And the Winner is… Nooteboom!
THE WINNER OF THE HEAVIES INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: TRAILER HEAVYWEIGHT (5+ AXLES) 2020 AWARD IS NOOTEBOOM!
Nooteboom has further expanded their EURO-PX low-loader programme. The latest addition is the 4-axle IC Interdolly Compact which, combined with 6 steered pendle axle lines at the rear, is now the largest low-loader combination in the Nooteboom EURO-PX low-loader programme. The first 4+6 low-loader combination, type EURO-147-46(ICP), has gone to C. Zwagerman Transport from Nederhorst den Berg (NL). This combination has been optimised for the German regulations: an axle load of 12 tonnes at 80km/h, so that loads of 100 tonnes can be transported efficiently in and to Germany.
The main objective was how to transport high cranes and machinery with a payload of 100 tons+ efficiently on a lowloader in Europe and specially in and through Germany. Important with this development is universally exchangeable with the other components of existing Nooteboom lowloaders such as the gooseneck, Interdolly, load floor and axle assembly. And maintaining the simple and intuitive operation of the lowloader combination.
This new low-loader is the largest that Nooteboom has ever put on the road. With a German exemption the load capacity is just over 100 tonnes and this enables us to enter a new segment of the market. This Nooteboom 4+6 low-loader has several advantages. In order to adapt the low-loader, as far as possible, to comply with the German regulations for exemptions, the axle distance has been increased to 1.51 m instead of the usual 1.36 m. In practice this means that due to this larger axle distance, which minimises the load on bridges and viaducts, the exemptions in the various federal states of Germany are easier to obtain. Another advantage is the close coupling system which makes it easy for us to convert the trailer into a 10-axle semi low-loader. In this configuration the load capacity increases to around 110 tonnes and the steering of the Interdolly can easily be adjusted to this shorter configuration.
The first 4+6 lowloader has been delivered to Dutch haulier C. Zwagerman Transport. By choosing the 4+6 low-loader of Nooteboom, all the components – such as the gooseneck, Interdolly, load floor and axle assembly – are universally exchangeable with the existing 3+5 EURO-PX Nooteboom low-loader. This means that Zwagerman can put no less than 14 different configurations on the road and for them this is an economical and efficient alternative to modular trailers, which are complex and more expensive.”