SPECIAL: Air Cargo Nets!

air cargo netsTOTALPACK is proud to announce that we are currently offering air cargo nets at a special price. Air cargo nets are used to hold large shipments on pallets in place during transit. The nets connect to the sides of the pallet and ensure your large shipments arrive at their final destinations unharmed. They are one-piece, knotted and adjustable. Our air cargo nets are a woven mixture of polyester and nylon rope and have been the net of choice for world leading cargo airlines for over thirty years. Made only in the United States, these air cargo nets have significant advantages over any other product. The woven rope is stronger, lighter and less likely to snag because of its extremely tight weave. The knotted construction also prevents the net from unraveling if a cord happens to break. All of our air cargo nets are treated with an abrasion resistant coating that greatly extends the average service life. They are lighter than many comparable cargo nets, making handling effortless and lowering your overall operational costs. Not to mention they are uncomplicated, faster and less expensive to repair than spliced nets because all repair intersections are knotted rather than picked. The air cargo nets can be repaired in the field using FAA Certified Bridge Strap that bridges broken diamonds. They are available in many different colors to make identifying and tracking your air cargo net much easier.

We are now offering air cargo nets for $69 each! 88″ X 125″ X 82″ or P1

Satco’s Aluminum Air Cargo Pallets

aluminum air cargo palletsSatco, Inc. first introduced the all-metal pallet to the industry in 1968. Since that day more than 40 years ago, they have been the only ULD manufacturer – main and lower deck cargo containers, pallets, nets, and straps – under one roof. The company is partnered with Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of aluminum, and features environmentally friendly aluminum alloy materials in all its containers and air cargo pallets. Satco is one of the suppliers TOTALPACK utilizes for delivering quality aluminum air cargo pallets. These pallets are ideal for shipping large packages and bundles long distances. The aluminum air cargo pallets TOTALPACK carries are fairly large in size to accommodate your largest cargo load. They range from 5ft x over 10ft to 8ft x 20ft, so they provide plenty of functional space. The cost of purchasing a brand new aluminum air cargo pallet can be expensive, so TOTALPACK keeps this in mind – we offer used pallets for about half the price. They are still in great condition, fully functional, and are an excellent option if you are looking to cut costs.

Two aluminum air cargo pallets we sell from Satco are 8ft x 16ft and 8ft x 20ft. Definite advantages of these two pallets are as follows:

Aluminum Alloy: Satco manufacturers cargo pallets with 7075-T6 aluminum alloy (78,000 psi) that is 38% stronger than the 7021 aluminum alloy (56,565 psi) commonly used by European manufacturers.

Sheet Thickness: The thickness of the top and bottom is 0.16 inches (4.06mm). This is the standard single sheet pallet sheet thickness. When used with stringers in between top and bottom sheets, it makes an extremely rigid and strong platform on the top and durable rolling service on the bottom.

Reparability: Because the pallets are mechanically fastened and no adhesives or filters are used, the Satco pallet is easier to repair using standard metal techniques. Other big heavy-duty pallets on the market are not easy to repair due to their size and weight. Holes to the top or bottom sheets can be cut out using a hand router and damaged stringers can be repaired or replaced. Edge rails can be replaced without interference with the center structure of the pallet by removing pull rivets at the top and bottom sides of edge rails.

aluminum air cargo palletsDurability: Past tests have proven that Satco’s pallets can withstand up to 50,000 pounds of weight at its center. Although the pallet deflected slightly, the pallet passed the test with no damage.

Long Established Usage History: Virtually all the major cargo carriers have used these aluminum air cargo pallets worldwide. Of course there are pallets available that are less expensive and lighter, but there is no pallet commercially available that has a lower overall cost of ownership when you factor in its life expectancy and low repair burden.

For quality you can trust, commit to one of our Satco aluminum air cargo pallets. You cannot go wrong with the features these pallets offer and the great life expectancy they provide. Check them out here!

How to Use Air Cargo Straps

Loading a vehicle or heavy object on a trailer is typically a fairly easy process, but making sure it’s secured correctly is another story. You want to make sure the object being towed is tightly mounted to the trailer, otherwise you could loosen a strap and lose the load. For that, you use air cargo straps. These tie-downs work great for securing a load to an aircraft, to a trailer, or to a hand truck. Using them correctly is pretty easy; it’s just a matter of technique.

1. Look at the object that you want to secure and start to figure out a plan of action. The goal is to make the object being moved and the object doing the moving (pallet, truck bed, etc) one solid unit. By doing this, you minimize damaging the object in transport, and also lessen the risk of loosening a strap because the object moves. To do this correctly, find a space to tighten the load to on the pallet.

2. Secure one hook of the air cargo strap to the tie-down on the pallet or trailer bed, and wrap the strap around the load. If you’re moving a vehicle, wrap the strap around a suspension point such as the axle or lower control arm, or just hook the other end of the air cargo strap to a suspension point. If it’s an object, connect the other hook to another tie down point on the pallet or trailer.

3. Locate the ratcheting mechanism on the tie-down strap. It’s a handle with a barrel in the middle, which the strap wraps around. Place your hand on the handle and pull it in the opposite direction, then back down. This is going to pull the air cargo strap into the barrel, so if you see excess strap, make sure to line it up as you’re ratcheting using your free hand. Continue ratcheting until the strap is tight, and then pull back on the handle really hard to secure the load. Wrap any excess strap around the rest of the strap and tie in a knot if necessary.

4. Repeat this process for any additional cargo strap you want. If this is on a vehicle, you want a cargo strap to be on each corner, pulling the suspension point away from the center on all corners. This way, if one strap fails, the others will keep it in place. Apply the same method for an object that you’re carrying, by orienting the straps to pull in opposite directions.

Below is a detailed video on how to use a ratchet. This will help speed up the process of securing the air cargo strap to your shipment.

What is a ULD?

ULD Pallet

ULD stands for unit load device, which is a pallet or container used to load luggage, freight, and mail onto aircrafts. If the ULD is a pallet, it is most likely made from aluminum sheets equipped with rims to lock onto cargo nets. Once loaded, the shipments are wrapped with shrink-wrap or tied together using cargo nets. A container – sometimes referred to as a can or pod – is a closed ULD framed with aluminum. Depending on the items being shipped, these containers could have built-in refrigeration units or Lexan walls (a type of thermoplastic).

Why are unit load devices so important?

ULDs are an efficient way to ship bulk packages domestically or internationally. Large quantities of cargo can be bundled in a single unit, making it less likely to get lost or improperly manhandled along the way. These devices save crews time and effort, not to mention help prevent delays. Another plus to using a ULD is the balanced loading it provides. Instead of warily stacking box on top of box and praying they don’t shift in transit, ULDs offer support and organization for your packages.

ULDHow to ship a ULD

Before you purchase your own unit load device, it is very important you know where you are shipping items and how much space those items will occupy. ULDs are unique because they are built based on the availability of space in an aircraft body. Once the smaller packages are loaded onto the pallet or container, the shipment should be shrink-wrapped starting at the base. After that, adhesive and labels are applied to the outer surface and the shipment is numbered to guarantee a safe delivery.

There are different specifications depending on where your package’s final destination is. If shipping domestically, you are free to use a regular pallet or container. However, if you are planning on shipping internationally, you must use a heat-treated or plastic pallet and bind it twice with ties after it is wrapped. If you fail to bind the ULD, it will not be loaded on the aircraft, and thus not delivered.

Shipping large packages can be tedious and stressful, so anything that makes this process a little smoother is extremely valuable to your company. ULDs have an impressive reputation and are the most secure option when transporting large quantities. Next time your company is looking to send items via aircraft, a ULD is definitely an excellent option to ensure the shipment arrives unharmed at the final destination.