The world of logistics and transportation has significantly changed during the last few years, resulting in the need to establish new rules to adequately regulate the current state of this industry. There is a growing concern about the conditions experienced by the cargo throughout the distribution cycle since, during transportation, packages face highly diverse factors that may lead to major damage and load stability failures. For example, humidity, temperature changes, accelerations and decelerations, etc. This is the reason why maximizing load safety has become a priority for the entire industry.
With the firm intention of improving transport safety and package stability, EUMOS (European Safe Logistics Association) has created the EUMOS 40509 method. Its purpose is to guarantee load stability, thanks to cargo safety and rigidity improvement. This system affects any company and industrial vehicle that distributes products on the road, as well as transportation companies that provide this service.
Safe transport for load stability
In the face of the increasing number of road accidents caused by transport freight, the European Commission has established the goal of reducing the number of fatalities to zero by the year 2050. It is for this purpose that the Directive 2014/47/EU was born to make sure that freight transports traveling on EU roads are roadworthy and, therefore, safe. And, in addition, helping to reduce the risk of accidents due to improper cargo securing.
The regulation establishes a series of technical inspections to verify that the vehicles are in good conditions and to ensure that they have the necessary characteristics for the transport of the specific goods. The Directive 2014/47/EU especially focuses on cargo securing, since it is considered to be essential for road safety. For this reason, it is indicated that the load should be packaged and secured in a way that resists any acceleration or deceleration caused while the vehicle is on the move.
Some companies have developed acceleration testers to simulate the horizontal acceleration and decelerations (speeding, slowing down and breaking) produced by several means of handling and transportation and, so, helping to ensure the rigidity and safety of the load.
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Lansmont TruMotion: acceleration test system
Lansmont TruMotion acceleration systems is a simulation solution to help delivering regulatory compliance by bringing true-to-life test results.
- Simulate long-duration, low-frequency input forces (no impact) associated with vehicle accelerating, turning and braking.
- Challenge unit load stability and integrity, determining if they will remain unitized and stable for transport.
- Quantify peak displacement that occurs during test events, as well as permanent displacement that remains after testing.
- Meets EUMOS 40509 Requirements and FMCSA Cargo Securement Rules.
- Optional extended lengths for added performance.
- User defined acceleration vs. time test input profiles
- Robust and durable design, assuring maximum operational efficiency
- Belt-driven, providing smooth, quiet and durable motion control
- Standards-based and user-defined acceleration vs. time motions
- Advanced simulation, comparably closer to reality
ESTL Stability tester
ESTL uses acceleration tests to determine the load stability during transport. This acceleration test machine was developed in cooperation with the Leuven university. The acceleration levels occurring during the test can be set at different levels, making it possible to test different situations. During the test, high speed recordings are registered to analyze the behavior of the load unit.
The acceleration test works in accordance with the EUMOS 40509.
- Accurate simulation
- Acceleration adjustable
- Slow motion recording
- Motor on the testing carriage
- Root cause analysis
- Acceleration level: 0 up to 0,8g
- Acceleration time: up to 500ms
- Maximum pallet weight: 1500kg
Safe Load Testing Technologies
The solution Safe Load TT presents for load stability testing is the innSlide family.The innSlide Family includes an advanced range of solutions that simulates the horizontal accelerations and decelerations (speeding, slowing down and braking) produced by several means of handling and transportation to ensure the rigidity and safety of the loads.
The Safe Load TT Stability Tester is an advanced equipment to conduct in line simulations, complying with the main international standards such as EUMOS 40509 and the US FMCSA Cargo securement requirements.
Two different testers are offered by Safe Load TT in this family:
> Horizontal Stability tester
The tests performed by the Horizontal Stability Tester provide information about the evaluation of the rigidity and safety of a load that is subjected to horizontal accelerations and decelerations during transportation.
Some of the characteristics of this tester are:
- Able to simulate acceleration and deceleration tests
- Up to 2.5 tons load
- Possibility of modifying the k acceleration and dwell time
- Simple maintenance
- Touchscreen to command easily the tests
The tester includes the innVision software to easily measure the unit load deformation, creating an automatic report with the recorded data.
Another of the advantages of the HS tester of Safe Load TT is the inn Vision SET software, a software that provides the possibility to perform custom tests, such as the entrance of a truck in a roundabout.
Optionally, the artificial vision system innVision PRO can also be added. It is a leading and unique program in the market, applied to transport simulation technologies, that includes a high-speed artificial vision camera and software to record and analyze the results in real time, generating an automatic report with photos and videos that show the deformation of the unit load at every moment.
> Boomerang Horizontal Stability Tester
The new innSlide Boomerang is the world’ s most compact equipment for acceleration tests, such as EUMOS 40509, to measure the stability and rigidity of loads.
Some of the characteristics that make this tester unique are:
- Transportable: to test on customer facilities
- Easily lifting design
- Possibility of lateral and longitudinal load
- Same results as a conventional machine
As with the HS tester, the innSlide Boomerang includes the innVision SET software and the option of add the artificial vision analysis system innVision PRO.
Main advantages of the innSlide family
The innSlide family includes:
- SET software: Software to simulate any kind of acceleration tests.
- InnVision PRO: Saves analysis time with artificial vision technology.
- 2 different solutions adapted to the needs of any company:
o Horizontal Stability tester: an innovative machine that performs any kind of acceleration test. Perfectly adapted to research centers and big companies
o Boomerang Horizontal Stability Tester: transportable machine to conduct tests by the customer side. Adapted to companies that want to offer a special service to customers.
As we have seen, Safe Load TT offers the widest range of machines out of the main acceleration testers on the market, adapted to any possible requirement needed by the customer.
At Safe Load TT we work alongside our clients to design transport testing and simulation systems that more closely reflect real conditions. In two decades, we have already helped many companies optimize their packaging through simulation equipment and our personalized training.
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