Hooklift containers that are lighter, more aerodynamic and help cut fuel consumption
With properties on par with structural steel, Hardox® 500 Tuf not only delivers high wear resistance, but is tough enough to perform as a structural wear plate in steel containers, truck and tipper bodies, and other heavy equipment. It therefore opens up new opportunities for decreasing and removing heavier supporting structures.
A hooklift container without structural support members is lighter in weight and consists of fewer parts. This helps manufacturers like Ferreus significantly cut production costs. A lower tare weight increases payload and decreases fuel consumption per ton transported. And when less fuel is consumed, carbon dioxide emissions can also be reduced. The end product is both sustainable and economical.
In Rauta’s view, hooklift containers with smooth sides have considerably better aerodynamic properties. The contribution of aerodynamics to fuel consumption at road speed is more than 30% in a full trailer combination even with a full load, according to 2019 research from the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland.
Ferreus notes that with a hooklift container that has smooth sides, you can build different types of automated roof solutions – something much more difficult for containers that require reinforcement with uprights to add strength to the sides.
Thus, Hardox® steel also brings new benefits that might not always be noticed in pound-for-pound comparisons.