WITH A WEALTH OF TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE FROM THE LEADING EUROPEAN TRAILER MAKERS, HEAVY HAULAGE OPERATORS ARE ALMOST SPOILT FOR CHOICE. BOB BEECH TAKES A LOOK AT THE PRODUCTS AVAILABLE FROM THE MAJOR PLAYERS AND ANALYSES THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS.
Manufacturers are constantly both updating existing designs and introducing new products aimed at different sectors of the market, with new tyre, axle and suspension technology being the driving force behind many of these developments, allowing heavy loads to be carried at higher speeds, combined with more efficient braking and greater manoeuvrability, even with very long loads. Many manufacturers continue to refine the design of their step frame and low loader trailers, making it easier and faster to load and unload heavy construction plant, often allowing relatively large machines to be carried complete, dramatically reducing downtime when arriving on site.
Also, the use of new high strength steel along with other specialist materials reduce unladen weight, improve payloads and have greater resistance to fatigue and distortion when under load. These new developments are being introduced right across the weight range and have particular significance with the largest modular trailers when used in girder bridge form, resulting in some dramatic reductions in unladen weight for the biggest outfits.