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Sidelifter Container Loading Applications

The Sidelifter is the most versatile and cost effective piece of equipment for loading containers on the ground. There is no other way of delivering and retrieving containers that matches the accuracy and precision of Sidelifter container loading technology.

Container transfers can now take place anywhere that is safe and convenient. This can be at rail yards, transportation depots or any suitable rail siding.

STEELBRO Sidelifters can transfer containers to other trailers, trucks and trains, or onto the ground, where they can also double-stack containers.

Container loading and unloading can take place on the ground, reducing the risk of injury. Waiting time for other lifting type machinery to become available is eliminated, as is the need for expensive ground preparation. This not only saves money for the transport operator; it also saves time for importers, manufacturers and distributors.

From sole transport operators through to fleet managers and logistics companies, there is nothing as cost effective or efficient as a Sidelifter.

Container Loading – Road Transfer

Sidelifter Container Loading: Road TransferWith STEELBRO Sidelifters, operators can easily load containers onto companion trailers. This means as well as hauling its own containers, a STEELBRO Sidelifter can load and unload whole convoys of containers without the need to relocate independent heavy lifting equipment.

Operators have the ability to transfer fully loaded containers, without the need to wait for other lifting type machinery to arrive or become available. This eliminates the cost associated with leaving trailers on site and increases the opportunities for the number of pick-ups and drop-offs in each cycle. It can also free up staff and equipment for other tasks, thus increasing efficiency and reducing operational costs.

Another great advantage to transport operators is the capacity to deliver loaded containers to the importer/customer on the ground for them to unpack in their own time, leaving the transport operator free to attend to the next job.

In some developing countries, trucks often operate in convoy due to traffic congestion, which means that compact and adaptable Sidelifters have become very useful loading tools – wherever this function may be required.

Trucking fleet operators and logistics companies world-wide are now realising the practical and economic advantages of this capability and are adding Sidelifters to their fleets.

Container Loading – Rail Transfer

Sidelifter Container Loading: Rail TransferWith a growing trend towards rail transportation, this intermodal capability is creating huge demand for Sidelifters as a useful and economical alternative to less versatile container lifting and loading equipment.

The STEELBRO Sidelifter is ideal for rail transfers because it doesn’t require a lot of expensive infrastructure, just enough space to load or unload from rail wagons. Goods or produce can be loaded directly into containers on the ground at the point of production and transported quickly to the railway siding. No need for double handling.

In larger depots, where containers are already unloaded for pick-up, the Sidelifter’s independent loading ability means that containers can be cleared fast.

The Sidelifter can even be used as the primary intermodal tool, unloading containers from the rail wagons and then onto other trailers. A STEELBRO Sidelifter provides a simple and versatile solution, regardless of the size of the rail operation.

Container Loading – Military Cargo

Sidelifter Container Loading: Military CargoThe ability to self-load and unload a container eliminates the need for forklifts and other heavy equipment to be available at both ends of the container’s route.

STEELBRO Sidelifters are used for loading munitions and moving items of artillery during peacetime exercises. In times of conflict, its versatility really comes to the fore. Working at railheads, weapons dumps, or military hospitals, Sidelifters enable supplies and support material to be moved quickly and safely in modules varying sizes from 20’ to 48’ in length and capacity up to 45 tonnes.

In fluid battlefield conditions, Sidelifters have been proven as a quick and flexible solution for deploying equipment, munitions and supplies into strategic areas.

Some military usages include containers that have been rigged to carry motorcycles, small assault vehicles and quads, consolidating unwieldy equipment and the manpower needed to transfer them into a single easily stored and conveyed container. The STEELBRO Sidelifter arms can be folded down, or to the side, to lower the overall height for air transport in aircraft – C130 Hercules capacity and above.

STEELBRO manufacture a range of Sidelifters that will meet the logistics requirements of any modern military organisation. STEELBRO Sidelifter technology provides a dynamic and flexible delivery solution for military planners and operational commanders, and can operate in the most extreme situations and environments.

Emergency Response

For peacetime deployments and emergencies, STEELBRO Sidelifters are ideal for quickly moving specialist containerised units where they are needed most. Fire fighting services benefit from containers that are prepacked with equipment needed for certain situations. Humanitarian relief projects have also benefited greatly from Sidelifter technology. Similarly, STEELBRO Sidelifters can be of great assistance in disaster relief situations where infrastructure has been compromised.

Specialised Transport

STEELBRO Sidelifters have been used in a broad range of Industries and markets for the transfer of loads other than shipping containers.

For the mining industry these include fuel tanks and portable buildings, and mobile workshops plus containers modified to dump materials from the base. In the forestry industry, Sidelifters have lifted logging cages and following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, STEELBRO Sidelifters were used to deliver water tanks to the Christchurch CBD and suburbs.

Innovative Sidelifter container loading trailers, effective for different transport needs.