Doleco USA has introduced the new LayerLok XP, AF and SC double-decking systems.
The company says the LayerLok XP and AF are engineered for use in dry van and reefer applications, and the LayerLok SC is specifically designed for installation in shipping containers. All three new LoadLok products are capable of doubling payload capacity, and their introduction greatly increases the options available to the shipping industry.
The products were released at ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Fall Meeting in Cleveland.
“The LayerLok XP, AF and SC double-decking systems are each purpose-designed and precision-engineered to meet the harsh demands of the shipping environment,” says Ralph Abato, president and managing director, Doleco USA. “The entry of a new major competitor, like Doleco, into the North America marketplace, will expand customer options and renew competitive vigor within the load securement industry generally, and within the double-decking segment specifically.”
Abato says Doleco will offer a free LayerLok XP, AF or SC system to any qualifying fleet. Doleco adds all “captive” LayerLok systems never leave the trailer and can be stowed at ceiling height when not in use. While different in design, each of the three systems has been optimized to minimize material use and weight, while maximizing strength and durability. The LayerLok XP system is made of proprietary, patent-pending materials that have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than competing products, allowing it to be designed with the thinnest track profiles in the world, the company adds.
Doleco describes the systems as follows:
- The LayerLok XP features a radically different machined aluminum track design with beveled teeth instead of holes or slots. Single- and double-track styles are offered, each with surface-mount, semi-recessed and fully-recessed profiles available. The system’s steel head assembly and beam adjustment tool both glide seamlessly within recessed slots on either side of the teeth, virtually eliminating the snag points common to other systems. Optional head assemblies enable the system to operate at just 60 dB, the quietest double-decking system ever designed.
- The LayerLok AF is designed as an intelligent alternative to the most common aircraft-track-based systems and is modeled on a complementary design, so complementary in fact, that its tracks and decking beams are completely interchangeable with competing systems that are currently installed or now being sold. Single-and double-track styles with surface-mount and semi-recessed versions are also available.
- The LayerLok SC is designed exclusively for use in 20- and 40-ft., shipping container applications. The steel tracks are engineered to be welded into position within the container body. In addition to optimizing container capacity, the LayerLok SC helps protect cargo and maintain its stability during intermodal transfers.
LayerLok XP, AF and SC were developed by The Netherlands-based LoadLok. LayerLok has been in use throughout Europe for more than 15 years and is already available in 42 countries worldwide. Through an agreement with LoadLok, Doleco is now the exclusive North American distributer and co-manufacturer of the LayerLok XP, AF and SC.
“We are excited to partner with Doleco USA to bring these new load-securing, payload-optimizing and cargo-protecting technologies to North America,” says Eelco Noort, product manager for LoadLok.