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Shock absorber range keeps material handling OEM airborne

04 January 2022

One of the UK’s leading material handling manufacturers needed a shock absorber solution, to maintain safety when operating its baggage and cargo loading devices. The OEM turned to WDS Components Ltd, to provide a shock absorber for its Unit Load Devices (ULD) – used worldwide within the aviation industry – that could handle variable loads, protect operators, and remove damage to equipment.

ULDs are unsung, yet vital, items in the transportation of luggage and freight, typically used in aviation. Rather than loading items in bulk, or loading individual items by hand, cargo or passenger baggage can be loaded onto a ULD container, which is then loaded on and off an aeroplane. The ULD not only means faster cargo and baggage handling, but its use also enables accurate planning of loads and weight distribution.

ULD containers, constructed from aluminium to create a robust yet lightweight frame, typically feature ball transfer units, set into the floor to ease the loading and unloading of cargo and baggage. When loaded onto an aircraft, the ULDs are secured safely to maintain position during flight. 

A materials handling equipment manufacturer wanted to improve the safety of its ULD design, for both operatives as well as the environments in which they’re used. The objective was to soften the impact of the side barriers that are deployed when loading and unloading. 

Read the full article in DPA's January issue

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