Northern Irish OEM, SDC Trailers, has achieved EN XL certification on two new trailer models – a new model dry freight box van and a hydraulic lifting deck curtain-sider which was launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.
According to SDC, EN 12642 XL is a whole-body, European load containment standard which details the safety and technical parameters required to secure a load for transport. Vehicles that are accredited to EN 12642 XL require fewer, or no additional load restraint measures, simplifying the loading and unloading process as well as saving time and providing an economic benefit for the operator.
The comprehensive structural assessment was carried out by TUV-NORD at Alconbury, Peterborough in August this year. To achieve the EN12642XL certification, each trailer had to go through a series of rigorous tests, fully loaded, to simulate emergency manoeuvres, both in cornering and braking.
“EN XL certification guarantees the quality, build strength and safe load containment of SDC’s new box van and hydraulic lifting deck curtain-sider,” said SDC Engineering Manager, Jimmy Dorrian. “In addition to this, the new trailer models have been designed to provide a number of economic cost savings for the operator. As the market leader, SDC are continuously reviewing our EN XL range and work closely with our customers to develop solutions in line with their requirements.”
SDC’s GRP Boxvan trailer was redesigned using the latest bonding technology in construction to improve the aesthetics, durability and volume, with suitability for 34-euro pallet operation. A galvanised rear frame and crossmember, along with flush side raves and corner capping’s aims to prevent corrosion and enhance residual value of the trailer.
SDC’s new Hydraulic Lifting Deck Curtain-sider has a lightweight deck design and is suitable for 52 pallet operations. The multi position ratchet deck system was installed for flexible adjustment in increments of 120mm and it also utilises the latest PLC control for flexible programming and control. The built-in control panel is easy to use, and a side mounted wander lead is installed for ease of operation.
Every SDC trailer built with the EN12642XL standard will have a TUV-NORD decal on the front and rear bulkhead. The customer will also be issued with a TÜV-NORD certificate showing the approval number and the trailer chassis number. The TÜV symbol indicates that the trailer has been independently assessed and meets structural build and safety requirements.