During May 16th-19th 2013 Forest Centre exhibited the ExTe product at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Australia’s premier event for the transport industry, the 2013 Brisbane Truck Show attracted over 37,700 visitors over four days. Forest Centre’s focus at the show was on the adaptation of the ExTe ‘Luftman’ air operated load binder for general road transport.
Recently this mounting solution facilitated an upgrade program for The Laminex Group. Wherever possible, manual load restraint equipment has been replaced with ExTe units on their entire Australian distribution fleet, securing packs of raw and laminated timber panels on some 120+ trucks.
During operation the sound of air cylinders and ratcheting gears always gets attention from show visitors, and Brisbane was no exception. Some visitors sought us out especially after seeing us in pre-show media, whilst the majority that would otherwise be passers-by simply had to stop and inspect the device that was behind the noise.
From haulers of bulk steel and timber, through to pallets, hay bales, scaffolding (and even swimming pools) there was a very positive response to the benefits ExTe load binders could offer both drivers and transport companies.
Amongst the crowds, Jeff Willis (QLD/NT Operations Manager for The Laminex Group) stopped by to discuss his experience since their national roll-out. Speaking of the significant investment that the company had made upgrading their equipment Jeff explained ‘Whilst our primary aim installing ExTe binders was reducing driver injuries relating to load restraint, these units have likely already paid for themselves in increased efficiency alone.’
It is also worth noting that the Laminex Group achieved their goal of reducing driver injuries during the task of load restraint – zero injuries since implementing the ExTe load binder.
In metropolitan areas Laminex rigid distribution trucks can have a daily schedule of some 20-24 drops. Each of these stops would normally require the physically demanding task of tensioning and re-tensioning load binder straps. Since being equipped with ExTe, Laminex drivers are reportedly able to finish their route faster, feeling less fatigued at the end of the day when compared to using old manual ratchet load binders.
After re-stocking for winter plans are already underway for our next exhibition, Melbourne’s International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in April 2014.
To find out more about the ExTe load binder, contact us or click here to download a brochure.