Less is best for new T-Liner
It was perhaps appropriate DAF’s newest model should be coupled to Freighter’s T- Liner Mark II curtain-sided trailer.
After all, DAF says its 510hp CF85 is designed specifically for local and regional distribution duties where loading and unloading a traditional curtain-sided trailer is a regular, time- consuming part of the daily routine.
Fortunately, Freighter’s latest T- Liner is designed to save substantial time by using less than a third as many buckles while maintaining the same equivalent vertical tension on the curtain. The T-Liner Mark II reduces the number of buckles over a traditional design from 22 to six, saving a significant amount of time at each and every drop while also limiting the risk of repetitive strain injuries.
“Less buckles results in less time spent opening and closing curtains,” Freighter general manager Mario Colosimo said at the time of the Mark II trailer’s release in the second half of last year. “Operators can save up to 10 minutes per drop.
“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 closed and don’t flap in the breeze.”
However, Freighter overcame these issues by applying its ‘curtain arc technology’, which uses a high-strength nylon rope running through a series of arcs at the bottom of the curtain to create vertical tension, and developing a new ‘high-force’ buckle mechanism with a unique strap fastening point on the tie-rail. Clever!