Thursday, October 13, 2011
Get a Load of This!!! Tips to help you get you on the Road
Temperature, Equipment, and Loading Procedures & Guidelines are topics that we revisit regularly here. One of the reasons why is that we recognize that these factors are critical to the successful delivery of any shipment, and we strive to constantly share our wealth of knowledge with our followers!!!
Today, let’s review some essential loading tips. More information on loading can be found in our Carrier Loading Guidelines, available for download off our website, and in hard-copy at TC Trans in Blaine, WA!!!
There are many points that must be checked before and during loading to make sure that the integrity of the refrigerated trailer is maintained. For example, high temperature in a refrigerated trailer can allow bacteria normally present in food items to increase to dangerous numbers.
Below, a checklist with some notable features that should be checked prior to loading (all noted in our Loading Guidelines):
Trailer container cooled to the recommended temperature?
Refrigeration unit operated correctly, and as designed?
Load thoroughly pre-cooled?
Load locks/bracing used to secure load? (check out our previous posts on this topic!)
Heating unit operates as designed?
Trailer aired to remove residual odors?
Temperature recorder working?
Air delivery chute intact?
Door seal undamaged?
Side door sealed tight?
Door, wall, or ceiling all undamaged?
Floor clean and undamaged?
Floor drains open and clean?
Front air bulkhead installed?
Inside height/width adequate for load?
Door height adequate for load?
There are some other helpful tips to keep in mind when loading:
- If the loading area is unrefrigerated, turn off the refrigeration unit while loading. Warm air drawn in during loading can cause the evaporator to frost, and will result in the refrigeration unit not being able to operate as designed.
- Avoid loading tightly against flat side walls by using pallets, racks, and dunnage. Room for air circulation must be provided under, around, and through the load.
- Do not block air circulation at the rear door.
Have any other tips you want to share? Please leave us a comment!
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