Shipping containers are large and heavy, which is why they’re lifted and loaded onto flatbed trucks using cranes and forklifts. And while it’s a tested process that works, it isn’t necessarily efficient. A new kind of shipping container called SL-Tainer improves on the system by using integrated legs to prop itself up at truck-loading height.
Made by Excalibur Systems, you just push a button to prompt the container to create clearance underneath all on its own, allowing a flatbed trailer to slide in place, before pressing another button to have it lower into the bed. Since it doesn’t require any other tool to lift it up and dock it on a trailer, the requirement for both expensive equipment and a licensed operator are eliminated, allowing for more economical operation, whether at the docks, the warehouse, or a pop-up location.
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