Electronic kingpin saves weight and improves manoeuvrability

21/11/2017 12:47:43
 
 
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The TriDec EF-S electro-hydraulic/electronic kingpin steering system, available from JOST UK can be fitted onto trailers requiring an extremely low trailer neck, such as milk tankers, bulk trailers, low loaders and trailers of monocoq construction.

Unlike mechanical and hydraulic steering systems, the EF-S system does not require a fifth wheel unit. Instead it needs only a king pin to which a steering angle sensor has been fitted, which can represent a significant weight saving because of the lack of a heavy hydraulic pump, or even heavier alternator. This will lead to a consequent improvement in fuel economy.

The EF-S can also contribute to improved vehicle handling at slow speeds. The EF-S system directly follows the truck’s movement for even the smallest steering input, this means that there is no delay in steering reaction. The benefits of this are particularly noticeable at the loading bay, where the driver will find improved positioning accuracy.

Significantly, at higher speeds on straight roads, the EF-S locks the wheels into the straight-ahead position, helping to ensure steady and stable running in the traffic lane.

The design of the EF-S is such that the king pin wedge is equipped with a patented self-centring mechanism, which prevents damage whilst coupling the tractor and trailer.

The advantages of the EF-S can be summed up as:

  • Extremely low neck neck-mounting height required (60mm),
  • Weight saving, leading to improved performance,
  • Minimal trailer chassis modifications required,
  • Fast and simple mounting,

JOST supplies the full range of TriDec steering systems - mechanical, hydraulic and electronic - for both turntable and kingpin steered axles. Its sales team can provide expert guidance to help identify the most appropriate solution for any given vehicle. Helping to save on fuel consumption, tyre wear, vehicle maintenance and damage repair and mounting time while improving manoeuvrability.,

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Photo 1: The TriDec EF-S electro-hydraulic/electronic kingpin steering system, available from JOST UK can be fitted onto trailers requiring an extremely low trailer neck

Photo 2: Unlike mechanical and hydraulic steering systems, the EF-S system does not require a fifth wheel unit.

Photo 3: The EF-S can also contribute to improved vehicle handling at slow speeds.

Photo 4: The EF-S system directly follows the truck’s movement for even the smallest steering input, this means that there is no delay in steering reaction.

About JOST:

JOST is a leading global producer and supplier of safety-critical systems to the truck and trailer industry. The Company offers branded, quality products clustered in three systems: Vehicle Interface (focusing on products required to operate a commercial vehicle combination of trucks and trailers such as fifth wheels and landing gears), Handling Solutions (including container technology and hydraulic cylinders products) and Maneuvering (focusing on truck and trailer axles and forced steering). As the number one supplier of fifth wheels and landing gears globally, JOST is the market leader for Vehicle Interface systems. JOST’s global leadership position is driven by the strength of its brands, by its long-standing client relationships serviced through its global distribution network as well as by its efficient and asset-light business model.

The Company’s core brands “JOST”, “Rockinger”, “TRIDEC” and “Edbro” are well-recognized in the industry and highly regarded for their quality and continuous innovation. With its global distribution network and production facilities in thirteen countries across five continents, JOST has direct access to all major truck and trailer manufacturers and relevant end customers. JOST currently employs about 2,700 members of staff worldwide.

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DMA Europa Ltd. : David Bedford
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JOST UK Ltd. : Danny Broomfield, JOST UK Ltd.
Tel: + 44 (0) 1204 528888 Fax: + 44 (0) 1204 531957
Web: www.jostuk.co.uk
Email: danny.broomfield@jost-world.com

 
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