MaxiTrans has announced a new T-liner from Freighter, to be named ‘T-Liner MARK II’. According to Freighter, the model is a step-change evolution to the curtain sided trailer, featuring less than a third as many buckles while maintaining the same equivalent vertical curtain tension.
“Less buckles results in less time spent opening and closing curtains,” said Mario Colosimo, Freighter General Manager. “Operators can save up to ten minutes per drop, which is a significant productivity gain without the need for an additional investment into automation.
“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 health and safety.”
The new design picks up ideas from a number of previous Freighter innovations, including curtain arc technology using a high strength nylon rope running through a series of arcs at the bottom of the curtain to create vertical tension.
“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,” said Colosimo. “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.”
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 MARK II, with the new strap fastening point on the tie-rail also giving the buckle extra leverage.
The buckle also includes a non-slip clamp which ensures the high forces the buckle produces remain while in transit. Freighter said it plans to upgrade its standard buckle design across its entire range to include this non-slip feature.
“The non-slip feature is included on the T-Liner MARK II buckle, effective immediately,” said Colosimo. “It will be added to existing T-Liner, Insuliner, Load Hold and AutoHold models by the end of 2016.”