Special trailer manufacturer Trias of Apeldoorn (NL) has been a VSE customer for years. Last year, at the MobiliteitsRAI, the company presented two semi deep-loaders fitted with VSE systems.
Trias builds around 110 trailers per year with a team of dedicated specialists, consisting of just 24 people. ‘We always build to order. In many cases the trailers are deep-loaders that will be heavily loaded and where installation space can be at a premium due to the height of the load. But Trias also has loads of experience building extendible trailers. And when it comes to LHVs or similar combinations, we can always offer a solution. As long as it is a special solution the customer is looking for. Our customers want the safest, most reliable transport possible, and our experience has been that VSE can certainly be of added value in that regard. When customers come to us they expect the highest quality, so they are willing to accept that we may take a bit longer to build their trailer. And the purchase of a VSE steering system is never simply a matter of price either,’ says Director Leo Oosterkamp. He has crystal-clear arguments when it comes to steering systems from VSE. ‘The installation time is very short. In addition, these steering systems give our designers greater freedom, because the systems are very compact. So even for a trailer with a VSE steering system, for example, we can afford to design it with a relatively thin gooseneck. What also certainly plays a role here is that our customers experience the steering angle offered by the systems as comfortable and particularly valuable.’
Oosterkamp mentions another advantage of VSE systems: ‘Once a new trailer is on the road, you can always readjust the system to ensure that the driver gets the maximum benefit from his steering system. In fact, the steering system can even be supplied with its own remote control, which is very handy in situations where there is little room to manoeuvre.
To reduce the turnaround time as much as possible, perfect preparation is crucial for the construction of trailers at Trias. ‘This means that the drawing department, which we have in-house, must pay very careful attention indeed. But that is nothing new for them. All our customers’ wishes are worked out in a clear 3D drawing. Until then, customers can still request changes. Beyond that, the trick is to have all parts on hand at the right time. Because of the specific nature of our trailers, each trailer is actually unique.
Every part of the trailer is fully galvanised in a 400 °C zinc bath. As a result, customers can count on a long-lasting finished product. The galvanising process is followed by final assembly of the trailer. After we give it our technical seal of approval, the vehicle is inspected by the RDW (Netherlands Vehicle Authority) or TÜV (German Technical Inspection Association), if necessary.
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