Side curtain applications for ecommerce

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

ATLANTA — Kinedyne LLC, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control technologies, including cargo securement, has presented a variety of new systems designed to address increasing pressures on transportation providers to reduce costs while speeding up the movement of cargo to factories, distribution hubs and final destinations.

E-commerce is changing the way shippers move their goods and the delivery speed expectations of both consumers and commercial customers. There is new stress on every supply chain, as manufacturing and logistics professionals search for ways to optimize their individual links.

“E-commerce is creating new cargo challenges, and Kinedyne is delivering new cargo solutions,” Paul Wolford, vice-president of sales and marketing for Kinedyne LLC, said. “In the beginning, e-commerce had the greatest disruptive effect on end-of-the-line, also known as ‘final-mile’ or ‘last-mile’ delivery activities, but now companies throughout the supply chain are looking for ways to minimize transportation costs for cargo as it moves more swiftly throughout multiple transportation modes.”

Wolford explained that Kinedyne is bringing new technologies to North America that will help supply chains optimize the speed, cost and efficiency of controlling cargo as it transitions from its original state (as a raw commodity) to a high-density state (in shipping and in hubs) to a low-density state (as it makes its way through the last mile).

Among the products introduced were a load-rated curtain-side system and a unique double-decking system designed specifically for curtain-side applications. The lightweight curtain-side system opens and closes at lightning-fast speeds, but is engineered to restrain lateral cargo movement.

A load-rated curtain gives a trailer the combined advantages of flatbed access and a van’s walled structure. The double-decking system maximizes load density, allowing loading and unloading access of both cargo levels from the sides and rear, and all of its components conveniently stow in the trailer to avoid loss or damage.

“Popular in Europe, load-rated curtains become part of a vehicle’s overall load securement system. They save time, weight and fuel, while providing sideways restraint to otherwise fully secured loads up to the curtain’s stated rating,” Wolford said.

“Our rated curtains will display their load rating as either allowable weight per pallet width, allowable weight per pallet space or total payload of evenly distributed pallets across the entire deck space. Forward and rear cargo restraint must still be provided by headboards, tailboards and other traditional load securement methods.”