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Published: 10 August 2017
BISON launches new lifting system
New Zealand-based BISON has launched the C-Lift P32 - a portable container lift system that enables a container to be lifted off and on a trailer without a crane or forklift, and weighed in the process.
“Recognising that conventional container handling equipment is typically big, heavy and expensive, BISON has introduced a compact, portable and more economic alternative aimed at extending the benefits of intermodal logistics to new frontiers. The P32 is easily transported between sites, sets up in minutes and allows containers of all sizes and weights up to 32 tonne (70,000 lb) to be lifted on and off trailers safely and efficiently,” BISON stated.
“A big challenge if you want to lift containers outside of a freight hub is finding suitable equipment to do the job” said Greg Fahey, BISON’s CEO. “So often, the size or weight of the container, space restrictions on site, or simply a lack of suitable equipment in the area, mean that cargo movements are compromised or costs are unreasonably high.”
In a lot of markets, North America in particular, containers are typically handled on trailers once away from the port area, which BISON is looking to change. “Importers and exporters can lift and ground containers more economically in factories or warehouses. This can allow container stuffing or unloading in better locations. Or ease the pressure of live loading and chassis detention costs,” Bison noted.
The company also sees applications in military, construction, project logistics and household removals, where containers need to be handled in remote and/or difficult locations.
BISON has developed and patented a “lift and lock mechanism, which reduces the size of the hydraulic system considerably, but still enables heavy containers to be elevated 1.65 metres (65 inches) off the ground. This in turn reduces the size, weight and cost of the system”.
“The novelty of the P32 is its unique combination of portability, lift capacity and price”, says Fahey. “In these respects, it’s a world first for container handling equipment.”