In a bid to further help air cargo businesses lighten their load, this week, we announced a new modular Powered Cargo Rollers (PCR) system for the air cargo industry. The system is the first of its kind that can be retrofitted to any standard trailer due to its unique, low-profile design.

The new Powered Cargo Roller unit is now available as part of Joloda Hydraroll’s range of Modular Rollerbed Systems (MRS). The MRS concept is to transform any standard trailer into a rollerbed vehicle for handling all types of air cargo equipment, including PMC pallets and ULDs. Rollers are activated pneumatically so that air cargo can be rolled in and out of the trailer without the use of forklifts, helping road feeder service companies load and unload their vehicles more efficiently, sustainably, and safely.

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a retrofit, floor-on-floor solution

With a Powered Cargo Rollers system, the loading and unloading of air cargo can be completely automated. However, it has not previously been an option to retrofit a Powered Cargo Roller unit, which is typically 200mm in height and therefore impacts the capacity and weight allowance of a standard trailer.

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slimline design

The new Powered Cargo Roller system from Joloda Hydraroll has a very low profile of just 70mm, making it possible to fit the Modular Rollerbed System with Powered Cargo Rollers into any standard model. As a result, it is now far quicker and more cost-effective for air cargo businesses to deploy a PCR trailer, as they no longer need to rely on specialised trailer designs.


modular by design

Modularity is a major advantage of all Joloda Hydraroll rollerbed systems, allowing for both easy installation and removal. The system is simply mounted on top of the existing floor of new-to-build or existing vehicles, without the need for civil works. MRS modules or MRS with PCR modules are delivered pre-assembled and ready for quick installation in workshops (or by trusted bodybuilders) within a matter of days. Additionally, this modularity ensures the system can be removed and reinstalled into another vehicle during fleet renewal, maximising its longevity and value.

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trailers to warehouses

While originally developed for use in trailers, the Modular Rollerbed System can also be retrofitted into warehouses, transforming any facility into an air cargo handling station. Operators can effortlessly roll an entire trailer's worth of cargo out of a truck and onto the rollerbed floor of a warehouse with the simple push of a button. 

We recently helped Road Feeder Service (RFS) company, Georgi Handling with a modular rollerbed solution for their warehouse, converting a generic warehouse into a second-line air cargo handling station. 

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the global freight air transport industry

The global freight air transport industry is projected to grow by 5.7 per cent from 2023 to 2028, emphasising the demand for faster and more efficient air cargo handling solutions. Labour shortages across UK and European airports are also prompting airlines and ground handling companies to seek innovative solutions to optimise their operations. By adopting the Modular Rollerbed System with Powered Cargo Rollers, businesses can alleviate the pressure of labour shortages, save costs, and enhance operational sustainability to take advantage of market growth.

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the air cargo industry

You don’t need us to point out how extraordinary and turbulent the last few years have been in the air cargo industry. What with the increased flows of PPE and other medical materials, and record-breaking levels of global e-commerce trade, all combined with a shortage of ground staff. 

When it comes to the air cargo industry, Joloda Hydraroll has almost 45 years of experience. It can provide a complete handling solution, from truck to warehouse, for air cargo equipment such as PMC pallets and ULDs.  

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the smart solution for air cargo trucking

Arjan Nobel, Global Sales Manager at Joloda Hydraroll, comments: “Our Modular Rollerbed Systems are proven to be the smart solution for air cargo trucking. Now, with growing demand for powered handling of air cargo, we have developed this ultra-low Powered Cargo Roller system to complete our MRS portfolio. To ensure our customers retain all the advantages of the retrofit concept, the PCR unit could not exceed an overall height of 70mm. By achieving this, Joloda Hydraroll is now able to offer a PCR system that can provide a seamless upgrade to their existing trailers – something that is unique in our industry!”

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traditional air cargo loading methods

The traditional method of unloading ULDs is to pull them from the truck with winches, but this can be a slow and risky process due to the weight and size of the containers. It can also cause damage to the cargo or the warehouse floor. The Modular Rollerbed System (MRS) helps Road Feeder Service companies load and unload their trucks and dissemble cargo in warehouses quickly, efficiently and safely.  

introducing the modular rollerbed system with powered cargo roller

The MRS system can now be specified with a newly-developed Powered Cargo Roller (PCR) system, which is just 70mm high, making it now even easier to get a PCR trailer in operation. No more special trailer designs, simply specify and retrofit a MRS system with PCR into a standard trailer. 

MRS modules or MRS with PCR modules arrive on-site pre-assembled and ready to install in your workshop (or by your trusted bodybuilders) within a couple of days. The beauty of the modular system is that when it comes to fleet renewal, the system can be removed and reinstalled, too.  

Whilst the MRS system was primarily developed and used for use in trailers, it can be retrofitted into warehouses, too, turning any warehouse into a temporary air cargo handling station. Operators can roll a full trailer’s worth of air cargo out of a truck with the push of a button and onto a warehouse’s rollerbed floor. From here, cargo can be rolled into the warehouse for dismantling with ease. 

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air cargo market growth

According to Boeing's forecast, the freighter fleet is expected to increase by 80 per cent by 2041 compared to the 2019 fleet, highlighting the need for faster and more efficient air cargo handling solutions. Confirming the need for future  

With labour shortages being felt through UK and European airports, airlines and airport ground handling companies have been “racing to recruit” as they have “emerged into a much tighter labour market” after laying off staff during the pandemic. British Airways have offered £1,000 bonuses for ‘below-wing’ roles in ground handling, whilst ground handling firms, such as DHL, Menzies and Swissport have secured employees a 10% pay rise.  

There has never been a more suitable time to address factors beyond your control. With the Modular Rollerbed System with Powered Cargo Rollers, businesses can reduce labour, save money and make operations more sustainable.

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