In an all-out effort to reduce deadhead mileage in the trucking industry flatbed carriers are embracing technology that helps reduce these miles. Standard and flatbed heavy haul companies are using this technology to reduce the carbon footprint one load and one mile at a time.
These industries are reported to contribute up to 28 per cent of the carbon emissions problem as the supply chain demands these higher mileage heavier loads to keep the current market trends balanced. Annually it is reported that 10.8 billion tons of freight are moved to represent 70 per cent of goods in the domestic market. Regulations are in place to reduce the impact of these emissions for standard and heavy haul flatbed freight companies allowing the standards that are set to control the greenhouse gas emissions, however, these alone are not sufficient.
Almost half of the industry is driving these empty miles on a regular basis when returning containers back to port. These empty miles are still contributing to the pollution problem and can only be balanced if they in fact are moving freight so that the pollution is at least taking place when transporting goods and keeping the supply chain as current as possible.
Flatbed trucking companies continue to look at technology to drastically cut down on emissions while still moving goods safely and timely with an efficient logistical approach. An approach like this will help to sustain the continued reduction for flatbed trucking services in managing the supply chains responsibly.
Trucking Efficiency Improves As Flatbed Carriers Embrace Technology
New and developing technological solutions are being used to improve the efficiencies of the empty mile conundrum. App-based programs that can facilitate the linking of empty containers and nearby loads ready to transport are showing very favorable results. Containers that return to port loaded are drastically cutting down on the empty miles that are currently plaguing the standard and flatbed heavy haul companies.
Street turns as they are referred to in the industry are eliminating the needless emissions that are pushed into the environment without moving freight cutting down the empty miles issue. Other areas that are being worked on as these algorithms are updated address the managing of capacity data and the optimization of a driver’s day to day work scheduled hours. The added ability to intercept a driver and his trailer at a moments notice for redirection helps to keep the supply chain fulfilled more efficiently as well as increasing the driver’s compensation. It a win-win for the driver, equipment haulers and the environment. Idle time at the port is curbed and the highly congested times are eliminated by assigning gate and lane times on the fly.
By leveraging data to reduce these current pollution issues for the millions of truckloads already being moved to fulfil the supply chain a more sustainable and efficient effort will be managed. The management of idle times, deadhead and empty miles add multi-level benefits to carriers benefiting to green initiatives at the same time maintaining environmental responsibilities all around.
During this COVID 19 pandemic, the trucking industry is facing many complications. Challenges to move goods using key supply chains and components are compromising deliveries. Transport challenges that van and flatbed trucking carriers. This holiday season has added a strain on flatbed transportation carriers throughout the nation.
Staple goods like toilet paper and others are hard to keep on the shelves so that strategic supplies can be moved to hospitals and health care providers as needed. These goods need to be moved as part of this essential operation. Some manufacturers such as auto production facilities shifted their production lines to manufacture personal protective supplies.
Van and flatbed transportation companies shifted priorities to move these essential goods explaining the empty shelves for other more staple items at stores across the nation. As this latest type of supply map was accepted as the new normal flow of goods; responsibilities, assets, personnel, and processes were balanced in everyday changes to accomplish this new normal needed to fight back the pandemic.
The best managers that can adapt to these changes will survive all others that may be more intelligent or stronger.
Another groundbreaking trailer has been engineered by the Faymonville Group for the ease of transportation of the most complicated over-dimensional shipping moves. These trailers are used for the movement of tall or bulky cargo frequently by industries for any type of oversized shipments. These feature exceptionally low ground clearance just for this purpose.
These trailers exhibit hydraulic Pendle axles in their three-axle version with pneumatic suspension. This is quite a unique option accompanying kingpin steering with the override remote control enabling the most precise ability to place a load where it’s needed. A steerable fourth pin on a flip axle air ride increases versatility as needed when traveling from state-to-state increasing adjustment to keep the payload within regulation.
The two types featured for the Mega Max Heavy Trailer are a mini and a stretch deck design. Height adjustment can be changed continuously during the loading process offering the most flexibility of any trailer using a detachable gooseneck.
Manufactured by “Faymonville Trailers to the Max” in 5 production facilities: Luxembourg, Belgium, Poland, Italy and Russia this 10-axle dual max trailer is modular and features a dual-lane system that can move the most complicated payloads. Because of the patented lift and shift system available in this trailer, the most versatile and complex cargoes can be moved easily in today’s challenging northeast economy.
Even when loaded the axles and chassis can be widened from thirteen feet eleven inches up to sixteen eighteen and even twenty feet. Adapting on the fly state by state to adhere to each state’s regulations cannot get any easier with the use of this advanced trailer. Adjusting your equipment haulers is quick, responsive, and safe.
DualMAX trailer 10 axle line
To form just the size trailer that is needed to move even the most complicated oversized transport these dual max bogies are available in several axle lines. They can be steered and suspended thanks to the Pendle axle system hydraulics. In keeping the maximum stability recommended the axles operate independently of each other following the most advanced engineering requirements for maneuverability and safety, to date.
Allowing the trailer to be widened even when fully loaded the lift and shift system provides steerable angles up to 55 degrees with a total stroke of 29.5 inches with a maximum load per axle of 52,000 pounds at 50 miles per hour. The trailer remains static because the steering rods do not need to be disassembled during the adjustment process.
When ready to return to home base this trailer can be easily condensed to fit on a normal flatbed trailer for the return leg of the transport. Gooseneck and drawbar configurations are available for this trailer allowing for the incorporation of many decks and accessories to accentuate this highly versatile trailer.
Heavy equipment carriers move suspension beam systems, perimeter widening decks, extra-low transformer decks and turntables with this over-dimensional trucking trailer and its adjustable features. In meeting all the DOT requirements all configurations can be easily adjusted for over-dimensional shipping in the USA and all North America. The Faymonville DualMax trailer is a modular heavy haul platform trailer using the widen able patented lift and shift system that was designed and developed specifically for heavy equipment transport companies in North America.
The popularity of flatbed carriers increases in the summer months. With the onset of the summer season, small to mid-size shippers usually face a huge demand and finding units becomes harder. This leads to a lot of shippers delving deeper into their route guides. They also resort to spot market bidding as their route guides become exhausted during the road. As a result, the costs per unit increase and more time is spent trying to procure enough units for shipping.
How the Summer Months Affect the Flatbed Carrier Market
According to research conducted by the Iowa State University regarding flatbed carriers, market conditions continuously fluctuate. The truckload market faces varying demand throughout the year and has to reshuffle its capacity to align. However, this fluctuation in demand is much more rampant for flatbed trucks than for the rest of the truckload market.
Hence, flatbed trucks tend to adhere to routes that prove more profitable. They accept loads that are more profitable and have a greater ROI. It’s not uncommon that they turn down a shipment at their contracted rate only to accept at a greater rate. This is known as a spot market bid.