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Running with the best

  • From the February 2020 issue.
Running with the best

Harnessing close to five decades of innovation, the latest V-FLOOR WALKING FLOOR system from Keith Manufacturing Co. maximises unloading efficiencies and provides a safer, versatile trailer for road transport fleets.

Harnessing close to five decades of innovation, the latest V-FLOOR WALKING FLOOR system from Keith Manufacturing Co. maximises unloading efficiencies and provides a safer, versatile trailer for road transport fleets.

Keith’s WALKING FLOOR® system functions as the flooring of a trailer and is a self-unloading system where the ‘moving floor’ unloader comprises a series of floor slats, powered by a hydraulic drive. As the floor cycles through its phases, material is conveyed or unloaded.

Designed to handle a variety of bulk products, KEITH® WALKING FLOOR® systems, according to the manufacturer, provide many benefits over conventional tipper trailers. The horizontal unloading action of a moving floor system eliminates many of the hazards using tipping trailers to unload products in the field. Trailers with WALKING FLOOR® systems can safely unload on uneven ground and in buildings. Benefits over traditional belt trailers include handling a larger cubic capacity and less maintenance.

Keith Manufacturing Co. has adapted its proven WALKING FLOOR® technology to ensure safer, more efficient and versatile trailers for vehicle operators. The introduction of the rugged V-FLOOR® slat 15 years ago allowed operators to take loads other trailers could not manage. The V-FLOOR® slats are designed for higher impact and abrasion and are suitable for demolition, scrap metal, aggregate, asphalt and specialty waste products such as fly ash.

Road transport businesses must make the most of their trailer and backhauling can double the efficiency of a fleet. Recent improvements to the V-FLOOR® design are increasing the versatility of the unloading system, too. These advantages include increased floor area that moves the load as well as lighter-weight slats. The new design is up to six kilograms lighter per metre when compared to the original design.

With more floor surface now moving the load, operators experience improved cleanout, more efficient unloading on an incline, better performance in freezing conditions, and the ability to haul and unload a greater variety of materials. Added bearing support also increases the life of both the bearing and the slat.

Fast Fact
Keith’s unloading systems, which feature specialised highly wear-resistant steel slats, are particularly suited to conveying difficult and heavy abrasive loads most commonly found in the recycling, light construction and demolition sectors.

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