“Interior protection of dry vans and reefers is a necessity within the trucking industry,” explains Michael LaRocco, US Liner’s President. “The heavy loading and unloading cycles of trailers exposes the lower portion of the walls to damage from forklift trucks, pallets and other material handling methods. Traditionally, the cheapest lower sidewall protection was accomplished using 5/8-inch polyscuff HDPE (high density polyethylene).”
The 5/8” HDPE is heavy, reduces available cargo space, and exhibits high thermal expansion.
“Our customers asked us for an alternative to the HDPE to eliminate the inherit issues,” LaRocco says. “They requested a thinner/lighter material, easier installation, flatter during temperature fluctuations, excellent protection, and sold at a reasonable price.”
LaRocco tasked US Liner staff to develop the first-ever ‘extruded’ glass-reinforced thermoplastic scuff liner. They created a completely different manufacturing process utilising scrap generated from manufacturing the company’s Versitex and Bulitex thermoplastic composite materials.
In early field testing, Bad Wolf Scuff exhibited superior performance to recycled HDPE, US Liner reports.
“The early trials showed that Bad Wolf has met every improvement our customers were looking for in a scuff liner,” states Jeff Meek, US Liner’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “At approximately 3/8” thick, the new material is thinner than traditional polyscuff, opening up precious cargo room. They also raved about the light weight and ease of installation. We are still tweaking the formula slightly to optimise performance; customer’s feedback has been essential.”
For trailer operators and fleet managers, ease of installation was an important factor.
“Unlike HDPE materials, the resiliency of Bad Wolf prevented curling and did not require a relaxation period prior to installation,” Meek says. “Bowing was non-existent and our trials proved that installers were reporting a marked reduction in installation times.”
Bad Wolf is engineered with a rolled, top-edge, which prevents pallets from snagging and damaging the sidewall. The smooth, flat surface is available in white or black. The material is supplied in standard 12-inch, 18-inch and 24-inch widths, coiled or flat. Standard order length is 52 linear ft.
Bad Wolf is available now for OEM specification for new trailers and shipping for field maintenance, repair and retrofit applications.
Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation