FAST Global Solutions’ Container Sort Platform Helps Ensure On-Time Delivery
posted on Jan 6, 2016
GLENWOOD, Minnesota, USA (Jan. 6, 2016) – FAST Global Solutions’ container sort platform increases sorting efficiency for the parcel handling industry. FAST, formerly known as WASP Inc., designed the mobile unit with a large deck — more than 800 square feet of sorting space — to give customers space and maneuverability without the expense of a fully automated system. An integrated engine powers a built-in light tower to keep the platform lighted under any condition while a hydraulic pump lifts and lowers the platform to ergonomically friendly heights.
FAST built the deck for maximum productivity in package sorting. Workers can sort as much as 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilograms) of cargo on the 17-by-48 foot (52-by-146 meter) platform. Its 11-foot light tower uses two 1,000-watt, metal-halide floodlights so workers can easily read labels in low-light conditions to quickly move packages to the correct route for delivery. The hydraulic system allows workers to easily adjust the platform height — from 46 inches (1.2 meters) to 60 inches (1.5 meters) — to be at the most comfortable level for loading and unloading packages. An easy-to-access Platform Control Station on the light tower combines controls for height adjustment and lights on one convenient panel.
The platform’s key components for safety also maximize efficiency. Thirty-seven-inch-high handrails surround the platform to protect workers from falls. When loading or unloading packages from a truck or trailer, operators can remove each of the handrails quickly and secure it behind another section to keep it out of the way. A Morton® Deck-Span Surface features diamond-shaped grating to reduce the risk of slipping while keeping the deck clear of snow and rain. On each short side, the CSP features a built-in ladder with two steps and a handrail for safe access to the platform.
FAST engineers designed the CSP to withstand years of outdoor use. The team incorporates premium components and uses specialized manufacturing equipment and certified welders to make a durable product. The CSP’s entire platform features a hot-dip galvanized finish to protect it from corrosion in harsh environments and achieve a clean, new look for years. Customers can choose to have the entire unit galvanized or customize the look of the handrails, steps and towbar by selecting from U.S. military-grade powder-coat color options. Additionally, bumpers around the perimeter help prevent damage upon contact with a truck, loading dock or other heavy object.
The CSP’s easy maneuverability allows workers to move the unit to a convenient location for loading and unloading packages. Tug or tow truck operators can hook up to the CSP’s built-in heavy-duty towbar to pull the unit precisely to where it’s needed. The 16 solid rubber tires support the platform easily as it moves.
FAST offers a 20.4-horsepower Kubota® diesel engine or a 480-volt three-phase electric motor. A 12-volt DC, 2-gallon-per minute (7.6-liter-per-minute) emergency hydraulic pump provides power in the event of an engine failure, allowing the platform to be lowered from operating height and moved to another location.
The CSP is relatively easy to maintain, which minimizes downtime and associated costs. It features bolt-in replacement sections that can be quickly replaced with just a wrench rather than cutting out damaged areas. When technicians need to work on the engine, such as changing the oil or filter, they can simply power down the lift, disconnect the tray-mounted engine and bring only the small engine, rather than the whole CSP, to the shop for maintenance.
FAST Global Solutions changed its name from WASP Inc. in September 2015 to reflect its growth, which includes acquiring Windom, Minnesota-based FAST Manufacturing. The CSP is part of an extensive line of non-powered ground support equipment the company manufactures from its more than 500,000 square feet (46,500 square meters) of workspace. Nearly 700 employee-owners use state-of-the-art machinery to build products used around the globe. Even before the 60 percent growth that took place in 2015, FAST was the world’s largest non-powered GSE manufacturer.
About FAST Global Solutions
FAST Global Solutions, formerly known as WASP Inc., is a 100 percent employee-owned organization that designs and manufactures standard and customized non-powered ground support equipment with the lowest total cost of ownership for customers around the world. The company’s employee owners are a driving force behind the quality of its products, dedication to safety and commitment to creating reliable solutions. Its custom industrial design processes, ISO-controlled lean manufacturing practices and premier components ensure FAST equipment is easy to maintain and lasts for years. For more information: 20631 State Highway 55, Glenwood, MN 56334, 320-334-2868, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fastsolutions.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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