Andreas Kahl, Managing Director of Kahl Schwerlast GmbH, placed an initial order with Goldhofer AG at Bauma for 38 axle lines of the new modular »FT SERIES«.
Kahl Schwerlast GmbH is well-known beyond the borders of Germany as an international heavy haulage and logistics services provider. The Kahl Group of companies offer on-time and economical transportation logistics services of all kinds. They are particularly in their element when it comes to heavy and exceptional transport solutions. “With our fleet of special vehicles, our own trimodal storage and transshipment facilities in Duisburg and Dresden, our know-how, and our long-serving and experienced employees, we have a potential that is second to none,” says Andreas Kahl.
The company is continually investing in the latest technology so as to be sure of remaining one step ahead of the competition. “Especially when it comes to vehicle technology, we consider it important to always be up-to-date so that we can offer our customers economical and, above all, on-time and safe transportation solutions,” says Andreas Kahl, with reference to his plan to increase the current total of several hundred Goldhofer axle lines in the fleet by up to 200 additional lines from the new »FT SERIES«.
At this year’s Bauma, Goldhofer presented a world first in the form of the »FT SERIES«: a pivot-mounted pendulum axle combination system in the heavy payload class designed for both on-road transportation operations and heavy load handling in non-public areas. The vehicle concept made a correspondingly big impression at Bauma.
The »FT SERIES« offers unprecedented flexibility and investment security for the heavy haulage industry. This smart system unites semitrailers in the heavy payload class and heavy-duty module combinations, especially for road transportation. With its intelligent configuration and accessory packages, the »FT SERIES« can be combined with almost all the trailer modules in the Goldhofer portfolio. The big attraction of this new type of vehicle is that system changes can be made quickly and easily at any time. This allows a flexible response to changing market requirements and reduces the total cost of ownership.
At the time of purchase, the »FT SERIES« can be adapted to individual requirements, thus avoiding the compromises that were often necessary in the past when placing an order. Basic width and bending moment, for example, can be individually specified for all standard bogies. And that is only the beginning: The highlight of this groundbreaking transport system is a new wheel set. With its intelligent design, the new unit not only offers an optimized suspension stroke of 640 mm and a steering angle of 60 degrees, but also the flexibility to adapt to changing requirements – even after purchase. There are five different single and twin tire options to choose from for a loading height of between 760 mm and 940 mm for axle loads of 22 to 45 tons. But that is not all: To facilitate easy integration of the new »FT SERIES« into the existing fleet, the axle compensation cylinders can be specified for compatibility with Goldhofer’s entire heavy-duty portfolio. This is the key to a system with almost unlimited combination capability.
From left to right: Horst Häfele (Vice President Product and Project Management Goldhofer), Matthias Ruppel (CEO Goldhofer), Andreas Kahl (Managing Director Kahl Schwerlast GmbH), Marcus Pieper (Managing Director Pieper Schwertransporte GmbH), Robert Steinhauser (Vice President Sales & Service Goldhofer) and Dennis Leschensky (Director Sales Europe / North Africa Goldhofer)