Bolognesi & Goren talk SSAB steel

While designing a 12-metre timber trailer for Chile’s rough terrain, Bolognesi & Goren needed the lightest material possible. SSAB’s Strenx high performance steel gave its design and manufacturing the scope, strength and light weight it needed.

Hauling timber in Chile is no easy feat. From rough terrain and unpredictable weather to long haul times, the challenges are ever present. Meanwhile, Enzo Bolognesi’s challenge was to find a way to make the process as safe and efficient as possible.

As CEO of Chile’s Bolognesi & Goren, his specialty is forestry cargo transport equipment, and he knew a lighter product was the ultimate goal.

“The forestry customer is very concerned about innovation, safety and economical  transports,” Bolognesi said.

Following his introduction to SSAB’s Strenx high-performance steel, the company is now the only manufacturer in Chile developing semi-trailers for the forestry industry using 100  per cent Strenx steel.

The entire semi-trailer structure is made using Strenx 700MC steel, known as high-performing structural steel for light yet strong applications.

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By incorporating the Strenx-brand material into the equipment, the company was able to reduce the trailers’ weight by 15 per cent, making transport and delivery of loaded material safer and more efficient. In fact, the light weight reduces fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent as well.

Bolognesi & Goren got its official start in 2008 when Bolognesi, a manufacturer and installer of pneumatic suspensions for trucks and trailers, joined forces with Goren, a Chilean equipment hauling company. Together, they develop and implement technology exclusively for the forestry market with advanced load transport equipment and timber trailers.

In response to industry concerns and because vehicles transporting logs must comply with a series of specific standards, Bolognesi & Goren incorporated an entire safety system into the vehicle design. The company developed a 12-metre timber trailer at 5,500 kilograms and a load capacity of 33 tonnes.

By using the Strenx brand material, the company essentially closed the market gap, since there was no previous equipment available that featured its benefits.

According to Bolognesi, the engineering parametres and material characteristics proved very good in practice.

“The equipment we developed behaved in a manner very similar to what we had calculated,” Bolognesi said. “This is very good and allowed us to implement faster engineering processes, fixing small details. For us, it is a competitive advantage to use Strenx steel.”

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Along with performance after manufacturing, the material has proven to be easy to use during fabrication as well, resulting in workshop efficiency.

“It is a material that delivers very good cutting and bending performance,” Bolognesi said. “We have never had any problems in manufacturing.”

Another benefit, said Bolognesi, is the performance it provides in the field. Both strength and flexibility mean the equipment doesn’t lose traction on muddy, unstable roads, a common problem within the forestry environment, especially when carrying more than 30 tonnes of cargo.

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