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Heavy-duty transporter for safe, efficient steel handling

A heavy-duty transporter system designed and installed by Sidetracker Engineering is providing a leading UK steel producer with safe, efficient transportation of loads weighing up to 12 tonnes within one of its North Yorkshire warehouses.

Bright Steels Ltd, founded in 1919, is one of the largest producers of bright drawn steel flats, squares, hexagons, alloy rounds and special sections in the UK, with dedicated warehouse facilities that enable the company to supply customers throughout the world.

In order to increase stock-holding capacity, the company installed additional racking and preparation facilities. The Sidetracker transporter has been designed to carry completed orders from the preparation to the despatch area, reducing the use of lift trucks in the busy warehouse. It runs on a 38-metre-long dedicated rail track at the side of the warehouse, and incorporates flanged wheels and pressure-sensitive buffers to ensure safe operation.

The equipment has a load-bearing deck measuring 4000mm x 1200mm with supports that hold loads securely in place and is controlled by an operator with a wireless hand-set. It is driven by twin power systems powered by a 24V high-capacity battery and linked to a pair of drive wheels directly coupled to hydraulic motors. The machine can continue to operate with only one power system, ensuring a high degree of reliability.

Sidetracker powered platforms are manufactured to customer specification and can be rail-mounted or free-ranging.

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