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AFIA recognises TransKing for safety innovations

  • Posted on Friday 7th, September 2018.

Original equipment manufacturer, TransKing, was awarded 'Best Practice Safety' at the Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA).

The annual awards recognise excellence from transport operator and supplier companies and individuals across a range of categories and celebrate the enormous contribution the industry makes to the national economy.

Earlier this year, TransKing unveiled its fully automatic curtain-locking system, Quickloc Urban, as well as its comprehensive suite of load restraint technologies at inaugural supply chain event, MEGATRANS2018.

According to TransKing Managing Director, Lindsay King, the latest Quickloc Urban design is more economical, reducing the number of hooks required to automate curtain-sider curtains. This system is also optimised for vehicle operator industry best practice by eliminating repetitve manual labour tasks.

"The automated curtain system typically has one lever at the front of the curtain-sider that engages all buckles along one side of the vehicle simultaneously, significantly reducing the manual handling of numerous buckles for each delivery,” said King.

“The system encompasses only one pneumatic cylinder per side which simply locks either two or four curtain hooks into position or unlocks the hooks at the flick of a switch, and a membrane at the rear of the curtain enables it to be tightened, leaving a taut finish when the automatic system is activated,” he said.

King's other load restraint technologies include the OH&S spec'd Tightwinder load binders with bi-fold quickwind handles and the Quickstrap – an innovative setup that carries the winch strap from one side of the truck to the other without requiring ladders and access equipment. The Quickstrap eliminates the need for vehicle operators to throw straps and risk injury.

The Tightwinder uses a 2:1 bevel gear reduction, reducing the manual effort required to tighten straps. It also provides easy access to over-drive, under drop-decks and over-trailer suspensions, making it more efficient, quicker and safer for drivers as fingers, wrists and knuckles are safe from traditional slipping bars.

The Tightwinder was put through rigorous tests by transport industry consultant, Ian Wright, who was impressed by the invention's simplicity and ruggedness, and the consistency and ease of gaining high tension with minimal effort," said King. "It was also put through extensive fleet trials, with the first prototype Tightwinders installed on the Wickham Freight Lines fleet of curtain-siders in 1999."

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