Live from Future of Supply Chain
This one is for the flatbed guys and gals who are tired of slinging strap and chains in the pouring rain or freezing cold. At FreightWaves’ Future of Supply Chain, QuickLoadz, from Athens, Ohio, did a Rapid-Fire demo (seven-minute time limit) for its automated container loading system. It is a customized flatbed that has an battery powered hydraulic pump to run a traditional lift cylinder and a chain drive to pull the containers aboard. A set of hydraulically actuated clamps lock into the container, holding it in place. And the cameras are wireless as well, so you can mount them anywhere you need for added blind spot monitoring.
And at a speed of three and a half minutes, that beats undoing chains and straps, putting them away, needing a crane to lift the container off, and having to buy permits for said crane in some areas. And Heaven help ya if you scar the asphalt…
I can see a lot of potential applications…
At that speed, a grid of containers can be staged at greater speed and less terrain damage than a large Tommy Lift mover. The trailers are available in 20-foot, 40-foot, Dual-20, hot shot, and full Class 8 versions. It’s primary power source is a battery powerpack and an on-board hydraulic system. It can also be powered by a PTO pump onboard the truck, ala wrecker trucker upgrade! I can see the “takeback man” having a lot of fun with this.
This is a definite upgrade for anyone wanting to get into container moving. There are a few million containers waiting for China to reopen and the global supply chain to resume. The ‘swim or drown” moment for the economy WILL BE if we can move them as efficiently as possible.
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