The right way to load a con­tain­er. Safe is simple

The prin­ci­ple of a con­tain­er is sim­ple, but this doesn’t always apply to load­ing it. The error prob­a­bil­i­ty increas­es as soon as the car­go is heavy or bulky. 

This endan­gers both the work­ers and the load. Irre­spec­tive of how you go about it, the ini­tial sit­u­a­tion is always the same: the car­go has to go into the con­tain­er. No mat­ter how. And some­how it has always worked up to now. The empha­sis, how­ev­er, is always on „some­how“.

The top three benefits of using SIMPLY. container loading system, simple, safety and cost effective.

Poten­tial Prob­lem of Load­ing Goods

At the start, a series of impro­vi­sa­tions has result­ed in heavy equip­ment in the form of fork­lifts or cranes. If the car­go gets a bit longer then it won’t be the first time that two fork­lifts are used.

A lot can already hap­pen in this case: the car­go has to be lift­ed so that the forks can push under it and this in turn requires a cable which can break whilst the crane is sus­pend­ing it. Or you can try with­out a cable, which runs the risk of dam­ag­ing the car­go with the fork­lift forks.
Of course it is pos­si­ble that the car­go is placed on a pal­let which can be lift­ed to the right height in the end – as long as it doesn’t break. No mat­ter what hap­pens the dri­ver is prac­ti­cal­ly blind if he has sev­er­al metres of car­go in front of him and the view to the left and the right is blocked as well. After this the prob­lem is to posi­tion the thing more or less at right angles to the con­tain­er. An expe­ri­enced dri­ver can man­age this – as long as the load is cor­rect­ly bal­anced. And his col­leagues can act as banks­men and can be seen.
The next stage in this type of con­tain­er load­ing con­sists of mov­ing the car­go into the con­tain­er, and this is where inge­nu­ity is required. This is where a vari­ety of rather dar­ing in-house struc­tures as well as home-made exten­sions to the fork­lift forks in order to shift the car­go into the con­tain­er some­how can be found. It’s prob­a­bly best not to ask about MOT approval and the require­ments of your trans­port insurance.

The load is brought up to con­tain­er height some­how or oth­er, where some more work­ers are wait­ing to attempt to posi­tion and fix the load by hand. The only thing they can see is sev­er­al tonnes of car­go being pushed towards them. And they just have to hope the guy in charge can see if cor­rec­tions are nec­es­sary and if the whole thing has to be stopped in time. While he’s lying head down on the con­tain­er. The fact that this type of con­tain­er load­ing doesn’t work with­out slips – in the lit­er­al sense – goes with­out say­ing. The same applies to the asso­ci­at­ed haz­ards both for the loads and for the work­ers. If the fork­lift push­es the load too close to one of the work­ers we’ll just have to hope that he can jump to the side, because the load can’t. Dam­age is par for the course if the load col­lides with oth­er goods already in the con­tain­er. And that’s more than just annoy­ing. Dam­aged car­go can no longer be used and may even need to be pro­duced again. Fur­ther fol­low-on costs result from guar­an­tee and regress claims. After all the cus­tomer actu­al­ly wants to use the prod­uct, and he wants to do this as quick­ly as pos­si­ble.
But let’s just assume that every­thing has gone well up to now. Even if it took a while, which blocked valu­able work­ers and expen­sive equip­ment.
Now it’s the turn of the work­ers in the con­tain­er who have to fix things which don’t even have stan­dard dimen­sions, let alone right angles or a square shape, in a com­plete lack of space and light.
Things get dan­ger­ous if the load slips in the con­tain­er! Espe­cial­ly since there isn’t much room for dodging.

Why Using Con­tain­er Load­ing System

Bear­ing these chal­lenges in mind it would be best from the indus­tri­al safe­ty point of view to sim­ply stop load­ing containers.
Of course you can’t do that, so it’s about time you start­ed look­ing for an alter­na­tive. The open-top con­tain­er has estab­lished itself as a pos­si­ble solu­tion here. But skill and heavy equip­ment is required here as well.

And you’ll still have to give sev­er­al of your work­ers some care­ful train­ing. How­ev­er on the plus side there are time and safe­ty gains, even if this type of load­ing still takes a while. The first price you have to pay for this is exist­ing mate­r­i­al and per­son­nel costs. And an open-top con­tain­er costs more. In Addi­tion, it is not avail­able as often as a nor­mal con­tain­er and its deploy­ment has to be indi­vid­u­al­ly planned.
All the above results in a wish for con­tain­er load­ing equip­ment. Espe­cial­ly since stan­dard­ised work­flows are a pri­or­i­ty require­ment for con­tain­er intra-logis­tics.
And this is why the best con­tain­er load­ing equip­ment is a con­tain­er load­ing sys­tem. And SIMPLY. pro­vides the best answer if you are deal­ing with heavy, bulky goods which need to be loaded quick­ly and safe­ly. For con­tain­er intra-logis­tics which are just as eco­nom­i­cal as they are plannable. And which save resources.
After all, the buzz­word with SIMPLY. is „load­ing the con­tain­er before the con­tain­er.“
And not when the HGV is already wait­ing in the yard, but a lot ear­li­er. Under ide­al space, light and time con­di­tions. The car­go itself is placed on a wood­en pal­let which can be made in your works, and is there­fore flex­i­ble for every type of car­go. The car­ry­ing capac­i­ty is 30 tonnes. Two meth­ods have worked them­selves out: the pal­let is placed on the ground. You can now attach the lift­ing ropes and fix them so that they nei­ther break or get in the way. Or the palette is just lift­ed direct­ly on the SIMPLY. frame. A safe work­ing plat­form is avail­able left and right. And after this the car­go is pre-com­mis­sioned in peace and qui­et. And com­plete­ly with­out risk!

The load­ing process itself is start­ed by a work­er who press­es a but­ton. And that is sim­ply a safe way of work­ing. And work­ers in the con­tain­er? No longer required!
SIMPLY. saves time, work­ers and makes you inde­pen­dent of open-top con­tain­ers, pays itself off – and the safe­ty gains are priceless!



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Con­tain­er-load­ing system

Con­tain­ing only a few com­po­nents, SIMPLY. Con­tain­er-load­ing Sys­tem pro­vides a high lev­el of flex­i­bil­i­ty and reliability.

Long car­go conveyors

SIMPLY. Long-car­go Con­vey­or solu­tions add robust­ness and extreme resilience from the begin­ning to the end.

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