1 February 2019

 A trio of new, open Pacton semi-trailers for Jan Snel has been built specifically to remain as close to the ground as possible.  The high, bulky residential and office units that the company both produce and transport, can only be hauled within the limitations of the statutory requirements with these custom made semi-trailers.  Simeon Roodenburg, director of Transport, explains that they build units of up to 3,25 m in height and that their transport license allows for 4,25 m.  The newly acquired semi-trailers that serve as replacement, fit perfectly.

 With a neck height of only 75 mm and the most compact nine tonnes wheels (Continental 445/45 R 19.5), the new, open Pacton semi-trailers (type LXD.342.L) offer Jan Snel a chassis height of barely a metre and yet a maximum load on the king pin of 15,000 kg and a gross vehicle weight of 42,000 kg.  The triaxial semi-trailers have been reinforced at the rear to allow for the transportation of a forklift.  The semi-trailers has each been furnished with a SAF air-suspension with three rigid, low-maintenance axles with a rated capacity of 9,000 kg each.  Both the front and rear axles have been fitted with a central lift axle.

Due to the fact that the carried units are also quite wide, the semi-trailers have been supplied with extra extendable width warning signs at the rear and at the front landing gear.  These are suitable for cargo up to 4,5 m in width.  The semi-trailers have furthermore been supplied with various strapping options like openings for lashes in the side raves, rope hooks underneath the side raves and two times eight hinged lashing rings of 8 tonnes.  To allow for the transportation of sea containers, twistlocks for 40 ft and 20 ft containers have been placed.  Each semi-trailer has a total of 18 stake pockets in the side raves and two times four stake pockets near the main frame.  Besides that, the semi-trailers have been supplied with galvanized support stanchions, stainless-steel boxes, open storage boxes and a fixture for a ladder. 

Modular building systems 

Jan Snel Flexible Building is an international operating family owned business with more than half a century of experience in flexible modular building systems as well as specialised transport.  Jan Snel started off as a transport company in 1960 and has grown out to a medium-sized company with 386 employees.  The company has locations in Montfoort, Hulst, Eemshaven, Bornem in Belgium and Hürth-Knapsack in Germany.  Jan Snel has a building department and a transport department.  The latter mainly tends to the transportation of their own building units, but they also do work for third parties.  The new semi-trailers are deployed for the building department of Jan Snel, which develops and builds qualitative prefab units for habitation, office use, the education and care sectors or industries.  Ferrous and nonferrous metal are also transported with the new Pacton semi-trailers in sea containers. 

Specific combinations 

The fleet of Jan Snel consists of 43 very specific composed combinations of which 14 are designed for the transportation of building units, with or without mobile craners.  Jan Snel was familiar with Pacton as a supplier already.  Roodenburg pragmatically substantiates this choice by saying that they obviously choose for combinations with the highest quality at the best price and that the product has to be good.  He adds though that the human side is the decisive factor.  He explains that representative Henri Stek sat resolutely down with them with his expert insight.  Adjacent to that, the contact with sales engineer Martin Kosse from Pacton Trailers regarding the production process went smoothly.  He concludes that that made tuning in and adjusting where necessary during the production process fairly simple.