... you have to be a real pro behind the wheel of a truck. Like Harry Schmidt. The 60-year-old full-blooded professional trucker from Grundelfingen-based transport company TSB proved the extent of his driving prowess this September for Kögel – perfectly mastering the heavy transport of an oversize test pit for the new SKD production line at the Burtenbach facility.
At the Burtenbach facility, Kögel is building a so-called SKD (semi-knocked-down) production line including workshop. Here, trailer assembly kits will be manufactured and packaged in future for markets throughout Europe. To build the plant, two modern pit systems – an assembly and a testing pit – were ordered from the company Balzer. The company from Memmingen specializes in the development and manufacture of these systems, which are delivered to customers ready to use and with all the required connections.
Above all, experience is needed when transporting the giant pits. The team from transport company TSB – Transport-Service-Beitinger from Gundelfingen an der Donau – is the embodiment of this. Delivery of the assembly pit to the construction site in Burtenbach was an uneventful affair. Thanks to its clever construction, the component fitted on a regular semitrailer.
But the trip with the test pit was considerably more difficult. After all, with its lateral protrusions, it has a portly width of four metres. The loaded, road-ready semitrailer thus chalked up a length of 20.5 metres, a width of 4.1 metres and a height of four metres. The twelve-tonne cargo weight alone was no great challenge for the 500 hp Volvo heavy-haulage tractor unit.
The know-how of a trucker professional was therefore required for the safe transport of the oversized and bulky load. Harry Schmidt is exactly the right man for this. After all, the 60-year-old has been sitting on the truck for four decades - and together with Detlef "Diddy" Schmidt in the support vehicle he forms a well-rehearsed team for particularly tricky tasks - such as transporting the test pit from the factory in Warthausen near Biberach an der Riss to to the Kögel headquarters in Burtenbach.
In the process, Harry in the truck and “Diddy” in the escort vehicle covered the just under 100 kilometres from northern Upper Swabia to the district of Günzburg alone for the most part. The transport was only accompanied by the police for security reasons along the first stretch from the factory to the ramp of the enlarged two-lane B30 and on the final leg – from the Burgau junction on the A8 until Burtenbach.
After about one and a half hours of driving, the pair delivered their extraordinary freight to the Kögel facility in Burtenbach – safely, precisely and calmly, as you would expect of two experienced pros. And in Burtenbach, the new assembly and workshop can soon take over the work.