Moving containers will put a lot of pressure on your tires

When dealing with material handling and containers at harbors and container terminals, you will need different wheeled equipment to handle the containers in intermodal freight transport. Here the containers will arrive or depart by container ships and the containers will be unloaded or loaded at the terminals. From the ships the containers can be loaded onto train carts or then to truck trailers.

You will have RTG cranes that can handle the containers and also lift the containers into the trailers. You will need high load bearing and precise handling of RTG tires, so that you can handle the weight of the containers and also be able to easily ground and stack containers. The RTG cranes are huge, so you can imagine that changing tires is a task that one doesn’t want to undertake too often. This put a lot of pressure on selecting a tire that has very low tire wear. These wheels also turn very easily reducing wear while the wheels are turned at no or low speed.  High quality RTG tires will be needed to ensure high operating hours and low wear.

You will also have a straddle carrier where you might want to use slick tires to ensure the machines and the containers from swinging. You will need very sturdy tires that can manage the high loads bearing capacity. You will need top class wear resistance and great grip even in damp or winter conditions.  Driving properties are also key when you drive around the container terminal stacking containers.

You then also have a terminal tractor that can move around the semi-trailers around the yard while waiting for the trucks to pick up the containers. These terminal tractor tires will need to be able to move around heavy weigh containers and will need to have exceptional load bearing capacity. Maneuverability and precise driving response even in small and narrow spaces are key features that these tires need to have.

When dealing with containers, some of them are on a tight delivery schedule, so that you will need to make sure that your tire selection doesn’t slow down your operations due to tire failures or unscheduled downtime. Once the containers are placed on the semi-trailer trucks, they still have a long way to go before they reach their final destination; so don’t delay them at the terminal.

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Cargo around the world

Your cargo around the world is also heavily dependent on selecting proper tires. Most cargo nowadays is transported by sea with huge container ships arriving to massive ports that can handle large volumes. Everything is nowadays handles by big hubs, where the containers are unloaded and put on trucks for further delivery on land. There they will often be taken to a terminal, where the containers are then opened and the products can then be distributed in smaller shipments to their final destinations. The whole distribution chain is dependent on timely deliveries without delays.

Vehicles with tires are involved in most of the transportation process, except the time on sea. You will have trucks delivering the containers to the ports and these will need to have good quality truck tires. At the ports you will have your terminal tractors and RTG-cranes using RTG-tires and terminal tractor tires. Once at the final destination harbor, when the containers are transported on land, you then need long haul tires for the long distance transport. For these long distance transports low heat build-up is important provide you with a low wear tire. Low rolling resistance gives you less heat build-up and better fuel efficiency, so that you can deliver products more profitably.

Lower degree of downtime also comes with better quality haul tires, that are built to last and sustain long distance driving. Unscheduled downtime can be very costly, especially if you suffer substantial delays due to it. The importance to find issues that can cause problems in the long run, is often crucial to the efficiency of your operation. Try to get the drivers to report any problem even small ones and make sure to check the tire pressure on a regular basis, to avoid driving with too low tire pressure, which is the main reason for tire failures.

Low rolling resistance provides the low fuel consumption, the lower wear translated to less frequent replacements of tires, which are both adding to the economic reasons of choosing high quality tires. Retreading of tires is another important economic factor of choosing a high quality tire. Retreading can only be done on high quality tires and if the carcass is in good condition. Retreading can be done 1-2 times before the carcass has to be discarded. Retreaded tires can add substantially savings to your tire budget. 

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Proper Maintenance Can Save A Lot Of Costs For Terminals

If you are working with a maritime container port, you tend to have the highest type of costs involved. The equipment and the size of these tend to be very big and the costs of running them are very high, which is then balanced with the high utilization rate of them. This is when everything is running smoothly. During normal operations, a ship will arrive; the containers are taken off and then redistributed to the correct trucks or alternative transportation for further transports within the continent.

Any equipment downtime, caused by equipment failures can be very expensive, as it delays in many cases shipments and lowers the utilization rate for everything from the ships to the trucks and the equipment in the terminal. This is why maintenance is a key part of ensuring that the downtime is limited and hopefully can be almost avoided by servicing and changing parts in time. Bad maintenance can also be a safety concern, as you are dealing with very heavy equipment, carrying very heavy loads.

You do not want to have e.g. the tires on your RTG-crane to go flat, due to bad maintenance of improper tire selection. The cost implications due to an RTG-tires failure can be astronomical in comparison of what the tire or the proper maintenance of it will cost. There are not that many equipment with vehicle within the terminals that have such critical impact as the RTG-cranes and the terminal trucks, however you will have more than one terminal truck, so the impact of terminal truck tires failure is less than for the cranes, which are needed to load the containers on the trucks.

Delays can also cause some perishable goods to be destroyed if they are not able to get off the ships and delivered on time, or cause delays for other industries waiting for parts for their just-in-time production line. Ensuring very limited downtime is the key to a profitable and smooth well running operation. Container ports are competing against each others based on costs, time, speed and infrastructure. Fixing some of the easy problems tend to have the biggest impacts. Maintenance and safety should always be key in operations where accidents can happen and when they do, the consequences can be big and costly for everyone involved.

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From Ship To Shelf

Goods are nowadays shipped all over the world. Products might be produced in China and they still end up in the shelves in stores close to us.

The process is not so difficult due to the global trade has streamlined it so that it is nowadays quite quick process.

From the factory in China the product is produced and loaded into a container for shipment. The container is then transported via a truck to the harbor terminal for being loaded onto a container ship destined to your part of the world.

The container ship arrives to the port and the containers are taken off. Once they have been taken off the ship they are transported around the terminal or stacked. An RTG will locate the container from the stack of containers.

The trucks are long haul trucks that can drive across the continent to a logistic warehouse for potential further distribution. Once the truck that will drive in your direction has located container it will load the container.

To make sure that they products arrive all the way to the end destination close to you, there needs to be some industrial tires that will be durable enough to make it all the way.

The RTG-tires have to sustain a very high load while moving back and forth to deliver the right container to the truck. With unique tread pattern you can easier move the wheel despite standing still, you will need this to reduce the forces the actuator will have to absorb.

The terminal tractors will need similar functions to easily turn and move around the containers, thus the terminal tractor tires need the easy ability to turn even small areas and be very precise. They need to be able to also carry massive loads.

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