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Extreme Machines – The Role of the Heavy Side Loader in Extreme Working Conditions

Side loaders are extremely versatile machines, coming in many shapes and sizes to suit a variety of different jobs, varying from the smaller three ton models to well over forty tons. But there’s always one job that will challenge anything you throw at it and give manufacturers some problems to solve.

If you’re not familiar with the side loader, it is a variation on the common fork-lift truck. However, instead of lifting the load at the front, as the name implies, the side loader lifts at the side and in most cases within the vehicle platform. This may not sound like much of a variation but it makes a huge difference to storage techniques, warehouse specifications and best use of storage space.

Carrying the load at the side can also decrease the safety risk when transporting loads over a certain length, such as timber, steel girders or long vehicle chassis. To transport such loads on a fork lift you would have to carry it sideways on, thus increasing the width of the vehicle massively and creating problems with storage, as carrying it lengthways would mean overbalancing the vehicle and endangering the operator.

These days the smaller end of the side loader market is very well served with many manufacturers, such as Baumann, Battioni & Pagani, Lancer, Bulmor, Combilift and more, manufacturing a wide range of models from around three tons upwards. However, the heavier you go the fewer the options, with only a handful of manufacturers producing the really big machines.

How big is big? As an example we’re talking at least twenty eight tons for a fifteen ton side loader.

Confused? Side loaders, like other industrial vehicles, are measured by their maximum carrying weight, but the actual tonnage doesn’t include the vehicle weight.

So it’s not just the size that’s impressive, there are bigger axles to take the considerable strain these machines are put under each and every day with, as in our example here, a combined maximum weight of forty three tons providing the stress as they take the strain.

And those stresses and strains should not be underestimated, with long hours and extreme working conditions, some side loaders have been known to fail completely and in some cases the chassis has been known to completely break in two!

With this in mind, before these extreme machines can be sent out to work in extreme environments, they have to undergo some pretty extreme testing. For instance, long distance driving and short and repeated changes in direction under load are just the beginning for the axles, and so they will have been tested for around twenty thousand working hours at maximum speed before their design has been approved for production.

Some manufacturers of the heavier machines have gone the extra mile in order to provide a machine that can cope with pretty much anything you throw at it. With both solid steel vertical outreach cylinders and bearings that in some cases are fifty per cent larger in diameter than any others on the market.

There are thicker steel chassis too, thicker particularly in the parts of the chassis that are under most stress whilst the forks are under load. Some chassis specifications are now known to include areas around the well width, the area in which the forks operate, up to three inches thick.

To give some idea of just how heavy duty a chassis that is, many medium tanks used in World War Two, such as the American Sherman tank, had frontal armour that was around the same thickness.

The safety of the side loader operator is paramount and with this in mind, some more direct approaches to insure against injury have been implemented for use in extreme environments.

Reinforced cabs are the most obvious safety upgrade, with drivers now surrounded by heavy-duty steel mesh on windowed areas and solid steel plates covering every part of the cab that doesn’t interfere with the operator’s line of sight.

Solid steel external cages are also placed around the cab, looking much like roll cages in cars, to protect against injury from falling loads.

So what are these extreme environments that we’re talking about?

Many of the most challenging applications for the side loader are to be found in the steel industry, transporting extremely heavy loads of manufactured steel and raw materials, but many other machines are purpose built to work in timber, concrete and other miscellaneous industries around the world.

Of course industries change and new and innovative designs and further reinforcement will be needed in the future to ensure that side loaders keep up with evolving and emerging markets and industrial techniques around the world.

One thing is for certain though, and that is that side loaders will be working at the heart of heavy industry, and in some of the most extreme environments, for many years to come.

The Nature of Extreme Sports

Extremely bored from the daily repetitive chores that you have been doing for ages now? Try some extremely exciting, thrilling, and fun activities such as the extreme sports. If you want some adrenalin rush in doing certain activity, these extremely thrilling sports are your best venues. The said sports are considered to be extreme because they naturally and intrinsically involve high levels of danger, possibility of injury, and risks. The variables in these kinds of sports are too plenty and loose for the person to conveniently assume safety and security. These activities are mostly for adults or mature people only because of the seriousness of the risks and injury that are indispensably included. However, despite these risks, majority of those who engage in extreme sports are in their youthful age still. This is explained by the fact that the youth are typically risk-taker and adventurous in nature. Other sports enthusiasts even call this type of activity as a counter-culture because of the nature that it clearly goes against the socially accepted calculated risks that anyone can openly and publicly take into in doing certain sports. The counter-cultural aspect of these extreme sports has made such activities more interesting and exciting especially for the youth.

Extreme sports are highly physical in nature. They generally involve great amount of bodily efforts, and seriously thrilling but risky speed and height that make your adrenaline rush at its fastest pace while at the same time the participant of the sport applies mental and emotional strength in focus and determination in finishing the entire activity. The difference with the traditional sports from the extreme ones is that the latter are often performed alone or in solitary as compared to the latter where other players or teammates play the game altogether. This means that by the very nature of extreme sports itself, the player gets to learn independence and skills all by oneself as the person engages the thrills and calculated dangers of an extreme sport. Independence and skills enhancement are only among the benefits that the person playing any extreme sport can certainly get, assuming that he or she successfully finishes the game alive, which normally happens though despite some high numbers of injured athletic individuals.

Verily, this type of undertaking is not only extremely thrilling and consciousness waking but it is also highly beneficial for the person’s motivation, strength, and skills. There are a lot of different extreme sports nowadays and they keep on getting more and more extreme. Nevertheless, technological advancements have also provided the players of this activity specific and highly effective sports gears and equipment that assist the players in providing them safety and security as they engage in the said extreme sport. These different extreme sports have also indoor training and practice venues so that anyone who desires to participate in the actual sport can have some basic and essential training before he or she gets into the real action. These precautionary measures are not intended to lessen or lower the risks but only to provide for training and preparation for the person to have a sneak peek of what lies ahead should he or she continue to participate in any extreme sport.

Notable Extreme Weather Facts

In the face of the increasing frequency of extreme weather events throughout the globe, the importance of being informed about it has never been greater. Instances of extreme weather have now become just that – extreme. Storms are now more severe than ever before, summers are more scorching hot, droughts are more prolonged and damaging, and winters are seemingly harsher than ever. And because of all that, there’s little doubt that we need to be more informed and more knowledgeable about the things that have been happening as far as the weather is concerned.

Loading up on information about extreme weather, the known and accepted facts that we about it, and its probable causes are certainly going to help us be better prepared if we only know of it. It wouldn’t just be helpful but also be extremely interesting to learn, like the question of whether global warming does have any connection to extreme weather events, if it actually does cause it. Then there are also the other facts about severe weather that are worth knowing about, it would at least make us all prepared in dealing with whatever is going to come along.

Global Warming and Extreme Weather

There has always been the assumption that global warming and extreme weather events are directly linked. But, assumptions aside, it would be best to really take a closer look and examine if there are indeed any real connection between global warming and the crazy that we’ve experienced in the last few years.

Were used to hearing how global warming is supposed to be behind each and every flood, harsh storm, or drought that’s considered to be a manifestation of extreme weather. The truth, however, shows that this question cannot be answered as readily and as definitively as we would like. This is because of the sheer unpredictability and variability of the weather in any part of the world.

If you say that looking at trends would be helpful in making a more solid conclusion, that might be correct but it is going to take plenty of time. More definite answers might be forthcoming in the years ahead, but right now it is still not considered enough. This is pretty understandable if the records that are required are pretty hard to find and in some cases it might even be missing or non-existent. That would certainly be a problem that needs to be addressed, if we are to fully understand the correlation between global warming and extreme weather.

This is not to say that global warming is being ruled out as a significant factor for extreme weather events, though. In fact, it has effects and can certainly impact the weather in various places in the world. An example is the increase in warmth in the atmosphere. Compared to how it was about 40 years ago, the atmosphere today actually holds four percent more water vapor. This is a direct consequence of increased temperatures and as a result, there would be more rainfalls to be expected.

Extreme Weight Loss is Risky at Best

America is more overweight than ever, so it is almost understandable how so many people get caught in the trap of extreme weight loss. Extreme diets are a potentially deadly trap that desperate people attempt because they are extremely frustrated with their situation. To make matters worse it is almost impossible to find solid information out there that doesn’t conflict.

What is one to do with so much misleading information about diet, exercise, and nutrition? One thing not to do is attempt to lose extreme amounts of weight in attempt to kick-start you weight loss action plan and here are some reasons why.

Reason one- Losing extreme amounts of weight is extremely dangerous. If you have certain medical conditions it can even be deadly. Sometimes people even cut back severely on the amount of water they take in believing that they won’t retain water weight if they take in less water. You can see that mis-information is not only annoying it can be dangerous. Your body needs nutrients on a regular basis to function properly, the list of problems that can occur if you attempt extreme weight loss tactics is enormous.

Reason two- It is painful. Starving yourself is not fun; going days or weeks on severe deficiencies of food is a horrible way to live. The lack of energy and the mood swings one experiences on severe calorie deficits is uncomfortable to say the least. One often becomes sick easily and can vomit in extreme cases.

Reason three- It is unnecessary. The best way to lose weight is healthfully. The issue of weight loss has to with lifestyle. The key is to begin to change your lifestyle and the extra weight will follow. If for example you never exercise then it’s time to figure out what it is that will motivate you to exercise. You can actually lose weight relatively quickly once you make a shift to a healthy lifestyle. The best part is that these changes are more permanent as apposed to a quick fix.

Ultimately, losing weight really isn’t about the food we eat, whether or not we exercise or lift weights, it is about the way we think. The mistake most people make is that they get focused purely on the goal of weight loss and they wonder why they get burned out in the gym or can’t lose the weight, ultimately leading to some form of extreme weight loss diet. There are usually many factors that come into play when we are talking about being overweight.

Studies have shown that everything from stress which increases cortisol, a stress hormone responsible for keeping many people overweight, to eating unhealthy, watching TV, and so on, all lead to gaining and keeping weight. So why would it be as simple as going to the gym to lose all the weight. My point is that it is all about lifestyle. You have to completely change the way you live your life.

Some things you would need to do to live a better lifestyle would be, exercising, reducing stress, finding work that you love, not to mention hanging out with positive people and having goals for the future. Excessive weight is only a symptom of a larger problem. Don’t treat the symptom by attempting extreme weight loss, treat the underlying cause and the symptoms will disappear.