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Feat of engineering

  • From the November 2017 issue.
Feat of engineering

Krueger Transport Equipment has given the industry numerous examples of its trailer engineering expertise over its 40 years in business. The latest is its innovative Quick Kurt curtain system.

At Krueger Transport Equipment, the innovation wheel never stops turning. Spearheaded by company patriarch, John Krueger, the company is constantly working with its clients across the country to find ways to improve not just the fleet operator’s daily operation, but also the industry as a whole.

Maintaining a constant development cycle for over 40 years in business is one of the reasons why Krueger has become well known as an industry innovator, with its developments in load restraint technology a particular point of pride for John.

Alongside other new developments like the new Fuel Saver Freezer Van (see breakout box), Krueger has been developing and testing a variety of different curtain designs and construction methods to find the best solution for both load restraint and standard curtains.

Now, Krueger has launched its new Quick Kurt curtain system – a reduced buckle solution that meets every one of its high standards and provides substantial benefits to the user.

“Now, a standard 45-foot curtain-sider will feature just seven buckles per side, and even less on an A-trailer” John says.

“This is a massive reduction from the standard 22 buckles and therefore dramatically reduces the amount of time and effort it takes to open and close the curtain.”

More importantly, John says, the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) benefits of the Quick Kurt curtain system were one of the most important areas of improvement for transport operators. “Protecting drivers and operators from repetitive strain injuries is a priority for every smart transport business, regardless if they have one trailer or a hundred trailers,” he says.

These major benefits in productivity and safety are possible without sacrificing any freight protection ability, John explains, as a newly designed Kevlar welded strap webbing runs both vertically and horizontally across the curtain, obtaining maximum tension with just seven buckles.

The curtain has been designed to provide tension from the top to the bottom so that when closed, it provides stiffness along the base of the curtain. This stiffness means the curtains no longer bunch underneath the buckle, resulting in a taut curtain that maintains its shape even against the combing over the wheels. “The design has also reduced curtain billowing when compared to a standard 22 buckle curtain, and is best suited for transport operators that use side gates or load binders to secure their freight,” John says – adding that the taut curtain also contributes to fuel efficiency for the vehicle.

“The curtains are tight to the side of the trailer, meaning there is a reduction in wind drag and less billowing in windy conditions,” John says. “This in turn reduces the fuel used per trip and improves freight protection, as our on-road tests have shown the Quick Kurt curtain system is effective in preventing dust and water ingress from the side coaming.”

John says the Quick Kurt curtain is a low cost option to a standard curtain, providing an affordable productivity gain for its customers and improvements to benefit the industry at large. However, there is another option for operators looking to go the extra step. “Krueger also has a buckle-less model available for even greater time savings, reducing the buckles from seven to zero,” John says.

The reduced buckle solutions are available across the full range of Krueger single and B-double curtain-siders, ensuring the productivity and efficiency benefits are available for a high proportion of the industry. “We wanted to make sure as many operators as possible benefit from the time savings and OH&S improvements with our new Quick Kurt curtain system,” John says.

“We work closely with our clients during all product developments to offer the industry the innovations it wants and needs.”

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