After 14 months of development we have released one of the world's largest dropdeck trailer for one of the leading companies in the region. It is with 2.7 m and 4.4m usable width for carrying goods and materials. The dropdeck trailer can carry a payload of 8 tons with length of 6 m and 3.27 m width. It would be mainly used inside the army base and ports to carry heavy equipments like man lifts, generator, forklifts etc which were hard to load on regular/conventional recovery vehicles.
Our client looked for a solution to increase safety and decrease loading times so they looked out for a solution for more than 2 years and finally liked Al Ameen team design and experience in designing body dropping trailers.
We had to go through 175 new designs to change the suspension which was failing using parts available in the market.
It had taken more than 5 designers to design individual parts, everything from hubs, tyres, rim and axles were custom made to carry heavy loads.
The hubs were specially made to carry 20 tons each though maximum the trailer would carry with its weight and full load would be 12 tons. One of the frustrating and challenging part was the tyres. We tested many tyres which had worn away during the tests as it could not withstand the load. The tyres are solid rubber and durable specially designed to fit interiors of the chassis. The hydraulics were specially made to take heavy loads and pull the deck at an angle. The chassis was one of the main challenges to fabricate as it had to account for roll as it did not have an axle. We did face rolling of the chassis sometimes about 40 mm and then did some correctional changes to make it aligned and work.
We have had first get together of the year where we looked over the success of the past and planned for the coming year. We believe in team building and getting out of everyday stress to build team spirit and culture.
Awards were handed out, we had delicious barbecue and fantastic football game. During the picnic we had discussion on what can be done to improve the engagement in the company so the employees are happy and satisfied.
At Al Ameen we appreciate the company culture and code which differentiates us from the rest of the company.
Garage doors come in four basic types: They may swing out, swing up, roll up, or slide to the side. Here are description of some types of doors you want to look and decide depending on space and aesthetics.
1, Swing-out carriage-house garage doors
Swing-out carriage-house doors or sliding barn doors are a good choice if you need to keep the ceiling clear or if you want their distinctive look. Otherwise, the most popular option by far is the sectional roll-up door.
Before purchasing a roll-up door, measure the space between the top of the garage door opening and the ceiling or overhead framing. Standard tracks require headroom of about 14 inches. If you don’t have that, you can get low-headroom track, which costs about 400 Dirhams more. There are also tracks specially made for garages with unusually high walls or cathedral ceilings.
2, Swing-up carriage-house garage doors
Swing up, Canopy Style Up-and-Over Doors or Tilt up garage doors are a type of door that is built as one piece. In order to open and close the garage, the door is pulled back on a pivot before being lifted onto a track in the ceiling of the garage. Swing up doors are called because as one piece they are pulled up by hydraulic or a motor up.
The main advantage of these types of doors are they are more elegant and beautiful compared to other doors like swing out and roll doors as they come in one piece also they come in different materials which other doors cant come due to stress that some other doors like roll up garage doors come to experience.
Some downsides of have tilt up garage doors is that they can take more space than requires and are more expensive compared to other doors due to the size it takes while moving or shipping.
3, Overhead Roll out & Sectional Garage doors
There are two types of overhead doors - roll up and sectional garage doors. Overhead as the name implies shows it rolls overhead when it opens. An overhead roll up garage door, is also called a rolling steel door or coiling door, is fabricated with individual metal slat sections that are interlocked together, then coil up above the door opening around a drum so they store in a compact area. They are installed by mounting the door side guides and assembly to the wall.
They are a popular choice that can give the user a number of practical benefits. Sectional overhead garage doors are made up of connected individual horizontal panels. They have hinges that help connect the panels and allow the doors to move through the meeting point of the door and the roof, thus opening at an angle and saving space unlike swing up or swing out garage doors. After opening the doors are stored horizontally beneath the roof and are raised vertically. These sectional doors which are made of a series of linked door panels, which can be raised or flush are popular as they take up limited space. They are cheaper compared to other doors and are easy to transport and operate. Moreover they are quiet and easy to operate regularly or during emergency.
4, Slide to the Side Garage doors
Slide to the side garage doors were the early garage doors and were used in garages where there was enough side space but less overhead space. The slide to the side garage door operates by bending to one side of the garage and sitting parallel to the wall. It is great for curves thus providing aesthetic view which cannot be done on other doors.
As obvious, they are easy to transport as they have small sections and do not require balancing springs and most automated ones have retractable motors for automated operation . The disadvantage is that they take up side or horizontal space and are slower compared to sectional type garage doors. Another problem is that the railings on the ground may risk clogging.
We at RAFRamps believe that we have to make the best loading solution in the region. After improving the manual jacks for 2 years we have released PowerJack which is custom landing jack which can work both manually and with motor with press of a button. All the components are of high quality and some of them are flown in from Italy. Here are the features of the MotorJack :-
i, 3 Phase Electric Italian Manufactured Electric Motor
ii, Control Panel with Manual Buttons - Schneider
iii, Gear Box - Italian manufacturer
iv, Leveling Sensor for switching off when maximum or minimum heights are reached from Suzuki Japan
v, The motors and panels are IP55 protected.
If you hire or are planning to purchase scissor lifts, know that there are alternatives which can help you reduce costs. If you reguarly work on the heights of upto 4 - 5 m then you can use a replacement or scissor lift alternative called manbasket, mancages, lifting platform, lifting baskets, crane cages or crane baskets.
If you have already existing forklift or crane, you can use these manlift baskets as accessories and you do not have to buy and expensive scissor lifts which can cost upto 33500 USD whereas crane cages or forklift cages starts from 600 USD to 3000 USD.
We at RAFRamps which is a subsidiary of Al Ameen Engineering, have developed both the forklift cage and crane cages that has helped in saving thousands of dollars and time of various companies. Over the years we have exported lifting platforms and crane cages to Oman, UAE, Qatar, Russia, Uzbekistan and other African countries. Please view various forklift cages and designs below.
RAF Trailers have been in business of making trailer for more than 15 years. One of the common mode of transportation of goods in Gulf and African region is flat trailer and skeleton trailers. Skeleton Trailers are much more fuel efficient compared to flat trailers and are cost efficeint due to their low maintenance. If you have deiced to buy a skeelton trailer, here are the features you will have to look into before buying one:-
i, Length - First you will have to decide against length, would you want 20 ft or 40 ft. You can keep two 20 ft containers or one 40 ft container in 40 ft skeleton trailer. Accordingly the number of container lock pins change - 12 pins for 40 ft and 6 pins for 20 ft trailer. Check the number of pins if they are included in the quote provided by the supplier.
ii, Chassis - This is the most important component of the trailer body, any compromise in the design and quality of steel used can cause problems not only in durability but also could increase cost of the maintenaince. Ask your vendor for drawings and load calculations have been done to assess if the structural design have been good. Also ask if MIG or Arc welding has been done as arc welding has been found to be stronger but MIG welding has been improving with technology. Chassis comprosis most of the weight of the trailer and it is imperative that right amount of steel is used as most of the trailer manufacturers in Gulf overuse steel which increases the fuel consumption and can also wear down the tires faster.
iii, Axle - After chassis, axles are the most important component of a truck and a good quality axle can provide long stress free service in long run. There are many capacities of axles and also brands of axles. Ask the manufacturer of the loads that axles can take. In Gulf many companies use Chinese made CP, FUWA or expensive Germany made BPW. If you are looking to transport more than 500 km per week international shipment, it would be suggested to use expensive axle for hassle-free longterm use.
iv, Suspension - If you are content with previous two compenents, the suspension is very important if you planning to drive on uneven or bumpy roads as uncompensated twin axle system can not only damage your chassis or tires but can reduce longevity of the axles. It is very important to understand Tandem Axle Bogie system and importance of having torque arm with reactive balance beam to prevent jerk when accelerating or decelerating. There is German and American types of suspension system. Read more about the types of suspensions you would need.
v, Kingpin - If you are trading company, it is imperative to ask your client which kingpin is required. Some use 2.5 and others use 3.5 inch kingpin. In Gulf 3.5 inch is mainly used.
vi, Brake and Electrical components - Braking system and electrical connections must be checked before dispatch. The pressure and brake system must be tested. Wabco brand is usually used for braking system.
vii, Landing Gear - Landing gear is important for transport and logistics companies where they dispatch the trailer to the clients area and used for loading and unloading with forklift. It is very imperative to have quality landing gear for safety issues. JOST and FUWA brands are very good brands used as landing gears.
viii, Rims & Tires - Quality Rims not only evenly distributes the load on tires also saves hassle of uneven wearing of tires. Good tires can save trouble of downtime and prevent accidents. Periodic checking of tires is recommended to notice any wear or tear of the tires.
ix, Road Ready - It is very important to ask if your trailer is road ready and it conforms to local transport authority standards. Most manufacturers will charge extra to add accessories requires to pass the registration process. RTA of Dubai has made it mandatory to have VIN and register the flat and skeleton trailers. Ask your manufacturer if they can register or make trailer to comform to local standards.
We have recently received many requests from companies to bridge the difference in height and distance between the warehouse floor and vehicle in the most efficient way. Dock board is the most economical way to bridge the gap and does not require civil works like Dock levelers do.
Here are four factors to take into account before asking for dock board:-
i, Determine the Safe Working Load of Dock Board - To determine the S.W.L two things has to be determined as shown below: -
Weight of the Unladen Forklift + Maximum payload to be taken = Load of the Dock board.
Weight of the forklift can be found on plates usually punched on the forklift or ask the manufacturer for the specifications.
ii, Type of forklift - electric or diesel / 3 wheeled forklift or 4 wheeled forklifts - Take into account the differences in 3 wheeled forklifts and 4 wheeled forklifts. If you are using a 3 wheeled forklift, then you will need to increase your dockboard capacity as the load distribution for 3 wheeled is different from four wheeled. Electric forklifts usually has lower base compared to diesel ones so electric forklifts require longer slope to climb so an increase in length of the dock board may be required.
iii, Length of the dock board - You need to know the maximum difference between the height of the dock and the height of the highest truck bed.
iv, Determine width - The width of the dock board should be at least 45 cms wider than your widest equipment passing over the board. We provide standard 2.2 - 2.3 m width which is standard container width. The width are same in GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, UAE and Kuwait)
Height Differential = Maximum height of most trailers (container trailers have165 cms) - your dock height (you measure this).
Note that some of the container trailers in GCC come with 170 cms plus heights so we recommend getting longer dock boards.
If you want to get a quick quote for dock board which is economical, safe way to load please contact us after you have determined the information above.
Presently, plastic, galvanized, mild steel and concrete tanks are used for storage of water for drinking purpose. Over time due to degradation of tank walls (growth of fungus, rusting etc), the water from these tanks become unfit or unhygienic for drinking purpose. The main reason being inability to clean the tanks regularly and thoroughly. The other main disadvantage of the above mentioned tanks is that it is a porous material; so automatic it helps growth of bacteria, fungus and algae. Hence the mentioned method of storage of water for portable purpose is very harmful for human consumption.
Most people recognise stainless steel as a robust material. It can be found in nearly every home in the world over. We at Al Ameen Engineering have been doing Stainless Steel fabrication for quite sometime.
Stainless steel is a strong and hygienic material, well suited to the being made into storage water tanks. They can withstand some of the harshest weather conditions that the UAE climate can throw at them. An extended service life combined with reduced maintenance costs will mean that your stainless tank will cost less than other comparable water storage tanks. Stainless steel storage tanks are also useful for storage of milk, foods, beverages, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Advantages of the Stainless Steel Water Tanks from Al Ameen Engineering:-
1, Heat resistant - will not warp or deform under direct sunlight.
2, No growth of bacteria in the stored water.
3, Leak proof - longer life span makes it one time investment.
4, Light weight & easy to install in the long run saves money.
5, Unique design - prevents insects from entering & contaminating the water.
6, Ideal for storage of potable water used in residential & commercial.
7, No rise in temperature of stored water by sunlight due to mirror finish material.
8, The material of construction is the most preferred material for use in the Food & Pharma Industries.
9, Available in different capacities ranging from 250 ltrs. to 3000 ltrs.
10, Does not rust or corrode hence water is hygienically clean.
This article was written by one of the senior engineers in Al Ameen Engineering who has over 20 years expereince in fabrication field. If you have any questions regarding our products please contact us.
Thousands of tons of goods are transported in Middle East and Africa via land than railways as new roads are being developed at a faster pace than railways. Any efficiency in the area of land transport shall save government and private sector thousands of pounds in fuel and maintenance costs. Our company have noticed close to 75% of the vehicles made in MENA region (Middle East and Africa) are inefficently made i.e a 40 ton semi-trailer weighs 4300 kgs which can easily be reduced to 3675 kg of weight thus saving almost 500 kg of unladen weight which can inefficeintly eat up the fuel and wear the tires in long run.
We have released dropdeck trailer on first week of May to help industrial application of quickly loading and unloading heavy objects from the trailer. It is revolutionaly idea to quickly load heavy objects without the help of crane or forklift and transport form one place to another. Here is a video that demonstrates it which was made for a military application. For more information please visit http://www.ameeneng.com/industrial-utility-trailers.html