One of the main concerns people usually have when transporting freight is ensuring that the items do not fall or get damaged during transit. Knowing the proper ways to secure freight on open or closed trailers is essential for these people. There are trailers that already have some anchor points installed on them, which makes it easier for anyone to secure different types of items.
However, there are trailers, usually if they are brand new, that do not have any cargo control equipment installed on them. These trailers may need to be installed with e-tracks. Those who are already experienced with cargo securement may be familiar with them. However, for those who may just have heard about an e-track, this article will introduce this valuable equipment that should be installed on trailers.
The Importance of Proper Application of Cargo Control Equipment
The use of equipment to secure freight on platforms is not only logical, but it is a requirement in Canada. Legal repercussions will be faced by those who fail to follow the guidelines that have been detailed in the National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 – Cargo Securement. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is responsible for enforcing this. The guidelines have set performance criteria that must be followed by anyone who wishes to transport freight within the country. With that being said, you may refer to the following to see the importance of installing cargo control equipment:
Road accident prevention
o If freight has been loaded on platforms that have no walls, there is always the risk for the items to fall off during transit.
o NSC Standard 10 – Cargo securement guidelines require that the cargo control equipment used must be able to effectively tie-down and secure the items included in the freight on open platforms before they are shipped to a different location. Doing this will ensure that none of the items will fall off, which may cause accidents or traffic hazards.
o There is also a need to use the correct components to secure the freight. Using tie-downs that may not be able to handle the weight of the cargo may cause them to break during transit. Load limits have to be computed and considered before the trailer or platform starts travelling.
Avoidance of damaging any of the items
o There is always the need to properly install the components of the control equipment. Failure to do so will cause loosening of the components holding the freight. This is usually the reason why the items bounce around and hit each other. This is due to the vibrations affecting the platform or trailer when it is travelling. This will then lead to the shipper finding broken items after the freight has been unloaded.
Important Things to Know About E-Tracks
When talking about the cargo control equipment used on platforms, e-tracks are known to be widely used by almost all carrier services. This type of equipment is especially helpful as a way to anchor tie-downs. Here are more of the things you should know about e-tracks:
E-track is a long rail that has multiple anchor points.
o The e-track rail is usually made out of 12-gauge steel. This type of steel has excellent strength and can withstand force or weight that is a third of its rated load capacity. Normally, an e-track rail can withstand an aggregate weight load limit of 2,000 lbs. There may need to anchor freight to multiple e-track rails if its weight exceeds the weight load limit of the e-track rail.
o There are multiple anchor points on the e-track rail that are equally spaced from each other. There are specially made tie-downs and fittings that will be used to snap in and out of these anchor points.
Installation of an e-track rail is easy and secure.
o An e-track rail can be installed on the walls or the floor of a trailer.
o E-track rails may be mounted or installed by screwing them or welding them on the walls or the floor.
o It is highly advised that the e-track rails are installed on the wall studs or floor studs of the trailer.
There are two styles of e-tracks.
o The anchor points on horizontal e-tracks run perpendicular to the rail. These are installed horizontally on both the floor and the wall. This setup gives it more anchor points per foot. Having horizontal e-track rails on the floor makes it easier to secure vehicles on trailers.
o Vertical e-tracks have anchor points that are parallel to the e-track rail. These are installed vertically on the walls of the trailer. Other than securing loads, these can also be used to install shelving systems in the trailer.
o Using the different types of e-tracks will depend on the type of items included in the freight.
There are securement fittings made especially to be anchored on the e-track rails.
o When it comes to the tools or equipment used to secure different types of freight, there is a need to use equipment that would be able to perfectly fit the anchor points of the e-track rails.
o Tie-down accessories include e-track ratchet straps and e-track cam straps.
o E-track fittings include rope tie-offs, D-ring fittings, J-hook fittings, and roller idler fittings.
Securing Loads Is More Convenient with The Use Of E-Tracks
E-track rails are known to be exceptionally durable, if they are used properly. By installing multiple e-track rails on open trailers, enclosed trailers, dry van semi-trailers, or cargo vans, it is possible to effectively secure different types and sizes of freight. However, the weight should also be considered since it will determine how many of the e-track rails will be anchored to secure the loads.
It is also recommended that you only use tie-downs and other accessories that have been created to fit perfectly with the anchor points on the e-track rails. They were designed to be anchored in a way that they would not loosen or detach easily. If you need e-track rails or any of its accessories, you may contact Toronto Trailers at 416 477 5488. We offer high-quality e-track rails and fittings that will suit any of your cargo securement needs.