Hiab has launched a container-handling unit to support vehicle operators in locations that lack this freight task infrastructure.
According to Hiab, the Multilift Commander container-handling unit is an application for the Multilift XR21 hooklift, enabling both ISO 1C and 1CC freight containers, and DIN standard demountable flatracks, to be handled by the same vehicle.
“This is a new application for the commercial hooklift market,” said Hiab Director of Sales and Product Business Management for Demountables, Henri Janhonen.
“It adds value and versatility to our customers' hooklift trucks, as switching from handling flatracks to lifting ISO containers weighing up to 16.5 tonnes can now be done at the simple push of a button.
“It effectively means that our customers can transport a container to any location that a truck can access, where no infrastructure such as a port crane or heavy forklift truck exists, and drop it off and collect it again at any subsequent date.
“The cost savings and flexibility that this provides will make a massive difference to their ability to transport goods to and from inconvenient sites, or remote locations. Uses for the Multilift Commander include cargo and intermodal applications, or large warehousing, construction, and project logistics,” he said.
Available in two lengths for three-axle or four-axle trucks, the Commander container handling unit consists of three parts: a lifting frame and rear support rollers, both made from high-tensile steel, and a stowage frame. According to Hiab, control is integrated into the hooklift control system. An electric actuator moves the lifting frame from the stowage position to the lifting position, and a pneumatic safety latch in the hooklift firmly secures the lifting frame to the hook, preventing the lifting frame from shifting while in use. The rear rollers are fitted directly to the truck's chassis to support the container, and side guards help to guide the container during loading and unloading. Once loaded, the container is securely locked onto the hooklift with two ratchets at the front and two twist locks at the rear. When not in use, the container-lifting frame stows neatly behind the cab.