A&R Logistics Inc, Louisville KY, performed 145,000 transloads during each of the past two years with its fleet of 825 tractors and more than 1,000 pneumatic self-loading dry bulk trailers. The largest of the carrier’s 19 US transload locations is in Morris IL and has 425 car spots.
A tractor-trailer rig is weighed at A&R Logistics’ Morris IL terminal. A number of the carrier’s transload locations have weigh scales.
A&R Logistics developed its own transload simulator for driver training. The simulator includes a silo with a 23,000-lb capacity for plastic pellets, a hopper car unloading outlet, and a silo delivery connection. A typical pneumatic self-loading trailer from the A&R Logistics fleet is used during training on the simulator.
Mike Ward, A&R Logistics’ driver trainer at the Highlands TX terminal, removes the caps on the simulator’s railcar outlet to check for contaminants and water before connecting the transload hose.
The trainer demonstrates checking the condition of the straps and ratchets used to tie off the product hose during product transfer.
A bungee cord is used to secure the product hose to the folding stand that keeps the hose off the ground.
Mike Ward connects the product hose to transfer plastic pellets into the trailer from a railcar.
This is how the hose should be secured to the railcar outlet during transloading.
Following a proper hose connection from the railcar to the trailer, the driver is now ready to transload plastic pellets.
Velcro straps around the hose coupling ears help minimize the chances of coupling coming loose during transloading.
Mike Ward demonstrates making a secure hose connection for a delivery of plastic pellets into a customer silo.
Mike Ward shows the proper technique for connecting the hose to the trailer for product delivery to a customer.
This gauge panel includes the controls for the Salco load diverter that is part of the product loading system in new trailers.
New tractors and trailers in the A&R Logistics fleet have Right Weigh on-board scales to help ensure more accurate axle loadings.
Hose tubes are standard for the A&R Logistics trailer fleet.
Pneumatic self-loaders in the fleet have tees and butterfly valves from Sure Seal, Pelican International, and UltraFlo.
A&R Logistics has been specifying the PSI tire inflation system on the trailer fleet for years.
J&L and Heil pneumatic self-loaders are specified with radiators to control the temperature of the air used in product transfer. The trailers also have Dixon Bayco check valves and pressure-relief vents.
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