SAFETY SYSTEM FOR BITUMEN TANKER DISCHARGE OPERATION
Kässbohrer won the prestigious Trailer Innovation 2017 award with its Safety Bitumen Tanker. The award was given in recognition of Kässbohrer’s safety concept and its implementation of innovative technologies in bitumen tankers that contribute to safer and more efficient discharge operation.
Kässbohrer has engineered Kässbohrer Safety Bitumen Tanker, K.STS.F 32, through an exemplary industry collaboration with Hoyer Bitumen-Logistik GmbH, the German bitumen transport subsidiary of Hoyer Group, one of the worldwide market leaders in transports of liquid goods.
Implementing the latest technology to the tank semi-trailer design, Kässbohrer’s new concept improves European best practices for occupational health and safety, as well as the discharge operation’s safety, and efficiency in general.
The electronic discharge automation system installed on K.STS.F 32, along with additional security features not only protects the driver, avoiding possible permanent injury, it increases security of the operation site and the equipment as well. The result is safer working conditions, lower operational costs and lower risks increasing the total value of ownership.
The Remote Control for Discharge, as a part of the electronic discharge automation system, gives the driver the ability to operate 6 meters away from the discharge area hence putting him in a safer zone for the operation. The sequential opening and closing of the valves is automatic, which takes care of the operational oversight of not opening the first valve. The algorithm governing the remote control unit is written by Kässbohrer.
Protection Cover with Dripping Pan adds additional function to the existing protection cover. The protection cover seals and secures the hose, functions as a dripping pan when opened. The need for additional fixture to avoid dripping becomes redundant.
Safe Start System is connected with the protection cover, hand rails and the remote control panel to make sure that the tanker does not move under any circumstances. Once the dripping pan opened, the tank semi-trailer brakes automatically. If the hand rail or dripping pan is left open, the brakes will not be released.
Temperature Datalogger is mounted on the remote control panel. Temperature datalogger monitors and records the temperature change inside the tank. The system works as a pre-emptive risk management function in case of a product irregularity.
Operational Excellence Features, including the tire monitoring system, the brake pad wear indicator, the tail guard system and led lightings are installed to ensure an uninterrupted logistics operation, as well as to maximize road safety of the tailing vehicles.