FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers

General

HOW HEAVY IS A MOBICON?

The Mobicon weighs only 13 Tonnes.

HOW SAFE IS A MOBICON?

The Mobicon 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 the Mobicon a safe and reliable choice for container handling needs.

WHAT ARE THE SERVICE INTERVALS?

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

HOW EASY IS IT TO MAINTAIN A MOBICON?

Forklift mechanics find the Mobicon easier to repair and maintain than a forklift. Mobicon maintenance is very simple, with most components used comparable with forklifts.

ARE ELECTRONICS USED?

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

HOW ARE THE 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?

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?

The Mobicon offers 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. The Mobicon is 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 WHEEL WEIGHT OF A LOADED MOBICON?

Because the Mobicon has 8 wheels, and the load is evenly spread over all 8 wheels, the wheel pressures 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 HANDLE?

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

WHAT ENGINE IS USED?

The standard Mobicon 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?

The lift height is 1.75 meters.

HOW MANY WHEELS ARE DRIVEN?

Standard Mobicon’s have four wheel drive and steer, while custom models are available in 8 wheel drive & 8 wheel steer.

WHAT ELECTRIC SYSTEM IS USED?

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?

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 NEED A LICENSE?

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

WHAT IS THE OPERATORS VIEW LIKE?

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?

The Mobicon is a one man operatored machine.

WHAT IS THE DRIVE SPEED?

The Mobicon can drive 8km/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 axle 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 A MOBICON?

Generally Mobicons are used by companies that handle between 5 and 200 containers per week. Several of our clients who do larger numbers of containers than this, have more than one Mobicon in their operation. The industries Mobicon Mini Straddle Carriers are used in include; 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, Customs and Defence Departments including The Australian and American Defence Forces.

WHY DO COMPANIES USE A MOBICON?

There are many good reasons to use a Mobicon:

  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, the Mobicon is very efficient and economical.
  4. The low axle weight of our 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 (or sometimes called 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 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, providing cost savings.
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