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Companies that design and produce
containment solutions have seen an
exponential growth in demand for
products such as textile buffers, padding,
dividers and flexible containers that can
protect, store and transport an incredibly
diverse range of goods. Glass and other
fragile products must be protected. Food
and other perishable products must be
temperature-controlled. Liquids must be
stored within impermeable, leakproof
containers. Dangerous chemicals and the
airborne particles they can emit must stay
within safe confines. To keep shipping
weight and costs down, the containers and
packaging that accomplish all of this must
also be lightweight, durable, safe, easy
to clean, economical to produce, usually
reusable and often recyclable.
The textile industry is taking a leading
role in making this multi-trillion-dollar,
multimodal logistics enterprise possible.
Amy Goetzman is a freelance writer
based in Maplewood, Minn.

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1980s
"By the late '80s, shippers
demanded loading times
to be reduced to minutes.
Load covering companies
switched their focus to
engineering retractable
rolling covers that could
cover or uncover a
flatbed load in less
than two minutes."

Cargo is protected from UV rays, road grime, moisture and corrosion
with truck wraps from Load Covering Solutions. The lightweight textile
covers offer considerable weight reduction over a solid-side trailer,
reducing fuel costs. Photos: Load Covering Solutions Ltd.

1990s and 2000s
"Over the next 20 years, the
demand increased for rolling
tarps to adapt to all flatbed,
drop decks, double drops,
truck bodies and specialty
trailers. With it came the
overall presentation of the
cover and its tension. Loose
tarps create wind drag and
thus higher fuel cost."

Now
"LCS has made it their mission
to lead the industry into the next
generation by making soft-side
tarps resemble hard-side trailers,
and patenting a whole line of
aerodynamic-tested front bulkheads
to provide 5 to 12 percent wind drag
reduction, of which 50 percent is
better fuel efficiency. Today, Rolling
Tarp Systems are a highly respected
load covering component in open
deck transportation."
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