SDC trailer fleet specified for Fowler Welch 15 August 2011
Consumer goods haulier Fowler Welch is adding 30 bespoke SDC tri-axle curtainside trailers to its UK fleet, with an initial trailer currently on trial at the operator's Heywood distribution centre.
That trailer has been equipped with a wide range of options to suit operational requirements, explains Paul Allera, Fowler Welch national fleet manager.
Once trials are complete and final specification have been tweaked, the remaining trailers will be built to the same standard and delivered to Fowler Welch at the end of September, he adds.
Trailer safety is a key concern for Fowler Welch, and these latest trailers will be built to the industry's optional EN12642XL standard covering structural strength – so increasing stability and load-bearing capabilities.
Equipment being trialled includes Haldex's soft docking system. To avoid damage to the rear of the trailer, and provide obvious safety advantages, brakes are automatically applied when reversing into a loading bay.
The system can apply precise braking power to match load and vehicle speed, while also providing audible and visual reversing aids.
Other notable features include: rear close-pitch bearers to increase floor strength on rear loading operation; Labcraft MX3/2 LED internal lights; an easy-access coupling box, with brake pull valves; repositioned shunt valves; aerodynamic rear roof scoop, fitted with vortex generators; and spray-down flaps.
"We are very pleased to have SDC as our trailer partner," comments Allera.
"SDC displayed more flexibility, greater innovation and an overall willingness to work with us. The result: a bespoke trailer that meets our precise operational requirements."
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