Seaboard has been granted a patent for a cargo body wall design that includes nested and surface-mount logistics tracks. The design allows for efficient organization and securement of cargo within the transport cargo body. The tracks protrude from the wall plane and are flush against the panels, providing a seamless and functional solution. GlobalData’s report on Seaboard gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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Cargo body wall with nested and surface-mount logistics tracks
A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11772541B2) describes a cargo body wall design for transport cargo bodies. The cargo body wall includes one or more panels that face the cargo area and define a wall plane. The interior side of the cargo body wall features a network of overlapping vertical and horizontal logistics tracks, including nested logistics tracks set into the wall and surface-mount tracks. Both the nested logistics tracks and the surface-mount logistics tracks have portions that protrude from the wall plane and are flush against the panels.
The surface-mount logistics tracks are positioned on flat portions of the nested logistics tracks between adjacent inward expansions. Within these inward expansions, the entire material thickness of the nested logistics tracks is positioned inward of the wall plane. The cargo body wall has a height and length that exceed the height, and the nested logistics tracks extend vertically along the height. The network of logistics tracks includes surface-mount tracks at different vertical heights along the nested logistics tracks.
The surface-mount logistics tracks have a hat-shape profile in cross-section, with two edge flanges and a raised central portion. The raised central portion has at least one opening that provides access to a logistics fitting accommodation area between the raised central portion and the wall plane. Similarly, the nested logistics tracks also have openings that provide access to a logistics fitting accommodation area within the cargo body wall.
The nested logistics tracks serve various purposes within the cargo body wall design. One nested logistics track forms part of a splice joint between two panels, while another is supported in a mid-panel recess on the interior side of a continuous section of a panel. The continuous section of the first panel includes an offset portion that forms an outward protrusion along the exterior side.
Overall, this patent describes a cargo body wall design that incorporates a network of overlapping logistics tracks, providing versatility and flexibility for securing and organizing cargo within a transport cargo body. The design allows for efficient use of space and easy access to logistics fittings.