Fontaine adds new heavy duty sliding fifth wheel to line-up

Fifth wheel manufacturer Fontaine has launched a new heavy duty sliding fifth wheel for use up to 80 tonnes.

The 170SF Heavy Duty 2’’ Sliding Fifth Wheel is said to allow for a heavier payload without the need to specify costly super-heavy duty sliders resulting in its use in 80-tonne applications.

This mounting option utilises the Fontaine 170CL Heavy Duty 2’’ Cast Fifth Wheel, with heights from 148mm – 257mm (plus 40mm height for the slider), and standard DIN 6 mounting brackets. The mechanism release is available in manual or air-operated configurations.

The slider is certified to the international regulation for fifth wheels (ECE R 55-01) and tested to 25-tonne imposed load.

The system also works with Fontaine’s Green Eye sensor kit which indicates when the fifth wheel is correctly closed the safety clip in place.

Fontaine’s patented TechLock system can also be used with the new heavy duty fifth wheel which is specifically designed to reduce miscoupling as its jaw height sensor will not allow the fifth wheel to close if the kingpin enters at the incorrect height or position.

FCC improves fleet with new Merc Arocs and Actros hookloaders and tractor units

Waste and resource management firm FCC Environment is adding a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz Arocs and Actros trucks fitted with Harsh hookloaders and wet kits after securing a new contract win in Kent.

All 24 vehicles will be based in Dover with 15 hookloaders mounted on 8x4 Arocs chassis, joining nine 6x2 Actros tractor units with Harsh wet kits that will pull Knapen moving floor trailers.

“We made the decision that the best way to service the contract was to take on an entirely new fleet of vehicles” said David Simpson, FCC’s head of plant and fleet.

“This way we would be able to deliver the highest possible standards of reliability, cost effectiveness and customer service. In turn, we consider the combination of Harsh bodywork and Mercedes-Benz chassis to be the optimum route to go

in achieving the highest possible levels of vehicle performance.”

The hookloaders will be handling multiple separate container movements each day, mainly moving domestic waste from a dozen household waste and recycling centres in Kent to FCC’s Energy from Waste facility at Allington near Maidstone. In addition to their standard equipment and Harsh variable width sheeting, FCC’s new hookloaders have been specified with blind spot cameras, close proximity and turn left warning sensors, as well as granular spill kits.