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    Anti Slip Load Mats Ensure Safe Load Restraint During Transport

    Reglin rubber load mats are an ideal solution to reduce the risk of dangerous slipping of loads during transport.

    APPLICATION

    Transportation of unrestrained cargo poses a risk of extremely dangerous load slipping

    The transportation of cargo by road, rail, sea or air can be a dangerous practice with large and varying loads being shipped long distances every day. With hundreds of Australians injured or killed each year due to unrestrained loads, safe load restraint has become a critical issue for the transport industry.

    Australian laws set out performance standards for load restraint. 

    These performance standards set out the minimum amount of force a restraint system must be able to withstand in each direction.  For heavy vehicles these are:

    80% of the weight of the load forwards

    50% of the weight of the load sideways and rearwards, and

    an additional 20% of the weight of the load in other directions.

    If a load is restrained to meet these performance standards it will not fall off or affect the stability of the vehicle under expected driving conditions. There are many load restraint equipment types and methods that can be used to restrain your load to meet these standards.  Examples of these are set out in the National Transport commission (NTC) Load Restraint Guide 2018.

    In many load restraint methods, the friction levels between the cargo and vehicle is a critical factor in achieving an effective load restraint system.  Typical friction levels for common loads are outlined below.

    TYPICAL FRICTION LEVELS

    LoadFriction
    Wet or greasy steel on steel VERY LOW
    Smooth steel on smooth steelLOW
    Smooth steel on rusty steel LOW TO MEDIUM
    Smooth steel on timber MEDIUM
    Smooth steel on conveyor beltMEDIUM
    Rusty steel on rusty steel MEDIUM TO HIGH
    Rusty steel on timberHIGH
    Smooth steel on rubber load mat HIGH
    The minimum amount of force, a restraint system must be able to withstand differs in each direction

    SOLUTION

    Reglin rubber load mats increase friction between vehicle and cargo surfaces for safe load restraint.

    Installing rubber load mats between vehicles and cargo increase the friction between these surfaces.  This friction is critical for many load restraint systems using tie-down restraints.  Under this method, friction stops the load from moving forwards, sideways and backwards.

    The compressibility of the rubber load mats also assists in eliminating variations in surface finishes of the rigid vehicle surface and load being transported.   For tie down restraints to be effective it is critical the load must be in contact with vehicle throughout its journey.

    Rubber load mats assist in effective tie-down restraint 

    Improved friction on slippery surfaces.

    The amount of friction between the load and deck surfaces, and any surfaces in between, will affect how much weight each lashing can restrain.  The greater the friction, the more weight that can be restrained by each tie-down lashing.

    For example, by using flexible rubber load mat between slippery steel pipes or sections in a pack, a high friction surface is created on each row, allowing the tie-down restraint method to secure the entire load and reducing the risk of spearing or sliding.

    Improved efficiency and time savings with less lashings.

    By increasing friction levels to high, load mat assists in achieving an effective load restraint system with less required lashings.   This offers significant cost savings as the time needed to secure the load is reduced and there is a much higher chance of load arriving at its destination safely.

    For example, by using rubber load mat on timber dunnage between flat steel, a higher friction surface is created, reducing the total number of tie-downs required.

    Load restraint for packs & pallets diagram
    Fig. 1a
    Anti slip Load Mat restrains slippery loads carried by trucks
    Fig 1b: Anti slip Load Mat restrains slippery loads and preventing pipes spearing carried by trucks

    Quick and easily installed anti-slip Reglin Rubber Load Mats ensure a non-slip high friction surface is achieved wherever they are used. They can be supplied in a wide range of versatile custom-made strip and sheet sizes to suit your specific transport application requirements.

    Reglin rubber load mats are certified high friction and are highly durable.

    Independently tested and certified coefficient of friction

    Reglin Rubber Load Mats are designed for high friction and have been independently tested and certified to ASTM D1894-11 with modification to a flat steel surface (for static and kinetic coefficients of friction). It exceeds a coefficient of friction of 0.6 between the load mat and steel in both wet and dry conditions.

    This friction certification provides general information to help you choose a load restraint system for your load. It is critical that all possible conditions to be encountered are considered when choosing your load restraint system.  The best way to do this is by testing of your specific load or to get your system certified by a qualified engineer.

    Highly durable rubber compound

    Reglin Rubber Load mats are made from a premium grade rubber compound.  They are a solid rubber sheet and offer durability and toughness for repeated long-term use.