In North America, Faymonville has hit the ground running since it arrived a few years ago. Multiple products have been developed specifically for this market. The HighwayMAX-Booster with a 3-axle Nitro-Booster is the newest development. The goal: to significantly increase the payload!
How does it work?
The 3-axle chassis is coupled to the back of the HighwayMAX-Booster highway trailer when a particularly heavy load needs to be moved. By using the booster, the number of axles is increased over which the weight is distributed, thanks to cleverly thoughtout pressure transfer. This process creates an overall increase in payload capacity.
A 9+3 axle trailer/booster combination adds up to a permissible payload of around 205,000 lbs (93 t) at 20,000 lbs (9.1 t) per axle. In order to take on extremely compact payloads when extended and with the booster coupled, the chassis of the HighwayMAX-2 has been optimised and made even stronger.
The booster for heavy loads
New options for a pioneering vehicle concept. “As the first ever manufacturer in North America, we introduced a telescoping trailer with nine hydraulic pendle-axles in 2015”, recalls Paul Hönen, the head of sales for this region. “It is the original, and we have now gone on to develop it even further.”
Miller Transfer and Rigging Co. from Rootstown, Ohio was the first US customer to use a HighwayMAX-2. On its maiden journey, it managed the transport of a 190,000 lbs (86.2 t) press from the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, MI to Texas. Only by implementing the newest technology Miller was able to carry out this task successfully.
Ease of assembly saves time and money
When Faymonville was developing this generation of HighwayMAX, it focused especially on easy handling. “When it is transported empty, the booster can just be uncoupled and loaded onto the main vehicle. The mobilization is faster than with any other vehicle in this payload class. You save time and money.”
For Paul Hönen, this is a concrete advantage. When reversing, the booster can simply be lifted up hydraulically. Consequently, the main vehicle was designed for the temporary bearing of the total payload by targeted engineering. This is also particularly advantageous for the driver when manoeuvring through winding segments or twisty access roads.