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Direct Freight Express upgrades rigid curtain-siders

  • Posted on Thursday 9th, March 2017.

Independent parcel carrier, Direct Freight Express (DFE), has installed two-hook Quickloc automated curtains on a number of its rigid bodies, saving four minutes per delivery.

According to DFE Managing Director, Joe Catania, the QuickLoc system removes the need to manually buckle and unbuckle the curtain for the 28-33 deliveries the vehicles make on a daily basis.

"At a conservative estimate, we're saving three to four hours of time per vehicle, per week, that was previously wasted on a monotonous, tedious action," Catania said.

The QuickLoc curtain uses 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. A membrane at the rear of the Attards curtain enables it to be tightened, leaving a taut finish when the automatic system is activated.

"Every rigid curtain-sider we buy from here on out will be fitted with a Quickloc curtain. The drivers love it – they're fighting over who gets to drive a truck with the QuickLoc, not just because it saves their time and effort, but also because they don't have to worry about their fingers getting caught in the buckles," said Catania.

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