Nikita and I recently undertook a Western Victoria and South Australia road trip where we managed to meet most plants in the region.
These road trips provide me with the opportunity to meet our existing members and non-members and discuss the issues they see as important to our industry whilst also reminding them of the great benefits FTMA provides for fabricators.
It also allows me the opportunity to tour plants and discover improved or new ways of doing things as everyone does things differently and by sharing this information it helps our industry continually improve without recreating the wheel each time.
One of these new technologies was during the visit to FTMA Member Keith Timber where Michael showed me the Roadpods (pictured right) which were very impressive.
So, what are Roadpods? They were designed in conjunction with Langs Building Supplies to specifically look at improving transportation safety and efficiencies within the frame and truss industry.
The pods are custom made loadable trays designed to fit any size truck, so loads can be packed on the ground either by hand or forklift, eliminating the need for your crew to load deliveries at heights, which comes with the potential risk of falling. We hope to provide you more information on Roadpods in the near future with some case studies on costings and efficiencies but I for one was excited by this great innovative product as I truly believe it has huge safety & efficiency benefits for the sector and lets face it transportation is an area where safety is, at times, an issue.