High Performance Hauling Systems

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The lowest tare weight is at the forefront of the bulk trailer design. Each pound saved on the trailer, directly translates to one pound in payload. These self-unloading trailers are actuated by the PTO on the trucks. The unloading methods are typically done by a telescopic cylinder or by a conveyor belt. Both unloading methods offer their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Careful consideration is the key to determining the best type of trailer to maximize the profitability.

There are a wide range of cranes to serve dedicated job type or are dedicated to a type of worksite. Some cranes need to be disassembled and re-assembled at the job sites because of weight laws that limit the permissible weight of the crane itself. Some cranes are simply not able to go on the road as the axle weight would never meet axles laws.

Boom dollies and boom launchers address these issues in a unique way. Boom dollies allow the crane to be shipped mostly assembled by adding axles to spread the load. Boom launchers aid in disassembly, re-assembly while serving as a trailer to ship from job site to job site.

Flatbeds may seem simple at first glance, but the nearly infinite amount of options and configurations make this product line one of the most diverse. The frame design is grouped into three main categories: Flat, Flat Drop and Double Drop. Other frame variations and differing axle configurations exist within each major category.

Deck height is limited by many factors, but the most prevailing factors are coupler height, tire size, and frame configuration. This means that selecting the proper components is critical.

Floorless trailers are constructed with an axle that does not span the width of the trailer. The suspension is specifically made to allow the trailer to have no floor in the middle. This allows the trailer to pick up and drop off large pallets with its special high travel suspension and coupler.

The pallets are constructed with a “C” channel along its length to accept the protruding metal plate of the trailer. When the lowered trailer is backed into the pallet, the plate slides into the “C” shape. The suspension and coupler is then raised, lifting the interlocked pallet with it. The pallet is unloaded with the same mechanism.

The ultra-low height of the loading platform is simply the palette thickness and ground clearance combined. This allows the operator to load very tall items on the deck that cannot be hauled conventionally.

Another advantage is the ability to shunt loadings to a location and stockpile them without needing additional equipment to unload. Once the loadings are required at a factory or job site, the pallets are then self-loaded and delivered from the laydown yard. This eliminates the need for multiple conventional trailers sitting still in a yard waiting to be loaded/unloaded. The trailer can also self-load multiple pallets to reduce the number of return trips. In most cases, the total operational cost of a floorless trailer, with many pallets, is less than multiple flat beds.

There are many weight classes, configurations and options when it comes to heavy haul. The most common type of trailer in the heavy haul category is low beds. These trailers are purposefully built to carry the load low on the deck section. As the weight class increases, the low bed will need accompanying trailers to help equalize the loading on all axles. The low beds become more modular as they increase in capacity. Pin joints are added to create shim points to alter the camber as needed. The pin joints are also used to interchange deck sections and components to suit the job at hand.

Another type of trailer that is used is a jeep and dolly configuration. This configuration may use the self-supporting load to span between the jeep and dolly. If the load is not self-supporting or is too short, a double gooseneck beam is added between the jeep and dolly to bridge the gap. These configurations are available in many weight classes.

Logging trailers are specifically built to withstand incredibly harsh conditions while maintaining a low tare weight. These high-performance structures have been designed and refined over many decades. The accumulated knowledge has led to trailers that offer a competitive tare weight with low maintenance costs.

Component selection is incredibly important as the logging industry has many particularities where normal components will not be of value. The initial investment in quality parts and design will translate into more uptime.

Mining method, operating conditions, climate and workforce are all important factors in choosing the right equipment. Temisko offers a combination of “off the shelf” solutions and custom builds. Temisko understands that every ton and uptime is precious.

Specifications for the haul units are tailored to the climate. Extreme cold will render metals brittle and affect any system in unconventional ways. Extreme heat will affect the allowable tonnage per axle. Experience and technical know-how becomes a driving force when selecting components and hauling systems.

Moving prefabricated houses requires a trailer that can do multiple jobs. The width and length of the trailer must extend to the module’s size. The low frame keeps the overall height low during transit. Once on-site, the trailer must then be able to side step and rise up to the footing. These features make the delivery and installation process much faster, with less manual labour.

Oil and gas trailers are often very dedicated units. Some are mobile drilling stations and others are purpose-built for a type of product. Steering axles are a popular addition to these configurations because of the long loads and tight off-road conditions.

Hauling rail units often require dedicated equipment. Most rail hauling trailers are designed not only to haul the units, but also to assist in the loading process. The trailers may have deployable landing gear to smooth our transitions or have integrated ramps. These features are key to a successful delivery.

Hauling windmill parts require specialized equipment. The blades, top sections, mid-sections, bases and nacelles all require dedicated trailers. Temisko has worked with our clients to offer products that can be transformed or expanded to remain current with industry changes. Some of the equipment offered has parts that can be re-used to make new configurations that are compatible outside of the wind hauling sector. Other units are comprised of multiple trailers that can be selected for their competitive tare weight or for the possibility of later re-use in other sectors.

Most equipment made for this sector is equipped with steerable axles. Temisko’s steerable system is second to none because of its superior geometry and low dog tracking. After an initial system pressurization, the double redundant hydraulic link between the control turntable and the steering actuators requires no additional power sources. This steering system has proven itself on over 200 units spanning 11 years.


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Customize your Heavy Haul. Select from a list of interchangeable add-on components that are available for Heavy Haul products.

Boosters, or nitro stingers, are trailers that hook onto the back of trailers to take up extra weight. The booster axles create another axle grouping that conforms to state or provincial laws. All boosters have a system that will keep a constant load on their axles even when experiencing variations in the road. If the system was not allowed to flex, the trailer could be permanently bent, or it would bend its axles.

The units also have a vertical pivot point that allows the unit to track around corners. This pivot point is in front of the axle grouping and works much like a caster. The positioning of this pin joint is carefully chosen to give the booster excellent tracking characteristics.

An automated leveling system can be added to the boosters. This system uses an on-board computer to compare axle weights between the main trailer and the booster. If there is a mismatch between the two, the system will automatically adjust to keep them at the desired levels.

Deck sections are an important part of the low bed. It is important to know what deck profile is best suited for the loads you are trying to carry. Each section listed below has advantages and disadvantages. Typically, a bed that offers a low loading height will be heavier than one that offers a high loading height. Some profiles offer compromises between the two, but may have their own drawbacks. The table below each section is meant to summarize and rate key attributes of each deck section. The rating system is an arbitrary scale of 1-10 that is meant as a guide.

All deck sections will flex during the loading process, and when in motion. Engineers model the sections as large springs to predict the deflection that will result from external forces. The engineers can then calculate specific camber to compensate for the deflection. The stiffness of the deck is directly related to the beam height. The higher the beam, the less deflection will be produced. Some deck sections are so thin and long that we will present different cambers as options.

The deck sections listed below can be made to match the weight class of the low bed. There are additional modifications that can be made from each section presented. The variants may include a wider overall width or a special perimeter frame with dished sections to receive a tank. There are also some deck sections that can be pinned together to extend the loading area.

Steerable dollies are trailers that have a self-contained steering mechanism. The vast quantity of dollies produced at Temisko are self-steering. The self-steering system is a hydraulic link between the main turntable and the steered axles. This allows the trailer to dramatically reduce the off-tracking during a cornering maneuver. All dollies have an override to give steering control to the operator. The manual control is typically used when encountering extreme cornering situations. For the vast majority of the time, the dollies are left on self-steer because they can correctly steer the trailer around most turns.

The main turntables can turn +/- 68 degrees. This allows incredible flexibility when entering a narrow intersection that requires the dolly to be perpendicular to the load.

Temisko offers front and rear steering dollies. Both steering arrangements have very specific advantages and disadvantages.

Jeeps are designed to divide the load from the main trailer’s coupler onto 2 or more axle groupings. There are many jeep styles and configurations that are designed to meet the varying state and provincial laws. Some jeeps are made in a modular fashion so they can be configured to suit different loads or to be able to conform to local laws.

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