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Curtain technology to revolutionise trailers

  • Posted on Monday 7th, November 2016
Curtain technology to revolutionise trailers

Two of Australia’s most renowned trailer builders, Freighter and Vawdrey, have launched revolutionary new curtain systems designed to speed up productivity and maximise safety for operators.

Freighter’s new curtain system, the T-Liner Mark II, references the first mass produced curtain-sider in Australia, the Freighter T-Liner.

“The T-Liner Mark II is an evolution of the T-Liner and is the latest in a long line of innovations from Freighter, including two recent load restraint gate releases, easy-glide curtain rollers and a two-piece roof rail,” explains Freighter General Manager, Mario Colosimo.

“T-Liner Mark II uses the curtain arc technology of our award-winning EziLiner and a newly developed buckle that brings the number of buckles on each side of a standard T-Liner from 22 to just six, providing significant benefits in terms of efficiency and workplace safety.”

In order to create adequate tension with less than a third of the buckles, Freighter also developed a new ‘high force’ buckle with a new mechanism specifically designed for the T-Liner MARK II that also uses a designated strap fastening point on the tie-rail for extra leverage.

“A further advancement in the buckle is the inclusion of a non-slip clamp which ensures the high forces that the buckle produces are held in place while in transit,” Mario says – adding that the non-slip buckle design will be rolled out across its entire curtain-sider range to give more customers increased peace of mind that comes from the safety equipment.

Meanwhile, Vawdrey has launched the LatchLiner buckleless curtain system, exclusive to its semi-trailer portfolio. The company says the simplicity of the LatchLiner system means fleet operators can move away from using traditional curtain buckles.

“Instead of having 34 buckles on each side, the LatchLiner only requires several quick release handles in total,” says Paul Vawdrey, Sales Director. “Compare the differences between manually unhooking 68 buckles, as opposed to a simple push and pull of specially fitted handles, and the LatchLiner productivity is significantly increased.”

More importantly, the LatchLiner is safer for the operator. “Improving work health and safety for customers is always a top priority for Vawdrey and the innovative LatchLiner does just that,” Paul says. “It reduces the risk of injury as the operator does not have to exert force to use it.”

From a finish perspective, Vawdrey says the LatchLiner’s sleek design creates more visible branding for the fleet operator. “The LatchLiner tightens the curtain so that when the trailer is out on the road, bellowing and curtain flapping is eliminated,” Paul adds. “In addition to the LatchLiner system, we’ve also reinforced the structural integrity of our curtains to reduce wear and improve longevity.”

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