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Basic Principles of Flatbed Rigging

Using a flatbed trailer to haul heavy construction equipment and other oversized loads is one of the simplest solutions for what can often be a tough problem. Still, the actual processes of rigging and loading are not so simple. Engineers take into account complex mathematical formulae applied to rigging and loading for the purposes of making sure everything stays safe for the duration of a move. Those mathematical equations are used to figure out everything from the best way to move a load to how to secure it effectively.

Mytee Products’ inventory of flatbed rigging supplies includes everything the flatbed trucker needs to work safely. In addition to standard cargo control equipment such as chains and straps, we also carry turnbuckles, rope clips, wire rope thimbles, block and tackle equipment, wire rope, and more.

 

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So, just what goes into safe and effective flatbed rigging? A lot, quite frankly. Here are just a few of the basic principles engineers should pay attention to:

  •  Load Weight – Just about everything having to do with flatbed trucking starts and ends with the weight of the load. Tractors are only capable of hauling so much weight safely, and cargo control supplies are rated according to how much weight they can effectively handle. Before any oversized load can be configured for transport, engineers need to know how much it weighs.
  •  Permitted Axle Weight – America’s roads are rated according to how much. weight they can safely handle. That weight is expressed as a maximum permitted axle weight. Engineers preparing to move oversized loads have to consider the routes taken by truck drivers and the permitted axle weights on those routes. Unfortunately, sometimes a heavy load requires taking an indirect route in order to stay safe.
  •  Center of Gravity – Any experienced flatbed truck driver will tell you that getting the center of gravity right is critical to safe loading. Being off just a few inches can make hauling an oversized load more difficult and dangerous than it needs to be.
  • Road Surface Grades – Road surface grades can add to the challenge of hauling heavy loads. Flatbed rigging takes into account road grades for cargo control purposes. For example, a truck that will be traversing steep grades in the Sierra Nevada will need extra rigging to keep the load in place under additional stress.
  • Turning Requirements – Tight turns are another problem for oversized loads. Engineers have to account for turning radii along certain portions of the route with the knowledge that tight turns put additional stress on both trailers and the loads they are carrying.
  • Overhead Height Restrictions – Lastly, flatbed rigging must account for overhead height restrictions presented by bridges and overpasses. As with permitted axle weights, height restrictions may partially determine the route taken by a trucker hauling an oversized load.

As you can see, there is more to flatbed rigging than simply placing a load on the back of a trailer and tying it down. A lot of work goes into making sure loads get where they are going safely, especially when those loads are oversized or particularly heavy.

As a company specializing in the trucking industry and its associated equipment, we are committed to making sure flatbed truckers have the equipment and supplies they need for flatbed rigging and cargo control. We invite you to browse our entire inventory of rigging supplies and cargo control equipment before you make your next purchase.

All products sold by Mytee meet or exceed industry standards and regulations. We carry only the highest quality products from brands you trust.


Marking Tarps for Professionalism and Protection

Flatbed truckers invest a lot of money in vinyl tarps. It is a necessary part of the job given the fact that the driver is responsible for the cargo he or she is carrying from the moment the load is signed off for. Vinyl tarps offer protection against all of the dangers of the open road including debris, weather, and truck exhaust. In that case, why not go a step further? Why not use tarps to advertise your services?

Dry vans and reefers are adorned with all sorts of advertisements letting the whole world know the company behind the trailer. Owner-operators put identifying markers on their tractors for the same purpose. Nevertheless, the flatbed trailer offers nothing by way of marketing or promotion. The trucker can take advantage of this by marking his/her tarps using a stenciling kit that includes vinyl ink.

Professionalism and Protection

A well-marked tarp that has been carefully marked with a stenciling kit demonstrates the professionalism of the driver behind the wheel. Not only does it bear the company name and telephone number, it demonstrates to shippers that a driver has taken the time to do a good job. Straight, neat, stenciled letters helps to promote a professional image.

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As for protection, marking the vinyl tarps with your company name and phone number makes it less likely they will be stolen. Believe it or not, this is something construction contractors do all the time. They use stencils and spray paint to mark everything from ladders to scaffolding to their own vinyl or canvas tarps.

Tips for Marking Your Tarps

Applying your name and telephone number to the vinyl truck tarps is not difficult in principle. However, it is not as easy as buying a run-of-the-mill can of spray paint and going to town. In fact, using spray paint is a bad idea.

Regular spray paint does not adhere well to vinyl materials. A thin coat can wear off quickly just by being exposed to weather conditions. A thick coat may withstand the weather somewhat better, but it can be peeled off with very little effort. The solution is to use a vinyl ink that is specifically designed for use with things such as vinyl and poly truck tarps.

Mytee carries a stenciling kit that includes lettered stencils and a can of vinyl ink from Marsh Shipping Supply Company. Marsh is a leading name in all sorts of marketing materials and equipment, so you can depend on their vinyl ink to work as advertised.

Before you mark your tarps, be sure that they are clean and dry wherever you plan to apply the ink. It is also good idea to apply it indoors if possible. If you do not have an indoor space large enough, be sure to choose a warm and relatively wind-free day for marking.

Spread your tarp flat on the ground and pull it as tightly as possible. It is especially important to get the area you plan to mark as tight and flat as you can. You may have to weigh down the perimeter of the area to be marked using bricks or other heavy objects. Once the vinyl ink is applied, you will need to allow for plenty of drying time. The label on your ink can should tell you how long drying takes.

If you are a flatbed truck operator, you might want to consider marking your vinyl tarps for the purposes of marketing and protection. Identifying your tarps with your company name and phone number is a great way to promote your business while also reducing the chances of theft.


Essential Tools for Cargo Securement

The average consumer has some knowledge on trucking and cargo transportation depending upon their personal relocating experiences. Some truck drivers who are relatively new to the trucking profession tend to be unfamiliar to the tricks of tarping and protecting the load they are about to transport. Yet proper cargo securement is a matter of having the right tools at hand for each job.

Whether someone is new to the profession or is a veteran trucker, at the end of the day, it boils down to remembering and applying the basic rules of cargo securement. It is about preventing a load from shifting in any way that could damage cargo or cause it to fall from the trailer so that it reaches it destination safely.

Here are some essential and helpful tools truckers could use to protect their truckload:

E-Track Straps

E-Track straps are primarily used for dry goods or refrigerated trailers. It is a slotted rail normally installed along both sides of a trailer’s interior at a height matching that of the cargo. The purpose of e-track is to keep the cargo in place and prevent is from sliding around.

This can be accomplished in one of two ways. The first is to use a shoring bar or decking beam made of aluminum and galvanized steel. Each end of the bar is fitted with a mechanism that fits into the e-track and locks into place. A shoring bar can handle pretty substantial loads. Where more flexibility is required, ratchet straps can be used in place of the rigid shoring bar. Straps are attached on both sides of the trailer and ratcheted together in the middle.

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Winch Straps

Winch straps tend to be popular with flatbed truck drivers. They are made with heavy duty webbing material that meets or exceeds all DOT regulations and industry standards. They typically come with a flat hook, wire hook or chain anchor on one hand. Winch straps get that name because they are tightened down using a standard winch system. They provide maximum cargo securement strength in a package that is easy to deploy.

Corner and Edge Protectors

Truck drivers never simply back up to a trailer, hook it and go. They have to make sure their loads are secured properly prior to departure. Flatbed drivers have to place tarps over their cargo as well. Tarps are used to protect cargo from varying weather conditions, road situation and while they use the right corner and edge protectors to protect their tarps from wear and tear.

Corner and edge protectors are a great option as there are many choices available depending on the application. For example, a pyramid shaped tarp protector needs to be used if a load may cut or rip the tarp. These small pieces of plastic are placed over sharp corners and secured with webbing.

Another popular option is the v-shaped edge protector. This tool comes in a variety of sizes and can be made of plastic or metal. V-Shaped edge protectors are used to protect cargo, tarps, and straps.

Having the right tools for cargo securement makes the trucker’s job much easier. Mytee Products carries a wide range of essential load securement tools that range from straps to edge protectors to high-quality tarps needed in North America.