Tipping the elephant

With a particular emphasis on weight reduction, Schmitz Cargobull presents enhanced thermal insulation for its round steel body tippers.

To maximise payload potential, the thermal insulation for the round steel body has been improved yet again according to the OEM. The innovative insulation material has a reduced additional weight starting from approximately 310kg, offering a robust, payload-optimised transport solution.

The newly designed insulation configuration, in which the insulating material and the outside panel are no longer connected, enables segmented insulation of the side wall. This provides an advantage in that the individual segments can be easily replaced in the event of damage, according to the OEM. A flexible and highly efficient, organic-based, insulating foam, with exceptional acoustic and thermal insulating properties, is used as the insulating material. Outstanding features, such as its high-temperature resistance and very low volume weight, sets this foam apart from other insulators, while still complying with the requirements stipulated in the notification issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, as well as DIN 70001 for thermally insulated tipper bodies. Another benefit of the segmented body is the ease of disassembly of the insulation before carrying out any welding work on the tipper body. This helps to prevent damage to the insulating material.

The modification of the floor area of the body allows the insulated design to retain its familiar low centre of gravity. In addition, the new insulation allows a greater variety of build options so that the insulated bodies can also be configured for other European markets.

Alongside the round steel body, the aluminium box body is also available with full insulation. This weight-optimised transport solution also complies with the required insulation standards, while maximising payload potential, due to its unladen weight of only 5.1 tonnes. Since the body’s external dimensions do not change significantly as a result, the tipper trailer retains its low centre of gravity and can be combined with any of the trough covering options from the standard range.

All Schmitz Cargobull thermal bodies have two easily accessible monitoring vents in each side wall, which enable manual temperature measurement to be carried out safely from ground level, directly within the freight area. It is therefore not necessary to stand in the danger area between the paver and the tipper during tipping (for temperature measurement in the paver or feeder bunker). In Germany, this measuring method comes with an electronic temperature measurement option.

Earlier this year, Schmitz Cargobull unveiled a new plastic cladding for tipper semi-trailers with an aluminium body. Where corroded and worn body finishes make unloading more time-consuming, and potentially dangerous – as the load can only really start sliding properly at extreme tipping angles – plastic body cladding ensures that the load slides from the loading surface more quickly without leaving significant residue.

The new OKULEN coating from Schmitz Cargobull prevents bulk goods from adhering to the floor of the body and optimises the tipping process. This ensures a lower tipping angle and reduces the risk of the semi-trailer tipping to the side during the tipping procedure resulting from bulk goods not running out evenly. In addition, there are daily savings due to reduced unloading times and simpler cleaning requirements.

The new plastic cladding comes in two side heights (300mm and 900mm) and is clearly identifiable by its blue finish. Plastic plates with a thickness of 12.5mm (SKI 7.2 and 8.2) and 10mm (SKI 9.6 and 10.5) are used to clad the body, which are installed floating, welded and bolted to the floor and the bulkhead at the front. The cladding is secured by aluminium profiles to the side walls and bulkhead, and sealed against falling bulk goods. Silicone round cords to pack out the longitudinal bending slots in 9.6m and 10.5m body lengths also provide the additional benefit of minimising the ingress of fine bulks goods like seeds into the bending slots, preventing soiling and contamination of the cargo area.

The plastic cladding is eligible for ‘De Minimis’ for the German market with the Federal Office for Goods Transport.

This further development of the S.KI VOLUME AK tipper trailer is Schmitz Cargobull’s response to the growing demand for vehicles for bulk transport, specifically for agricultural products. The stepframe design of the vehicle has also been available with the proven Schmitz Cargobull axle since September 2018.

The S.KI VOLUME AK tipper semi-trailer for bulk transport reduces unladen weight by up to 150kg and lowers the side loading height by 160mm, while maintaining the same body volume. This makes side loading even easier and helps to protect against damage. This practical solution offers a wider scope for application and increases the potential payload. Thanks to the lower loading edge, loading and unloading pallets through the rear wall is also easier than even before.

The lower overall height also helps to reduce the vehicle’s centre of gravity, increasing ride stability and vehicle stability while tipping as a result. The new design also guarantees access through low-roofed warehouses and gates, while ensuring that you are safe to drive under silo loading stations. The stepframe model of the S.KI VOLUME AK tipper semi-trailer is available with a body measuring 45 to 59 cubic metres. The chassis frame features an 80mm offset at the front at the height of the landing gear. This stepframe construction and special contour under the body enables the chassis to be recessed into the body floor at the front. High-volume bodies with the popular, straight chassis frame will remain on the market.

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