A Very Heavy Load: MRI Delivery

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed continues to provide best-in-class specialized flatbed service as with this recent MRI delivery to Indiana. Each special transport begins with intimate product knowledge and an understanding of what is needed. It begins with proper trailer type, unique care and communication. Our decades of experience and thousands of successful deliveries in the medical imaging device market adds confidence with each new move.

This transport required a step-deck with tarps and a driver knowledgeable in product-specific securement. Advance notice to the Cryo-Farm on our selected load date helps assure the piece is ready when necessary to ship to meet the transit for the required delivery date. These magnets are super-cooled and have a limited life of several days off-compressor.

The magnet gantry has its own securement to the special pallet base and the driver secures the pallet only with chains and binders at two points fore and aft. Despite the special wrap the magnet has from its original shipping from overseas, it’s very important the driver take great care when tarping to not damage the foil nor the attached electronic components.

Once loaded, we utilize ELD-based position tracking on a constant and daily basis to inspect progress goals are achieved or exceeded. Our exceptional on-time record allows us to communicate on an exception-only basis with our clients so they can focus on their core product offering and not the distraction of constant updates. The driver contacts the specific rigger at least 24-hrs prior to delivery to confirm schedule, provide specific arrival time, and gather site-specific parking/staging location information.

Upon arrival on site, the driver works with the lead rigger for the logistics of who, when, where, and how, to make the lift of the 30,000 lbs., safely and efficiently. Our drivers often collaborate and assist the riggers due to their experience at previous sites working with the same key factors. Knowing what works (and what doesn’t) can save many man-hours and add an additional layer of safety to the process.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899  7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Rocket Sled to Washington, D.C.

On August ninth, Safeway Logistics’ Flatbed Transportation embarked on the historic task of transporting the Sonic Wind 1 rocket Sled (all 8,000 pounds of it!) 1,924 miles from Alamogordo, NM to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

There it will be prepared for display in the upcoming exhibit “SPEED” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Dr. (Col.) John Stapp manned the sled repeatedly to test the effects of acceleration on the human body. He set a ground speed record of 632 miles per hour, and provided invaluable data which resulted in development of safer tools and practices for the U.S. Air Force and, ultimately, NASA.

Where has the Sonic Wind 1 been?

The U.S. Air Force entrusted the sled to the Smithsonian in 1966. Since that time, it remained at the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Until Safeway Logistics had the honor of handling the safe loading, transport, and delivery of the precious cargo.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Distribution of Hospitality Equipment

The Challenge:

Our client had a project that requires distribution of between 1 to 3 coolers to over 600 locations across the country.  The challenge was managing 600 different delivery providers, coordinating the inbound transportation, maintaining process and controls to manage OS&D (over, short, & damage) and getting all the service providers on board to complete the delivery properly, bill the service request in a timely fashion and working closely with our client to get over 600 new vendors accurately into their system for payment.

The Solution:

Safeway Logistics offered a single point of contact solution.  The client communicated their requirements and provided a spreadsheet with all the destination points.  We managed our service providers and secured not to exceed rates to allow for accurate budgeting while staying within the scope of work.  We worked closely with our client on the roll out schedule and Safeway Logistics managed every detail of the delivery coordination and execution.

The Results:

The program was a huge success.  Over 600 locations delivered as scheduled by our service providers throughout the United States.  Each provider  worked diligently to receive the product and completed the OS&D procedure as outlined in the scope of work.  During each scheduled delivery, our team set equipment in place, along with racking installed as required and lastly plugged into power.  Each delivery was completed with the debris removal and photo was taken of the equipment in place showing a recorded temperature.  Thus, validating that the product was cooling as required.  We then provided documentation including a signed POD, confirming the product was successfully delivered, damage free and on time.  This project was perfectly managed without a single service failure of any kind.