Talson excels at Safety Features

Keeping on bettering the best box ever conceived with patented trailer body solutions and works, Talson, in harmony with associations like TAPA and regulators addresses the sector’s problems.

In 2019, Talson has taken 3rd place in Trailer Innovation 2019 “Concept” category with its innovation, Talson Secure Box, which was engineered to prevent valuable cargo theft with enhancements and special modifications on the self-supporting aluminum upper body structure.

Since 2019, Talson furthered its safety innovations, furthering on TAPA requirements and developed its Safest Trailer Ever that guarantees unbreachable body construction, immediate and wholistic notification, protection from the theft of the entire trailer, and unauthorized trailer access.

For the Safest Trailer Ever, Talson has cooperated exclusively with Avertic Armour to create the unbreachable body construction. Made of aluminum sandwich panel design, Talson panels and roof are already the hardest to penetrate from the outside. Integration Avertic Armour’s patented paneling seamlessly to its sandwich panels, the Talson body is now 100% impenetrable even by automatic construction tools such as electric saws, mechanical saws, and any piercing tools.

Talson has also seamlessly integrated alarm wiring and sensors to the entire vehicle including the chassis, that trigger the loud alarm and notifies the predetermined people and institutions via mail and SMS at the first instant of attempted physical penetration.

Talson integrated its long-term trusted stakeholder SBS’s latest, state-of-the- art electronic lock system into The Safest Trailer Ever. The SBS electronic lock prevents not only unauthorized access to the trailer but also blocks the trailer to be accessed in any location other than the designated areas that the logistcis company has initally authorized.

By integrating the king-pin electronic safe connect solution; Talson prevents any truck other than the predefined authorized truck from coupling hence preventing the theft of the trailer.

The Safest Trailer Ever is also equipped with security cameras recording inside and outside of the trailer to be used by companies as well as law enforcement in case of any need.

Kässbohrer 14.98m Curtainsider with Dynamic wheel base nominated Trailer Innovation Awards 2021

Kässbohrer  is nominated in Trailer Innovation 2021 in the category “Concept”.  Nominee innovation,  Kässbohrer Curtainsider K.SCX L with Dynamic Wheelbase for 14.980 mm length is making difference with its optimal wheelbase chassis design for uniform and safe load distribution leading to road safety and its innovative system integration with control systems for ability to turn on EU standard road curves and is the first of its kind solution.

Kässbohrer’s  K.SCX L with dynamic wheelbase for 14.980 mm length is nomited because of its optimal wheelbase chassis design for uniform and safe load distribution leading to road safety and its innovative system integration with control systems for ability to turn safely on EU standard road curves. The ability to turn safely EU standard road curves with 12.50 m outside 5.30 m inside dimensions with the newly legislated 14.98 m vehicles is a first of its kind solution.

Since 1990[1], the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report EU has been committing to the reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). Reduction of GHG targets and action plans have evolved with the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and 2015 Paris Climate Agreement resulting in The European Green deal and the subsequent proposal of changes to the existing EU Climate Law to enshrine the target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 into law on March 4th, 2020. The law states revised carbon emissions targets for 2030 of 50-55% cut on GHG and a road map to 2050 net carbon emissions target.[2] GHG emissions from road transport of heavy duty vehicles account for 6% annual carbon emissions of the EU.[3] As a responsible industry, all stakeholders have been developing environmentally friendly solutions for years, including longer trailers or trailer combinations with higher load capacity to minimize carbon emission per ton of load transported.

With the use of longer vehicles up to 31,50 m, efficiency gains, and fuel savings of 25%[4] can be achieved making longer trailer combinations a key solution item as the industry is endeavoring to meet the carbon emissions targets. However, this immediate solution has challenges in terms of trailer technology and limitations in terms of the existing national and international road infrastructure due to the infrastructure’s inability to accommodate longer road vehicles[5]. Within this perspective 14.98 m vehicles have been authorized in Germany by the Federal Ministry of traffic and digital infrastructure on 19th September 2019 with a list of permissible motorways, federal roads, and district roads that these vehicles can use detailed to the street by the district[6]

European Commission and civil bodies are detailing road safety as key issues to be addressed with the society’s transition to longer heavy haulage vehicles.[7]

Kässbohrer 14.98 m curtainsider with dynamic wheelbase design addresses fully both road safety and the limitations of current infrastructure

[1] https://climatepolicyinfohub.eu/european-climate-policy-history-and-state-play

[2] https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/european-green-deal-communication-annex-roadmap_en.pdf https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/eu-climate-action/law_en


[4] VDA Verband Der Automobilindustrie Report, ‘’Lang-Lkw in Deutschland und Europa –aktueller Stand und weiteres Vorgehen’’ September 2019

[5] https://www.bast.de/BASt_2017/DE/Verkehrstechnik/Fachthemen/v1-lang-lkw/lang-lkw_node.html


[7] https://www.eaclubs.org/road-safety-and-96-53-ec

Trailer Innovation 2021 3rd Place Van Eck Smart rollerbed with NMLU

Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck has taken the 3rd place at Trailer Innovation 2021 Award category “Environment” with the innovation Smart Rollerbed Vehicles with NMLU (New Modular Loading Unit).

Van Eck is the only trailer manufacturer to design and produce its own rollerbeds. Since 1983 Van Eck has been expertly producing rollerbed box and curtainsider vehicles, that are of the highest quality, impeccably designed and manufactured to function with precision, presenting unparalleled operational efficiencies in air cargo business and in special general cargo applications. Van Eck also has the expertise to transform any trailer into a rollerbed vehicle with rollerbed platfom vehicles custom-built for special uses.

Taking its inspiration from air cargo like loading and unloading efficiencies as well as packing standardization and warehouse management ease of use, Van Eck expert team had been working in European commission backed Horizon 2020 project developing smart loading units namely NMLU – new modular loading unit to streamline all general cargo packing loading, unloading and documentation process like the air cargo business.

Smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU are a new concept and have the vision to transform the logistics system with fast automated loading and securing of cargo. Next to those operations, smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU also provide betterment directly in warehousing operations and at large in railway, ferry and aircargo operations. The practicality and safety side of this concept addresses health and safety issues during loading operations, including COVID risk.

For NMLU’s to present the efficiencies, calculated to be %20 loading capacity increase, and overall system efficiency of 50%, the trailers that will work with NMLU’s need to have rollerbed systems. The quality of rollerbeds, as well as the trailers, the precision fitting and durability under all conditions of use guarantee the success of the overall NMLU enabled system. All these qualities are presented in Van Eck box, curtainsider, and recently developed rollerbed 45ft containers focusing on the efficiencies that can be quickly generated in intermodal transport. As intermodal transport is the most similar to air cargo logistics systems among other general cargo logistics and warehousing, it is envisioned intermodal logistics with central hubs of train stations and ferry docks would be the starting point to implement the NMLU system transformation. Recently developed Van Eck rollerbed 45ft container is the first step in general implementation and initial commercialization of the project.

Smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU’s load capacity efficiencies not only contribute to lowering the CO2 emission but also reduces waste to further contribute to sustainability by eliminating the need for plastic and box packaging.

As the expert manufacturer in producing precision and high-quality trailers fitted with its in-house design and manufacture rollerbed, Van Eck has taken the first steps to transform the general cargo operations ecosystem by providing the most efficient high quality and durable rollerbed vehicles that can seamlessly work with NMLU’s to the market. Van Eck is proud to continue to support this eco-friendly system beyond initial innovation to full commercialization.

The first and only 45 ft. Coil Swap Body K.SWAU CC wins 2dn place Trailer Innovation Awards 2021

Announced online on October 1st, Kässbohrer has proudly taken the second place in the category “Body” with first and only 45 ft. Coil Swap Body K.SWAU CC.

K.SWAU CC presents an integrated coil well and is developed for intermodal coil transport all made possible by its innovative chassis design with total capacity of 30 tons. The tests performed during the development have proven safer swap designs and resulting design changes are now the technical requirements for UIC 592/IRS 50592 and IRS 50596-5 certification mandatory for all swap bodies.

Kaessbohrer 45ft swap body with integrated coil well  K.SWAU.CC / 45  is the first ever and only 45ft coil swap vehicle and only certified 45 ft swap body for intermodal coil transport. K.SWAU.CC/45’s  especially designed patented chassis guarantees structural integrity and is safe for transport of from 900mm to 2000mm diameter coils with total capacity of 30 tons.

Up until K.SWAU.CC/45, coil transport via swap bodies was realized by general cargo swaps leading to accidents due to structural failure. K.SWAU.CC/45’s main development purpose was to overcome these safety issues.  During its development to the highest safety standards, K.SWAU.CC/45 not only became the one and only coil certified swap body with UIC 592/IRS 50592 by International Railway solution ( IRS); the design changes as the result of the safety test performed are now part of the technical requirements for UIC 592/IRS 50592 and IRS 50596-5 certification and binds any new swap body to be produced.

K.SWAU.CC / 45 is 4500 kg, its specially designed coil wells, presents the maximum coil weight capacity of 30 tons in the market and can accommodate all general cargo needs via floor transformation by coil lids  with  7.2 tons forklift  axle  capacity floor and Code XL certifications.

K.SWAU.CC / 45 is the first and only 45ft swap body certified for coil transportation and has changed the technical requirements to make intermodal transport safer for all.

Talson Safety Box won the Trailer Innovation 2019 Awards

One of the leading box manufacturers and Europe’s market leader air cargo semi-trailer manufacturer Talson has taken the 3rd place at Trailer Innovation 2019 “Concept” category with its innovation, Talson Secure Box.

Talson Secure Box is developed according to Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) regulations and supports the safe transport of valuable cargo. Talson Secure Box with special modifications on the self-supporting aluminum upper body structure integrated a cage type wire systems suitable with all makes of electronic door and lock systems as well as tracking systems.

Talson Secure Box features layered side panels reinforced with sheet metals, secure rear door, reinforced roof and cage-type wiring installation. Applicable as a feature to all Talson Box product range, Secure Box fulfills the obligations of trailer makers under TAPA regulations.

Secure Box is engineered to prevent valuable cargo theft. The innovative character of Secure Box character stems from the layered design of panels with reinforcements of the self-supporting body to ensure impenetrability to the maximum while still delivering accordingly to industry standard tare weights and dimensions. The body is designed for placement of cage-type wiring compatible with all locks, alarm and tracking systems on the market.

All aluminum panels are sourced at optimum grade to prevent either breakage, perforation, piercing, drilling or penetration of other kinds.

Consequently, Talson’s Secure Box has been awarded by Trailer Innovation 2019 in “Concept” Category by the reputable jury members.

Novel Octagonal Central Frame Design Awarded with Trailer Innovation 2019

The need for multifunctional container chassis that can transport all ranges of containers from 20 to 45 feet emerged 30 years ago. Whereas through multifunctional container chassis operational flexibility was targeted, today 100% of multifunctional container chassis are rectangular.

The problem with a rectangular central frame design is due to 90 degree angles of the rectangle is subject to torsional stress and bending moments. The results of this stress are damage to all welded parts including axle support beams, and suspensions. Furthermore, rectangular form creates a variety of torsional issues while performing telescopic functions leading to breakdowns most common in the industry including permanent damage of the vehicle.

Consequently, Kässbohrer’s octagonal central frame design stands out in the industry and has been awarded with Trailer Innovation 2019 in Chassis Category.

Kässbohrer octagonal central frame with 120 to 150 degree angles, enables reduction of all ancillary tension related to all welded components making the entire chassis as tension free as it gets, preventing permanent damage arising from regular operations that are carried out with the industry standard rectangular central frame design. Last but not least, the front, middle and rear extensions are carefully designed with locking mechanisms that provide the most user-friendly operation, even for the average driver.

Kässbohrer K.SHG AVMH provides solutions to the known problems in the multifunctional container chassis operations in 5 categories.

Steer by Brake: Simplifying the steering operation

In order to simplify the steering operation in trailers with more than three axles used in heavy and abnormal goods transportation, Kässbohrer in partnership with Knorr-Bremse has developed the Steer by Brake (SBB) System to reduce the operational complexity for efficiency and safety by eliminating the need for self-steering axles, and therefore reducing costs.

Trailers with more than three axles for heavy and abnormal goods transportation are equipped with self-steering axles, to fulfil the turning radius requirements as defined in the ECE-Regulation 79 and legislations according to the country of registration. However, the use of self-steering axles brings a complex steering operation and higher material costs.

Kässbohrer has developed the Steer By Brake (SBB) System to reduce the operational complexity for higher efficiency and safety by eliminating the need for self-steering axles.

Kässbohrer engineered the Steer by Brake technology in partnership with Knorr-Bremse, to eliminate the complex self-steering operation while fulfilling the turning radius requirements without self-steering axles. Furthermore, because the SBB is built on the existing trailer electronic brake system (TEBS) architecture, the use of the SBB reduces the total cost of ownership, in terms of initial investment, tire wear and maintenance.

Kässbohrer engineers first initiated the concept development phase to define project objectives, which is followed by the development of the breaking system infrastructure by Knorr Bremse. The Kässbohrer R&D team then applied the system into the vehicle. Two parties ran the test phase together.

The main challenge in the project was to keep tire wear as low as possible. Since the SBB idea simply suggests that the steering operation can be carried out by selective breaking of rear wheels individually, the first expected result was increased tire wear as a consequence of higher usage of breaks. Kässbohrer and Knorr Bremse engineers overcame this challenge by optimizing the system architecture after extensive tests.


The Steer by Brake (SBB) system replaces the self-steering axle(s) with standard (non-steering/rigid) axle(s).  The system builds on the existing TEBS architecture to provide control over the steering of the trailer. Consequently, during cornering, the air suspension of the axles is controlled by the trailer’s TEBS system. Furthermore, the system assists cornering by selectively breaking the inner rear wheel of the last axle, thus transferring the effective wheel base forward. Steer by Brake assists the cornering by allowing the rearmost axles to slip sideways through the corner.

The TEBS system automatically configures the suspension and braking systems to achieve the desired cornering radius when the trailer enters a tight turn at low speed.  As the axles are fixed, there is no need for the user to lock the axle for alignment while reversing as in the case of a self-steering system. There is also no need to lock the axles at high speed thus stability is maintained even in the case of a failure in the electrical system.


Digital Trailer Control to increase safety for curtainsider operators

The project was born with Kässbohrer engineers deciding to increase the safety of drivers and operators during the usage of mechanical controls of a curtainsider. As an innovation project, the main challenge was to revolutionize the very traditional manual control into a centralized digital control.

After the Kässbohrer R&D team first initiated the concept development phase to define project objectives, OTAM has developed the software needed for the electronic control system. The software then used by Kässbohrer in the application of the DTC unit into the curtainsider semi-trailer. The test phase was carried out by two parties.

DTC’s user-friendly interface accelerates the operations without compromising operator’s safety.  DTC has alternative user interfaces. “Touchscreen”, can be customized according to each customer demand according to standard equipment in his/her fleet, while comparable to smart key applications in the automotive industry, “Wireless Smart Key,” is also acts as an immobilizer, in addition to system controls.

The main value of DTC is minimizing occupational injury risks which generate a substantial cost in terms of healthcare, productivity and administrative costs. Furthermore, deteriorated quality of life of the injured and his/her family is the most important cost which requires the immediate attention. As European Agency for Safety and Health at Work suggests outdoor workplaces have to be arranged to avoid injury risks, DTC can be implemented as an accident prevention tool and assist the user for a safe ride.

Regarding operational and driving safety;

  • DTC eliminates the risk of unauthorized use of parking brake mechanism. According to pre-sets, parking brakes can only be activated on remote control unit by entering a password.
  • The electromechanical landing gear can be controlled from DTC from a safe distance. DTC will either set the parking brake automatically as soon as the landing gears are fully extracted, or warn the user until the landing gears has been fully extracted.
  • DTC will automatically check loads on the king pin and the axles and load distributions. If there is an overloading or a wrong distribution of loads between king pin and axles, DTC will prevent trailer to move or warn driver according to pre-sets.
  • DTC can set the bumper (Rear Underrun Protection) position – folded or unfolded. If user forgets to set the bumper, e.g. for driving purposes; DTC will set automatically the bumper for driving position, or warn the user for the risky situation.
  • DTC will warn the user for improper condition of customs security cable (TIR), which might need to be reworked (cut and weld).
  • DTC have additional blank ports which can used to control/monitor other digital functions of trailer e.g. according to status of door sensor (if exist), DTC can warn driver if the door is open.

Dangerous Goods Transportation with Safety Systems

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Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke GmbH is one of the leading manufacturer of  ADR (The European Agreement for Carriage of Dangerous Goods) certificated tanks and silos with an outstanding product range in the sector.
In this particular case, our Kässbohrer customer requested a chemical tanker, suitable for the transportation of L4BH class liquids and for intermodal transportation in Ro-Ro ships.

Furthermore, to minimize the operational risk, it was requested that the tanker should be equipped with the following electronic systems: Automatic brake wear indicator system (PAD System), tire pressure monitoring system (IVTM System), telematics system and automatic parking censor.

The engineering challenge was to incorporate all the required electronic system into the tanker upper structure and chassis in compliance with ADR regulation. All the necessary cabling layered inside a box, along the tank upper structure to avoid exposure to any chemical material during the loading and unloading operation. Furthermore the existing electric circuit re-configured to supply power simultaneously to the 4 electronic systems.

To enable the driver control the systems effectively, Kässbohrer involved its business partners, Wabco and BPW  in the design process. By providing the sensors for PAD System from BPW and necessary cabling through Wabco,  the control board for both systems have been integrated into the Wabco’s Smartboard – for the first time in the industry.