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Frequently Asked Questions When Comparing Container Handlers

Frequently Asked Questions about Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers

General

HOW HEAVY ARE MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

The Mobicon 2T weighs only 13 Tonnes

The Mobicon Top Frame (Top Lift, Stacks 2 High) only 26 Tonnes

HOW SAFE IS A MOBICON?

Mobicon Container Handlers can’t tip over like forklifts or reach stackers. Dangerous & slippery loading docks are no longer needed and the operator is safely away from the load while driving. These factors make Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers a safe and reliable choice for container handling needs.

WHAT ARE THE SERVICE INTERVALS FOR MOBICON CONTAINER HANDLERS?

A Mobicon is serviced every 300 hours, or twice a year. A service typically takes around 3 hours. Read more about servicing your Mobicon here.

HOW EASY IS IT TO MAINTAIN A MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIER?

Forklift mechanics find the Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers easier to repair and maintain than a forklift. The Mobicon Container Handling machines maintenance is very simple, with most components used comparable with forklifts.

WHAT ELECTRONICS ARE USED ON MOBICON CONTAINER HANDLERS?

Only the drive pump is electronically controlled with an “Amplifier”, supplied by Bosch-Rexroth.

HOW ARE THE MOBICON WHEELS DRIVEN?

Hydraulic wheel motors drive the four front wheels. A Bosch-Rexroth transmission pump is driven by the engine.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PICK UP A CONTAINER WITH A MOBICON?

It takes the Mobicon Mini Straddle Carrier around 2 minutes to pick up a container. The whole operation of picking up a container, and placing it onto a vehicle takes around 5 minutes.

I READ THAT THE MOBICON IS VERY FLEXIBLE, WHAT IS MEANT BY THAT?

Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers offer the huge advantage of being flexible in handling any type and size of container. From 20 to 60 foot containers (and all sizes in-between), and all types of containers, including flat racks, open top containers, tank containers, half height containers and curtain-sided containers. With a Mobicon mini straddle carrier you are not limited in carrying any types of containers because of their lifting frames. Mobicon Container Handlers are also very flexible in where it can place containers, unlike a forklift it can move containers length wise needing far less space to manoeuvre.

Specifications

WHAT IS THE POINT LOAD OF A LOADED MOBICON?

Because the Mobicon has 8 wheels, and the load is evenly spread over all 8 wheels, the points loads are very low.

For example: loaded with a 25 tonne container, the maximum wheel pressure is only 5,500 kg.

WHAT SIZE CONTAINER CAN A MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIER HANDLE?

Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers can handle all ISO containers, including Flat Racks (bolsters), 62 foot containers, and Open Top containers.

WHAT ENGINE IS USED IN MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

The standard Mobicon container handling machine is fitted with a Hatz air cooled diesel engine. If very low noise levels are required, a “silenced Hatz engine is used. In some countries a water cooled Isuzu is fitted. Mobicon Systems are quite flexible in the engines that can be fitted.

HOW HIGH CAN A CONTAINER BE LIFTED WITH MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

The lift height of the 2T – is 1.75 meters

The lift height of the Top Frame (TF2) – is 3.4 meters (Hi-Cube)

HOW MANY WHEELS ARE DRIVEN ON MOBICON MACHINES?

Standard Mobicon Container Handlers have four wheel drive and steer. Custom models are available in 8 wheel drive & 8 wheel steer.

WHAT ELECTRIC SYSTEM IS USED IN MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

A simple 24 Volt Automotive electrical system is used. All cables are tagged for easy fault finding.

CAN A MOBICON HANDLE OVER-HEIGHT CONTAINERS?

The standard height the Mobicon can handle is 10’6”. For higher containers the Mobicon can be modified, which for example has been done for the glass industry, where large glass panels are transported in open top containers.

Operation

HOW EASY IS IT TO OPERATE A MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIER?

Like all machinery, training is required.

In most cases, a 3 hour training session is sufficient. After that, it is recommended that for the first (say) 50 containers a spotter helps the operator to ensure safe operations.

DOES THE OPERATOR OF A MOBICON NEED A LICENSE?

In Australia, and most other countries, no license is required. However local regulations must be checked. Competency training is supplied as part of the commissioning of the new Mobicon.

WHAT IS THE OPERATORS VIEW LIKE FROM A MOBICON?

The Mobicons Operator cabin is fitted with a CCTV monitor, and 4 cameras are fitted around the straddle carrier, providing the driver with a safe and comprehensive view of their surroundings.

HOW MANY OPERATORS ARE NEEDED TO LIFT A CONTAINER?

Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers are a one man operatored machine.

WHAT IS THE DRIVE SPEED OF MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

Mobicon Container Handlers can drive 9km/hr.

HOW MUCH FUEL DOES A MOBICON USE?

The Mobicon uses 20% less fuel compared with a forklift or reach stacker. Depending on the driving distances, one litre of diesel (distillate) per container is normally enough, or plan for 5 litres of fuel per hour.

WHAT ROAD SURFACE IS NEEDED FOR THE MOBICON TO WORK ON?

Unlike container forklift trucks and reach stackers, which have huge Point Loads Mobicons can work on most concrete, bitumen, pavers or compacted gravel surfaces. Most surfaces that are suitable for a truck or trailer are suitable for a Mobicon Mini Straddle Carrier. If in doubt, a surface test should be done. The wheel pressures at different container loads can be supplied.

Industry

WHAT KINDS OF COMPANIES USE MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

Generally Mobicon Container Handlers are used by companies who handle between 5 and 200 containers per week. Several of our clients  doing larger containers numbers than this, have more than one Mobicon Container Handler in their operation. Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers are used in industries including; Logistics e.g. third party logistics providers and transport companies, Importers and Exporters, Wine Industry, Food Industry, Dairies, Meat Industry, Grain and Seed Industry, Steel Industry, Chemical Industry, Removalists, Mining, Building Industry, and Ports. Several Customs and Defence Departments including The Australian and American Defence Forces use Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers in their operations.

WHY DO COMPANIES USE MOBICON MINI STRADDLE CARRIERS?

There are many good reasons to use a Mobicon for your container handling needs:

  1. Packing or unpacking containers on the ground instead of on a trailer is safer and faster.
  2. Not having to use loading docks or ramps is also a great advantage, as loading docks can be very unsafe, and they are inflexible..
  3. Compared with other means of unloading containers, Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers are very efficient and economical.
  4. The low point loads of the Mobicon 8 wheel machines is also a huge advantage for many users, as the Mobicon does not damage a yard surface like a forklift, reach stacker or 3 & 4 wheel mini straddle carrier does.
  5. Compared with Self Loading Trailers, side-loaders or swing lifters the Mobicon is more economical when container numbers increase.
  6. Self Loading Trailers – can’t move the container once it is placed on the ground, Mobicons Container Handling Machines can.
  7. Companies save money by separating the transport of the container, from the unpacking or packing of the containers.
  8. Waiting time for the transport company is reduced, as Mobicons can un/pack the container when and where they want, they don’t disturb the transport provider.
  9. Packing a container close to where the goods are placed is another advantage of having a Mobicon, providing major cost savings.
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