Have you ever worked for the transport and logistics industry? If so, you’d agree that it’s important for goods to be delivered on time without any damages. Luckily, we now have modernised systems to help quicken the transferring of goods stored in a warehouse onto a delivery truck or a ship – just as well, considering the boom in the industry.
One such system used nowadays is called a pallet. Pallets are flat structures on which bundled goods or cargo can be placed securely, and pallets usually have skates beneath them for ease of motion. The pallet is then carried by forklifts or similar machines designed to lift heavy objects. Here are three systems involving pallets for transporting cargo.
Skate and Track System
The skate and track loading system is a manual way of transferring loads including heavy machinery or newspaper reels. The system consists of a track on which the pallet skates can roll while someone moves the pallet to a truck or a van. This manual system is made for businesses that don’t really need automatic moving systems like conveyor belts to transfer their goods.
If your business operations need help from automatic systems but you don’t have enough space or resources yet, the rollerbed system is for you. It’s basically a surface lined with rollers or wheels, then laid flat on the floor or elevated to a truck or plane. You can then put cargo on top of the rollerbed so the wheels beneath could roll to the goods to wherever you intend to set them down or store them. It is a hybrid system, meaning you can do the loading manually and also turn on a mechanism that enables the roller track to automatically load cargo.
Automatic Loading System
For operations that have enough space and resources, the automatic loading system is ideal for transferring your cargo. This system operates using conveyor belts like the ones you see in airports that carry passenger baggage. Just turn it on and the conveyor belt will start moving, ready to transfer the cargo placed on it.
These systems each have their unique benefits and uses – but one thing they have in common is the convenience they afford the transport and logistics industry.