Trailer maker Freighter has launched two new load restraints for the Tautliner models, both designed to reduce maintenance and improve safety.

Available as an option on all Tautliners, both the entry level ‘Hanging Load’ and ‘Sliding Post’ restraint gates are rated to 1,300kg per pallet space

The Hanging Load Restraint Gates use added tabs to the gates and posts of conventional gates.

According to Freightliner general manager Mario Colosimo, the new system is simple but effective.

“It’s a simple innovation that easily adds a rated load restraint to a tried and tested system,” Colosimo said.

“The uncomplicated construction also makes the gates just as easy to repair or replace as non-rated gates.”

Freighter Hanging Load Restraint Gates come included with SpringASSIST, an innovative spring system which attaches to the gate, removing a large portion of the weight when lifting each gate in and out of position.

“Improving work health and safety when working in and around our trailers is one of MaxiTRANS’ main considerations during the innovation process,” Colosimo added.

The design of both new load restraint gates has been no different. Operator safety is a vitally important aspect of any modern transport organisation and MaxiTRANS takes its role as both a leader and innovator in transport equipment safety very seriously.”

Meanwhile the Sliding Post Load Restraint Gates have focussed on reducing injury through an effortless lift courtesy of an integrated spring.

“It’s a significant work health and safety advantage. We have practically eliminated the risk of shoulder injuries from lifting heavy gates and, because they are fixed to the trailer, there is no chance of gates falling on the driver as they are effortlessly opened and moved aside,” Colosimo said.

The posts and all other components are integrated within the gates, meaning the six gates on a standard 22 pallet Tautliner can be opened in just six simple movements, for optimum speed of loading and unloading.

“The unique and innovative gate mechanism also allows for the removal of additional moving parts in comparison to a number of existing systems, which increases reliability and uptime,” he added.

Both models also include a mechanism built into the post which reduces the potential for vibration and track wear. By providing a constant upward force when fixed into position in transit, the post maintains a constant connection to the top rail, ensuring rollers remain lifted off the track.