At this year’s Tip Ex, trailer manufacturer Paneltex Martrans once again showed its latest design of walking floor trailers and the trailer on display this year incorporated a number of additional features. By working closely with major aggregate producers in the UK, Paneltex Martrans was able to refine the design of its established Lo-Tip walking floor light-weight bulk trailer, enhancing the performance and effectiveness of these trailers whilst significantly reducing the trailer tare weight so that the trailer now only weighs 7500kgs.
The new design, with plank-sided body and Domex steel chassis, reduced the trailer weight to increase payload. A clever re-design of the sweep retraction mechanism allowed a reduction in overall length, whilst maintaining a 25 cubic metre capacity. The hydraulic system has been upgraded to cope with a greater pump capacity and oil flow rate. This gives faster operation of the floor mechanism and lower oil temperature.
Safety is further enhanced by fitting the banksman’s control on a wander lead stowed in a compartment at the rear of the trailer. Another safety feature is the taillights, which remain illuminated and visible when the door is lifted. This also places them well above and clear of any hot or aggressive loads being discharged. A 15-pin electric coupling removes the need for additional suzies for floor operation and cameras.
In summary, the Paneltex Martrans walking floor trailer on display featured:
10m trailer with 25 cubic metre capacity, aluminium, plank-sided body, Keith V plank walking floor, Dawbard rollover sheet system, built to Aggregate Industries’ specification
Tele-radio remote system allows driver operation from either outside or inside the cab, with emergency controls on trailer
Four emergency stops
BPW axles on disc brakes
Wabco EBS 2M braking
Alloy wheels and Bridgestone super-single tyres
On-board camera system to assist driver with loading and unloading
According to Chris Berridge, Managing Director, Paneltex Ltd, the parent company of Martrans, "The Lo-Tip trailer has been designed specifically for the construction industry to provide a better, safer means of transporting asphalt and loose aggregates. Eliminating the need for tipping altogether means the trailer can be used safely in any location, and the payload gain compared with a typical eight wheel rigid tipper gives a massive efficiency benefit."