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.