June 25, 2013
American Carrier Equipment (ACE) says the all-steel, tandem-axle, semi-bottom-dump trailer is the culmination of a two-year research, development and field-testing program aimed at producing a tough, lightweight, super breed of trailer for severe-duty applications. The new trailer is 30 percent lighter, has 300 percent greater structural integrity and accommodates 12.5 percent greater load capacity than competitive offerings, the company says.
Careful attention also has been paid to the new trailer’s off-road performance and handling characteristics. ACE says it employed advanced design techniques, including finite element analysis (FEA) testing, allowing its engineers to simulate a wide variety of dynamic stresses, from extreme heavy-haul loads to punishing off-road conditions and accelerated aging.
Towing properties also have been enhanced through the addition of a unique, fully oscillating kingpin. Unlike the sleeve-type designs used in some trailer kingpins, the ACE bottom dump kingpin functions as a solid, finished bearing, helping to absorb and disperse the lateral stresses exerted on the trailer through pull and brake torque, the company says. Working as a technically advanced hauling system, the design of the new ACE bottom dump trailer makes it easier to load, tow and discharge on harsh and severely challenging terrains.
“We’ve built a better mousetrap that saves the end-user money by being lighter, stronger, more durable and higher functioning in the field,” says Rick Hutcheson, managing member, new business development for American Carrier Equipment. “Since its founding in 1934, ACE has built a reputation for intelligent design and quality construction, and I think the founders would be proud to see the brand name applied to this new trailer.”