Safety at forefront of design
LINDSAY King’s love affair with road transport began when he was first introduced to trucks while working for Greenway Transport in 1968 as a motor mechanic.
After he started working as a mechanic for The Overnighters, a division of Mayne Nickless, he was promoted to fleet manager, bringing several changes to the fleet.
He spearheaded the interest in fuel conservation through his use of nose cones and belly lockers.
He took much pride in speccing out his trucks, matching gear and power for fuel efficiency.
He then moved from fleet management to managing the service division of SX Trailers and then joined the Royan Group, who, together with Vawdrey, opened an agency in Sydney.
Lindsay, who is the managing director of Transking Innovations, still continues to sell Vawdrey trailers and the services of Royan’s working as a consultant, but during that period he designed the Lockerliner, Tightwinder and the Quickloc Automatic Curtain system. He also designed the Transking Quickstrap in the interest of safety in the industry.
Unlike the conventional bungee system, where the load restraint straps are a permanent fixture, the simple, inexpensive Quickstrap system is a stand-alone system that can be used as and when required by the operator. The winch straps stay in the regular position when not in use.
The purpose of the system is to carry a regular winch load restraint strap on a curtain-sided semi-trailer or rigid, over the top of a load which has typically been loaded within 300/400mm from the underside of the roof, without the driver/operator leaving the ground.
This simple and light roof beam is a robust product designed using the latest materials available.
It has no wheels or any moving parts. It requires no maintenance, but in itself travels from one side of the vehicle roof to the other with the pull of a string/cord using a handheld pole with a hook, by the driver on the ground.
Transking believes this product will overcome many of today’s load restraint issues requiring winch straps, under roofs and mezzanine floors.
It can be mounted to roof bows or other suitable mounting plates. It could greatly reduce loading times and safety.
It could also reduce the additional safety risks when using ladders, forklifts and cages or forklift drivers (for the securing of loads).
It also automatically unlocks the strap with a quick flick of the cord.
Glen Cameron Group fleet manager Greg Morris said the group had been a customer of Transking for many years, using the Transking Tightwinder winches across a large number of its fleet.
“(We) are extremely happy with the quality, reliability, performance and service,” he said.
“We have recently fitted the Transking Quickstrap system to one of our trailers.
“To date, it has performed above expectations with only positive feedback from company drivers and dock hands.
“The Transking backup service is first class and of great importance to Camerons.
“Lindsay King, when called upon, has never hesitated to jump on a plane and come to Melbourne to resolve issues or concerns.”
HIGH PRAISE: Glen Cameron Group’s Greg Morris said they were extremely happy with Transking’s reliability and service.
Designer Lindsay King.
The Quickstrap is one of Lindsay King’s inventions.
The Transking Quickstrap.