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Tips for Hauling Sensitive Industrial Machinery

As a flatbed trucker, have you ever had the experience of hauling sensitive industrial machinery that the shipper expects to arrive with nary a scratch? If so, you know how challenging this can be. Road vibration can be an absolute killer when it comes to industrial machinery. Just a little vibration can do a lot of damage, even if you are not going thousands of miles.

To say that hauling industrial machinery is more than just tying it down with bungee straps is to state the obvious. These kinds of loads require a little TLC along with a basic understanding of how road vibrations affect different kinds of cargo. It can take years to learn all the tricks of the trade for protecting sensitive machinery.

If you are new to the flatbed industry, don’t be afraid to take sensitive industrial machinery loads. Consider such loads a challenge. Then do what you can to learn how to transport them safely, including heeding the tips explained below.

Prepare Machinery Properly

The first step in hauling sensitive industrial machinery is to prepare the cargo for loading. The good news is that shippers often take care of this stuff themselves. It is fairly common for truckers to arrive at the yard and find machines already wrapped in cardboard and plastic, and secured to pallets. If that is not the case, the driver should insist that the shipper prepare the machines properly.

Loading and Positioning

Once the loading process begins, the truck driver is in control. The driver is ultimately responsible for the cargo from the moment it touches his/her trailer to the moment it is taken off, so make the effort to protect yourself by taking the lead in the loading process. The idea is to guarantee machinery is loaded in a way that allows you to protect it through your cargo control procedures.

The general rule for sensitive industrial machinery is to keep individual pieces from making direct contact with one another, if possible. Keep them as far apart as you can. If the number of pieces being loaded dictates that they have to be placed relatively close to one another, you’ll have to use your best judgment.

Edge Protectors, Blankets, and Tie-Downs

This next part of the process is the most critical of all. After machinery has been put into position, it’s now up to you to eliminate all risk of damage. You should immediately begin thinking about corner and edge protectors. Wherever you can place one, you should. Use corner and edge protectors to prevent direct contact among multiple pieces of machinery. You also want to prevent contact between machinery and your tie-downs and tarps.

If need be, you may want to throw moving blankets over the top of the machinery and into empty spaces. Then securely tighten everything down with ratchet straps. There should be something between every strap and the machinery it secures, whether that be an edge protector or blanket.

Keep Tarps Taught

Our last tip is to keep your tarps taught throughout the entire journey. There is nothing more frustrating than going to great lengths to protect sensitive machinery only to find that a tarp left flapping in the wind caused some damage.

The trucker’s best friend for this job is the bungee strap. Tarps can be secured to the bed of the trailer using bungee straps at every grommet. The driver can then use bungee rope or a series of straps connected to go around the perimeter of the cargo. Securing the perimeter at the top and bottom will keep tarps tight and in place.

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5 Things Truckers Should Know about Moving Blankets

A lot of what we write about in our blog deals with flatbed truckers and various types of cargo control equipment such as, tarps, winches and straps, bungees. This post is a little different. We know that a considerable number of our customers haul dry goods vans instead of, or in addition to, flatbed trailers. As such, they come to us for moving blankets and other related cargo control supplies better suited for dry vans.

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Mytee Products carries two different kinds of moving blankets as well as filler pads. We want to make it clear that the quality of a driver’s moving blankets is just as important as the quality of his/her straps and winches. A low-quality product is not going to perform as well or last as long as a high-quality product.

If you are a dry van trucker who uses moving blankets, here are five things you need to know about them:

1. The Difference Between Woven and Non-Woven Blankets

When you look through our inventory of moving blankets, you will see that we sell both woven and non-woven products. What’s the difference? It is how the fabric used to create the blankets is manufactured. A woven fabric utilizes long threads that are actually woven together on a mechanical loom. Non-woven fabrics are made of fibers that are bonded together through some sort of heat, chemical, or mechanical process. There is no weaving or knitting involved in creating them.

Woven moving blankets are more expensive. They are more durable and longer lasting than their non-woven counterparts, and they tend to hold up much better under tremendous stress. Non-woven blankets are designed for more routine use and are less expensive.

2. Moving Pads Are Not the Same

In addition to moving blankets, we also sell moving pads. Drivers should note that pads and blankets are not the same things. Pads are meant to fill empty space between objects to protect them from damage that might be incurred during travel. Some truckers simply buy pads and use them both for filling space and doing the job of the moving blanket. This isn’t a better choice when hauling fragile loads.

3. Moving Blankets Are Not Weather-Resistant

There are legitimate uses for moving blankets on flatbed trailers. For example, you might cover fragile cargo so that it’s not damaged by straps winched down tightly. But moving blankets are not weather-resistant. When using them on flatbed trailers, the entire load must be covered with tarps to provide protection against the elements.

4. Buying in Bulk Is Cheaper

Truck drivers can save money by purchasing their moving blankets in bulk. Companies like ours receive inventory directly from manufacturers in preset packages. Rather than break up a package of blankets, we prefer to sell them intact and at a lower price. It is better for our customers and easier on us for inventory purposes.

5. It’s Best to Have a Variety

As with truck tarps, it’s best to have a variety of moving blankets on hand in order to accommodate any kind of load. The average trucker will probably have mostly economy blankets with a smaller number of premium blankets and moving pads. Variety gives a driver the most possible options for any given job.

Truck drivers who haul dry goods vans need to secure their cargo every bit as much as flatbed drivers. When the job calls for it, moving blankets can be invaluable for cargo control. We invite you to shop with Mytee Products for your cargo control equipment , for both flatbed trailers and dry goods vans.


Moving Blankets and Pads: Vital Employees for your New Moving Company

Two products essential to the moving industry that Mytee carries are moving blankets and moving pads. Due to their varied uses, they are popular with individual, non-commercial customers as well as professional movers. If you are new to the moving business , it would be a wise move to invest in enough blankets and pads to get things going. They are indispensable to packing and protecting the cargo that is transported for the company’s customers.

It is surprising to know how many consumers tend to shy away from renting blankets and pads for a DIY move. They invest thousands of dollars in furniture and electronics, only to take a chance at damaging those items during their move. However, DIY movers have that freedom of choice because they own what they move. Moving companies do not have such a luxury. The ethics of good business require them to take every possible step necessary to protect customer property.

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The Difference with using Moving Blankets

Moving blankets and pads can be used interchangeably in most cases. A mover could exclusively use one over the other rather than using both. Nonetheless, blankets and pads do have different properties that make them better options for certain uses. Let’s look at both in more detail.

A moving blanket is generally made of a lightweight but tightly woven material that is both soft and cushioning. The primary purpose of the moving blanket is to protect furniture from scratches and nicks. For example, a dining room table would be covered in a blanket so that nothing scratches it during transit. Covering furniture with blankets also allows boxes and other items to be stacked on top.

A moving pad is a thinner product, usually made of a non-woven polyester fabric. It is thinner and lighter because it is intended to be folded or rolled prior to being positioned in the empty space between objects on the truck. Using our previous example of the dining room table, movers may decide to remove the legs in order to place the tabletop on its side. A moving blanket protects the top of the table while pad is placed in between it and a second piece of furniture placed next to it. The pad prevents the two pieces from knocking into one another during transit.

Efficiently Using Moving Blankets and Pads

For moving blankets and pads to perform their intended role,they need to be used efficiently and properly. This includes packing the truck in such a way that it minimizes damage from road vibration and load shifts. It all begins with loading the heaviest items first.

Most movers will cover extremely fragile items with blankets even as they are carrying them out of the house. However, once on the truck, blankets will have to be readjusted. A blanket should cover all exposed surfaces that could come in contact with the back or side of the truck box and other items in the truck. With each successive layer packed up and out, moving pads should be inserted to take up empty space between fragile pieces.

The average move in a 14-foot truck should be manageable with two dozen or so blankets and pads. It always helps to have an extra dozen at hand in case they are needed. The good news for a new moving company is that both blankets and pads are pretty inexpensive. For a couple of hundred dollars, you could get enough blankets and pads to get started. They will pay for themselves with just a few moving jobs.


5 Reasons to Invest in Moving Blankets

One of the most important tools of the trade for a flatbed truck driver is the flatbed tarp. In fact, most truck drivers have a collection of tarps used for different kinds of loads. If, on the other hand, you own a moving company or a local courier operation utilizing box trucks, you probably do not need tarps. You do however, need moving blankets.

The moving blanket is as important to your business as the tarp is to the flatbed hauler. Without a good collection of blanket and pads, you will not be able to provide the high quality service your clients are looking for. Here are five reasons to invest in high quality, long-lasting moving blankets such as those found on our site:

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1. Cargo Protection

Your number one priority as a mover or courier is to make sure your customer’s property makes it from one location to the next completely unscathed. New movers often fail to realize how easily things such as furniture and antiques can be damaged during the process. Moreover, that damage is not just confined to loading and unloading. Property can be damaged moving in and out of a building and in transit to the new destination. Moving blankets reduce the risk of damage.

2. Your Reputation

Equally important to the idea of cargo protection is the reputation of your company. Even if you were the most conscientious mover with a perfect track record of never damaging customer property, not using moving blankets gives customers the perception that you are not concerned about the value of their property. In the era of online reviews, the last thing you need is to develop a reputation as a careless courier or moving company.

3. Liability Concerns

Every moving company and courier in the U.S. is required to carry liability insurance. Your insurance company may refuse to satisfy certain claims if it can be demonstrated that you or your staff did not take the proper precautions to protect customer property by using moving blankets and pads. Do not take that risk. Moving blankets are a reasonable investment and part of doing business.

4. Load Security

Moving blankets provide an extra benefit when in transit by way of maintaining a more secure load. To understand this, just step back and think about how a moving truck is packed. There is no possible way to fill in all of the empty space, especially where furniture is concerned. Using moving blankets allows you to fill in some of that dead space so that cargo does not move as the vehicle travels down the road.

5. Road Vibration

Damage to customer property is not limited to hard knocks and drops. Road vibration is also a concern. The longer the trip between pickup and drop-off, the more potential damage can be done. Moving blankets act as shock absorbers to some degree, lessening the potential risk caused by road vibration. As an added benefit, these also cut down on the amount of noise caused by moving and shifting cargo. For smaller moving vans and trucks in which the cab is not separate from the cargo area, reducing noise can be a godsend.

We offer a number of different moving blanket options to fit your needs and budget. As always, we do not recommend going cheap only for the sake of saving money. Invest in moving blankets that meet your needs and that will last as long as possible. After all, this is an investment in your business. Spending the money now will pay off in the future.