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SCA (Specialised Container Agencies) has initiated a national imperative to move traffic from road to rail. 


The aim is to exploit rail in, amongst others, high speed, heavy haul and heavy intermodal uses. Intermodal emphasis to open markets to new emerging participants, for example smaller mine owners without rail sidings. In areas not fully serviced by rail the intermodal side tipper can be loaded onto road transport, for closed loop, short-haul operations. Road vehicles are then used to carry the tipper bin containing bulk material to the railhead. This means cargo can be received at non-rail serviced facilities, for example on mines, terminals and ports.


The SCA intermodal side tipper bin provides efficient bulk handling rail solutions, encouraging greater use of rail wagon container haulage.


An important feature of these intermodal side tipper bins, which are able to be stacked two-high for storage, is they can be used across different modes of transport, including road and rail, without the need for investment in double handling cargo.”
This system boosts the utilisation of rail infrastructure, which significantly reduces transport costs, decreases national road congestion – which, in turn, leads to increased safety and decreased wear of road surfaces – and minimises product damage.


The road transport carries bulk material to the stockpile area. Tipper bin is loaded at origin and discharged at destination – thus eliminating transhipment, degradation and contamination. Material is quickly and efficiently offloaded using hydraulic tipping arm.


The tipper can hold 30 plus metric tons on road transport (1 bin) And 60 metric tons on rail wagon (2 bins). Versatile across commodities


Ken Mouritzen, director, Specialised Container Agencies, said, “SCA’s intermodal tipper bins ensure quick, safe and cost-efficient bulk handling in mining, rail and road applications.”


For transporters, the benefits of using robust intermodal side tipper bins are lower operating costs and minimal cargo loss through the use of weatherproof tarpaulins to ensure product integrity during transport. Other advantages include easy handling of material and bulk, improved safety for drivers, vehicles and cargo, as well as reduced insurance premiums.  Overall this means a substantial reduction in costs.


SCA’s intermodal tipper bins ensure quick, safe and cost-efficient bulk handling in rail and road applications. What’s notable is this intermodal side tipper bin system increases payload on rail wagons – from 54 metric tons to 60 metric tons.


Robust intermodal side tipper bins are easily handled onto container rail wagons and road trucks by a container handler. Side tipper bins have been designed for rapid and efficient off-loading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks, using specially designed hydraulic tipping cylinders.

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