- Record: A module weight of less than 370 kilograms is a new benchmark for the market
- Featherweight: Innovate trailing arm reduces weight, costs and CO2 like never before
- Profitable climate protection: Annual additional revenue of 900 euros and simultaneous reduction of CO2 emissions by 200 kilograms
- Intelligent: Digitalised life cycle from configuration to aftermarket
Wiehl, 12.2.2020 — The new world champion in featherweight is called BPW. With a new type of trailing arm and further lightweight components, for the first time BPW pushes the module weight of the 9t Airlight II trailer running gear to under 370 kilograms. This brings not only unprecedented lightness to heavy goods traffic, but also allows transport companies to benefit from more usable load and digital services throughout the vehicle’s life.
Trailers equipped with lightweight components from BPW generate up to €900 increased revenue and reduce their CO2 emissions by 200 kilograms a year. To achieve this, BPW combines the tried-and-tested 9-tonne “Airlight II” onroad running gear with an aluminium hub and the ECO Disc TS2 trailer disc brake. Add to that the new ultra-light trailing arm, which represents a technological novelty thanks to an innovative manufacturing process: It is made of high-strength spring steel, forged as a hollow profile based on nature’s model – comparable to the structure of a bone. As such, BPW combines unshakable strength with unprecedented lightness: The trailing arm alone reduces weight by 42 kilos in the 3 axle suspension. The aluminium hub brings the weight down by a further 54 kilos.
The following example shows just how much lightweight construction affects profitability: When transporting heating oil, transport companies can use lightweight components to carry 96 kilograms of extra load – this corresponds to 112 litres of heating oil that can be additionally transported. For a fleet of ten vehicles (average mileage 120,000 kilometres/year) and an average service life of four years, more than 38,000 euros in additional revenue is possible. CO2 emissions for these fleets are reduced by more than 8,000 kilos.
Andreas Poll, Head of Product Management, Trailer Solutions & Mobility Services at BPW: “It is now becoming easier, more profitable and more climate-friendly to transport, because the lightweight construction options for our Airlight II running gear enable noticeable savings to be achieved in many transport applications – not only for liquid goods. Thanks to the new trailing arm, we’ve made efficiency gains that would be hard to equal. Which is why there is already strong demand for our lightweight construction kit on the market. We’re happy to be able to start delivering straight away.”
Norbert Kempmann, Managing Director of Kempmann Speditions GmbH & Co. KG: “There are many factors that affect the profitability of a trailer. The weight of the running gear plays a significant role, but also its quality and how easy it is to maintain. For this reason, we’ve been convinced by the lightweight components from BPW, such as the forged aluminium hub.”
BPW has designed all the components of the Airlight II running gear digitally from the ground up. Artificial intelligence supports the vehicle manufacturer in determining the optimum running gear configuration for every transport task from the trillions of possible variants – online and within seconds. This digital DNA accompanies the running gear throughout its life and also ensures unrivalled efficiency in maintenance and the supply of spare parts.
Classic BPW: The running gear requires practically no maintenance. Modular construction makes the running gear extremely easy to repair, even the track adjustment is very simple, thanks to adjustable air suspension hanger brackets. You can see just how convinced of the robustness of its lightweight components BPW is by taking a look at the warranty services: BPW offers a 5 + 3 year ECO Plus warranty without mileage limit in on-road operation throughout Europe.