Toward an Efficiently Integrated Horizontal Transport System

In too many companies, trailers are the red-headed step-children of both logistics planning and budgeting. Powered vehicles are more expensive, and they’re generally more high tech; so that’s where most of the thinking goes.

The result is that the contributions that trailers can make toward making material handling less expensive, more efficient, safer, and easier to maintain are often overlooked. This short series of articles, beginning with determining the need and ending with measuring the effects of the solution, will, we hope, help those responsible for planning and budgeting material handling make informed decisions regarding the place of trailers in their system.

In working with customers, we’ve seen a lot of things that make us think that these informed decisions are really important. In one plant, for instance, we saw fork lifts moving materials one pallet at the time backwards through the manufacturing facility; given the safety records of fork lifts, this was an accident (or injury) just waiting to happen. In another plant, we found that they were pushing carts manually for up to 10 miles a day. And, in another, they had recognized the need for trailers, but had tried to build them themselves. Those trailers were neither pretty nor particularly sturdy.

There are a number of situations in which we could probably be helpful in making your horizontal material handling systems more efficient and effective. We can probably also make them significantly less expensive. These include:

  • Where you’ve attempted to use trailers, but they aren’t hold up or really fitting the application.
  • Where you have trailers, but they aren’t towable in multiple units or chains.
  • Where you have a corporate mandate or any other reason to eliminate fork lifts from the manufacturing or other area.
  • Where you want to replace a system that has simply evolved over time with a planned integrated system that uses each component most productively.

Pack Mule has been building material handling equipment for more than fifty years, and we’ve learned a number of important things. One is that whatever we build will probably have to stand up in a difficult environment; light weight simply won’t work. The second is that towable vehicles, better known as trailers, are not a one-size-fits-all products. We work on a one-size-fits-one basis, engineering the towable vehicles to specifically fit each customer’s application.

Let us show you how we can engineer a towable vehicle that’s an exact fit for your needs – Call us Now – (800) 241-2869