What is cubing in transportation? Calculation of cubic capacity

What is cubic capacity in logistics? It’s the way we arrange goods on pallets or in modes of transportation, like trucks or containers.

What is its purpose? Primarily, it’s to maximize the load without exceeding limits, making the most of dimensions within transportation regulations.

What should we consider? It’s essential to know the transported product, as not all are stackable, and the weight per axle matters.

Cubing plays a vital role in freight transportation and the competitiveness among companies. Since logistics costs impact product prices, cubing can be a determining factor in price fluctuations.

Calculation of the cubic capacity of a container

To calculate the cubic capacity of a container, we must take into account that it is measured in cubic feet.

Then, we obtain this measure by multiplying the length by the width by the height.

It aims to maximize the load inside a container, making rational use of all available space.

To calculate the volume of a cubic volume in the context of transport or storage of goods, it is generally a matter of measuring the total volume occupied by a set of objects or a load inside a container. Steps to perform this calculation:

  • Paso 1: medir las dimensiones del contenedor o espacio.
  • Paso 2: calcular el volumen del contenedor.
  • Paso 3: medir las dimensiones de la carga.
  • Paso 4: calcular el volumen de cada objeto.
  • Paso 5: sumar los volúmenes de los objetos.
  • Paso 6: comparar el volumen de la carga con el volumen del contenedor.

Cubic capacity in 20 cu. ft. containers

Capacity: 33.2 cubic meters.

  • Length: 5.90 m
  • Width: 2.35 m
  • Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 26,000 kg

Empty weight: 2,300 kg

Cubic capacity in 40 cu. ft. containers

Capacity: 67 cubic meters.

  • Length: 12.03 m
  • Width: 2.35 m
  • Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 28,500 kg

Empty weight: 3,780 kg

Cubing in 40 HC containers

Capacity: 76 cubic meters.

  • Length: 12.03 m
  • Width: 2.35 m
  • Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 30,500 kg

Empty weight: 4,020 kg

Cubing in 45 HC containers

Capacity: 86 cubic meters.

  • Length: 13.56 m
  • Width: 2.35 m
  • Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 32,500 kg

Empty weight: 4,800 kg

How to calculate the cubic capacity of a box?

To calculate the cubic capacity of a box we must perform the following operation:

Length x Width x Height

Ex: 40 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm = 16,000cm³.

*We must bear in mind that we must always use the same metric unit, otherwise the result will not be accurate. *

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