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The Ultimate Guide to Flatrack Containers: Versatility and Efficiency

In the realm of shipping and logistics, DFIC reigns supreme as a global leader in container manufacturing. Our comprehensive range of products includes dry cargo containers, refrigerated containers, open-top containers, and, of course, the versatile flatrack container. This article will delve into the intricacies of flatrack containers, highlighting their unique features and benefits.

What is a Flatrack Container?

A flatrack container is a specialized shipping container with solid ends and an open top and sides. This design allows for easy loading and unloading of oversized and irregularly shaped cargo. Flatrack containers are an excellent choice for transporting heavy machinery, lumber, pipes, large vehicles, and more.

Constructed with reinforced frames and sturdy corner posts, flatrack containers are built to withstand heavy loads and provide stability during transportation. Their versatility lies in their ability to accommodate almost any size or type of cargo, provided it meets the payload standards.

Types of Flatrack Containers

DFIC offers two primary types of flatrack containers: foldable and non-foldable.

  • Foldable Flatrack Container: As the name suggests, this type of flatrack container features removable or foldable sidewalls. This design makes them easy to store and transport, as they occupy less space when not in use. Four foldable flatrack containers can even be stacked and compressed to fit within a standard shipping container. This feature is particularly useful when transporting empty containers to save on freight costs.

However, it's worth noting that foldable flatrack containers are structurally weaker than non-foldable variants due to their lack of sidewalls.

  • Non-Foldable Flatrack Container: Non-foldable flatrack containers feature fixed end walls, making them structurally stronger and able to withstand higher rooftop loads. However, they require more space for storage when not in use.

Ideal Cargo for Flatrack Containers

Flatrack containers are the perfect choice for cargo that standard shipping containers cannot accommodate. Whether it's agricultural products like sugarcane or industrial goods like windmills, flatrack containers can handle the job. Some of the most common cargo transported in flatrack containers includes:

  • Bulk cargo

  • Heavy machinery

  • Transformers

  • Boilers

  • Oil tanks

  • Construction equipment

  • Cranes

  • Pipes

  • Turbines

  • Automobiles

  • Steel products

  • Glass

Securing Cargo in Flatrack Containers

With three open sides, you might be wondering how cargo is secured in flatrack containers. Flatrack containers are equipped with lashing hooks along the side beams, floor, and corners. These hooks allow you to use binding chains or straps to secure the cargo in a criss-cross or circular pattern. Some containers even come with winches, locking straps, and upright posts for additional support and safety. It's essential to inquire about these features when purchasing a flatrack container.

Considerations Before Buying a Flatrack Container

Before investing in a flatrack container, here are a few factors to consider:

  • Cargo Type: Determine the type of cargo you'll be transporting to ensure the flatrack container meets your specific needs.

  • Concentrated Loads: For cargo with irregular shapes, ensure the load is evenly distributed to avoid exceeding the concentrated load limits.

  • Payload: Ensure the total weight of your cargo does not exceed the flatrack container's payload capacity.

  • Handling Procedure: Understand the handling procedure for your cargo to determine whether a foldable or non-foldable flatrack container is more suitable.

DFIC's flatrack containers offer the perfect solution for shippers looking for versatility and efficiency. Contact us today to learn more about our flatrack container offerings and how we can help you streamline your shipping operations.