Freight solutions relieve operational headaches
The worst of the pandemic may be in the rear view, but the pressures still weigh on wearers. For starters, the driver shortage continues to grow, thanks to fewer new workers becoming drivers and high turnover of veteran drivers. Likewise, fuel costs are on the rise again, driven this time by the surge in post-COVID global demand and compounded by Russia’s war on Ukraine and economic sanctions imposed on Moscow.
Then there are the trailers. As supply chain disruptions continue to fluctuate, trailer manufacturers are now hampered by labor shortages. Last, but not least, competition is getting tougher as trucking relies on consolidation and the highest number of start-up carriers ever.
To gain traction against these impacts and continue to operate efficiently, safely and profitably, fleets are exploring how their equipment can improve their operations. Kinedyne’s optimization products, including Kaptive Beam dual-stage systems and Kin-Sider and Kin-Slider products, can help customers get the most productivity out of their trucks, trailers and drivers.
Fleets that need to haul more freight but struggle to hire drivers or add trailers should consider Kinedyne’s Kaptive Beam double deck systems for their dry vans. Kaptive Beam systems double trailer capacity by adding a second level to stack and secure cargo, taking advantage of vertical space in a trailer.
Kinedyne offers two dual stage systems. The rugged K1 Kaptive Beam is designed for the toughest applications and is compatible with traditional cargo control. Fleets focused on weight savings, fuel economy and maximum cargo capacity choose K2 Kaptive Beam because it weighs 25% less with the same durability. Both systems are permanently installed in a trailer so they are always available and can be moved up to the ceiling and out of the way when not needed.
To recruit, retain and protect drivers, many fleets turn to Kinedyne’s Kin-Sider and Kin-Slider products. Loading and unloading can be done via forklift from the ground, protecting drivers from the hazards of climbing into the trailer.
Curtain systems also improve efficiency by speeding up delivery times and creating scheduling flexibility since products do not have to be loaded in the order of delivery. Fleets can also drive across docks with a covered truck, reducing inventory management and storage costs.
Kin-Sider is a traditional curtain system that allows cargo to be unloaded in the order you want and adjusted on the fly as needed. Applications include moving racked cargo, long-cargo formats, and other situations where loading or unloading cargo from the back of a trailer would be too slow or too labor-intensive.
Kin-Slider offers all the benefits of a traditional curtain system in a turbocharged package. A driver can unlock, open, close and lock the entire system 10 times faster than with traditional curtain systems. As a result, a Kin-Slider equipped truck can make more stops in a day or a fleet can use fewer trucks and drivers to make the same number of deliveries.
To learn more about how Kinedyne can help you optimize your fleet, visit kinedyne.com/optimize or contact your local Kinedyne distributor.
Founded in 1968, Kinedyne LLC is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of cargo screening technology for the transportation industry. The company’s global headquarters are located in Branchburg, New Jersey, with locations around the world including Kinedyne Canada Limited in Canada, Sistemas Kinedyne, SA de CV in Mexico, and Nantong Kinedyne Limited in China. Kinedyne is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise Canada Council (WBE Canada). In 2013, Kinedyne was acquired by The Heico Companies LLC, a parent holding company with a diverse portfolio of businesses involved in manufacturing, construction and industrial services.
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