Picture a truck, tipper or trailer full of aggregate, grain or sand. The truck may have completed one of the hardest parts of the transportation process by moving its contents from point A to point B, several hundred kilometres away.

Next comes something even more challenging. How do you manage offloading the contents appropriately? Walking floor transport solutions are the answer.

Read on to discover how a walking floor works and about the latest tipper body walking floor technology.

What Is a Tipper Body Walking Floor

When a trailer or truck has a tipper body walking floor, a series of meticulously engineered floor slats seamlessly move together in harmony. This technological feat allows the material above to “walk” off the vehicle in a controlled manner.

The secret ingredient is a high-pressure hydraulic system. It ensures the floor moves back and forth at a set rhythm time after time, allowing for greater efficiency in handling the vehicle’s contents.

You may also hear walking floors referred to as self-unloading floors or live-bottom floors. They typically form part of the design of specialist trailers. However, MWF has come up with its own unique truck with a built-in walking floor in the truck body. A tipper body walking floor has become one of the must-haves across a range of sectors.

Who Uses Walking Floors?

You’ll find walking floor applications across a wide variety of industries. They’ve revolutionised the way everyone, from farmers to construction workers, can handle and transport their materials. These are some of the main sectors where walking floor technology has had a huge and positive impact:

Agriculture

Farmers use walking floor trailers to move all kinds of agricultural products and by-products in bulk. These include animal feed, grain and silage. The option to handle crops more efficiently using walking floors has transformed the food supply chain.

Construction

The building trade has grown more reliant on the versatility of walking floor technology to shift large gravel, sand and concrete loads. This has allowed the construction industry to streamline many of its working practices, saving significant amounts of time and money.

Waste Management

Local councils and waste management companies have incorporated walking floor technology into transporting and unloading solid waste. This has reduced the manpower needed for landfill or waste disposal operations.

Recycling

Walking floors are increasingly playing a pivotal role in more sustainable waste management practices. These include transporting and unloading recyclable materials to and from different sites.

Energy and Biomass

Large-scale biomass energy plants are reaping the rewards of walking floor transport. They’re using it to deliver sawdust, wood chips and other kinds of biomass material. These then get used to creating energy but with less harmful environmental impact.

The Food Industry

Food manufacturers use walking floor technology to move products such as sugar, flour and grain. The results are improvements in safety and overall efficiency.

All the Benefits of Walking Floor Transport Explained

A key advantage of walking floor transport lies in its versatility. Operators can use it to handle a wide variety of bulky materials that would be difficult to shift using more traditional options. This unique quality makes walking floors a valued asset in waste management, on farms and in the building trade.

More traditional methods of unloading bulk materials tend to rely on manual labour and/or heavy machinery. Both of these can be costly. Walking floor technology does away with the need for extra manpower, and that helps to reduce operating costs by significant margins.

The harmonious movement of the walking floor makes sure that operators can control the flow of materials. This translates into faster and more efficient unloading. That can also mean speedier turnaround times and enhanced customer satisfaction.

Safety First

One of the key advantages of walking floor technology lies in safety. It reduces the need for workers to enter the truck or trailer that’s holding the materials during the unloading process. This mitigates the danger of injuries or accidents we’ve come to associate with manual unloading processes.

Walking floor transport is significantly contributing to the enhancement of sustainability across several industries. There is no extra heavy moving equipment involved, and the process requires less fuel and produces fewer harmful emissions.

These eco-friendly benefits align with a growth in the desire for more environmentally responsible handling practices.

Some Key Components of a Walking Floor System

There have been a number of improvements made to some of the major parts found in a walking floor system. These include hydraulic cylinders and actuators along with moving panels and slats. There have been other innovations too.

For example, operators can use controls with enhanced sensitivity. These allow for variable speed capabilities. Controls in the cab itself are available for walking floors integrated into the body of certain types of trucks.

You’ll also find improvements to visibility made possible through better camera and monitoring systems. These make a significant contribution to the smoothness and continuity of product flow.

Other systems have remote control options that let operators manage the unloading process from a safer but more useful distance. Operators can see what is going on at any given moment and make adjustments accordingly.

There have been huge advances in the materials used to manufacture walking floors. Lighter-weight options now allow for an increase in payload capacity without compromising structural integrity.

Some walking floor advances use more energy-efficient power management systems and hydraulic technology. These help to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental impact.

It may also be possible to find customisation options that better fit certain industries. These might include variable trailer lengths, adjustable slat configurations and extra safety features.

Tipper Body Walking Floor Solutions

MWF Engineering’s latest innovation, its unique Tipper Body, comes equipped with a walking floor that works in complete harmony with its Aggregate Spreader. Check out one of the best walking floor transport solutions by visiting us online.

If you’d like more information about any of MWF’s products, get in touch with us today. One of our highly trained team members will be happy to answer any of your questions.