BTE is the authorised Australian agent for Netherlands based VSE (Vehicle Systems Engineering). The integration of the VSE steering system into BTE trailers has been recognised nationally by the achievement of our National Equipment Innovation award. Unlike traditional forced steering systems this steering module is a fully automatic system which works via an electronic sensor in the trailer kingpin to control every movement of the axles, hydraulically. In conjunction to this there is also an optional remote control which can be used to manoeuvre the trailer manually into very awkward positions.
VSE Steering makes it possible to offer your customer unique, cutting edge trailer designs. Semi-trailers and drawbar trailers can be fitted with one, two or three steered axles in every conceivable configuration without the steering system adding significantly to the vehicle’s net weight.
Due to the use of knuckle-steered axles with steering cylinders, the semi-trailer or drawbar trailer can be built in practically the same manner as if rigid axles were used. There are no mechanical or hydraulic connections between the kingpin and the axles; a sensor measures the angle of rotation between the truck and trailer.
So, the VSE steering system gives builders more freedom in designing their trailers. They can easily adapt the system to their design needs. This produces in an optimum trailer design with the added benefit of resulting in a trailer that provides exceptional manoeuvrability and lower tyre costs than it would otherwise have without a VSE steering system.
What does VSE Steering do for you, as a transporter?
A rapidly growing awareness has developed in the transport sector that is focused on greatly increased efficiency. This is one of the reasons VSE has been able to achieve such respectable growth figures in recent years. More and more transport companies are feeling under pressure, not only from the market situation, but also from fuel prices that have risen by fifty percent in recent years.
Steering systems for trailers are rapidly gaining popularity among carriers. Now that road transport is rapidly adopting more sustainable practices, trailer steering systems are becoming increasingly popular. This applies to almost all markets around the globe where road transport involves the use of trailers.
Throughout the industry there is a dawning realisation that a steering system has a relatively rapid return on investment, after which it can boost the carrier’s profit margin. Drivers whose delivery routes take them into the city are also keen to have a trailer steering system, as this gives them access to places that were previously unreachable. So it is really no wonder our systems are becoming increasingly popular at all levels in the world of road transport.
VSE Steering in distribution and tank transport
It is now common knowledge in the transport sector that steering systems, now used on trailers in many urban areas and on larger construction vehicles, have a favourable impact on fuel efficiency, tyre wear and the associated costs. Safety also improves, and ultimately the transport company’s profitability benefits from lower environmental impact. Within the transport sector, in the vast majority of situations, everyone benefits from the use of VSE products.
Drivers whose delivery routes take them into the city are also keen to have a trailer steering system, as this gives them access to places that were previously unreachable. So it is really no wonder our systems are becoming increasingly popular at all levels in the world of road transport.
If you are considering purchasing a semi-trailer or drawbar trailer with forced steering instead of with rigid axles, it will provide you with improved manoeuvrability and reduced tyre wear.
However, you will have to sacrifice load capacity as a result of the extra weight, the superstructure will have to be placed higher on the chassis to create the space required for installation, and most steering systems remain active even at high speed – all factors that do little good for the stability of your combination.If you opt for VSE Steering there is no need to seek a balance between these benefits and disadvantages. After all, VSE Steering is very light, does not increase the height of the chassis, and only steers when circumstances require.
With VSE City Steering a rigid truck can be replaced with a city trailer
VSE Steering is used in various segments, such as distribution, tank transport, heavy transport and special transport