ConFoot Ltd Finland presents the much-requested update to the ConFoot CF set.
The maximum load capacity of the CF set has been increased to 34 tons from the previous 30.
This development expands the range of use, making the CF set more attractive to specialist user groups such as tank container operators.
ConFoot container legs are the only portable container handling solution in the world.
A single CF leg weighs under 25 kilos.
The other product lines, CFP for loading bays and CFL for certain 45-foot containers, retain the 30-ton maximum load capacity.
ConFoot Ltd is a Finnish company currently based in Espoo, and with a distributor network covering 20 countries. Confoot products represent the tradition of Finnish world-class manufacturing, innovation and design. All products are all portable, reliable and affordable, and reflect the company’s core mission: creating value by reducing costs and streamlining the supply chain.
For further enquiries please contact company representative Mr Sami Seppänen,
Shipping containers have become the undisputable king of modern intermodal logistics. A driving factor behind the surge in popularity since the 1950s has been their impressive durability. The steel structures have been designed from the ground up to protect goods from the harsh conditions of long-distance transportation. However, they are inevitably not invincible. All shipping containers last a certain amount of time before they are deemed no longer useful. This lifespan varies greatly and is determined by a number of factors.
Who you ask
Containers have different lifespans to different people. Container leasing companies tend to depreciate their containers over a period of 10-12 years before they take them out of service. The general consensus for containers not in heavy use (i.e. for storage facilities) is that they can last between 25 and 30 years without any maintenance. However, homeowners who use containers which are well treated and cladded for use in construction will tell you that they can last well over 50 years. Also just because a container is deemed not seaworthy by a shipping conglomerate, does not mean that it is not still useful for a private owner with simpler requirements.
Where it is used
As with any metal construction, a containers lifespan can be cut short by rust. Rust is exacerbated by moisture and seawater. Therefore, sea spray and wet climates will greatly affect how long shipping containers last. Efforts can be made to protect a container from adverse conditions, but no known method can make a container completely impervious to mother nature.
Is it damaged?
If you are purchasing a used (or new for that matter) container, be sure to inspect it thoroughly. Any cracks in paint coatings, or dents in the exterior shell, can encourage the onset of rust and significantly reduce the lifespan of the container.
How to make shipping containers last longer
The best way to extend the lifespan of a container is to minimize its exposure to moisture. Clearly, this is not the most practical of solutions for a vessel designed to transport goods over oceans. That aside, all efforts should be made to minimize the chance of a container rusting. We have a handy guide on steps you can take to minimize pesky oxidation which you can read by clicking here.
Other methods of minimizing moisture contact include; reducing the amount of what is known as 'container rain' (internal condensation) and storing a container off the ground. 'Container rain' can be reduced by being selective with what you store in a container. To read more and get further information, check out our container condensation guide here.
Storing a container off the ground stops the base of the container being in constant with the damp ground and helps it to avoid any flowing groundwater during periods of precipitation. This can slow the deterioration of the container floor. An easy and cost-effective way to store a container raised off the ground can be by using ConFoot legs. ConFoot are lightweight steel supports which can be used to support a container weighing up to 30 tonnes, for as long as needs be. Find out more about the ConFoot solution to container handling here.
Helsinki has seen very little snow throughout 2017. Although it is a coastal capital, temperatures usually plunge deep enough throughout the winter months to cover the city in a thick blanket of the white stuff. This year however, warmer temperatures have kept much of the snow away. Mirroring the climate, things have heated up for ConFoot, allowing for 2017 to be the company's best year yet. Here is a breakdown of the stand out points.
Record sales & new customers
A record number of ConFoot sets have been sold in 2017. New customers this year include furniture giant IKEA and supermarket chain REWE, as well as many transport companies and warehouses across Europe and beyond.
ConFoot products are now stored and distributed from our new 1,200 m² warehouse in Warsaw, as well as Helsinki. This additional new facility ensures that ConFoot products can be delivered to customers across Europe in just a matter of days. Exports of ConFoot products to further destinations can also now be more conveniently arranged and facilitated.
New office location
ConFoot has relocated to a new, larger office located to the West of central Helsinki. Our mailing address remains the same as PL 287, 00151, Helsinki, Finland.
Within the last six months, the ConFoot website has been revamped and expanded with further useful information. View it here. We are now also present and active on social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter. Please feel to connect and communicate with us there.
New animated video
Towards the end of the year, ConFoot collaborated with an animation studio to produce this new animated clip. The video displays just one possible use scenario for the container support legs, showing how ConFoot use can be beneficial to both truck drivers and warehouse managers.
The year ahead
There are multiple projects in the works for the upcoming year, to expand the functionality of our products even further. To keep up to date with all of our future developments, please sign up to our periodic newsletter below.
The CF set is ConFoot's original set of four high strength steel legs which act as container supports. Designed in Finland, during a research and development period spanning over a decade, the CF set has made container handling a possibility to companies on a significantly smaller budget.
ConFoot legs are a relatively new innovation in the Intermodal industry, but they have already been making an impact for companies across Europe, Australia and more.
High strength steel
The custom blend of over 6 Finnish steels allows legs to support up to an incredible 30 tonnes. This maximum weight has been tested with extensive stress tests, utilizing a safety margin of 2.0 (as opposed to the industry standard of 1.6). The legs conform to the European 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive safety regulations.
Each of the four CF container supports weighs a mere 24 kg. This means that they can easily be installed a operated by a single user alone (often the truck driver). The installation process also only takes a few minutes. They are also able to be folded into a compact transport position, for more convenient carrying and storage.
Low purchase cost
The CF set holds a mere fraction of the cost of other container handling equipment. Side-loaders, static cranes and container forklifts require a significant budget to rent, let alone buy. The low price of the CF set removes the monopoly on container handling from only the largest of companies and reduces the high cost of rental fees for smaller businesses. Contact us here for a quote.
How they work
The installation process shown above is very simple and only requires a few minutes to carry out. The only stipulations are that the chassis used to unload the container onto the legs is equipped with air suspension (the connection point with the corner casting of each leg can be adjusted between 1043-1448 mm). The load should not exceed 30t and the set should be used on level, stable ground.
Types of containers they can be used for
Any container weighing under 30 tonnes with standard ISO corner casting can be mounted on ConFoot legs. Be it a reefer or a tank container, no problem.
See them in action
How to purchase
If you are interested in purchasing ConFoot products for your business, please contact us here for a quote. We will be happy to provide you a quote for direct shipment to your location as well. If you need any further information about the CF set, please don't hesitate to get in contact.
In October 2017, the ConFoot team was invited to a construction site to see how one of our customers was putting ConFoot legs to use. The company in question was a group of electricians carrying out work on a newly built line of loading bays in the outskirts of Helsinki, Finland.
As the work they were carrying out was inside the loading bays, they required access to their construction materials at loading bay height. Originally this meant that every piece of material that they required (generally large spools of cable) had to be lifted up individually with a forklift.
And after the inefficient method of lifting the material to the loading bays, they were faced with another issue. The work site was a large development with many different contractors having site access. This meant that securing the materials both outside and inside the loading bays was imperative due to the risk of theft and damage.
Placing a container on a ConFoot CFP set turned out to be the perfect solution for them. The materials required for the job could now be held in a shipping container at the ideal height for easy access. The container could also be closed and well secured at night or on weekends.
Once attached to the loading bay, materials could be unloaded directly from the container as and when needed. When work was finished, the team could simply lock and secure the container doors.
The ConFoot legs could be easily installed by just one member of the team in a matter of minutes. They are also capable of supporting up to 30t, above and beyond their personal requirements.
We compiled a video of the site visit below.
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The biggest event of the year for ConFoot, and the European logistics and transport industry, is just around the corner. Intermodal Europe 2017 is taking place on the 28th - 30th of November 2017, and the ConFoot team will be present. It is a world-leading exhibition bringing together global leading suppliers, exhibitors, speakers and more in an invaluable industry forum.
The event will be taking place this year in the RAI corporate exhibit and event complex in Amsterdam (Netherlands). RAI can be easily accessed by public transport. Options for getting there include taking metro 51, bus route 65, an InterCity train to the Amsterdam RAI railway station or by car as there is ample parking. Click here for more transport information.
Opening times are as follows;
28th November 10:00 - 18:00
29th November 10:00 - 18:00
30th November 10:00 - 15:00
Intermodal Europe 2017 is a 'free to attend' event, which offers over 30+ hours of conference sessions and access to over 140 global suppliers. The latest technology for supply chain optimisation and the future of transport will be on display as well as many opportunities for networking. See below Intermodal's video recap of last year's event.
The ConFoot team will be present, and available for a chat, at stand J02 for the duration of the event. There will also be a 10-foot shipping container mounted on ConFoot legs at the stand, so it is a great opportunity to see one of our sets in action. Please drop by our stand if you would like any further information, or drop us an email if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance.
We will also be providing coverage and live information straight from the event on our Twitter feed. Please consider following us there to be kept up to date. Not a Twitter user? No problem, sign up to our newsletter below to get similar information periodically to your inbox.
Members of the ConFoot team will be present this year at the International Transport & Logistics Exhibition in Warsaw (a.k.a. TransPoland Translogistica). 2017 will mark the fifth time that the event takes places, uniting professionals and companies related to 'Intermodal Transport' in Poland’s largest transport exhibition.
In 2016 there were 140 exhibitors and 4,500 visitors to TransPoland Translogistica. This year, 170 exhibitors are expected with 5,500 visitors expected to participate during the three day event. Last year over 65% of visitors stated that the main purpose of their visit was to 'look for business partners', and 68% were 'decision makers'.
Starting at 10 am, the exhibition will run from November 8th to November 10th 2017. Further information can be found at the event's website.
TransPoland Translogistica main topics
The main topics of the exhibition include;
Intermodal transport (containers and cargo, transportation fleet, handling equipment, ports and terminals, intermodal carriers)
Road, rail, maritime and air transport
Logistics and freight forwarding
Production and supplies for fleets and rolling stock
The event is taking place in the Warsaw International Expocentre located less than 5km from the city center, accessible by bus train and taxi.
As ConFoot has recently acquired an exclusive distribution partner in Poland, LOG-WAY-SOLUTION Sp. z o.o., we will be present at the conference together during a set time period. Please contact Jakub (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Taru (email@example.com) if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance and check their availability. They will not be present for the entire duration of the conference so please check in advance to ensure time to learn more about ConFoot legs.
A container mounted on ConFoot legs will be on display at the conference, so this is a great opportunity to see our products in use! To keep up to date with more news about ConFoot products, please consider signing up to our mailing list below for periodic newsletters.
Shipping containers are ideal for transporting cargo around the world. Through their journeys, they are frequently moved from carrier to carrier and from different secondary modes of transport (train, truck and ship). Seen below are some of the different methods used to move a container, and the comparative costs involved.
Static cranes ($$$$$)
A variety of cranes can be used to move a container from trucks, trains and vessels. Large-scale static cranes are usually located in container terminals and ports where there is a high volume of containers to unload/load. They function by suspending what is known as a 'spreader', a specialized handling tool, which connects and locks to the upper corner casting of a container. They are efficient at handling a high quantity of containers but are hindered by their significant cost, space requirements and lack of mobility.
Straddle carriers ($$$$)
Straddle carriers are, simply put, a form of mobile container crane. The carrier has a wide open space between its wheels, allowing the vehicle to drive over and 'straddle' a container. The spreader is then connected to the container, the container is raised up in the space between the supporting legs, and the carrier can the transport the container elsewhere. Suspending a load of up to 60 tonnes, they can travel up to 18.6 mph. They are therefore useful to move a container around a port or terminal, but ineffective to move a container any significant distance.
A sideloader is a specialized truck chassis which has two small hydraulic powered cranes at the front and back, used to move a container. They are also known as self loading trucks (SLT), sidelifters or container pickers. Before a container is un/loaded to the chassis, four supporting legs are extended to ensure that the chassis does not roll over. They are useful for transporting single containers over large distances. They do however require the space to the side of the chassis as containers can only be unloaded/loaded sideways. They are also restrictive with the size of the container that can be loaded, for example, a sideloader with just over 20 foot of space between the two cranes can clearly not transport a 40-foot container.
Reach stackers are vehicles with an arm which extends over the driver cabin. The arm suspends a spreader which can move a container. Reachstackers are quick and efficient at stacking containers on top of each other in small ports and terminals, but the height of the potential stack is limited by the length of the arm. The 'skystacker' variation is more adept at stacking containers by incorporating some of the design features of a forkllift.
Some truck trailers are able to tilt backwards, allowing a container to be carefully and gradually slid onto the ground. The containers movement is driven by the combination of a winch and the truck pulling forward. It is an effective method of unloading a lightly loaded 20ft container onto the ground, but it is not suitable for unloading heavily loaded containers, or 40 foot plus containers. The container will also be left at ground height, therefore it is not suitable for loading bays and will require a different method should it be moved in the future.
ConFoot legs ($)
By a significant amount, the most flexible and cost-effective method to move a container from a truck can be by using ConFoot legs. The legs are inserted into the lower corner castings of a container mounted on an air suspension equipped chassis. The chassis is then lowered, allowing the legs to take the weight of the container. The actions can be performed in reverse to replace the container onto a chassis. The container is held at loading bay height, giving a multitude of possibilities for the container to be unloaded at a rate which suits the customer. Find out more info at confoot.fi.
Shipping containers are built to last and endure extreme environments. As they are made of steel, shipping container rust is, unfortunately, a possibility. Steps can be taken however to slow its onset and stop significant damage occurring from corrosion. Read below for some tips and information.
Why does shipping container rust occur?
Rust is reddish brown compound which occurs when iron reacts with oxygen in the air, or chloride in water. Shipping containers are almost always constructed from steel, which is an alloy of iron, and are therefore susceptible to rust. Marine grade steel is used with anti-corrosive properties, but due to the harsh environments that containers encounter, rust will eventually, inevitably occur.
Why is shipping container rust a problem?
As metal rusts, it slowly corrodes and disintegrates. This can lead to what is known as structural rust on a container (i.e. rust which has begun to negatively affect the structural integrity of the container). Significant structural rust can render a container unusable. Non-structural rust (minimal surface level rust) is less of a concern, but it still can negatively affect the resale value of a container. It is can also give off a poor image for a freight forwarding company or similar business, to have visibly rusting containers.
Can shipping container rust still occur if its made from COR-TEN steel?
Many shipping containers are made from COR-TEN steel, a.k.a. weathering steel (check the manufacturer's plate on the container doors to verify). Commonly used in bridge and building construction, weathering steel forms a protective layer of surface level rust, which actually helps the steel to be more resistant to structural or severe rust. Weathering steel cannot, however, eliminate the risk of shipping container rust, it simply delays it. Humid subtropical climates have been known to stop weathering steel from functioning correctly as well.
Avoid constant water contact
Moisture drives the oxidation reaction leading to shipping container rust. Therefore, where possible containers should be dried, and all areas which collect water, drained. A common area is the bottom surface of the container doors as water collects in the area. If containers are laid on the ground as well, the bottom is likely to rust, encouraged by the ground moisture. A simple way to avoid this would be to store a container on ConFoot legs instead of on the ground.
If purchasing a used container, inspect it carefully before purchase. Check for any signs of rust, especially on the base of the container, or anywhere water may have collected or been trapped. A container mounted on ConFoot legs is a great way to inspect the bottom of the steel structure for rust. Check for dents and deformations as well, because damage to the paint cover or metal structure can cause rust to occur more rapidly.
Applying a zinc paint coat can slow the process of shipping container rust significantly. By the process of 'cathodic protection' the zinc slows the process of the rusting of the underlying steel. Quality zinc paint should contain at least 90% dry zinc powder. Mounting a container on ConFoot legs would allow the bottom to be easily painted.
Local treatment of shipping container rust
If you notice shipping container rust on a localized area, and it is not too severe, it can be treated. One method is to grind/ sand blast/ chip the rust down in the area. Once the surface has been ground down to the bare metal, paint it over with a primer and topcoat.
Know when to give up
Although shipping containers are built to be very hard-wearing, they do have a limited lifespan. The conditions which they are exposed to greatly affect how long they will last. For example, a container exposed to sea salt and water will corrode faster than a container stored inland, in a warm and dry environment. Once they are displaying signs of significant rust or structural damage, they should be taken out of service.
If you notice signs of rust and corrosion on your container, contact the original dealer or certified professional as soon as possible to find out exactly what can be done.
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Your questions answered for ConFoot shipping container legs
We have rounded up the most commonly asked questions about ConFoot products and how they can be used with a shipping container.
ConFoot legs are a set of four metal struts which can be used to remove, stand and replace a shipping container on to/off of a truck chassis.
ConFoot legs only weigh 24kg each, allowing them to be easily carried and installed by one person alone
A set of four legs costs a mere fraction of the cost of other forms of shipping container handling equipment. Contact us today for a quote.
The set of four CF-legs are certified to hold up to 34 tonnes. That maximum weight includes the weight of the shipping container and its contents. With CFP and CFL set the maximum weight is 30 tonnes.
The container is raised by the air suspension chassis on a truck. At this point the ConFoot legs are fitted to the shipping container's corner casting. When the chassis is then lowered, the legs will come into contact with the ground, shifting the weight of the container onto the legs. The truck can then drive away with its chassis and the container will be left free standing. The same process in reverse is used to load a shipping container back onto the chassis. See the process in our video.
For ConFoot legs to function, they must be used in tandem with a truck chassis with functioning air suspension. The chassis must also be able to lower to the point where the corner casting of the loaded shipping container is between 1043 – 1448 mm above the ground. The vast majority of air suspension chassis can do this, but there are a few exceptions.
ConFoot legs are extremely versatile and are helpful in a range of different industries. See some examples on our 'User Groups' page.
No, not at all. The movement required to shift the weight of the shipping container from the chassis to the ConFoot legs and vice-versa is performed by the air suspension system of the truck chassis.
As long as needs be, perfect for long term and short term shipping container storage alike.
No, the shipping container's elevation from the ground cannot be changed when it is mounted on ConFoot legs.
No, ConFoot legs can be folded into a carry position, making them particularly easy to move around and store/transport.
Just a matter of minutes. Inserting and securing the legs is a very simple process. The general procedure can be seen in our video
Absolutely. The CFP model is even custom designed to be compatible with loading bay use. Learn more about it here. As the shipping container is constantly elevated when on the legs, it is at an ideal height to be unloaded/loaded at a loading bay, and is ready for a new chassis to be reversed under it whenever needed.
From standard 20 footers shipping containers to tank containers, ConFoot legs can support all shipping containers with standard ISO corner casting. To see which of our product range would be best for different container sizes/types, click here.
Not currently. In order to begin the process of receiving a CE mark, applications for products must be made under certain categories. As ConFoot legs are a new & innovative product, they have no comparable equivalents on the market. Thus, there is also no category under which it could currently receive a CE marking.
Yes. Use of ConFoot products following the mandatory guidelines, presented in the instruction manual, is entirely safe. They were developed above and beyond the requirements which would have been obligatory for a CE marking. Following the safety regulations prescribed in the European 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive, throughout the R&D and the production process, ConFoot legs were tested with a safety margin of 2.0 as opposed to the required 1.6. Extensive strength calculations and practical tests were carried out.
As they do not have a CE marking, the standard triennial maintenance inspections are not obligatory. Should one of your ConFoot legs seem defective, or in need of maintenance, please contact us and we will direct you to the nearest possible inspector.
ConFoot legs can be delivered straight to you on a price per pallet basis. Each pallet can hold up to three sets of ConFoot legs (12 pcs). Contact us here for a delivery quote to your location. You can also arrange to pick up the legs yourself from our warehouses in Warsaw and Helsinki.
ConFoot legs are made from a custom blend of high strength, Finnish steels.
Although ConFoot Oy's head office is located in Finland, the legs are manufactured in neighbouring Estonia.
In certain cases, it has been possible to modify ConFoot legs as per a customer's request. However, modifications are decided upon on a case per case basis. If you would like to make an inquiry, please contact us here.
ConFoot sets have been tested with up to a maximum wind speed of 20 m/s, or 72 km/h.
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