Truck & Rail Load/Unload


Franklen Equipment is a provider of total solutions for customers needing to transfer or store liquids in bulk.

We can provide you with complete solutions for truck loading and unloading. From tank truck systems and API couplers to loading arms and safety access equipment, we have solutions for almost every application.

Franklen Equipment can also provide and install a variety of loading arms and gantry access equipment for the top and bottom loading of rail cars. We serve the petroleum, chemical and food industries providing effective loading and unloading systems for the safe and efficient handling of all types of liquid. We work closely with you to design the best system for your application.

Bottom Loading Benefits


Safety of the person operating the loading arm is the prime advantage since the operator remains on the ground, not on top of the vehicle where falls are a common threat.


Speed is a key advantage of terminal tank truck bottom loading, tanks can be filled faster because a number of compartments can be loaded simultaneously.

Reduced Time

Connections are made more quickly so overall loading time is reduced

Less Turbulence

Bottom loading systems create less turbulence in the tank, reducing the danger of generating static electricity.

Vapor Recovery

Bottom loading systems can be easily adapted to fully recover vapors displaced during loading.



Bottom loading islands are simpler and cheaper to build than top loading racks. You can realize more savings because you'll safely load more material in a shorter time with less spillage and vapor loss.

Top Loading

Top Loading railcars and trucks systems should have sufficient horizontal range to reach the farthest compartment without re-spotting the vehicle. Sufficient vertical movement and drop-pipe lengths are also necessary to service vehicles of varying heights. A properly designed top loading system can achieve these requirements.

Top loading can also be used for tight-fill and vapor recovery applications when used with specially designed and engineered components, such as vapor plates, and tapered hatch plugs. Special top loading designs can also be supplied with a wide range of valves, fittings, and instrumentation equipment.

LYNX Series Bottom-Loading Coupler

liquip-lynx.jpgLYNX is optimized to bring your liquid terminals and tank trucks the very best in dry-break API technology. From its ultra-durable stainless-steel collar to its ability to protect your loading-arm connection even when facing surge pressures up to 500 psi, you can count on LYNX for years of service and to help minimize fluid loss.

Fast Disassembly, Less Downtime
If you have 30 seconds and a screwdriver, you can disassemble LYNX. Thanks to a U-pin design, loading-arm operators can perform coupler maintenance without special tools and do it quickly.