Ancra Cargo unveils autonomous trailer decking system

From the March 2019 issue.

US-based load restraint and cargo specialist, Ancra Cargo, demonstrated its AutoDeck trailer decking system at the 2019 ATA Technology & Maintenance Conference (TMC) Annual Meeting this week in Atlanta.

According to Ancra Cargo the AutoDeck system allows loading dock staff and drivers to automate the height of each beam at the push of a button for customised decking solutions.

Ancra Cargo said in a statement that prior to the introduction of manual decking systems decades ago, the space available in trailers was either not fully utilised or pallets were stacked on top of each other, potentially damaging cargo.

With Ancra Cargo’s latest innovation, it expects to improve freight shipping efficiency, reduce losses resulting from cargo damage and increase load averages by 10-30 per cent through automation.

“The Ancra Cargo AutoDeck system is the next step as freight carriers aim to have the most effective and efficient tools in place,” said Ancra Cargo President, Larry Bethel.

“It takes out the manual element of decking systems, which will increase usage and reduce the time to load by 20 per cent,” he said.

A transport carrier will also pilot the AutoDeck system to prove its benefits, according to Bethel.

“Safety, innovation and efficiency are top values for Ancra Cargo,” he said. “The AutoDeck system will make moving freight more efficient with similar maintenance costs as other decking systems, so everyone from the manufacturer to the consumer benefits.”

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