You’ve seen cranes, right? The machines that they use to load those humongous containers onto container carriers? Well, what if I told you that there are trucks that take the crane completely out of the equation? That’s right those machines exist and they’re called the Container Side Loader (crazy, I know). Its basically a container truck that has some strong metal arms on the side. These metal arms work by way of hydraulics to hoist the containers up and onto the bed. No crane required. If you’re a crane operator I wouldn’t be too worried because crane operators load and unload containers to far more things than just trucks, but this article will focus on the benefits of these wonderful self-loading machines.
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Benefits No.1 – Minimal machinery required.
Container side loaders load the container by themselves, so that means forklift drivers and crane operator need not fret and sigh over extra work. This self-sufficiency and independence do wonders for the efficiency of the site as well as the project managers wallet. A faster operation means less time wasted which means less money wasted.
Benefit No.2 – Fast Loading and Unloading
With the traditionally loaded container truck, there are several people involved in the process of loading and unloading. All of these links in the chain mean that there are more humans involved in the process, hence more opportunity for error. And when it comes to securing a container to the truck, there should be as little room for error as possible. Machines do the job better, faster, and more efficiently. This means that the number of shipments increase, the time taken for delivery decrease and the cost savings increase as well.
Benefit No.3 – Few Injuries
Working in a container loading or construction site comes with its fair share of disadvantages. Primary among which is the constantly looming, ever present possibility of being crushed by heavy weight. The wonder of the container side loader is that it takes the risk away from the employee. And that risk is considerable, traditionally, container loading involves dragging the container along the floor, sliding it etc. This kind of technique can obviously be extremely harmful to the employee if a mistake is made. This is why the container side loader is a wonderful thing. It minimizes the risk to the employee while maximizing speed, efficiency, and effectiveness. Best part about it is that once the container is loaded onto the bed, the machinery will automatically hook it into place, almost completely removing the human element from the equation.
As a bonus benefit, container side loaders also have the ability to double stack containers making it a very efficient and effective space saving tool.