Multimodal success

Kögel is presenting its product range with a focus on French customer needs at the SOLUTRANS trade fair in Lyon. Among them is a version of the Kögel Cargo with a specially reinforced floor that meets the needs of the market.

A version of the Kögel Cargo specially adapted to the needs of French customers is one of the highlights at SOLUTRANS. This has a particularly robust wooden floor, which also withstands high mechanical loads and noticeably reduces the resulting wear and tear on the trailer. Omega-shaped steel profiles are inserted between the individual wooden segments in the longitudinal direction of the trailer. In case of damage, the wooden planks can be replaced individually. In addition, the omega profile floor offers an even higher forklift axle pressure of 8.0 instead of 7.2 tonnes. This means that even a heavy forklift truck – as is customary in France – can drive from the rear into the trailer to load it, but without putting undue strain on it.

Kögel is also presenting the Kögel Multi Container Stop (MCS). The innovative, particularly convenient and safe container locking system revolutionizes the transport of swap bodies of all designs on the road. The MCS eliminates the need for conventional container locks, the so-called twist locks, at the front of the swap body. Here, the load is secured exclusively by positive locking, the demonstrably best form of load securing according to the German DIN EN 12642.

In contrast to the container locking systems widely used on the market, the Kögel MCS can be used in a self-explanatory manner. Operating errors are ruled out, as the front stop no longer needs to be operated at all. High-cube containers automatically strike the front of the cross beam when they are placed on the ground and are thus secured by positive locking in accordance with the standards. The tunnel in the container secures the load to the side. ISO containers without a tunnel are secured by means of a pin on the top of the MCS, which absorbs the forces in the direction of travel and laterally to the direction of travel.

Meanwhile, there is no need to adjust the front mountings, pins or stops on the front of the container chassis in order to secure the different container types. Operating the conventional twist locks is also a strenuous job for the driver due to their heavy weight. On top of that, handling the side extensions, swivel arms and other components takes a lot of time. With the Kögel MCS, this is no longer necessary in this form. The possibilities for operating errors and injuries are also reduced.

The locks at the rear are designed as usual. They take over the load securing against the direction of travel and help to absorb the forces that occur laterally. The combination of Kögel MCS at the front and conventional locking devices at the rear of the chassis means that the driver needs at most, half the time to secure the swap body.

With the MCS, Kögel makes the transport of swap bodies easier and increases the attractiveness of environmentally friendly multimodal transport. The system is available for all container chassis of the current technological generation, for the Combi trailer series and for all platform vehicles from Kögel. At SOLUTRANS, Kögel will be demonstrating the Multi Container Stop on a Port 45 Duplex container chassis with front and rear extension for ISO and highcube containers of sizes 20’ to 45’.

All Kögel Port models are also based on the latest chassis generation. Likewise, all container chassis with front extension now have Kögel’s own lightweight and low-maintenance front extension. Due to the changeover, they weigh considerably less. The weight advantage over the previous versions is up to 700 kilograms in the basic version.

Intelligent lightweight construction, as practiced by Kögel, is a key technology that enables more sustainability and a favourable CO2 footprint in transport and at the same time offers the vehicle operator economic advantages – just as Kögel promises with the slogan ‘Economy meets Ecology’. This is because the extra payload either leads to a lower CO2 footprint per transported tonne or reduces the fuel consumption of the tractor unit if the payload is not fully utilised. Due to their low dead weight, all Kögel trailers and in particular the special lightweight vehicles of the Kögel Lightplus series therefore not only offer more payload on the road, but they also save diesel and thus reduce the CO2 footprint.

Thanks to Kögel’s clever modular system, customers can also order the Kögel Lightplus with various superstructures and in numerous industry versions. This means that the lightweight trailer can also be used in a wide range of transport sectors. Despite the payload advantage of around half a tonne compared to the Kögel Cargo models, which are already light in the industry environment, it offers the reliability and solidity to which all Kögel models are accustomed.

This also applies to the Kögel Lightplus Rail, the first rail-loadable trailer in lightweight construction. The vehicle offers a weight advantage of up to one tonne compared to comparable standard versions and thus combines the economic and ecological advantages of lightweight vehicles with the use of the environmentally friendly transport mode of rail. In its basic configuration, the Kögel Lightplus Rail weighs only 6,060kg, 300kg less than the conventional Kögel Cargo Rail version. With the help of optionally available lightweight components, the tare weight of the Lightplus Rail can be reduced to up to 5,750 kilograms. This is an outstanding value, because trailers that can be loaded by rail are usually significantly heavier than pure road versions. However, the higher tare weight reduces the trailer’s payload. Kögel will also be presenting its range of value-added services and trailer telematics systems in Lyon.

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