How to Fasten a Tarp on a Flatbed in North America

tarp on a flatbed north americaA tarp is necessary in many instances for securing freight on a trailer. Think safety when fastening a tarp on a flatbed or step-deck truck. Flatbed truck tarp safety requires special care. Otherwise, you risk serious injury, not to mention improperly fastened freight that can come loose during transport. We’ll explain what to do when working with tarps to secure cargo.

How to Fasten a Tarp on a Flatbed in North America

1. Wear Safety Gear

  • hard hat
  • safety goggles
  • work gloves
  • long pants
  • steel-toed work boots

2. Use a Forklift

Tarps are heavier than they look; the average tarp weighs in at around 80 pounds. Instead of trying to get the tarp on the bed of the trailer by hand, work smarter not harder. Use a forklift.

3. Use the Right Tarp

Tarps are meant to be reused. With that in mind, we recommend heavy vinyl tarps, which can withstand rain and ultraviolet radiation. These are more durable compared to tarps made from canvas or polyethylene. Assess your cargo when choosing a tarp as well. Tarps are made specifically for lumber, steel and smoke–to protect freight from exhaust.

4. Unroll the Tarp the Right Way

Tarps should be unrolled facing forwards and never backwards. When securing the tarp over the top of the load, be sure to stay within the load’s center line.

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You may not need a tarp at all if your freight is being transported via LTL or another truck with an enclosed bed. Contact Machine Transport for help determining what kind of carrier or line-haul shipper is required. Contact us today for a quote or to discuss your specific project.

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Posted on March 20, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Industrial Rigging Safety Tips for Machine Tool Transportation in the U.S.

industrial rigging safety U.S. If you rely on your own team to prep your machine tools for dedicated truck or trailer transportation, safety is absolutely critical. Here are essential industrial rigging safety tips for you to pass down to your rigging team.

Industrial Rigging Safety Tips

Essential Knowledge

1. What is the capacity load of the crane or rigging gear? Overload can damage the crane, causing it to collapse.

2. Ongoing and periodic Inspection of rigging gear is crucial. Look for bent or sprung hooks, broken strands, frayed slings, and overstretched links.

3. Minimal wear is too much wear; replace all defective gear.

4. Designate trained staff only for rigging duties.  Don’t risk the safety of the team if you’re short on proper personnel.

Techniques for Secure and Safe Load Lifting

1. A level lift keeps a suspended load centered. Be sure the hoist hook is in the center of gravity to keep the load at the center of gravity. Avoid an unbalanced load to avoid unequal stress on the sling.

2. Identify the sling’s rated lifting capacity. Capacity will vary on the type of material of the sling and hitch. Steel chains, wire ropes, and synthetic web slings may offer a higher capacity.

3. Determine the maximum angle between the sling legs and the horizontal point of the load.  A small angle greatly diminishes the load capacity and puts excessive stress on the sling legs. Equal weight distribution among the legs is essential.

Help With Industrial Rigging Safety Tips in the U.S.

When your freight is properly and securely loaded, you are ready to contact Machine Transport to arrange for carrier transport.  Follow these industrial rigging safety tips to ensure employee safety and prevent costly equipment damage and on-site injuries.

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Posted on February 17, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

U.S. Reefer Freight Shipping at a Glance

reefer freight U.S.Reefer freight is any shipment that requires temperature control. The most common products requiring temperature control are meat and produce. However, there are many medical, and pharmaceutical goods that also require temperature controlled settings to maintain value. Other temperature controlled goods include valuable pieces of art, chemicals, and care products.

Reefer Freight Shipping Is Essential

Food is an essential, as are pharmaceuticals. There is a steady need everywhere. And because these products are always moving, you don’t see slowdowns with reefer freight, even during the holidays.

Refrigated Shipping Rates

Because temperature-controlled freight can be more valuable, the loads can pay a trucker more per mile than dry freight. This is true for several reasons related to temperature management. For one thing, this type of freight can be fairly delicate. For example, ice cream or strawberries must stay within a very precise temperature range to stay fresh. Frozen foods need to ship at -10 degrees F. Strawberries typically need to stay between 32-36 degrees F. If its only16 degrees F outside, and the freight needs to be maintained at 32 F, the reefer technically acts as a heater.Temperature requirements add complexity and additional steps to these loads.

We’ll Connect You with the Best U.S. Reefer Shippers

Contact us at Machine Transport if you have outbound freight for temperature-sensitive items. Arrangements are more complicated than standard freight. We’ll connect you with a common carrier or line haul shipper that can pick up your reefer freight at the desired schedule and rate. Machine Transport is not a motor carrier or freight forwarder. We’re a bonded freight broker, licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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Posted on January 18, 2021 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Winterize Your U.S. Shipment for Stormy Weather

machine-transport-U.S-LTL-shipping-freight-deliveryAlthough meteorologists are predicting less snowfall this year, we can still expect heavy snowfall and blizzards in some areas. Inevitably, heavy snowfall leads to traffic conditions which cause delays. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead to prevent delays and winterize your shipment.

Monitor Weather Conditions

Monitor the conditions of the weather where your freight is headed. If you can’t drive your car on the roads, the truck drivers carrying your goods can’t navigate them either. Shipments between two warm climate areas like Florida and California may have to travel through snow-laden states like Colorado.

Expect Longer Transit Times

Even if a shipment says 5 days, expect the chance it’ll take longer, and build in extra time to your processes to accommodate a delay. It’s easier to deal with a customer who’s getting their product or order early than one complaining because it’s late.  This isn’t always an option for every business or product, but it can be the lowest cost option if you don’t want to change how you ship. If you absolutely have to have a shipment by a certain date, you should be able to request guaranteed arrival for your shipment. This provides insurance that your shipment is the first on the truck, which means if there’s a window for your shipment to leave on time, yours are the ones that will make it in that window.

Arrange to Have Your Freight Delivered on Time in the U.S.: Winterize Your Shipment

Contact Machine Transport to make arrangements for your next delivery. We work with line haul shippers.  Because of their experience with machine tool transportation, they’ll find a shipper that’s right for your needs. We’re also on top of the latest forecasts and can help you winterize your shipment to reduce the likelihood of a delay.

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Posted on December 18, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Correct Pallet Preparation for Transportation in the U.S.

pallet preparation U.S. A carrier’s job is to transport freight; prepping the freight for safe shipment is your job. If it becomes the carrier’s job due to poor preparation, expect surplus charges. Whether you’re arranging for an LTL or dedicated truck transport, correct pallet preparation is key to keeping cargo intact throughout its shipping journey. We’ll go over the steps to palletize your freight for shipping.

Pallet Preparation 101: Fortify Individual Boxes

Make sure each box is packed well before loading it onto the pallet. Boxes should be full, without air spaces and and distributed. The box’s contents can get crushed and damaged if there is air inside, and shifting can occur if weight isn’t distributed evenly. Use packing material, such as Styrofoam peanuts or air pillows, to fill any voids.

Stack Boxes Evenly

Stack boxes together on the pallet, distributing the weight as evenly as possible. Place heavier boxes at the bottom, and stagger the boxes to boost stability. Stacking the packages incorrectly or failing to secure them to the pallet can cause damage to the cargo.

Don’t Be Conservative with the Shrink Wrap

Use high-quality shrink wrap, securing the pallet three to five times to keep packages from coming loose. Start at the bottom and work your way up, but only partly wrap the top. This ensures that your cargo won’t separate from the pallet while keeping it accessible to forklifts. Secure your packages even further by strapping the load to the pallet.

Ready to Transport Your Freight?

Once your freight is ready, give Machine Transport a call to arrange for a carrier or line haul shipper to haul your goods. Prepare your pallet the right way. It not only saves time, it ensures your freight remains safe during its lengthy transportation. Contact us today for more information.

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Posted on November 17, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Freight Industry Adopts Platooning Technology in the U.S.

Platooning technology U.S.When driving in fleets of two to five trucks, dedicated truck transport operators tend to drive in a tight formation. This is done to minimize the distance between trucks, which allows the big rigs to catch a slipstream and cut back on fuel use. Truck makers are currently investing in platooning technology. This allows truckers to tailgate in a fleet in a safe manner.

Platooning Technology at a Glance

This new technology consists of a combination of radar, active braking, and vehicle-control algorithms that digitally link the trucks together. For example, if the lead truck brakes, the one behind it mimics the action by employing the automatic brakes. This keeps the trucks in close quarters to reduce wind resistance while also preventing the possibility of a collision from following too closely.

The Mastermind Behind This Technology

Platooning technology is currently under development by Peloton Technology. The name “Peloton” is derived from the term that describes bicyclists who travel in a tight group to reduce wind resistance, thereby reducing energy expenditure.

Potential Pushbacks

Platooning technology has met with wide praise but also with some skepticism. The state of Missouri, for example, has banned testing the technology on its roads. The technology may also run into legal hurdles. Some states require trucks to retain a separation of two to three seconds; platooning technology keeps the trucks closer. The American Trucking Association has also expressed interest in the technology but is not endorsing it.

Big Changes Taking Place in the Shipping Sector in the U.S.

Technology is rapidly changing the face of the industry.  Contact Machine Transport to schedule your next shipment. The LTL and truckload line haul service we work with are benefiting from innovative technology. Platooning technology is one such innovation that may reduce operational costs; this may trickle down to lower service fees for companies like yours.

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Posted on October 17, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Driverless Freight Trucks on the Horizon for Canada

driverless freight trucks CanadaThe automotive industry has already stepped one foot in the door of autonomous technology. Early prototypes of driverless cars are already on the road and making small trips. The move to driverless freight trucks, in the meantime, is making less headway. Nevertheless vehicle manufacturing companies are doing extensive development work. In the near future, the common carrier or line haul shipper you hire to transport your cargo may not have a human driver serving Canada.

The Implications of Driverless Freight Trucks

What does autonomous technology entail for the industry as a whole? For you, the customer, you could very well see a drastic reduction in cost. A dedicated truck transport with a full freight compartment, traveling from Los Angeles to New York, for example, costs roughly $4,500. Labor makes up 75% of that cost. A reduction in overhead will surely transfer over to the end consumers.

In addition, a driverless truck can also operate nearly 24 hours a day, compared to human drivers who are prohibited from driving more than 11 hours in a 24-hour period. Aside from increased productivity, this will also reduce truck-related accidents and fatalities.

Early Prototypes on the Road

Early semi-autonomous trucks are already on the road. Daimler Trucks of North America unveiled a freight-liner truck that was licensed for operation on public U.S. highways. The truck is still operated by a human driver, though several functions, such as maintaining legal speed, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, and staying within its lane are all handled by autonomous technology. The driver is still responsible for maneuvers like exiting a freeway and docking the vehicle.

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Contact Machine Transport to schedule your next freight delivery. We will continue to connect you with the best line haul and LTL shipping providers, regardless of how the advancement of driverless freight trucks reshapes the industry.

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Posted on September 17, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Understanding Freight Classification for U.S. Shipments

understanding freight classification U.S.Every piece of freight in the U.S. receives a classification before being loaded onto a common carrier or line haul shipper. These classifications are defined by the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) and range from class 50 to class 500. This sets a universal standard for determining shipping costs. We’ll explain the concept of classifying freight and define the four parameters that determine the correct freight classification.

Freight Classification Explained

There are a total of 18 freight classes. The lower the freight category number, the cheaper the shipment. Each class lists specific parameters. Class 100, for example, is for freight that includes items like boat and car covers, caskets, and wine cases. The freight must also fall between 9-10.5 pounds per cubic foot in this class.

The 4 Parameters that Determine Freight Class

The density is the space the item will occupy in relation to its weight. Density is determined by dividing the mass of an object by its volume in cubic feet. In order to accurately calculate the density of your shipment, all packaging and materials must be factored into the calculation.

This refers to how easily the freight can be loaded, stored, and stacked on the truck. Some products are more difficult to stow. For example, overweight freight, hazardous materials, fragile pieces, or oddly shaped objects will require some type of special treatment.

Handling is very similar to stowability in that it involves the ease or difficulty of handling certain shipments. Again, shipments that are heavy, hazardous, fragile, or oddly shaped will need special attention.

Finally, liability refers to the probability of your freight being damaged, stolen, or otherwise mishandled in some way. Freight that is prone to explosions, spontaneous combustion, perishing, or breaking will carry a higher liability.

We’ll Determine Your Cargo’s Freight Classification for your U.S. Shipments

Contact Machine Transport if you require freight assistance. We may recommend that you adjust your freight so it falls into a specific classification. Falling into a specific freight class can dramatically reduce your overhead. Our contracted motor carriers are trained and equipped to safely transport machine tools anywhere within in the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. Contact us today for assistance!

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Posted on August 17, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Warehouse Cost Operations: Maximizing Efficiency While Keeping Overhead Down

Warehouse Cost OperationsChoosing between LTL and dedicated truck transport shipping is only one of many daily decisions that influences company overhead. As a business owner, you have to be strategic with your outgoing inventory in order to keep costs down.  Warehouse cost operations also include handling in-house inventory, staff management, and the use of equipment and technology.


Labor accounts for about 50% of overhead costs. It only makes sense, therefore, to maximize investment in this area. Here are a few ways to improve employee productivity.

  • Consider flextime schedules to give employees more flexibility
  • Cross-train employees
  • Invest in formal training and certification/re-certification
  • Closely monitor individual employee productivity
  • Enforce safety/OSHA protocols
  • Reward employees who perform well (e.g. volunteer for overtime work, seldom call in sick)

Equipment Use

Are you optimizing equipment use? Does equipment regularly breakdown and bring operations to a halt altogether? Be sure you maximize your use and handling of all equipment.

  • Minimize malfunction with regular inspections by a service vendor
  • Consider short-term rental or leasing instead of buying
  • Make equipment perform double-duty

Daily Operations

Evaluate your daily operations to determine what needs improving.

  • Employ warehouse management software to cut down on logistical error
  • Regularly slot and re-slot depending on sales trend and frequency of use; restructure rack configurations if necessary
  • Keep supervisors on the floor at all times to minimize employee misconduct
  • Enforce best package-handling practices to reduce inventory damage
  • Implement bar coding or RFID scanning to improve stock keeping unit (SKU) tracking

We’ll Help You Save on Warehouse Cost Operations

Have outgoing inventory? Contact Machine Transport to find the best carrier for the job. Shipping also factors into your warehouse cost operations, so get in touch with the right common carrier or line haul shipper. Arranging for the shipping of machine tools is what our crew does with high professionalism. Wherever your company is located in North America, our machine transport service will move your heavy equipment across the street or across North America 365 days of the year. Contact us today for a quote or to discuss your specific project.

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Posted on July 16, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Tech Upgrades Benefit Machine Tool Transport

Machine TransportLTL truckers really have their work cut out. Aside from the long hours, there is also quite a bit of risk involved. According to a report by US News, truckers are involved in 250,000 crashes in the United States every year. The good news is that very few of these accidents result in a fatality. Many of the accidents, though, result in delays or damage to freight. Luckily, the number of fender benders is expected to drop as tech upgrades for the freight industry become more commonplace.

Blind Spot Detection

Most truckload line haul services are now adding blind spot detection systems to their trucks. This includes other advanced features like lane departure warnings.  This system alerts drivers if they’re slowly veering off road.

Extra Set of Eyes

The auto company Volvo is also in the midst of developing new safety systems that utilize real-time data gathered through cameras and radar systems. This serves as an extra set of eyes that scan and warn drivers of road hazards or the presence of pedestrians. According to Volvo’s research team, roughly 90% of large truck accidents are caused by human error. The wide-scale use of new safety systems will hopefully bring that percentage down.

The tech giant Samsung has developed a screen display which is placed in the rear of tractor trailers, allowing cars behind to see the road ahead that’s blocked by the trailer.

Cutting-Edge Machine Freight Tech Upgrades

As a freight broker, Machine Transport is completely up-to-date with the latest news in the industry. Contact us to arrange for your next machine tool transportation. As common carriers and line haul shippers invest in the latest tech upgrades, they’ll improve day-to-day function and prompt delivery of your machine tools across North America.

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Posted on June 18, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business