FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about our Straddle Carriers

General

HOW HEAVY IS A MOBICON?

The Mobicon weighs only 13 Tonnes.

HOW SAFE IS A MOBICON?

The Mobicon cannot tip over like forklifts or reach stackers. Also, the operator is safely away from the load while driving. With a Mobicon, dangerous loading docks are also no longer needed.

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 IS A CONTAINER LIFTED?

The Mobicon has lifting attachments that fit into the side hole of a container corner casting.

HOW EASY IS IT TO MAINTAIN A MOBICON?

Maintenance is very simple. Most components used are comparable with forklifts. A forklift mechanic finds the Mobicon easier to repair and maintain than a forklift.

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 around 2 minutes to pick up a container.The whole operation of picking up a container, and placing it on a vehicle takes around 5 minutes.

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

The Mobicon is flexible in the way it can handle any length of container, from 20 foot onwards, including 60 foot containers, and all other type of containers, including flat racks, open top containers, tank containers, half height containers and curtain-sided containers. This is a huge advantage over many other container handlers that often are limited in carrying some types of containers because of their lifting frames. The Mobicon is also very flexible in where it can place containers.The Mobicon moves containers length wise, and not width wise as forklift trucks do, and therefore needs 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?

The four wheels of the front tower are driven and steered. The wheels of the rear tower do not have drive or steering.

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 maximum height the Mobicon can handle is 10’6”. Any higher, and the Mobicon needs to 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.

WHAT IS THE VIEW OF THE OPERATOR?

The operator has an excellent view of the surroundings of the Mobicon. In the cabin is a CCTV monitor, and 4 cameras are fitted around the straddle carrier.

HOW MANY OPERATORS ARE NEEDED TO LIFT A CONTAINER?

The Mobicon is a one man operator machine.

WHAT IS THE DRIVE SPEED?

The Mobicon can drive 8km/hr.

HOW MUCH FUEL DOES A MOBICON USE?

The Mobicon, compared with much heavier forklifts and reach stackers is extremely economical. Depending on the driving distances, one litre of diesel (distillate) per container is normally enough, or plan for 5 litres of fuel per hour, 20% that of reach stackers and heavy forklifts.

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 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 the Mobicon. 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?

Many different kinds of companies can use a Mobicon including Logistics industry, 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, Stevedoring, Mining, Building Industry and Customs Departments. Generally they are companies that, with some exceptions, handle between 5 and 200 containers per week. Some clients who do larger numbers have more than one Mobicon in their operation.

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 is also a huge advantage for many users, as the Mobicon does not damage a yard surface like a forklift truck or reach stacker 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. Also, using a Self Loading Trailer, the container cannot be moved once it is placed on the ground.
  7. Companies can save a lot of 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, and the Mobicon owner can pack or unpack the container when they want and where they want, without disturbing the transport provider.
  9. Packing a container close to where the goods are placed is another advantage.
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