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Fontaine fifth wheel brings safer coupling to Solutrans 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 08:29
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For over 75 years Fontaine 5th wheel products have focused on safety, security and reliability.

Since the introduction of pneumatic suspension systems, tractor units have encountered a universal problem: mis-couplings, wrong coupling manoeuvres, dropped trailers, etc. The consequences are clear to everybody involved, but because there has been no clear solution, many operators have had no choice but to accept the risk.

Now however, Fontaine’s fifth wheel expertise has broken new ground in safety and security: TechLock® locking system is an integral part of all Fontaine fifth wheels and guarantees problem-free coupling for all users.

As part of a worldwide company, Fontaine provides comprehensive technical support but always remains close to individual customer needs – the top priority for the whole Fontaine team.

 TechLock®:  No contact – No couple

Specifically designed to reduce mis-coupling, Fontaine’s TechLock® system’s jaw height sensor will not allow the fifth wheel to close if the kingpin enters at the incorrect height or position.

The fifth wheel’s profiled protective forging safeguards the TechLock® mechanism from damage due to high-coupling errors. 360° kingpin surface contact extends the life of the kingpin and fifth wheel mechanism. A TechLock® system is being demonstrated on the Fontaine stand.

Also, on the Fontaine Fifth Wheel Solutrans stand:

NEW – “GREEN EYE” safety indicator 3000 cast fifth wheel with single green LED, exhibited on lightweight direct-mount chassis brackets

 Another safety-first innovation from Fontaine is the 3000 cast fifth wheel with extended handle and single safety clip sensor. The safety clip sensor ensures that the safety clip has been attached – a critical check for any driver. Only when the safety clip is attached, the safety clip sensor shows a green LED light which is clearly visible from beside the trailer.

If the green LED light is NOT on, then the driver has not done his check and the safety clip has not been attached. The LED light is a second fail-safe and can be routinely checked by the driver and security before the vehicle departs.

Additionally, the extended handle, which houses the sensor and LED makes it easier for the driver to reach and operate the fifth wheel.

Key facts:

  • Ideal for long-distance haulage with silo, tank and volume carriers using both two and three-axle tractors.
  • Medium Duty, 2″ on-road & limited off-road.
  • Features TechLock® system with integral kingpin height sensor which prevents false coupling.
  • Rated at 150kN D-Value and 20T imposed load (U).
  • Designed with Finite Element Analysis for low weight and high strength (weight from 120Kg with DIN feet).
  • Available with a wide range of handle and mounting options to suit any application.
  • Comprehensive 3-year warranty (subject to terms and conditions).
  • Our lightweight fixed direct mount removes the need for OEM chassis angles and is suitable for use with standard and medium-duty Fontaine 2″ fifth wheels.

3000LM (Low maintenance fifth wheel), exhibited on a 150SF air operated slider base

 Fontaine’s 3000 LM coupler combines safety with low maintenance for hauliers throughout Europe and beyond. Featuring an interlock handle, which is an alternative to Fontaine’s safety clip system, the 3000 LM removes the need for a clip by integrating the safety mechanism into the handle.

The 150SF slider has an optional air operated mechanism which removes the need to manually operate the release handle, reducing physical demands on the driver. For use with Fontaine 2″ fifth wheels, the standard and medium duty slider is designed for easy positional adjustment, enabling permissible axle loads and vehicle lengths to be achieved. It is also available in two positions for increased driver safety.

Key facts:

  • Ideal for long-distance haulage with silo, tank and volume carriers using both two and three-axle tractors.
  • Medium Duty, 2″ on-road & limited off-road.
  • Features TechLock® system with integral kingpin height sensor which prevents false coupling.
  • Rated at 152kN D-Value and 20T imposed load (U).
  • Low maintenance replaceable grease-free top plate bearing liners.
  • Designed with Finite Element Analysis for low weight and high strength (combined weight of fifth wheel and slider, from 241Kg).
  • Available with a wide range of handle and mounting options to suit any application.
  • Comprehensive 3-year warranty (subject to terms and conditions).

 For further information on the Fontaine Fifth Wheel product range, including mounting options, lubrication, air-operated and sensor systems, please visit Fontaine Fifth Wheel on stand F130, Hall 3 from 19th – 23rd November.

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