Fleet standardises on XLS curtains with 2,000 trailers

Netherlands-based intermodal transport company, Ewals Cargo Care, has invested in the next generation of load restraint side curtains from Roland International.

Ewals Cargo Care has adapted Roland’s XLS system combined with InfiniShield graphics as standard.

Roland and Ewals invented the XLS system in partnership. This advanced patented solution has all the features of a conventional side curtain and in addition, the unique Mega Huckepack XLS is a structurally stronger and safer trailer to transport cargo such as tires, bulk bags and other loose products.

The current XL certified trailer (EN 12642 XL) does not meet the requirements for specific industries where the cargo tends to bulge during transport by road, rail or short sea ferry.

The curtain is fitted with vertical aluminium planks and has become a vital part in the total vehicle construction, suitable for load securing. The curtain, which can be forced inwards before loading, ensures that the trailer will not exceed the legal width limits – regardless of the type of cargo. New improvements were developed, reducing the system weight by more than 80kg per vehicle, without any compromise on the performance. This results in lower system costs, more ergonomic handling, higher payload and thus increased efficiency to the end user. This ultimate solution has been tested and certified by German authorities (TÜV and UCI).

“We deliberately chose Roland as our partner to develop a side curtain solution, because they have the know-how, experience and manufacturing capabilities in-house,” said Ewals Cargo Care Manager Fleet Control, Bart van Rens.

“Partially based on our feedback from operational use, the solution has been further optimised. We’ve equipped over 2,000 trailers with XLS Side Curtains. To us, this is the new industry standard in intermodal transport.”

InfiniShield comprises a complete range of digital and traditional printing technologies, specifically developed for side curtains, with multiple protective coatings to provide the perfect solution for every trailer. Combined with Roland’s thorough understanding of colour, composition, typography and design principles, and in-house graphic design team, they create impressive full-colour prints. Together with the coatings, these curtains are dirt-repellent, easy to clean with up to a five-year warranty.

Sean Spelman (Product & Technology Cargo Control Company) said: “Roland has always been the pioneer in printing. Back in 1985, Roland was the first company in the industry to print on side curtains. At our Centre of Excellence in Europe we’re offering our customers any digital or offset printing technology available. Based on the requirements of the customer we’re able to provide the ultimate printed curtain, from single sets to entire fleets. We continuously invest in development of digital printing technologies, quality of graphics and coating, to maintain our number one position in the market. We’re proud to be recognised for our innovative side curtain solutions and outstanding durability under all conditions. Supplying our solutions throughout Europe from small to large end users.”

In other news, LoadLok – part of Cargo Control Company – launched a new double decking system for any truck and trailer configuration.

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