Brazil-based OEM, Randon, in partnership with Volvo Trucks Brazil and other partners, has unveiled a dump truck innovation.
The ‘Concept Trailer’ will be tested during South America’s grain harvest on routes connecting the farming regions to main ports. The trailer design is weight optimised and also features automated components and sensors. It has fewer welded seams, uses high-strength aluminium and steel, resulting in a product that is a tonne lighter than similar models and is said to be manufactured using processes that are unprecedented in the sector.
Aerodynamic drag is also reported to be reduced due to a lack of vertical struts on the body and the inclusion of deflectors. The vehicle also has an anti-tip system to help correct it in hazardous conditions.
In addition, the Concept Trailer has a set of electronics that improves operational efficiency and safety, such as a rear sensor and camera that is interlinked to the braking system, which trigger it automatically if there are obstacles in the way.
Coupling and decoupling has also been optimised. Sensors on the fifth wheel and an electric lifting device make this procedure safer and ergonomically easier. The cargo can be covered by a fully automated tarp, activated by remote control, which saves time and means that the driver does not need climb onto the trailer. In addition, the system identifies when the trailer is not loaded and automatically raises the axles, reducing tire wear and fuel consumption.
“This new product has a special design, is a tonne lighter and is fully connected to the tractor and the driver – it brings the future to the present, as a new concept in transporting cargo,” said Randon Companies Superintendent Director – Assembly Division, Sandro Trentin.
“The company’s next step is to apply the technology from this concept we are launching now, to the next generation of products that are already part of the company’s portfolio.”