Loading units serve to store goods and to form loading entities for transport. The loading unit and its cargo securing protect the goods from damages due to tipping, rolling away or slipping during transport. Loading units are also called transport aids, load carriers, loading aids or storage aids.
What types of loading units are there?
Classic loading units are, for example, euro pallets, disposable pallets, containers, cages, boxes and containers for liquids (tanks, barrels).
In order to secure the load correspondingly, small packaging units such as boxes are grouped to form a loading unit and stabilised with packaging such as stretch foil or bands. Liquids are stored in containers adapted to the cargo, e.g. tanks. This serves not only to secure the load and protect it from damage, but also to simplify the handling of the transport and storage.
Loading units and transport management
Logistics, which is becoming ever more complex, requires a simple and reliable overview over consignments and their loading units. Loading unit management including planning, availability and documentation is thus an important component of order processing in a transport management system. Soloplan’s TMS CarLo supports users in the area of loading unit manageent with an overview of loading unit stocks, such as pallet accounts, and automatic loading unit posting via Order Entry.