Heavy Duty Trucking

JUL 2014

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62 HDT • JULY 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Trailer Update Our annual roundup of the latest from trailer and reefer makers Denise Rondini • Aftermarket Editor railer manufacturers have developed new products, made modifications to existing products, announced partnerships and expanded production capabilities. Here is a sampling of what they have been doing. T American Carrier Equipment A new western belly-dump trailer from American Carrier Equipment is 30% lighter, has 300% greater structural integrity, and accom- modates a 12.5% greater payload than competitive offerings, according to the builder. It's made of ultra-high-tensile-strength steel, and comes standard with fuel-saving wide-base single tires and lightweight aluminum wheels. The vehicle's design, materials, and construction make it the light- est all-steel bottom-dump trailer available anywhere, the company claims. At 9,680 pounds, its tare weight rivals aluminum and steel- and-aluminum trailers. Engineers used finite element analysis (FEA) to simulate a variety of dynamic stresses, from extreme heavy-haul loads to punishing off-road conditions and accelerated aging. Front and rear structural members are tapered because FEA showed that this alleviates stress points throughout the trailer, creating a stronger framework and a lighter vehicle in the process. Towing properties have been enhanced by use of a fully oscillating kingpin. Unlike the sleeve-type designs used in some trailer kingpins, the ACE bottom dump kingpin functions as a solid, finished bearing, helping to absorb and disperse the lateral stresses exerted on the trailer through pull and brake torque. Circle 351 on Reader Action Card Or go to www.hdt.hotresponse.com Beall Trailers B eall Trailers recently began manufacturing its 406 petroleum and dry tank trailer models at Walker Group manufacturing facilities in Fond du Lac and New Lisbon, Wis., in addition to its Portland, Ore., location. The expanded manufacturing makes it easier and less costly for customers throughout the Midwest and East Coast to own Beall trailers, the company says. Circle 352 on Reader Action Card Or go to www.hdt.hotresponse.com Brenner Tank B renner Tank, a division of Wabash National Corp., has expanded production to Wabash National's facilities in Lafayette, Ind. The company says the move will give customers greater access to its tank trailer products. The company said expanding technology, manufacturing processes and expertise will help accelerate growth and increase

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