New Platform Vehicle Handles Loads with High Centers of Gravity
June 30, 2021 - When developing the new modular K25 L platform vehicle, Scheuerle focused safely transporting loads with a high center of gravity.
That's a relevant requirement, especially regarding the future transport of components for increasingly more powerful wind turbines.
The K25 L also scores very favorably through maximum stability when transporting construction machinery or plants.
The energy industry is developing increasingly more powerful wind turbines. Their increased dimensions and high center of gravity require an extremely stable means of transport with an especially low loading area.
Scheuerle, a subsidiary of the TII Group owned by the Rettenmaier family from Heilbronn, Germany, has developed the modular K25 L series platform vehicles for ensuring the maximum stable and flexible transport of such products. The addition of L (Low) in the model name indicates the particularly low platform height along with the larger tires.
Unique Track Width
The track width of the K25 L is 82.7”, and its external width is 118.1”. That’s more than 10% extra from competitive products.
The K25 L’s track width considerably reduces the risk of accidents caused by overturning when transporting wind tower segments with large diameters.
Low Platform Height
The K25 L can handle axle loads of up to 25.2 USt, or up to 15.3 USt at 49.7 mph.
In addition, the K25 L’s tires are larger and more robust: 285/70 R 19.5. In spite of the larger tires, the lowered platform height is 34.4” loaded, or 35.8” unloaded, which facilitates easy driving under loads.
The high axle compensation of 26.8” also makes driving on uneven surfaces safe. Moreover, the maximum steering angle of +/- 60° ensures optimal maneuverability. Lifting and lowering is carried out with the help of a PPU (Power Pack Unit) from the Z19 series. This is low emission in accordance with Stage V emission regulations.
More Loading Options
The highest negative and positive bending moment on the market creates economic
flexibility for the operator through additional loading options.
This offers particular advantages for products such as tower segments or nacelles (machine housings) that feature high point loads in combination with a high center of gravity, and those whose center of gravity lies far outside the support center as is the case when transporting long goods with the help of swivel bolsters.
Furthermore, the K25 L has 30% higher torsional stiffness compared to similar products. That guarantees cornering safety.
EBS ensures enhanced braking performance and a shorter braking distance.
Depending on the truck tractor, a diagnosis is possible from the driver's cab.
Likewise, connecting to a smartphone is possible. The headlights on each individual bogie provide a further plus in terms of safety. It lets the driver comfortably negotiate the route also at night.
The model range of the K25 L series fulfills the requirements of platform vehicles with two to six axles. The vehicles can be combined with goosenecks, drawbars, swivel bolsters, bridges and tower adapters, and used in ambient temperatures reaching minus 25°. Its versatility makes the K25 L the first choice for the construction sector and for the transport of plant and machinery with high centers of gravity.