Sunday, 16 November 2014

Container Loading Equipment Inspection Processes

In 2009, 26% of trans-world shipping containers occurred in China. This was carried out with the use of the best vehicle container loading taking place mostly in the country. This proves the reliability and quality of Chinese container handling equipment, including stackers, empty container trucks and loaded container handlers.

In addition to the internal control systems as used by manufacturers of container loading equipment, third party inspection companies help buyers to ensure that their products are of international standards and the agreed specifications.

InTouch is a leader in protecting the interest of buyers of equipment from China. Their inspection protocols are carefully formulated based on years of actual field experience combined with the most current international standards. Some of these inspection procedures are:

Materials Inspection Process

  •       Coating materials - Check paints and other coating materials possess the qualifications required for corrosion protection of the team until the end of its useful life or until scheduled maintenance.
  •       Rubber Materials - Check the materials for tire production. This helps ensure that the tires will not break during use to prevent the occurrence of adverse events.

Security Protocols inspection
  •       Fire Safety Inspection - Check the integrity of the fire safety mechanisms container vehicle loading and testing using the guidance provided in UL 558. UL 588 tests are included in testing temperature, fuel consumption test, and testing of the exhaust system.
  •       Izar Security - Check chains, wire ropes and lifting mechanisms are protected against failure to promote safer for operators and staff workplace.

Visual Inspection Procedures
  •       Parts Supply - Check that the manufacturer carries sufficient stock of parts ready for release when required by the buyer. This ensures minimized downtime concerning repairs and maintenance.
  •       Visibility Check - Check that the operator has visual contact with the critical parts of the container terminal road markings, and other objects around it.
  •       Nameplate Equipment - Verify that the rated capacity, weight, program maintenance, and operational instructions are reflected accurately on the vehicle identification plate.

Dimensional inspection
  •       Fork Lift - Check the thickness, length, weight, width and other dimensional measurements of fork lift.
  •       Deputy Inspection - Check the dimensional properties of container handling equipment attachments for suitability for handling cargo containers specified.

Performance inspection
  •       Rated Capacity Check - Check that the rated capacity of the equipment does not exceed the percentage of the maximum capacity.
  •       Load Center Check - Check the load center or the distance between the forklift face and the center of gravity is 24 inches or lower.
  •       Speed - Check the speed of movement of container loading equipment to move containers pre-determined over a specified distance.
  •       Lifting Speed - Measure speed vertical lift equipment for handling its maximum rated capacity.
  •       Gradeability - Check the level of the slope where the charging equipment it contains can surf safely without showing any signs of imbalance or rollover. Default value is 15 degrees.
  •       Fuel Efficiency - Check the volume of fuel used after the completion of predetermined tasks.
  •       Performance tires - Ensure equipment tires are able to withstand the actual container handling without showing any signs of damage or excessive loss of volume of air contained until it is scheduled for operator pre-use inspection.
  •       Weldments Check - Check for any visual evidence of cracks in welded especially in attachments after using the device for a predetermined period pieces.

functional inspection
  •       Lifting Height Check - Determine the maximum and minimum heights lifting equipment when transporting test loads specified without showing any evidence of tipping or imbalance.
  •       Horizontal Scope Verification - Verify that the container loading equipment is capable of handling the maximum rated load with his arm fully extended horizontally elevation.

These are just some of the inspection protocols related to container loading equipment, such as forklifts, container handlers, cranes and more.

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