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The Rolflor System was designed to solve the unique material handling requirements of high-volume integrated manufacturers and distribution facility operators to improve productivity and throughput. Its “live floor” design incorporates a unique, fiber-reinforced belt system that can push or pull an entire 50,000-pound load of cargo in five minutes or less.
assure smooth operation. Rolflor’s fiber-reinforced belt system – less than 3/16-inches thick – is abrasion-resistant and travels across anti-friction plates to prevent binding and increase durability. The dual-belt “wide/narrow” design works in unison to provide exceptional torque.
operation minimizes set-up time; improves turn-around. Rolflor’s on-board, hydro-electric power unit is energized through dock-side, quick-connect pin-style locking connectors, reducing set-up time. Push-button controls are hand-held or pendulum-mounted, allowing a single operator to manage all load/unload operations.
bay-side, welded-steel dock ramps provide precise positioning to the receiving floor to assure a smooth cargo transfer and prevent damage to buildings and equipment. The integrated Rolflor power unit – including oil reservoirs, pumps and filters – are trailer mounted, requiring no special on-site installation.
The reinforced belt drive system is not continuous. It is designed similar to a roll of camera film in that it is pulled between two winding drums. During loading, the front drum is engaged and in unloading, the rear drum is engaged. This ensures maximum torque and smooth operation and provides safe handling of full cargo loads of up to 50,000 pounds.
Rolflor’s “live floor” belting system is powered by a self-contained electro-hydraulic power unit. The power unit is typically mounted externally, under the trailer floor. Power to the unit is supplied by quick connect dockside power connectors or by other means.
The use of anti-skid plates and low-friction coatings on belting materials results in dependable, long-lasting performance. While actual component life is dependent on load and duty cycles, the Rolflor system is engineered to last through years of everyday use. Rolflor support is available to provide replacement parts to eliminate downtime.
The Rolflor “live floor” system can be installed in most any standard trailer. Our staff can customize installation for 45, 48 or 53 foot trailers. Rolflor can assist customers in modifying trailers from an existing fleet, or can handle new trailer procurement on a turnkey basis. To maximize life and durability, existing fleet trailers should be in very good condition and structurally sound.
Trailers equipped with a Rolflor system can be loaded or unloaded a full truckload at a time or indexed to handle individual pallets in sequence. This continuous or index loading capability allows operation to be varied according to the unique cargo and dockside handling requirements. Because of the system’s low profile, there is minimal loss of trailer height and width, maximizing capacity of all loads. At the push of one button, an entire freight load can be unloadd onto the dock floor equipped with skid plates or onto a customer's conveyor system.
Because each system is custom designed to customer specification and material handling requirements, total weights vary. Depending upon options, the base system weight is approximately 4,500 pounds. Weight of the system does not affect the overall productivity of the system.
Under average duty cycles and operation, our live floor systems require little preventative maintenance. On average, the typical installation requires less than five hours per month to maintain. No special tools or materials are required. Each installation includes detailed recommendations for maintenance and training support.
Rolflor’s design includes a primary load belt and anti-friction skid plates. The belt/skid plate uniformly covers the full width of the trailer floor. This permits loads of any footprint to be accommodated in a Rolflor-equipped trailer. Bulk loads, pallets, totes, racks, floor-loaded boxes, cartons, drums, rolls of paper or fabric or mixed loads can be successfully loaded and unloaded with our live floor system. Because the "Load Belt" extends across the full width of the trailer floor, a Rolflor™ equipped trailer is capable of maximizing cargo volume. Bulk loads, pallets, totes, racks, floor-loaded boxes or cartons, drums, rolls of paper or fabric, and a mixture of loads have been successfully loaded and unloaded with the Rolflor™ live floor system. Whatever is on the belt, it’s moved efficiently and safely.
The Rolflor™ system comes with a full one year warranty from the date the cargo handling system goes into operation.
Rolflor Systems are ideally suited for installation in multi-building manufacturing/distribution hubs. Rolflor “live shuttle” installations permit facilities managers to maximize usable production space by locating distribution in a dedicated satellite facility.
In one installation, a leading toy manufacturer improved logistics and productivity by utilizing dedicated “live floor” trailers to shuttle items from the manufacturing plant to a nearby integrated distribution facility. Annual savings: $200,000+, and reduction in product handling costs and damaged goods.
From planning, through design and start-up, the Rolflor team is dedicated to providing professional consultation and support. With more than 30-years’ experience in “live floor” logistics systems, our team is especially skilled at integrating the basic Rolflor system in multi-vendor environments. Whether it’s a complete turnkey installation or an upgrade, you can expect our team to work with you to make sure your system performs as planned.
Rolflor Systems are designed to require minimum maintenance and repair. But sometimes, things do go wrong and some components – like belts and filters – need replacement. Support for maintenance and repair items is just a phone call away. Many replacement parts are available in-stock for quick delivery. For long-lead time items, our team can work with you to monitor your system’s performance and suggest ordering replacement items which may be nearing the end of their useful life. Our goal is to keep you “up and running”, long after the sale.
For more information on support and maintenance items, contact us at 724-453-7122, or use our contact form.
The experts at Rolflor know material handling. And they’ve designed a proprietary material handling system well suited to the needs of manufacturers and distribution centers with high-volume receiving and shipping operations. Our “live-floor” material handling systems are installed in multi-plant, single campus environments where they efficiently move material from production buildings to distribution centers. And they are providing cost savings in manufacturing plants where they’ve simplified the handling of incoming parts and completed product.
While each Rolflor System is designed to a customer’s individual requirement, every system includes the following key components:
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