TIME is money, and the time spent tightening fasteners on a curtain-sider trailer is money spent in running a transport operation, particularly one running short and medium haul.
Freighter has developed a system that reduces the buckle fasteners from 22 to six saving, Freighter says, ten minutes per set up.
The trailer is Freighter's Mk II T-Liner that reduces by a third the number of buckles on the previous first generation T-Liner.
"Less buckles results in less time spent opening and closing curtains, operators can save up to ten minutes per drop, which is a significant productivity gain without the need for an additional investment into automation," Freighter General Manager Mario Colosimo said.
"Decreasing the number of buckles to just six on a traditional T-Liner means the risk of repetitive strain injuries is greatly reduced, improving work safety."
The T-Liner Mk II borrows ideas from a number of proven Freighter innovations to create a safer and more efficient trailer at an affordable price.
"Previously it hasn't been possible to reduce the number of buckles on a curtain without loss of vertical tension, which is vital to ensuring the curtains stay safely closed and don't flap in the breeze when in transit," he said.
"The use of Freighter's proven 'curtain arc technology' spreads the vertical tension out evenly over the width of the curtain, making what was previously impossible, possible."
Freighter's 'curtain arc technology' uses a high strength nylon rope running through a series of arcs at the bottom of the curtain to create vertical tension quickly, simply and reliably.
The curtain arcs are only one piece of the puzzle.
In order to create adequate tension with less than a third of the buckles, Freighter created a new 'high force' buckle.
Higher tightening forces are achieved via a new buckle mechanism specifically designed for the T-Liner Mk II, while the strap fastening point on the tie-rail also gives the buckle extra leverage.