Less is best for new T-Liner

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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!

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