’s a woeful little vehicle. I understand the idea was to minimize this unit’s size, but why couldn’t a normal forklift drive and steering mechanism be used on this frame with these controls? Get rid of those caster wheels.

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