Safety at fore­front of de­sign

Big Rigs - - TRAILER FEATURE -

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.”

PHOTO: COVEN­TRY STU­DIOS

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.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Tran­sk­ing Quick­strap.

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