MaxiTRANS releases innovative new mezzanine deck system

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 8, 2018

Available for specification across MaxiTRANS‘ range of leading trailer brands, SafeADJUST provides a significant boost in safety over traditional mezzanine decks by eliminating the human element of mezzanine deck adjustment, while also improving productivity.

Simple and fast to operate, SafeADJUST helps operators to better meet site work health and safety requirements. Using a conventional forklift, the mezzanine deck can be moved into the desired position ready for loading without the need for any person to ever exit the forklift or approach the trailer.

Kevin Manfield, general manager of products and markets at MaxiTRANS, says the release of SafeADJUST reinforces MaxiTRANS‘ commitment to safe trailer design.

“SafeADJUST is adjusted from the safety of a forklift, eliminating the need to manually remove and replace saddles when altering the deck height and keeping people well clear of safety exclusion zones.”

He added that productivity in adjusting and loading the trailer is also significantly improved by removing the need to manually adjust saddles.

SafeADJUST is secured to the trailer as a permanent component, eliminating the chance of it falling from the trailer during manoeuvring or transit. Further, SafeADJUST can only be unlocked by raising the deck to the unlocking point located on each mezzanine post, reducing the chance of it falling unexpectedly.

“An innovative mechanical locking feature senses deck movement and controls the lock engagement automatically,” Manfield says. “Lock indicators are installed on all four corners of the deck, allowing the operator to see when the locks are engaged and it is safe to retract the forklift.”

MaxiTRANS states that SafeADJUST doesn‘t occupy any additional space compared to its standard mezzanine deck, providing the best possible aperture and ensuring no loss of load area. The deck also sits flush with the trailer floor when completely lowered, maximising internal height dimensions.

“As an added benefit, SafeADJUST has been designed without the use of complicated parts or mechanisms, improving reliability and serviceability,” Manfield says.

SafeADJUST is exclusive to MaxiTRANS and can be ordered across its range of Freighter Tautliner and Maxi-CUBE Slide-A-Side models. At this stage it‘s only available in Australia, so watch this space for an expected release date for New Zealand.