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Flexitrailer Tractions from D-Tec’s the ‘Chassis’ winner


railer producer D-TEC received the award in the Chassis class for its Flexitrailer Traction. The expert jury panel chose the Traction due to the simplicity, the light weight and the optimum weight distribution with a loaded 20 ft container. According to D-TEC Product Manager, Elbert Folmer, the Flexitrailer Traction is the flexible solution that also facilitates the optimum transportation of a 20ft container. “You can simply load the 20ft container onto the back and still have enough traction on the drive axle. And this without shift ing the 20ft container.”

The basic version of the Flexitrailer Traction weighs approximately 4.5 tonnes. “That is 1100 to 1500 kilograms lighter than the current solutions. Th is enables you to save 1500 to 2000 litres of diesel per year with the Traction,” added Mr. Folmer. The f lexible Traction is also suitable for 30ft and 40ft containers.

Krone considers the Environment: Right from the Start


rone’s trailer with ‘Recuperation Technology’ was the Environment category winner in the Trailer Innovation Award 2013. The improvement of vehicle energy efficiency plays an important role at Krone and the German company is constantly working on reducing operator’s carbon footprint. A good example of this intensive development work on its new refrigerated semi-trailer with VIP (Vacuum Insulated Panels) which increases cooling efficiency by 25%. Solar panels covering the entire roof contributes to the conservation of energy. As part of the transport energy recuperation project, Krone is co-ordinating with its component supply partner in producing a trailer that uses brake technology to drive the refrigeration system. As part of the research project, Krone has developed a vehicle unit that works according to the principle of energy recovery, otherwise known as Recuperation.

“Braking energy is transformed into electrical energy and can supply electrical components in the vehicle,” explained Dr. Frank Albers, Head of Sales National & Marketing. “In the case of a standard brake, friction causes the kinetic or movement energy of the vehicle to transform into heat, which is lost to the atmosphere without being used. However, this is not the case with what we call regenerative or recuperation brakes, which, in future, could be used to run the refrigeration units in the Krone Cool Liner: Part of the energy that is released at the trailer’s wheels during braking will be collected by axle generators and transformed into electrical energy,” he added.


The driver will be able to use the system easily and comfortably via a control unit in the driver’s cab: A touch screen monitor will show all of the necessary information and a control function will communicate with the components to manage the system.