European and Irish trailer manufacturers Kässbohrer, Schmitz Cargobull and SDC which have been shortlisted for the Fleet Transport Irish Trailer Innovation 2020 Award, now battle for the three steps to the podium. Sponsored by Mike Murphy Insurance, the annual award recognises the constant research and development trailer manufacturers undertake to increase efficiency and safety operations for road hauliers.
“The three selected finalists demonstrate the diversity of the many options available from trailer manufacturers, all worthy of the main prize, but as all competitions go, there is only one winner and the expert adjudication panel will make the ultimate decision before the announcement and prize giving ceremony at the Fleet Transport Awards 2020 Gala Dinner at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 10thOctober next,” said Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor, Fleet Transport magazine, hosts and organisers of the competition.
(a) Kässbohrer Smart Non-Tipping Silo K.SSL with Autonomous Discharge
Features fully automatic discharge process enabling a safer and more efficient unload. Thanks to the patent pending design of Smart rotational valves and Smart motion/flow sensors of the company’s digital system, the flow of the different materials can be monitored and adjusted; air pressure of the tank can be changed according to the flow and working pressure. Under any emergency situation, the system can stop the material flow when required.
(b) Schmitz Cargobull S.KO COOL V7
According to Europe’s Number 1 trailer producer, the Schmitz Cargobull S.KO COOL V7 is the most advanced refrigerated trailer ever built and sets a new world standard for reefers. Fully integrated and designed in-house, operators are said “to benefit from reduced fuel consumption, enhanced performance, outstanding driver experience and low total cost of ownership.” Using quality components, an upgraded cooling unit, certified telematics and advanced insulation to offer high levels of reliability, efficiency and traceability.
(c) SDC Freespan Pillarless Curtainside Trailer
Toomebridge, County Antrim headquartered trailer builder SDC Trailers’ new Freespan Curtainsider aims to deliver an innovative high quality solution for trailer operators that require a fully open side aperture curtainsider. A key focus in the design of the new Freespan Pillarless curtainsider is the ease of curtain operation. SDC’s engineers utilized Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to incorporate the company’s Easyroll roof-rail technology, an in-house system which has been tried, tested and trusted for over 40 years.