SDC Trailers

1st October 2018

SDC achieve EN XL certification on two new trailer designs

Trailer manufacturer SDC have achieved EN XL certification on two new trailer models – a new model dry freight boxvan trailer and their hydraulic lifting deck curtainsider which was launched at the Commercial Vehicle show in April. EN 12642 XL is a whole-body, European load containment standard which details the safety and technical parameters required to secure a load for transport. Vehicles that are accredited to EN 12642 XL require less, or no additional load restraint measures, which simplifies the loading and unloading process, saving time and providing an economic benefit for the operator.

The comprehensive structural assessment was carried outby TUV-NORDat Alconbury, Peterborough in August of this year. To achieve the EN12642XL certification, each trailer had to go through a series of rigorous tests, fully loaded to simulate emergency manoeuvres, both in cornering and braking.

SDC’s Engineering Manager Jimmy Dorrian said:"EN XL certification guarantees the quality, build strength and safe load containment of SDC’s new boxvan and hydraulic lifting deck curtainsider.In addition to this, the new trailer models have been designed to provide a number of economic cost savings for the operator. As the market leader, SDC are continuously reviewing our EN XL range andwork closely with our customers to develop solutions in line with their requirements.”

SDC’s GRP Boxvan trailer was redesigned using the latest bonding technology in construction to improve the aesthetics durability and volume, with suitability for 34-euro pallet operation. A galvanised rear frame and crossmember, along with flush side raves and corner capping’s aims to prevent corrosion and enhance residual value of the trailer.

SDC’s new Hydraulic Lifting Deck Curtainsider has a lightweight deck design and is suitable for 52 pallet operations. The multi position ratchet deck system was installed for flexible adjustment in increments of 120mm and it also utilises the latest PLC control for flexible programming and control.The built-in control panel is easy to use, and a side mounted wander lead is installed for ease of operation.

This brings SDC’s portfolio of EN XL certified trailers to 10;

·Wrap around rear step frame double deck trailers

·Fixed rear bulkhead step frame double deck trailers

·Straight frame 'Fastliner' trailer

·13.6m Straight frame curtainsiders with fixed and sliding roof

·15.65m Straight frame curtainsiders with fixed and sliding roof

·GRP Boxvan

·New 34 pallet GRP Boxvan

·Platform headboards

·Alloy double skin boxvan

·Hydraulic lifting deck curtainsider

Every SDC Trailer built with the EN12642XL standard will have a TUV-NORD decal on the front and rear bulkhead. The customer will also be issued with a TÜV-NORD certificate showing the approval number and the trailer chassis number. The TÜV symbol indicates that the trailer has been independently assessed and meets structural build and safety requirements.