Heavylift / Breakbulk
Flexibility a standard specification
The range of heavylift vehicle types that hits the roads every year is as broad as the number of different legal stipulations that apply to their operation in different countries. Now Scheuerle has introduced a new vehicle concept for a US client.
The speed limits that apply in most countries make sure that journeys do not take place on the proverbial highway to hell. The statutory requirements for vehicles using the roads vary from country to country, of course, but in the USA specific legislation concerning load distribution on roads and bridges can even vary from state to state. The regulations become even more important when logistics operators are engaged in heavylift activities in the USA. The regulations concerning load distribution on roads and bridges vary from state to state. Each federal entity prescribes specific load support measures and regulates wheelbases and the distribution of the load.
New highway giant with a low tare weight
The qualities of variable vehicle concepts thus come into their own in such circumstances. Such a concept allows a vehicle to be adapted exactly to suit the cargo being transported, and simultaneously to fulfil the statutory framework conditions at the place of operation.
Scheuerle has now developed a new vehicle for an important US customer, namely Sterett Crane & Rigging, which is headquartered in Owensboro KY. The new Scheuerle unit is called the highway giant dual-lane trailer and has an extremely low tare weight. It is now ready to be approved for use in most US states. Its most important advantage is its high degree of flexibility.
Flexible adaptation to suit the load
Scheuerle’s highway giant has been specially-developed as a flexible vehicle concept that can fulfil the varying requirements encountered in the North American market. The design offers variable vehicle widths as well as the possibility to easily widen the vehicle under load, if required. Thus the loading area can be adapted to suit the size of the load on the one hand, and its distribution, on the other hand, can simultaneously be spread over the length of the vehicle.
A lightweight and stable construction
To achieve an ideal payload / tare weight ratio, the chassis is made using a lightweight but still very stable construction. A gooseneck or a drawbar can be used to connect the unit to the towing vehicle. Additional equipment, such as spacers or decks, can also be fitted if needed.
The vehicle’s hydraulic cylinders in the pendulum axles have a large displacement volume, in order to be able to drive under and pick up loads. On request the highway giant can be equipped with a power booster, an additional power source that provides extra thrust when driving, and even allows the vehicle to be used as a self-propelled unit without a tractor. Thus a second tractor may not be required during the transport, under certain circumstances, and if there is only very little space available at the final destination the cargo can nevertheless be shunted into position easily.