September 2022 – With its new generation of frames and bodies, the new Schmitz Cargobull S.KI tipper semi-trailer not only impresses with its improved payload capacity of up to 280*kg (50 kg chassis, 180 kg body, 50 kg frame), but also wins customers over with its improved ease of operation and both enduring and reliable product quality. The weight of the new rounded steel body with a loading volume of 24 m³ has been optimised for use on building sites. Weight savings of up to 180 kg* have been achieved here. The wide flat floor ensures a lower centre of gravity, helping to deliver optimum handling and even wear. The upper lips have been redesigned with an enhanced cross-section to increase vertical and horizontal rigidity, which makes the rounded steel body even more stable. Lateral deformation of the upper lips as a result of load pressure has been significantly reduced, meaning they run a lot better and sliding-tarpaulin-style body covers are now even safer.
The S.KI tipper semi-trailer’s steel chassis frames have always been characterised by an ideal balance between weight optimisation, robust durability and tipping stability in daily use. The fundamental redesign of the modular frame has enabled weight savings of 45 to 110 kg to be achieved depending on the length and frame design. The new modular frame system for all trailer lengths is available in a Standard, Light or Heavy-Duty design depending on the level of use. Use of the new chassis results in further weight savings of 50 kg.
Schmitz Cargobull grants customers a five-year warranty against rust-through for the S.KI frame generation in a galvanised design. Painted frames also offer better protection against corrosion. Customers benefit from a high resale value thanks to lower loss of value. Four different frame lengths are available (system lengths 7.2, 8.2, 9.6, 10.5), depending on the application, load level and desired body volume. In addition to the STANDARD version, a LIGHT version for especially high payload or a HEAVY-DUTY version for particularly heavy-duty use are also available.
The underride guard meets all the criteria set out in ECE-R58.03. The weight has been reduced here, too, and handling has improved. The folding mechanism allows for easy operation from one side and, when folded up, provides good ground clearance of 728 mm. This enables easy manoeuvring up to the road paver. The electro-pneumatic underride guard with sensors for the LED position indicator has also undergone a makeover with optimised mechanics and cable guide.
The sensors record the driving and unloading position, which means that the underride guard can be operated safely from the driver’s cab.
The standard tail light position has been modified for transporting bulk goods and asphalt. It is now available as a version that is 140 mm higher and 80 mm set back, which creates a greater distance to the bulk cargo (e.g. asphalt) during unloading. As a result, the risk of damage to the underride guard bracket is reduced, while taking legal regulations into account.
Production on the new S.KI tipper semi-trailer is scheduled to start at the end of the 1st quarter of 2023.
* Reference vehicle (S.KI Solid 7.2 with dropside height of 1,460 mm and floor/side wall combination of 5/4 mm with external tailgate)
New digital on-board weighing system
To prevent overloading in the future, Schmitz Cargobull is making a new on-board weighing system available as an option for tipper trailers. Trailers, as well as roads, are thus subject to less wear and tear, while also saving fuel costs and reducing CO2 emissions. The on-board weighing system allows the driver to determine and document the vehicle’s payload at the location where the vehicle is loaded, and is no longer necessary to drive to a stationary weighing system, which saves time. Improved driving dynamics thanks to the avoidance of overloading increases driving and road safety. The equipment and make of the towing vehicle are irrelevant for the functioning of the weighing system. The on-board weighing system, which can be calibrated (calibration class 4: Bulk material), uses the factory-installed pneumatic suspension systems with electronic control and hydraulic cylinders to determine the current loading weight (payload) of the trailer. This makes the weighing system more economical for the customer than other systems with additionally attached sensors, and also more robust to withstand the tough operating conditions of a tipper semi-trailer. Operation is intuitive, whether via the supplied screen or via smartphone in the beSmart app. The calculated cargo data can be called up by the driver immediately after weighing. The Schmitz Cargobull telematics allow the data to then be transferred and processed further in the TrailerConnect® portal.
New cargo area and rear area camera systems
To improve occupational safety and check the load and the area behind the trailer,
special camera systems are installed on the tipper. The cargo area camera enables a convenient overview of the load in the trough. This reduces the risk of accidents for the driver as they can track the loading process via the camera from comfort of their cab.
An additional reversing camera monitors the area behind the trailer when tipping or reversing, providing protection against ramming damage. At the same time the risk of injury to persons behind the vehicle, who are not visible in the side mirrors can be minimised.
As all the necessary operations can be carried out from the cab, a safe and ergonomic working method for the driver is ensured, thanks to the innovative equipment consisting of pneumatic underride guard, electric sliding roof, on-board weighing system and supporting camera systems.
New generation of bodies also available for the M.KI truck tipper body
For 4-axle tractor units, Schmitz Cargobull offers a custom-fit M.KI body with a volume of 16 to 23 m³. Like the tipper semi-trailer, the basis for the truck bodies is a rounded steel body made of highly wear and dent-resistant steel.
Thanks to the flexible Schmitz Cargobull module system, an even greater range of variants are now available here, too. For instance, in addition to the existing construction lengths of 5.5 m and 5.8 m, a trailer with a construction length of 5.2 m is now available to be used with tractors with a shorter wheelbase or longer driver’s cab. Here, too, the Gotha-based product experts managed to save 100 kg of weight compared to the similar SR14 body. With the differing floor thicknesses of 5–10 mm, side wall thicknesses of 4–8 mm and the various dropside heights of 1,300, 1,460, 1,560, and 1,660 mm, tipper bodies are compatible with the different truck variants and optimised for the respective transport task.
The bodies can be individually configured according to requirements. For the rear panel, Schmitz Cargobull offers either internal tailgates with a chute or external tailgates with a full seal. Both options are available with either a slider or a hydraulic system.
The body cover can be opened and closed either conventionally from the floor as a rolling tarpaulin or safely and conveniently by remote control as an electric sliding tarpaulin.