Doleco USA showcased its latest product, the ConnectedDeck System, with its unique integrated platform, at the TMC 2023 Spring Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
Exponential Savings With The ConnectedDeck System
The ConnectedDeck System offers a unique solution for cargo transportation as it is easily adjustable, can be stored at ceiling height, and does not require disassembly or reassembly. The product is based on Doleco’s award-winning Level Deck Self-Leveling Decking Beam and LayerLok XP Track and has been designed to deliver exponential efficiency, convenience, and savings for fleets.
“Conservative calculations suggest that all things being equal, a fleet with 1,000 trailers will save $15.8 million per year by simply converting to Doleco’s ConnectedDeck System,” said Ralph Abato, president and managing director of Doleco USA. “Time is a critical factor for LTL carriers in particular, so bad weather, freight volume fluctuations and manpower variations can mean trouble. Time savings of this magnitude can make a fleet more resilient to those other variables, and since the majority of LTL fleets already use some form of captive decking system, the cost of such a system is already baked into their economic cake.”
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No System-Specific Tools Needed
The revolutionary ConnectedDeck System design enables workers to swiftly and effortlessly deploy and adjust an entirely decked, ready-to-load, two- or three-beamed cargo platform within seconds. No system-specific tool is needed, eliminating the problem of missing or misplaced beam release tools.
The ConnectedDeck employs a unique design that combines three spring-assisted beams with an engineered composite panel, resulting in a lightweight and easy-to-handle unit that can be positioned by hand in just 13 seconds. With a weight of less than 10 pounds, it requires minimal force to pull down and can effortlessly lift itself back up to its ceiling storage position. Unlike other captive decking systems, the ConnectedDeck’s beams are secure and won’t fall unexpectedly.
“No longer will dock workers have to search for special release tools, spend time adjusting single beams one side at a time, or have to exit the trailer multiple times to retrieve heavy sheets of plywood or other decking material,” said Steve Downing, product manager of Deck Systems for Doleco USA. “ConnectedDeck is easier, faster and 95 percent more time effective than any other decking system. By creating an easy-to-access, easily manipulated, complete cargo platform, the ConnectedDeck System eliminates the time-wasting steps associated with earlier captive decking solutions — this is truly a transformative technological advancement.”
Maximizing Strength and Durability With LayerLok XP Track
The ConnectedDeck System’s integrated platform operating on the patented LayerLok XP Track addressed each issue by consolidating three lightweight spring-assisted beams with an engineered composite panel. The system’s Level Deck beams and robust foot assemblies can withstand all but the most severe forklift strikes, and its locking mechanism is designed to prevent upward adjustments by forklifts.
The LayerLok XP from Doleco can now be affixed using structural-grade adhesives. This innovation has been utilized in heavy-duty industries such as trailer body construction and track applications in Europe for over 15 years. By using these high-performance adhesives, Doleco’s tracks are endowed with three times the durability of riveted tracks, without damaging the trailer walls.
No More Wasted Time With ConnectedDeck
“This is nothing short of a revolutionary advancement in captive decking systems. It’s actually simpler to install than competing systems, and it’s going to save a lot of fleets time and money, reducing their turnover by helping to keep dock workers safer, happier, and healthier, and by making a hard job considerably easier,” said Abato.
Steve Downing, product manager of Deck Systems for Doleco USA, said, “ConnectedDeck is easier, faster and 95 percent more time-effective than any other decking system. By creating an easy-to-access, easily manipulated, complete cargo platform, the ConnectedDeck System eliminates the time-wasting steps associated with earlier captive decking solutions — this is truly a transformative technological advancement.”
Doleco USA, a cargo securement, optimization, and protection supplier, has experienced rapid growth since its establishment in 2013. The company attributes its success to its wide range of high-quality products, which are distributed through a proven network of over 6,000 distribution points. Doleco USA is a subsidiary of Dolezych GmbH & Co. KG, a Dortmund-based company founded in 1935 that is a leading manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment, slings, ropes, and load-securing technologies. Dolezych’s offerings include the DoNova PowerLash Textile Lashing Chain and PowerLift textile Chain Slings, providing reliable and secure solutions for lifting and transporting goods.