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Combilift develops intermodal straddle carrier

Combilift develops intermodal straddle carrier
The Combi- IMSC Intermodal Straddle Carrier

Combilift has developed an intermodal straddle carrier, aimed primarily for use at inland container terminals which typically handle lower volumes of containers compared to the main sea ports, but still need a machine capable of doing the same task.

The Combi- IMSC Intermodal Straddle Carrier is designed to offer a cost-effective customisable solution for midsized intermodal terminals, where only a few trains per day may need to be unloaded, and where margins can be tight.

Conventional port straddle carriers are typically higher and wider and are designed to work at speed to quickly turn around large volumes of containers.

However, due to the demands on conventional pieces of equipment, their specifications often exceed what smaller facilities actually need, noted the Irish company, which first launched its straddle carrier range for the container sector in 2010.

The Combi-IMSC is meant to be ideal for handling containers between a terminal’s rail siding and its storage/transport lane, designed as a “simple piece of hydraulic lifting equipment which reduces the total cost of ownership”.

Operating, maintenance overheads and fuel costs are therefore lower than the higher-capacity products.

In contrast to Combilift’s regular straddle carriers, the IMSC is fitted with eight wheels as standard, with two super-elastic puncture-proof tyres on each axle.

It features a fully-enclosed high specification driver compartment with air conditioning, joystick control and rotating seat which is positioned high off the ground for visibility via the half glass floor.

In common with other Combi-SC models, it benefits from a lighter footprint compared to other heavy handling equipment as it does not need to be counterbalanced.

This avoids the need for costly investment in special infrastructure on site such as expensive civil works which can put yet more financial strain on midsized operations.

The load on each corner of the Combi-IMSC would be half that of a typical reachstacker performing the same operation.

As the machine typically operates in a straight line alongside the train there is less need for sharp turns or reversing, reducing impact on the ground surface to a minimum and increasing the life of the tyres according to the manufacturer.

Also, as the machine is equipped with multidirectional steering it can easily leave the rail track and carry out other loading, unloading, and stacking tasks in a different area of the terminal.

As the machine is customisable, it can also lift oversized loads for added versatility including coil clamps, grapple arms and rotating forks.