CARAPAX® RAIL: a version dedicated to multi-modal transport

More and more goods are transported over great distances using a combination of road and rail transport. This can be done using swap bodies or Huckepack trailers. One major problem during rail transport is that sparks are falling off the overhead electric lines and burn holes in the roof curtain. Due to that, cardboard boxes and goods are getting wet and often are rejected upon arrival. To prevent sparks from burning holes in the roof curtain, the roof curtain of these swap bodies or Huckepack trailers is often made of an aramid fabric coated with PVC. Then, in combination with a cable system or diagonal steel pipes, the swap bodies or Huckepack trailers can also get an XL certificate, but the combination of these two products is not practical and moreover it is very expensive.

CARAPAX® RAIL: a version dedicated to multi-modal transport

To offer a better, more efficient and practical solution to multi-modal transport, the CARAPAX RAIL version was developed, by inserting a glass nonwoven inside the Carapax composite reinforcement. CARAPAX RAIL is installed onto the sliding roof the same way as the normal CARAPAX as explained elsewhere.

Sparks can still burn through the regular PVC top curtain layer, but will be extinguished on the non-flammable glass nonwoven layer. The bottom PVC film will prevent the moisture from dropping through the roof curtain onto the goods, even if the top curtain layer has been burned through by sparks.