Smart Trailer

A Smart Move

The Multidrive Auto-Mate range of smart load platforms, turns the forklift into a versatile total materials handling system. Auto-Mate is essentially an elevating and extending flatbed trailer, which can be towed or pushed by a standard forklift truck. Designed to work in conjunction with existing forklift truck fleets, the Auto-Mate provides a cost effective heavy lift (for example a traditional 3.5t capacity forklift can safely lift and move a 15 tonne load with Auto-Mate). The combination of this articulated lifting trailer and a forklift truck provides an extremely manoeuvrable load carrying system, particularly suitable for narrow access routes often found in industrial factories.

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As the load can be safely left on the Auto-Mate, the system is also an ideal solution for the temporary storage of bulky, awkward loads inside or outside, particularly where space is at a premium to store heavy or outsized loads.

Benefits

  • Can be effectively integrated into and enhance assembly processes
  • Negates need for cross handling between interior/exterior (photo in/out caterpillar)
  • Facilitates flexible factory/storage floor layouts not dependent on installed handling equipment
  • Reduces wasted space inside and out
  • Manoeuvrable as a fork-lift
  • Narrow isle work
  • Extendable neck
  • Tipping
  • Multi-load capability
  • Awkward loads
  • Heavy up to 20t
  • Outsized loads
  • Bespoke, designed for purpose models available (height, lift and capacity)
  • Safety One man safe operation
  • Cost Effective
  • Maximises utility of in-service standard forklifts
  • 3.5t fork lift can carry 15t load with Auto-Mate
  • 5t fork lift can carry 20t load
  • Engagement/disengagement quick and simple (less than 1 minute)
  • Negates need for expensive installed handling equipment such as yard cranes
  • Extremely low running costs
  • Long-life, robust and rugged – high grade steel, heavy duty axle, solid tyres.

Strategic Implications

If integrated into the assembly process, the Auto-Mate load-carrying system can both reduce costs and free up a significant area of floor space.

Cost Reductions

With Auto-Mate, handling operations are far more efficient and convenient, forklift capabilities and utilisation are greatly enhanced and the need to hire yard tugs and external cranes is eliminated. Typically there are no additional manpower requirements resulting from the substantial increase in forklift truck fleet capabilities. A single system, to manage the transport of bulky materials from delivery truck to workstation with low running and acquisition costs, provide a complete long-term, cost-effective materials handling solution.

Flexible assembly layout

The key advantage of the Auto-Mate system is that it facilitates a truly flexible shop floor layout. Without the need for fixed systems, the layout can be altered to suit new products or a changed manufacturing product mix.

The inherent manoeuvrability of the Auto-Mate system allows a shop-floor layout with minimum isle width. Spacing is done on the basis of the components to be moved, not the overall width of the transport system.

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Simple & Safe to Operate

In operation, the forklift’s hydraulic power is used to raise and lower the Auto-Mate’s rear axle while the front is raised or lowered via the truck’s pallet forks. The front articulated ball coupling allows the forklift operator to manoeuvre the trailer easily and quickly up to 180 degrees in any direction. Engaging and disengaging is a simple operation taking a mere 30 seconds to complete. The system is designed to be safely controlled by a single operative, in all but the most extreme of turns.

The Auto-Mate System

Typically, products are specified based upon the customers’ precise requirements. However, the following standard models are for the 0.5 to 1 metre lift capacity sector of the market, together with the popular Low Profile version of the 15t unit:

Model Total Capacity Load-bed Length Load-bed Height Appropriate Forklift
Auto-Mate 10 10 tonnes 4350-5800mm 460-1060mm 3.5t Standard
Auto-Mate 15 15 tonnes 4350-5800mm 460-1060mm 3.5t
Auto-Mate 15 LP 15 tonnes 4350-5800mm 264-600mm 3.5t
Auto-Mate 20 20 tonnes 4350-5800mm 460-1060mm 5.0t

Designed by manufacturers, for manufacturers

The Auto-Mate system is manufactured from high-grade steel has a rigid chassis, a heavy-duty axle with a hydraulic ram and solid tyres. Typically, dependent upon the particular load to be transported, a 1.4m long extending swan neck drawbar is fitted.

Because of the few moving parts involved, maintenance, vehicle safety and training requirements are negligible. Cheap and simple to operate, Auto-Mate also provides a flexible on-site mobile storage solution for bulky, awkward and heavy components, or for palletised bulk parts.

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Proven Productivity

One of our major component suppliers was so impressed with the system that they specified it for a major heavy-equipment plant in the UK.

Proven in many industrial applications, the Auto-Mate system provides a flexible “awkward materials” handling system.

Versatile, Total Materials Handling System