If a certain load needs securing, it is important to check a number of vehicle qualities as well:
- Does the vehicle have a front wall that is solid enough?
If the vehicle disposes of a front wall that is certified with a certain blocking capacity, this wall can be used for the load securing. If the freight’s shape fits loading against front wall and the blocking capacity is conclusive, one can state that the freight is secured in forward direction.
- Does the vehicle have a side wall that is solid enough?
Just the same as with the front panel, an similar reasoning can be made. An important remark here, however, is that the blocking capacity of the side walls can only be used if the freight is distributed evenly over the entire truck and if the overall lateral clearance does not exceed 8 cm.
- Does the vehicle have a back wall that is solid enough?
Same reasoning as above. However, it must be noted here that only rarely a solid freight reaches till the back side of the truck.
- Is there a pallet edge?
A pallet edge is a lateral standing edge of approximately 2 cm. This ‘wall’ can avoid lateral shifting of freights. Mainly with low stable freights the pallet edge could be a huge advantage.
- Are there enough lashing points and are they firm enough?
If it is not possible to stow the freight using the present constructional elements of the body, additional securing is required. Therefore the existing lashing points of the truck are used. It is thus important that those lashing points are strong enough and that they were also tested in built-in modus.
Because a truck has a specific construction, it might be interesting to design or build is as such to make sure that this vehicle enclosure also has the required freight securing functions. With regard to load securing, a proper enclosure has the following advantages:
- Greater safety
- Less time loss when stowing the products
- Less fastening devices being required
- Truck’s employability for various transport types increases