Empty Container Handler
About container handling procedures
There are two main types of container handlers: mast-mounted container handlers and frontal crane container handlers. Both types of vehicles are commonly found in ports, terminals, rail yards, container yards and other workplaces. Container handlers provide a cost-effective way to quickly and safely transport empty, loaded (sometimes called full), intermodal and other types of containers, usually over short distances.
Mast and arrival stacker container handling procedures
Although individual container handler models can vary widely, both mast and frontal crane container handlers are capable of lifting containers weighing tens of thousands of pounds (or thousands of kilograms), either individually or in stacks; some models can extend up to nine containers high.
While mast-mounted container handlers can essentially lift containers directly up and down, front crane container handlers are distinguished by their ability to lift up, down and out, with some models capable of stacking containers up to four rows deep.
Container handling program features
Because of their forklift-like design, the height required to lift containers and place them smoothly into place, and the crowded and busy environments in which they often operate, mast-mounted container handlers can provide a wide view of the mast, or even up to 360 degrees of visibility throughout the handling process. Some models also include weight sensing and control systems that provide operators with greater accuracy and overall feedback related to handling.
In addition, container handlers often offer a variety of handling features, including extended spreaders, hook and side clamps, vertical and horizontal twist locks, and other features that provide enhanced handling and versatility. Manufacturers are increasingly incorporating fuel-efficient engines and environmentally friendly components into new models, as well as idling, shutdowns and other technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption.
More features to consider
In addition to cab-mounted and exterior work lights, container handlers may include a variety of warning or strobe lights, warning sirens, touch-screen displays, raised and tilting cabs, advanced diagnostic systems, multifunction joysticks and controls, tilt and distance sensors, corrosion-resistant chassis and component protection, and point-and-tilt and heap-tilt technologies. Other features may include easy-to-use engines and components for easy maintenance, reinforced chassis construction, flush steering column, power steering, integrated USB port and swivel seats.