BULK MATERIAL LOADING

AUTOBOCS

Siyazi Technology is the Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing company for Autobocs globally. The division’s core skills and equipment is used to supply tailor-made intermodal supply chain solutions to its clients. By using the latest designs, solutions and technology the companies make savings on their client’s valuable production time and costs, improving their efficiencies. Siyazi Technology commits to reaching for high B-BBEE and quality assurance levels and outstanding HSE statuses. Based in Port Elizabeth and Durban, the company provides reliable, economical and technologically advanced Logistics solutions for Rail, Road and Sea applications.

The AutoBocs operation is completely self-contained and integrates with any material handling equipment or crane. The container or containers come with a single stand-alone portable hydraulic power pack which is positioned at the stockpile where the AutoBocs are being loaded. While the container is being loaded the power pack is plugged into the quick-coupler on the side of the container and a fifteen second recharge of the hydraulics is completed. The hydraulic recharge process is that the oil from the tank is pumped under high pressure back into the two main cylinders which open and close the doors, and put pressure into the on-board accumulator.

After the hydraulic recharge process is complete, the system is ready to go, the display lights on the top and side change to green to indicate that it is ready to be use. The container is sent back to the quayside and it is clearly numbered for easy identification. When the container arrives at the ship the stevedore or crane key easily notes the number of the arriving full container and at the same time, easily recognises the status as “ready to go” by the green light indicators. This pairs the container with the offload remote control, either with the crane operator or stevedore, and ONLY that container will communicate with the operator.

The container is then taken off the trailer or quayside into the hold and lowered down to safe discharge distance from the ships hold floor and armed and triggered.

The doors unlock hydraulically and open under controlled speed (fully adjustable) once the doors are fully open a hydraulic tank sensor recognizes the container is empty and gives a last signal to the accumulator to use its last stored hydraulic pressure to close the doors. This seals the doors closed preventing material spillage and egress of dust and the lights change from green to red, clearly indicating a “not ready” signal. The container is returned to the stockpile for refilling and recharging of hydraulic pressure to begin another cycle to the ship from the stockpile.

All operators are fully trained and equipped with the safety and operational usage of the containers. Operations are planned and tested before commencing.

DISCHARGING AUTOBOCS:

A controlled discharge, doors are proportionally opened and closed. Each unit can be fitted with dust suppression, increasing product integrity. Risk is decreased using Engineering controls for best practice in Health and Safety Management of employees inside and out of ship’s hold. The container’s lid is only opened to load container and material is then kept inside until discharge in ship’s hold. Built in sensors allow for product to be discharged as close as possible to ship’s bottom / stockpile–eliminating excess dust and product degradation.

GOAL:

Our goal is to have this container loading system inspected and authorised as the preferred loading method for bulk material. This system will set a new Health and Safety benchmark in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Mining Health and Safety Act, Rail Safety Regulator Act as well as Transnet’s National Port Act. With higher Environmental, Health and Safety standards set, old traditional bulk loading methods which produce high-risk factors in these sectors will eventually be phased out.