Hiab has launched Multilift Commander for container handling.

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A leading provider of on-road load handling equipment, intelligent services and digitally connected solutions, Hiab has launched Multilift Commander for container handling. Part of the Finland-based Cargotec Corporation, Hiab, offering class-leading load-handling equipment that includes loader cranes, forestry and recycling cranes, truck mounted forklifts, demountables, tail lifts, crane control system, and others, has developed Multilift Commander to handle containers safely and efficiently in locations where no infrastructure exists to load or unload containers from a truck. Terming the new development as an innovative logistics application for efficient container handling, the company, further expanding its offerings under the Multilift range, originally developed to address the logistics needs of governmental organisations, upon finding out that it could be applied to address other requirements as well. The Multilift systems were developed for container handling where there is no infrastructure available.

An application for the popular Multilift XR21 hooklift that enables both ISO 1C and 1CC freight containers, and DIN standard demountable flatracks, to be handled by the same truck, the Multilift Commander container handling system Hiab has developed, is expected to add tremendous value and versatility. Expressed Henri Janhonen, Director of Sales and Product Business Management for Demountables at Hiab, “This is a new application for the commercial hooklift market. It adds value and versatility to our customers’ hooklift trucks, as switching from handling flatracks to lifting ISO containers weighing up to 16.5 tonnes can now be done at the simple push of a button.” Enabling the transport of a container to any location that a truck can access, and where no infrastructure such as a port crane or heavy forklift truck exists, the Multilift Commander could be used for cargo and intermodal applications according to Janhonen. “It could be used for large warehousing, construction, and project logistics too, he stated.

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Enabling a container to be dropped off, and to be collected at any subsequent date, the cost savings and flexibility the Multilift Commander offers, could make a massive difference in the ability of fleets ad logistics companies to transport goods to and from inconvenient sites, or from remote locations. New to the commercial market even though it has been used for many years in the governmental sector, the Multilift Commander promises durability and adjustability. Available in two lengths for three-axle or four-axle trucks, the container handling unit is made up of three parts – a lifting frame and rear support rollers, both of which are made from high-tensile steel, and a stowage frame. Control is integrated into the easy-to-use hooklift control system. An electric actuator moves the lifting frame from the stowage position to the lifting position, and a pneumatic safety latch in the hooklift firmly secures the lifting frame to the hook, preventing the lifting frame from shifting whilst in use. The rear rollers are fitted directly to truck’s chassis to support the container. The side guards help to guide the container during loading and unloading. Once loaded, the container is securely locked onto the truck with two ratchets at the front and two twist locks at the rear. When not in use, the container-lifting frame stows neatly behind the cab. Typical application areas of the Multilift Commander include emergency, fire and rescue services, special logistics applications, greenfield infrastructure projects, and factory to terminal transportation from remote sites.

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