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blt sa mobicon mini straddler carriers efficient container handling 2017

Mobicon mini straddle carriers from BLT SA, which are designed for lifting containers onto and off trucks and for moving loads around sites, significantly reduce onsite congestion, making the yard a safer workplace.

“The Mobicon TF2 and 2T series increase operational efficiency and reduce demurrage costs for trucks waiting to be loaded and unloaded. These mobile container handlers efficiently move loads around sites, through warehouse doors, effectively taking the container to the stack or the receiving point,” says Charity Gumede, marketing director, BLT SA, specialists in materials handling equipment. “One of the biggest problems associated with using conventional equipment to load and unload containers is damage caused to yards and pavements that are not suitable for carrying heavy weights.


Mobicon 2T mini straddle carrier for efficient container handling 2017

“Mobicon container handlers have a 4 axle, single tyre design, with eight separate load centres, which enables them to utilise all parts of the yard and to operate on pavements and in restrictive areas where a forklift or heavy equipment cannot go. With the Mobicon system, there is no damage to yards and therefore no need for costly repairs.

“These mobile container handlers have excellent manoeuvrability and can turn in tight spaces and are also able to travel inside warehouses, under awnings and up to docks. This flexible system requires very little maintenance, unlike conventional container handling equipment, where ongoing maintenance is expensive.

“Other advantages of this mini straddle carrier system include easy handling of ramps and speed bumps, faster container handling times in all weather conditions and minimal damage to contents normally caused by long lift truck runs. The investment in a Mobicon system also reduces capital investment costs. Conventional forklifts, reachstackers, sideloaders or self loading trailers are more costly to operate.”

These robust mini straddle carriers incorporate two independent towers and utilise the container as the structural component linking the two towers. This two tower design provides the flexibility for the machine to be able to operate on sloping or uneven surfaces.


Mobicon TF2 mini straddle carrier for efficient container handling 2017

The container is lifted from the bottom, which allows the operator to easily handle flat beds, tank containers, half heights, over heights and curtain sided containers.

The lightweight Mobicon system has a 33 tonne lift capacity and is able to carry any type or size ISO specified container, without the need for modifications or additional lifting equipment. The low centre of gravity of this system enhances stability, preventing it from rolling over like conventional forklifts.

Safety has been critical in the design of these compact machines. The operator has a clear view of the working area and instead of staff having to work at a trailer height of 1,5 m, they are able to work safely at ground level. These container handlers do not need to travel with a container 3 metres in the air, as with conventional systems. Cabins are fitted with CCTV cameras for improved operator visibility. Other safety features include front and rear strobe lights, audible movement alarms and failsafe switches.

The Mobicon 2T series, which stacks containers one high, can operate in an area as small as 5 m wide. This machine carries containers safely inside a building and under awnings and to save operation time, it can also load road vehicles. The lift height is 1,75 m, lift speed is 2 m per minute and the cycle time is approximately 3,5 minutes. Fuel usage is also less than 5 litres of diesel per hour.

The Mobicon TF2 machine, which stacks containers two high and has a drive speed of 9 km/per hour, is perfect for operations where space is at a premium and where speed is a priority. These machines have a lift height of 3,4 m, a lift speed of 4 m per minute and a cycle time of approximately two minutes. Fuel usage is less than 8 litres of diesel per hour.

Mobicon mini straddle carriers for safe and efficient container handling, which are manufactured in Australia, are available exclusively in South Africa from BLT SA as rental machines, or for purchase.

Other container handling equipment from BLT SA includes Taylor empty and loaded container handlers and reach stackers, as well as Meclift variable reach trucks for swift and safe container stuffing and handling. Capacity terminal tractors can be customised for specific handling tasks required.

BLT SA offers a technical advisory, parts and support service throughout the country.

For further information Charity Gumede Marketing Director, BLT SA

PO Box 12392, Jacobs, 4026

Telephone: (031) 274 8270

Email: info@blt.co.za

Web: www.blt.co.za

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