Doleco USA Unveils ConnectedDeck System | Transport Topics


Steve Downing holds up a sample of the rack system. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Securing technology firm Doleco USA unveiled a new deck system for trailers designed to expedite freight operations industrywide.

Company executives explained the ConnectedDeck System proposes to boost productivity, efficiency and worker retention. The product was unveiled at the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition on Feb. 26.

“We have taken it to another whole level,” said Ralph Abato, president and managing director at Doleco USA. He asserted the new system’s time-saving objectives have the potential of realizing nearly $16 million in annual savings for fleets of 1,000 trailers.

“Simple and easy to use — dramatically improves the working environment, and the trailer, making worker retention far better,” he added.

Ralph Abato describes the company’s new offering. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Fitted with lightweight durable materials, the design “enables workers to swiftly and effortlessly deploy and adjust an entirely decked, ready-to-load, two- or three-beamed cargo platform within seconds,” according to background information the company provided. The system is locked at ceiling height, and it releases with a common dock hook or fifth-wheel pin puller.

“Time is a critical factor for [less-than-truckload] carriers in particular, so bad weather, freight volume fluctuations and manpower variations can mean trouble,” Abato said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “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.”

The company further explained the product is based on its award-winning Level Deck Self-Leveling Decking Beam and LayerLok XP Track. Steve Downing, the product’s inventor at the firm, emphasized, “We think we really captured a large amount of the value that we can squeeze out of this.”

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