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Jim’s New QuickLoadz

20′ containers load easy.

20′ containers dump easy.

Let’s try something harder.

Look, Jim, now you have an easy way to move 40′ containers around your yard. Or… just flag it?

- Sean

Win Freight

Only system that can be made autonomous.

What is better than a self driving truck?

A truck that can pick up and drop off loads all by itself.

Everyone is working on the self driving truck:

GM has a self-driving autonomous 20’ platform
Google and Waymo are testing autonomous trucks
Tesla’s all-electric semi will ship with full autonomy
Toyota has its own autonomous container system for ports

Who will win freight? Whomever marries the self driving truck with QuickLoadz.

QuickLoadz is the only system in the world that can be made to autonomously load and unload sea shipping containers. QuickLoadz exists today. QuickLoadz is moving containers all over the world today. QuickLoadz is so automated that the driver never leaves their seat in the cab of the truck.

Fast, light, safe, simple, versatile, sturdy and cheap.

The way to truly revolutionize freight exists in a home grown, high tech, heavy manufacturing company in South Eastern Ohio.

Check us out.

Want to see how it works?

- Sean

Better Engineering: Bent Steel vs. Welded

Imagine that you had the time, experience and resources to build, rebuild, refine, work a trailer to simply, safely do its job perfectly. That is what QuickLoadz is. At QuickLoadz, we move containers every day—empty, loaded. We have customers all over the world talking to us giving constant feedback.

At QuickLoadz we have the time, machinery, money, and experience to build the perfect trailer for moving sea shipping containers. So we do. We don’t build any other kind of trailer.

At QuickLoadz, design is everything. We build our trailers with CNC cut and bent sheet steel instead of off the shelf channel, and beam steel.

What do I mean by custom cut and bent flat steel vs off the shelf pre-formed steel? Preformed steel comes in specific sizes and is formed at the steel mill. Design is limited to what you can do with those sizes.

Preformed. off-the-shelf channel vs. custom CNC cut and formed steel

With custom cut and bent steel, design is not limited to what you can buy off the shelf.

Holes for hoses, wiring, bolt placement are exactly where you want them, what size you want them, and exact as only a CNC cut and bend can create.

QuickLoadz crossmember

You can create almost any shape you need, in almost any dimension you need. If you need a Z beam at 5 3/16” to make everything fit perfect, you have it.

QuickLoadz continuous formed Z side rail

Not only are perfect custom shapes easy, change is easy. You discover that if you make a beam 1/2” wider, then you can add a feature. Done.

With custom cut and bent steel, you don’t need stitch welding.

Most trailers are constructed with off the shelf channel, angle, and I beams. In trailers, these off the shelf steel channel are not welded the entire length for good reason. If you continuously weld, then you fight warping the steel with heat. For a 40’ trailer, you would end up welding hundreds of feet of steel—just for the side rails. Instead, side rails are stitch welded.

Stitch welding means that instead of welding along the entire length where steel beams come together, they are just welded in places. Often times, between welds is filled in with caulk to try to stop water infiltration. With stitch welding, you also introduce heat stress. If you stitch weld 2 pieces of steel together, it is not nearly as strong as if it were one piece of steel. Under continuous flexing, it will crack at the welds.

Stitch welds

At QuickLoadz, our side rails are one continuously bent piece of steel. No heat warp, no heat stress, no stitch welding; just a strong, perfectly shaped piece. Lighter, stronger, no gaps for water to sit and rust to form.

QuickLoadz trailers are built to last, with every single part of the design carefully considered.

- Sean

Smart Power

The 2018 QuickLoadz models are out. What’s the big change?

More power, easier starting.

We have switched to the newly released Kohler 38 HP Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) engine. We are the first OEM to get this engine.

EFI means the difference between your grandpa’s car and your car:
1) Better fuel economy
2) Easier starting
3) CARB state compliance

Everything you fight in your old fashioned carbureted engine engine is gone. Move to QuickLoadz. Keep up with the future.

Watch the video:

- Sean

Don’t Be Cruel.

Moving containers with the old tow trailers is dangerous, slow, hard, and generally awful.

Don’t be cruel. Don’t do this to yourself or your drivers.

Move containers without getting out of the truck. Tow cars with ease. Move equipment with ease.

See the difference:

- Sean

Clever New Use for a QuickLoadz Bed

We made QuickLoadz to be the multi-use, Swiss Army Knife of trucks, but this is a new one.

We have a contractor who uses a military truck version of the 20k Super Bed. They deliver containers with it, they use it as a dump truck, they use it to move equipment.

But what is new? The first time a QuickLoadz bed was used as a bridge.

They had to clear land for a surveyor; they had their BobCat skidsteer with a brush hog on front.

But the bridge to the back of the property was out. Ten foot drop to the creek bed.

Didn’t stop them—they backed up to the edge of where the bridge used to be, slid the bed back, and used the QuickLoadz bed as a bridge.

Skid steer loaded on QuickLoadz bed.

The Bobcat is loaded on the QuickLoadz bed.

The QuickLoadz bed slides backwards, crossing the chasm.

The QuickLoadz bed slides backwards, crossing the chasm.

Skid steer drives off the bed.

The Bobcat drives off the bed to the other side.

The land is cleared.


The land is cleared; job well done!

- Sean

Wanted: Drayage company that wants more business

Can you spell “opportunity”?

Every day at QuickLoadz, we get emails and calls like this one:

A screenshot of two emails, the second in response to the first. The first email, from Franklin, reads "....but, unfortunately, I'm not in the business -- so you won't be selling directly to me. OTOH, I would be interested in knowing if there are any drayage companies with your 40' unit in the area near San Jose/Oakland, California and/or Greensboro, North Carolina. Of course, if I end up sing 'em, I'd let them know that getting your system was a great investment and they should buy more.
Also, is there a "magic word" to describe ground-level loading and unloading? Whenever I do searches for drayage companies or heavy haulers I get tons of responses that always want the intermodal container to be on a chassis."
Sean, the CEO of QuickLoadz, responded, "I wish I could help you. We are new and so there are not that many of them in the hands of drayage companies yet. There is no other system out there, nothing else to ask for. Really strange that all these years there hasn't been another system invented for what is obviously a big problem. 
That unfortunately leaves you with renting a crane or forklift on both ends."

QuickLoadz is the only fast, safe, light, cheap way to move empty or loaded sea shipping containers without a giant crane or forklift. No one wants the chassis, they want the container and the merchandise in it. The very first drayage company that adopts it will be able to name their price for moving loaded containers.

- Sean

CONEXPO

I was at CONEXPO 2017 for 5 days in Las Vegas last week. It was my first time and I had no appreciation of just how huge the show is. 2000+ exhibitors and over 150,000 attendees. It was an excellent chance to talk to lots and lots of people from trailer manufacturers, to government buyers, contractors, hydraulics suppliers, everyone. One of the main reasons I went was to see if anyone had come up another sea container moving system. There wasn’t one. QuickLoadz is still it.

There is a great deal of competition in the trailer markets. Although different manufacturers put their own innovations and production values in their products, essentially there are a lot of companies making very similar products, which means there is downward pressure on price, as price becomes the only distinguishing factor. The advantage QuickLoadz has is there is nothing else like it. There is no other system designed for moving sea shipping containers. Flatbed trailers can’t load or unload themselves. Tilt trailers are not designed for moving containers and don’t do it well; tilt trailer manufacturers do not recommend moving loaded containers with their products.

QuickLoadz is the only system designed to take advantage of the fast growing market for moving ISO sea shipping containers. With its patents granted in the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, and China, we are positioned to stay far in the lead. QuickLoadz is unique, is half the price of side lift crane trailers, is lighter, faster, safer, works with loading docks, requires little to no training, and has less than half the operating costs of side lift cranes.

I feel good about the future of QuickLoadz. Maybe I should raise prices…

- Sean

Return of the Littlest QuickLoadz

We used to make a non-CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) trailer with a 16,000 lb GVWR. The littlest QuickLoadz. It was made for the mobile storage industry, for someone who wants to be able to move empty or lightly loaded containers without needing a CDL.

If you have a truck over 26,000 lbs GVWR you need a CDL. Or, if the truck GVWR and the trailer GVWR are over 26,000 lbs AND if the trailer GVWR is over 10,000 lbs you need a CDL. That is an important AND. So, you can have a 26,000 lb GVWR truck towing an 8,000 lb GVWR trailer and be fine. We used to make a two axle, four wheel, 16,000 lb GVWR trailer that people could pull with a pickup truck—a 10,000 lb truck plus a 16,000 lb trailer is less than 26,001 lbs, so it’s okay—but people constantly overloaded it. They would take a container full of plywood (the QuickLoadz would load it) then blow tires as they went down the highway. We stopped making the 16,000 GVWR trailer, which is too bad; I really liked it. You could still (literally) put a ton of stuff in the container and be fine. But it was a problem and not worth the risk of people constantly overloading it.

The 2017 16k Super 20 pictured with Galvanized Trailer Bed, Mud Flaps and Dragon Styling vs. the 2017 24k Super 20 pictured with Galvanized Trailer Bed, Mud Flaps and Dragon Styling.

After telling customers for a year that we no longer make a 16,000 lb GVWR trailer, the obvious solution occurred to me. Now if someone wants a 16,000 lb GVWR trailer, we just derate the 24,000 lb GVWR trailer. By derating the same trailer to 16,000 lb GVWR, they can pull it with a pickup truck, they still have eight wheels under them, and it is a lot less likely they will overload it, blow tires, and kill someone.

- Sean

How QuickLoadz is a Clean Tech / Transportation business

Right now:

Through end user savings and manufacture savings. Manufacturing trailers is an expensive, energy intensive, high pollution business from the first raw steel to the paint, rubber and electric to the eventual scrapping and recycle. If you can eliminate 1 out of 2, let alone 9 out of 10 trailers by using a QuickLoadz instead of the traditional chassis, you have tremendous savings in capital, but also in energy, pollution necessary to manufacture the other 9.

Only 1 in 20 container chassis are on the road, the others are waiting to be loaded or unloaded with large expensive external equipment. One QuickLoadz can replace 10 or more traditional chassis because it can load itself. Therefore 10 to 19 traditional chassis simply don’t need to exist. 10 to 19 heavy, industrial trailers don’t need manufactured, don’t need maintained, don’t need licensed or insured.

A traditional chassis can only be loaded or unloaded with a sea shipping container at a port with very expensive, heavy equipment. Therefore a traditional chassis is trapped carrying around a container, oftentimes empty until it can make it back to a port. This is much like having 1 shared car replacing 10 individual cars. Most of the time an individual car is just sitting, sitting in the garage, driveway, parking lot, at home or at work. If instead you could have 1 car that was running almost constantly, you don’t necessarily save on fuel, but you would save a tremendous amount in purchasing 1 car over 10 cars, plus the energy and raw material consumption to make 1 instead of 10.

Next gen:

QuickLoadz trailers already carry around a microcomputer and Wi-Fi network, why not take more advantage of that than simply running the loading and unloading system? The next steps for QuickLoadz trailers include replacing the gasoline engine with an electric system that can charge off of regenerative braking as most electric cars do. If a trailer is equipped with an axle system to allow for regenerative braking why not also have the trailer help pull itself up hills? A free 40 to 100 HP of trailer helping to push would make an enormous difference in fuel economy. Tesla and other companies have shown this to be very viable with today’s tech. Even easier low hanging fruit would be to have the trailer run a safety check on itself, are the tires inflated? (there are a lot of fuel economy savings available off of this simple check), are all of the lights working? Where is the trailer right now? What maintenance might the trailer need?

- Sean