How to know when manual loading systems are right for your operations

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This article is brought to you by Retail Technology Review: How to know when manual loading systems are right for your operations.

By Ciara Jones, freelance writer.

In the modern world of logistics, a lot hinges on the solution you choose to load and unload your trucks. There are a few traditional solutions and an even wider variety of emergent, innovative systems being developed in this area.

Here, we take a look at a broad subset of loading solutions - manual loading systems - exploring both what they look like, and when they might be the right choice for your operations.

What are manual loading systems, and when might they be useful?

While traditionally, manual loading solutions centred around extensive manual labour, in the modern world, that no longer has to be the case. These are just a few of the options currently available.

Skate & track loading solutions

The skate and track loading solution from specialists like Joloda Hydraroll is a manual approach to loading, one that’s ideal for a wide range of pallet loading scenarios. These kinds of systems tend to consist of a set of special tracks that are built into the floor of the back of the truck, meaning that pallets can easily be moved back and forth in the vehicle, without the need for heavy machinery.

This solution can be ideal in a wide range of scenarios, especially with heavy pallets or paper reels, whether in smaller vehicles or larger trucks.

Container loading

Container loading solutions consist of a range of technologies that help facilitate the manual loading of larger containers. Part of this system consists of lifting the container, while another uses a track system with hydraulics, allowing for heavy loads to be manually lifted up and into the container.

This solution can be ideal in all scenarios where you need to quickly and efficiently load containers with heavy items, handling loads of up to 27 tons.

Roller track loading solutions

Our last example, roller track loading solutions, uses a rise-and-fall roller track system to handle a range of different loads of different sizes and weights.

These tracks can be implemented in a range of different locations, whether in warehouses or truck beds. When activated, they allow for the smooth movement of heavy loads; when retracted, they allow for those same loads to be secured on a regular surface.

This solution is highly adaptable, and can work in a wide range of situations. It’s important to think about the size and shape of the loads you’ll be dealing with when implementing this kind of solution, so you can be sure to get the right spacing of rollers for the job.

These three examples have only really scratched the surface in terms of what’s available, when it comes to manual loading solutions. It’s important that you speak with an expert, so that they can take a look at your precise needs and advise on a tailor-made solution for that environment. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, so you shouldn’t try to look for one. The right loading system is worth the extensive search; it can revolutionise your operations, increasing both safety and efficiency in equal measures.

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