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Thermal insulation for the Schmitz Cargobull S.KI tipper semi-trailer

Horstmar/Gotha, April 2016 – Transport companies working in highway construction have been subject to stricter requirements since the beginning of 2015. The aim of these laws is to improve road surfaces over the long-term, making sure roads become even more durable. Thermal insulation is required on tipper bodies to prevent the material from cooling down during transport. The quality of the asphalt must be verifiable by means of a temperature measurement process. The stipulations for national highways in Germany – currently for major road works with an asphalt layer exceeding 18,000 m² – will be gradually expanded to include all road works by 2019. New trailers will then be permanently fitted with measuring equipment.

At bauma 2016, Schmitz Cargobull presents a newly developed thermal insulation for the rounded steel body. A major emphasis has been placed on weight reduction. This results in a 200 kg greater payload for customers with the S.KI tipper semi-trailer with a rounded steel body (SR 7.2 / side wall height 1,460 mm).

The newly designed insulation configuration, in which the insulating material and the outside panel are no longer connected, enables segmented insulation of the side wall. The benefit is that the individual segments can be easily replaced in the event of damage, such as side impacts resulting from wheeled loaders. Water-resistant, rubber-based elastomer foam is used as the insulating material and, naturally, complies with the values stipulated in the notification issued by the German Federal Ministry for Transport (BMVI) in addition to the values of the planned DIN standard. Another benefit of the segmented body is the easy disassembly of the insulation before carrying out welding work on the body (e.g. when welding on a scuff plate). This serves to prevent damage to the insulating material.

The modification of the floor area of the body now makes it possible for the insulated design to retain the familiar low centre of gravity. Furthermore, the new insulation also enables a greater variety of variants so that the bodies can also be configured for other European markets. The system length SR 8.2 for the Belgian market is one example.

The model range for the rounded steel body (SR) with thermal insulation includes variants for the system length SR 7.2 for volumes of 24 and 27 m3 (body height 1,460 and 1,660 mm) and also for the system length SR 8.2 for the volume of 27 m3 (body height 1,460 mm). A variety of different floor and side wall combinations can also be selected (side walls 3.2 / 4.0 / 5.0 mm, floor 4.0 / 5.0 / 6.0 mm). In addition, customers can also select a range of different tailgate variants and tarpaulin systems.

Alongside the rounded steel body, the aluminium box body is also available with full insulation. This weight-optimised transport solution also complies with the required insulation standards while providing a high payload thanks to its unladen weight of only 5.1 t. The insulation is set flush with the floor, and the insulation on the side walls only marginally decreases the body volume. Because the body's external dimensions do not change significantly as a result, the tipper semi-trailer retains its low centre of gravity and can be combined with any of the standard range of trough covering options, for example. All of the bodies are also prepared for fitting with measurement sensors.

About Schmitz Cargobull AG:

With an annual production of some 45,000* vehicles and around 4,900* employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers and trailers for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of approximately €1.6* billion in the 2014/2015 business year. As a pioneer in the industry, the German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and consistently established quality standards spanning every level: from research and development, to production and specialist services such as trailer telematics, financing, used vehicles, spare parts and Full Service.
*Figures based on the 2014/2015 business year