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.

A fine industry collaboration wins the Trailer Innovation 2017

Kässbohrer Safety Bitumen Tanker, K STS.F 32 with Remote Control for Discharge is a fine example of industry collaboration, between Hoyer Bitumen-Logistik GmbH and Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke GmbH, which improves European best practices for occupational safety and health, as well as discharge operation safety and efficiency in general.

The innovative character of K.STS.F 32 is improving the safety of the driver who is operating the tanker during bitumen discharge. Taking its inspiration from the years of experience of Managing Director of Hoyer Bitumen-Logistik Mr. Carsten Meyer, combined with the innovation culture of Kässbohrer, K.STS.F 32 is the winner of Trailer Innovation 2017 in safety category.

Also, the collaboration with the Hoyer Bitumen-Logistik GmbH is the perfect example for Tırsan Solutions vision – becoming the leader in trailer solutions through long-term partnerships.

Customer service beyond borders: Partnership with TIP Trailer Services

Taking into account the complex fleet management operation to maintain the highest load factor in each round, the collobaration with TIP Trailer Services aims to enable Kässbohrer customers solely focus on their core business. Whereas through K-Advance Care, an interrupted performance and fleet optimization is possible, it also enables the full control of maintenance costs.

Accordingly, Kässbohrer customers will now be able to choose a K-Advance Care service package the most suitable to their needs and enjoy the broad service network of TIP Traler Services. K-Advance Care service packages include the maintenance of the trailer including free supply of worn-out parts and tyres, all compliance inspections and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Furthermore, according to the terms of agreement,  59 TIP Trailer Services centers in 12 countries across Europe will provide aftersales services for Kässbohrer semi-trailers.

For more information on K-Advance Care, you can visit Kässbohrer website.




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.

Trailer Telematics

To offer the most innovative trailer telematics solution to its customers, TIRSAN SOLUTIONS has signed new agreement for Telematics Systems with WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC ), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles.

The term Telematics is a combination of the words “Telecommunication” and “Informatics”. Telematics indicates the possibility of processing information and transporting it over a distance at the same time. Running on WABCO TX-TRAILERGUARD, TIRSAN SOLUTIONS companies Kaessbohrer, Talson and Tırsan will offer TELEMATIC SYSTEMS to their customers.

Telematic systems present their  customers a diagnosis of the vehicle`s various operating data as well as trailer tracking services. The customers can monitor brake wear, mileage, tire pressure, axle load and the trailer’s electronic braking system (EBS), among other functions. The telematic systems allows its customers to monitor temperature changes in the trailer as well as door lock controls and offers ease of use from any location via a web portal, a mobile application or via an integration with an existing fleet management system. With the trailer telematics` built in route guidance functions, alerts and alarms for better connection between the manager and the driver as well as advanced reporting tools enable logistics companies with varying fleet sizes to more efficiently manage their vehicles and the fleets, improve maintenance costs and achieve operational efficiency all in the comfort of using their smart phones or computer.