Safety and flexibility in the field: Keith Walking Floor

Safety and flexibility in the field: Keith Walking Floor

Zyggy Reinoga, Keith Walking Floor Australia Manager, outlines the safety benefits of the company’s proven Walking Floor technology.

Australia generates over 67 million tonnes of waste each year, with more than a third created by the construction and demolition (C&D) industry.

In 2017, the industry generated 20.4 million tonnes of waste, with much coming from road and rail maintenance projects and the booming infrastructure pipeline.

C&D waste is typically abrasive and heavy, comprised of bricks, concrete, metal, timbre, asphalt and rock. As such, transporting C&D to recycling facilities for processing can be a challenge.

To meet that challenge, Zyggy Reinoga, Keith Walking Floor Australia Manager, says operators require heavy-duty and versatile trailers.

Designed to handle a variety of bulk products, Reinoga says Keith Walking Floor systems offer many benefits over conventional tipper trailers.

Since launching the system over 45 years ago, Keith has adapted its proven Walking Floor technology to the waste, recycling and aggregate industries, resulting in a safer, more efficient and versatile trailer.

According to Reinoga, the horizontal unloading action of a moving floor system eliminates many of the hazards of using tipping trailers to unload products in the field.

“Several factors can cause tippers to become unstable when raised for tipping. A ground surface that is not level, material that shifts or does not evenly unload and wind gusts – all can contribute to overturned trailers,” he says.

Trailers with Walking Floor systems safety unload on uneven ground, provide a controlled material discharge and can unload in windy conditions.

In addition, Reinoga says these trailers can unload adjacent to other equipment, which is not recommended for tipping trailers due to the increased risk of overturning the trailer.

“Another benefit of unloading trailers with a Walking Floor system is that there is no risk of hitting overhead power cables or trees during unloading,” he says.

“Trailers can also unload in tunnels, under bridges and inside buildings.”

A trailer outfitted with a Walking Floor unloader provides operators with flexible unloading options.

Unloading can be stopped or slowed as needed, allowing for the delivery of partial loads or loads at multiple locations. The systems also handle a variety of bulk materials, from abrasive products such as C&D waste to lighter materials such as organics and compost.

“This provides operators with nearly unlimited waste hauling opportunities,” Reinoga says.

Walking Floor technology is a horizontal loading and unloading system. While in motion, the floor slats remain horizontal, reciprocating sequentially and then in unison to convey the load.

Advantages include an increase in the floor area that actually moves the load and a significant reduction in the weight of the slats.

Keith has more than 45 years of experience engineering trailer unloading solutions for its customers.

All systems are backed by a standard two-year warranty on hydraulic components.

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