What is a tow train? Can it improve my internal logistics?

21st May 2024


What is a tow train? Tow trains, or tugger trains, are used in internal logistics. Internal logistics, also known as intralogistics, involves managing and optimising the flow of materials, goods, and information within a company’s facility. Key components include:

  • Material Handling: Using equipment like conveyors, forklifts and tow trains! …to move goods.
  • Storage and Warehousing: Implementing storage solutions (Acres can provide lots of these!) and organising goods efficiently.
  • Inventory Management: Tracking and controlling stock levels.
  • Production Logistics: Coordinating materials to support production schedules.
  • Information Flow: Using data systems for managing and sharing logistics information.
  • Quality Control: Ensuring materials and products meet quality standards.

FA1 Trolley


  • Efficiency: Streamlining processes to reduce time and costs.
  • Productivity: Enhancing material flow speed and accuracy.
  • Cost Reduction: Minimising handling and storage costs.
  • Flexibility: Adapting to changes in production or product lines.
  • Safety: Maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Ensuring timely and accurate delivery.
  • Effective internal logistics is crucial for maintaining production flow, reducing operational costs, and improving overall productivity, directly impacting a company’s ability to meet targets and respond to customer demands.


A tow train is a material handling system used to efficiently transport goods and materials within a warehouse, factory, or distribution centre.

The tow train consists of a series of non-motorised trolleys, carts or trailers linked together and pulled by a powered vehicle, such as a AGV, Forklift Truck, Tow Tractor or Tugger Tug Unit. Acres specialise in the design and manufacture of the trolleys that are towed around facilities in a ‘train’ to form a ‘tow train’, delivering components and materials to lineside production areas. Some of these units are called E Frames, C Frames, H Frames etc.


This setup allows for the simultaneous movement of multiple loads, improving operational efficiency and reducing the need for multiple trips.


Benefits of Tow Trains in Internal Logistics:

  • Increased Efficiency: Tow trains can move large volumes of materials in a single trip, reducing the time and labour required for transportation within the facility.
  • Cost Reduction: By consolidating loads, tow trains reduce the number of trips needed, leading to lower fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
  • Improved Safety: Fewer vehicle movements can decrease the risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, tow trains are often designed with safety features to ensure stable and secure transport.
  • Flexibility: Tow trains can be configured to handle different types of loads and can be easily adapted to changing operational needs.
  • Space Optimisation: By reducing the number of vehicles and trips required, tow trains can help optimise the use of space within a facility.


Example Applications of Tow Trains:

  • Automotive Manufacturing: For moving parts and components to assembly lines.
  • Retail Distribution: For transporting goods from receiving areas to storage or picking locations.
  • Aerospace: For handling large, bulky components within manufacturing facilities.
  • General Warehousing: For efficiently moving pallets, containers, and other goods.

Tow Trolley


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