Flexible bonds that spread the load and give far greater strength 01 May 2019

Transdek, a designer and manufacturer of double deck trailers and associated loading bay solutions, has extended its relationship with Kommerling by using a selection of the company's products on ten refrigerated Wedge trailers.

The 4.95m high trailers offer a 90 roll cage (850mm x 753mm) capacity, and are based on a 5th wheel height of 1160mm, which provides sufficient internal height clearance to fully load each deck over the neck.

"Transport efficiency is key and achieving the highest performance for each and every vehicle starts with the design and construction. We’ve worked with Kommerling to produce a fully bonded body construction on these latest trailers in our range of innovative, high volume double deckers. The trailers don’t require any mechanical fasteners to hold the body together. Even the second deck support angles are bonded to the side panels. High performance structural bonding products ensure a robust structure for the trailer with bonds that are flexible but also resistant to water ingress,” said Tony Sturgess, director (trailer design), Transdek UK Ltd.

Bonding is more common on the Continent, but is being used increasingly in the UK to replace traditional mechanical fasteners. Bonding load restraint tracks to side panels, for example, gives far greater strength, as the adhesives spread the load along the track length.

"We chose Kommerling because they’re the leading specialist in trailer bonding adhesives, and we’re very happy with the resulting build quality. Cost, ease of use and performance also played a role in selecting Kommerling as an ongoing partner in this work,” continued Sturgess.

“We have worked with Transdek over several years and are delighted that they continue to use our products on both dry and refrigerated multi-temperature trailers. It is not just about supplying bonding solutions; our technicians have collaborated with Tony and his team on the design and development of this fully bonded trailer body,” said Ian Little, key account manager, engineering adhesives EIMEA at Kommerling UK.

The three bonding products used were:

  • Korapur 666 - a two component polyurethane used for sealing and bonding in the manufacture of vehicle body work, providing good adhesion to a wide variety of substrates including primed and varnished metals, GRP, aluminium and duroplastics.
  • Korapur 140 - single component elastic, moisture curing polyurethane adhesive for bonding and sealing of primered and varnished metals, aluminium, wooden materials and duroplastics.
  • Korapop 235 - use as a seam sealant and light duty bonding application where a key requirement is excellent dynamic stress tolerance and UV stability.

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