Ford-Werke GmbH recently took delivery of a total of 72 Kögel trailers with comprehensive individual equipment for its vehicle fleet. The trailers will be used primarily in procurement logistics for automotive suppliers to the Ford works and for just-in-time material transport between the Ford factories within Europe.
The new Kögel trailers will therefore help to ensure problem-free handling within the Ford Supply Chain.
The 72 new Kögel trailers have an extensive range of individual equipment. This includes RoRo equipment with four pairs of heavy-duty lashing rings and an eight-millimeter thick compact slide plate for unaccompanied ship and ferry transport. The 13 pairs of lashing rings in the external frame ensure optimum load-securing. Each pair of rings on the cargo trailers and nine pairs on the Mega trailers are reinforced to a tensile force of 4,000 kilograms per ring.
In addition, the trailers are equipped with an acoustic reversing warning signal to facilitate an accident-free approach to the ramp with a rear monitoring system with automatic braking function. This unit indicates the distance to objects behind the trailer and permits control of the programmed EBS and suspension functions.
The Ford trailers are also fitted with wheelbase regulation to prevent any damage to the axles caused by overloading and to comply with legal maximum axle weight limits. This uses the trailer EBS to measure the axle load and automatically lifts the last trailer axle if the trailer is not fully loaded or has been partially unloaded. This automatically displaces part of the weight from the king pin on the tractor unit to the first and second axles on the trailer.