Tugger Trailers

Utilization of a tugger with a train of trailers is the most popular and affordable trend today in managing your material handling logistics. With a single operator on the tugger, one is able to tow a train of trailers carrying a large capacity of parts, goods, products, packages, or components fore and aft in plants, centers, factories, and terminals. As the best logistical solution, a tugger with a train of trailers holds the key to greater savings, higher output, less traffic, more flexibility, and better safety than the traditional alternative of using forklifts or lift trucks. The benefits of a tugger with a train of trailers is likewise superior to the capital intense fixed systems (automated conveying systems).

Benefits of Tugger Trailers

Economics

The saving benefits are two-fold; equipment and manpower. The “tugger and trailer” concept requires less capital equipment investment when compared with the traditional alternative of using forklifts or lift trucks. The reduction in manpower utilization is significantly less when comparing a tugger with a train of trailers vs. forklifts or lift trucks. The saving benefits significantly favor the tugger and trailer concept.

Productivity

The tugger and trailer concept offers higher yield and output by utilizing the most efficient method for transporting loads fore and aft. Tugger trailers provide excellent space utilization with the use of QUAD-STEER trailers, which offer positive tracking and trailing with precision steering geometry to follow the exact path of the tow vehicle (tugger) providing optimal maneuverability.

Congestion

The tugger and trailer concept eliminates traffic bottlenecks by reducing the pieces of equipment (forklifts) required for material load transfer. The lower cost train of tugger trailers are able to transport more load volume and weight in fewer trips compared with transporting loads utilizing traditional forklifts or lift trucks. Less traffic congestion on the floor space will prevent less equipment and product damage.

Flexibility

The tugger and trailer concept allows for adaptation to changing production methods, product mix, or even a complete change of plans. The trailers are able to transport many different shapes and sizes; even odd shapes and sizes of goods for both internal or external usage. The trailer allows for creative and innovative options, changes, revisions, variations, adjustments, alterations, and modifications.

Safety

The operator of a tugger and train of trailers has no frontal view obstruction because the operator sits in front with the towed load behind. The operator of a forklift or lift truck has restricted frontal visibility due to the mask and transport load. Having unrestricted frontal visibility when driving in a busy congested facility makes the operation safer.

The following diagram illustrates the “load transfer” differences between utilizing a pallet tugger and a train of trailers vs. forklifts or lift trucks. The comparison looks at a simultaneous dispatch of a load of eight pallets at 2,000 pounds each for a total of 16,000 pounds of load transfer. Each dispatch will include loading and unloading the pallets with identical travel path and distance.

Benefit Analysis

The load transfer diagram compares tugger and trailers vs. forklifts or lift trucks (forklifts have been the most traditional method of material handling system).

Load Transfer Comparison

Simultaneous Dispatch

8 Pallets = Total 16,000 pounds 

Equipment Requirements

1 – Tugger

4 – Trailers (4,000 lb capacity) quad-steer

2 – Forklifts (4,000 lb capacity)

Workforce Requirements

1 – Tugger operator

1 – Forklift operator (loading)

1 – Forklift operator (unloading)

Equipment Requirements

8 – Forklifts (4,000 lb capacity)

Workforce Requirements

8 – Forklift operators

Based on the benefit analysis, the tugger and train of tugger trailers is clearly the most cost-effective and efficient method or concept for managing your material handling logistics. Today, many industries and companies are beginning or continuing to realize the significant financial benefits of replacing, switching, or mixing their existing operations with a tugger and train of trailers. Conveyer & Caster offers high-quality products that are designed to handle your most challenging operations. Read our selection of case studies to see how we deliver best-value results for our clients.
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