Goldhofer introduces ADDrive
By Katherine Weir22 April 2016
Germany-based manufacturer Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft showcased its latest product at Bauma 2016, bringing together the benefits of a towed module with those of a self propelled modular transporter (SPMT).
ADDrive was the focus of the Goldhofer offering at Bauma, Munich with regular demonstrations and talks surround the latest technology. One of the key features, the company said, was that transferring the cargo from a road transport vehicle to one (or several) self propelled vehicles is a thing of the past with ADDrive. Even for the final positioning of the cargo, reloading is no longer necessary.
For users of ADDrive, this means significantly lower vehicle mobilisation effort and therefore also significantly improved cost-effectiveness in daily use, Goldhofer explained.
Stefan Fuchs, Goldhofer CEO, spoke about the success of ADDrive’s launch. “The response has been outstanding. The numbers sold in Munich [Bauma] show that we have developed the solution the heavy haulage industry has been waiting for.”
The system is also said to be useful for crossing bridges, where it can be applied as a towed module until it reaches the bridge and then as a self propelled vehicle with active tractive force when crossing the bridge. ADDrive can be completely disconnected from the hydro-mechanical drive system, which means that there is no more oil flow in the towed mode.
ADDrive can be combined with the complete SL family and with most vehicles with pivot bearings. It is also the world’s first heavy duty nodule equipped with a fast-responding electronic brake system (EBS).
Also at Bauma, Goldhofer debuted the MPA-K modular system for the semitrailer generation with MPA axle technology, and the PST/ES –E 4 285 (patent pending) self propelled module with heavy duty axle system featuring 25 percent hydraulic width adjustment.