Specialised Container Agencies (SCA), a supplier of niche-market container products, has developed an intermodal side-tipper bin designed for use in both road and rail transport applications, which removes the need for investment in double handling of cargo.
“In areas that are not fully serviced by rail, the intermodal side tipper can be loaded onto trucks for closed-loop, short-haul transport by road. The trucks carry the tipper bin, containing bulk material, to the railhead. This means cargo can be received at non-rail serviced facilities, for example on mines, terminals and ports,” explains Ken Mouritzen, director of SCA.
The intermodal side-tipper bins can be easily handled onto trucks and container rail wagons by a container handler. They have been designed for rapid and efficient off-loading of materials from both trucks and rail wagons, using specially designed hydraulic tipping cylinders.
“SCA’s intermodal tipper bins ensure quick, safe and cost-efficient bulk handling in rail and road applications. What’s notable is that this intermodal side-tipper bin system increases payload on rail wagons from 54 to 60 metric tonnes. A single tipper bin is able to hold 30 metric tonnes for road transport,” Mouritzen notes.
He adds that, for the transporter, benefits of using intermodal side-tipper bins are lower operating costs, minimal cargo loss and product integrity during transport (thanks to weather-proof tarpaulins). Advantages also include cost-efficient, easy handling of bulk; improved safety for drivers, vehicles and cargo; as well as reduced insurance premiums.
The bins are designed to be stacked two-high for storage.