How can you improve profitability in your haulage company?

5 tips on how you, as a haulier, can meet tomorrow’s requirements and expectations, both regarding your customers and your drivers.

How Can You Reduce the Costs of Jackknifing and Coupling Damage?

VBG Driver Assist, an assistance system for truck drivers, reduces your damage costs and downtime by means of reliable radar technology. Reduce the cost of jackknifing and coupling damage for your vehicle fleet.

5 articles from 2022 about the transportation industry you should read

We have made a list our most appreciated blog articles from 2022 and present you with informative reading signed by our experts.

What will truck transport look like in the future?

Electrification, High Capacity Transport, REEL Regional Electrified Logistics are just some of the trends and initiatives that are high on the agenda for accelerating the transition from fossil to sustainable alternatives within the transport sector. VBG's experts summarise the year 2022 within the transport industry .

How is HCT developing in the Nordics and EU?

High Capacity Transport (HCT) making great strides in the Nordics and EU. Sweden will allow longer combinations, Norway is expanding its road networks. and the EU is working on the EU Green Freight Package with changes to the directive for dimensions & weight.

Smart support in the driver’s workday

Working together with future drivers, we are developing innovative solutions to improve safety on our roads. And how can a driver assistance system improve the driver’s work environment?

Sustainable solutions for bodybuilders

Being a truck bodybuilder has its challenges. Zetterbergs shares the benefits of working with VBG’s pre-assembled solutions for bodybuilders.

What second moment of area is required depending on the weight of the truck?

Since the requirements for underrun protection, UNECE R58 rev3, are based on a specific maximum deflection, truck frames must correspond to the rigidity levels that components are designed and tested for at VBG.

Efficiency, electrification, and sustainability

With intelligent transport solutions, more digitalisation, and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as the pursuit of climate neutrality, the industry is taking great strides towards tomorrow’s sustainable solutions.

Avoid unnecessary jackknifing damages

Save money and time by less jackknifing damages. Can be reached with a supportive warning system for the driver in the cabin, VBG Driver Assist.

What does the transport industry of the future look like?

Sustainability, efficiency, electrification and driver shortages in the transport industry were among the hot topics at Elmia Lastbil 2022

Jackknife warning – innovation for the sake of safety

VBG conducted a customer survey and found that jackknifing is a problem for which most customers would like a solution.

Tips to make coupling trailers easier

Every truck driver knows how to couple a trailer. But not everyone knows the best and safest way to do so. Do you?

10 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT TRAILER COUPLINGS FROM VBG

Why are all VBG trailer couplings red? What does VBG mean? Why do VBG coupling bolts come in 57mm as standard?

How does the new legislation for underrun protection affect me?

On 1 September 2019, new regulations concerning underrun protection (UNECE R58 Revision 3) came into force. The new regulations will affect many operators in the transport industry.

Optimisation, Sustainability and Safety in Focus

VBG investigated the trends and developments currently underway in the transport industry when we visited Commercial Vehicle Show i Birmingham.

What is the Maximum Permitted Weight and Length for Freight Transport in the Nordics?

Regulations on the length and weight of freight transport differ significantly in the Nordic countries. Finland stands out in terms of “longest and heaviest” by being far ahead in the development of High Capacity Transport (HTC) but investigations and tests are underway in several countries.

Build strong customer relationships with professional spare parts supply

It should be simple and straightforward for our distributors to place spare parts orders. VBG wants to make it easy to find the right information and part numbers for all products.

What’s going on in the EU when it comes to the transport industry?

The EU’s new General Safety Regulation was approved in 2019 and comes into force in 2022. A number of items on the EU agenda relate to developing the transport industry in future. These include improving road safety and harmonising rules around vehicle combinations.

Safe and efficient driving with VBG Driver Assist

VBG driver assist makes your driving safe and efficient. VBG’s field test drivers tell us about their experiences.

10 tips for driving safely on winter roads

10 tips how you can contribute to increased safety on our roads while also increasing your well-being.

Smart Functions Boost Profitability

Smart functions and accessories for trailers and trucks can be integrated into a haulier’s operations to achieve increased profitability and efficiency.

When it’s the outside that counts

Everything you need to know about the durable surface finish on trailer couplings from VBG. A surface finishing that meets the automotive industry’s toughest requirements regarding corrosion.

Keep Your Coupling Equipment in Top Condition

Increase the service life and reduce the frequency of major repairs to your coupling, drawbar, drawbar eye, endplates and guiding funnel. Download VBG’s checklist.

How Can Jackknife Damage Costs Be Reduced?

Damage caused by jackknifing can be very costly in terms of repairs and time losses. By introducing a warning system for the driver in the truck cab, many incidents can be avoided.

5 articles about the transportation industry you should read!

5 articles for those of you in the transportation industry. What is whole vehicle type-approval, how can you reduce the risk of jackknifing, and what are the new regulations for underrun protection?

Future Freight Transport – Urbanisation and Electrification

How will we transport our goods in the future? Electrification and smart distribution solutions are needed.

3 sustainable tips for your haulage company

The transport industry has to reduce its negative environmental impact, while at the same time transporting a larger amount of goods! Digitalise to optimise your sustainable business.

HCT - a profitable development?

That development is moving towards longer and heavier freight transport, which we call High Capacity Transport (HCT), is indisputable. But why is it desirable?

REDUCE THE RISK OF JACKKNIFING – A NEW DRIVER WARNING SYSTEM

As a professional driver, how can you ensure safe conditions for you and your fellow road users with a new digital system that warns of jackknifing?

Q&A summary from our webinar

VBG answers questions about its new generation of couplings.

UNECE Regulation 55 – what does it say?

In the truck industry, UNECE R55 must be complied with to receive type approval; the regulation stipulates requirements for coupling devices.

Safety above all, for 70 years

Why is a coupling bolt from VBG exactly 57mm? To create a reliable and durable coupling, Herman Krefting increased the dimension to 57mm ∅.

5 TIPS FOR DRIVING SAFELY IN THE DARK

What can you do to increase road safety as the days get darker? Read our 5 simple tips in our latest blog post!

Are you ready for the new RUPD legislation?

According to UNECE R58 Revision 3, all new registered vehicles must satisfy requirements relating to greater forces, have a lower ground clearance and have an increased section height of the rear underrun protection (RUP) cross-member.

Places in the Nordics Worth an Extra Stop

5 rest areas in the Nordic countries worth stopping at during your summer road trip. When are we stopping? Are we there yet? I need the loo! Prevent your fellow passengers from getting bored this summer by planning a few much-needed breaks and stops at places where you can create new travel memories. We have listed our Top 5 stops along the road in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

What can you easily do to improve road safety?

3 simple tips to help increase your safety on the roads and the safety of your fellow road users.

What is VBG's calculation program?

Calculate performance values for selecting and evaluating truck coupling equipment. A user-friendly tool for easy and convenient calculation.

How Can Road Transport be More Efficient And Fairer?

HCT and the upcoming mobility package were among the topics discussed during Elmia’s digital event, Road Transport Focus. Both have major consequences for road safety and transport efficiency.

Why Should You Regularly Check Your Trailer Coupling?

To ensure that road safety devices, such as trailer couplings, function optimally, they require inspections and maintenance. With minor effort, you can keep your truck’s coupling in good condition and feel safe on the roads. VBG makes this easier for you.

Why is a new R58 regulation created?

Lower ground clearance and higher test forces will reduce the number of road accidents. Read about how the new UNECE R58.03 regulation increases the safety of passengers in cars.

How do you get a profitable vehicle combination?

Read our guide with tips on what to consider when designing a vehicle combination.

How can the right surface treatment be profitable?

A truck consists largely of steel and it has a natural tendency to rust. You can call it corrosion, oxidation or even malignant corrosive damage to the steel. This corrosive damage is often a costly story and affects many industries. An important key to reducing corrosion is surface treatment.

Will the new underrun protections impact bodybuilders negatively?

You probably know that new regulations for underrun protection are coming into force. There is always a certain degree of uncertainty when new regulations are introduced, and many operators in the industry are presumably thinking about how their businesses will be affected.

Future freight transports

Focus has long been on the transport industry when it comes to its impact on the environment and climate. In recent years, advancements in technology have produced increasingly fuel-efficient, eco-friendly engines. At the same time, drivers are encouraged to adopt driving styles that minimise fuel consumption and thereby reduce both environmental impact and fuel costs. You may think it’s just about the fuel, but the issue of sustainability in the industry goes far beyond that.

Sustainable Transport Not Just About Fuel Consumption

Focus has long been on the transport industry when it comes to its impact on the environment and climate. In recent years, advancements in technology have produced increasingly fuel-efficient, eco-friendly engines. At the same time, drivers are encouraged to adopt driving styles that minimise fuel consumption and thereby reduce both environmental impact and fuel costs. You may think it’s just about the fuel, but the issue of sustainability in the industry goes far beyond that.

What makes HCT sustainable for our future and environment?

What climate targets are there and how will they go together with increased freight transport in the future? There are multiple aspects to this and one solution points to a clear environmental benefit through the utilisation of high-capacity vehicles, i.e. high capacity transport (HCT).

How can your haulage company be sustainable?

Operators in the transport industry face new challenges on a daily basis, which vary from haulier to haulier. However, there are common concerns that affect the entire industry, such as environmental and sustainability issues. Everyone wants to find ways to solve these issues but, at the same time, they do not want to lose business or profitability. VBG has put together a few helpful tips and ideas.

How Can I Reduce My Environmental Impact?

Environmental and sustainability issues are increasingly relevant, the number of companies and individuals who want to contribute to a more sustainable society is growing. This is also true in the transport industry, where operations are closely associated with fossil fuels and various emissions. Read more about what you and your company can do to reduce your carbon footprint in the transport industry.

Vehicle Diagnostics Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Vehicle diagnostics have evolved from simple tools to advanced computer technology. Major technological leaps have made the work easier and transport safer through new systems which have reduced troubleshooting times and increased analysis accuracy.

Will Your Truck Roll On “74-tonne Roads”?

Expanding the road network is a very profitable proposal, socio-economically speaking. According to the Swedish Transport Administration, positive societal benefits can be gained by expanding BK4 (bearing capacity class 4) roads. Learn about the benefits afforded by operating High Capacity Vehicles (HCV) on BK4 roads.

5 Places in the Nordics Worth an Extra Stop This Summer

5 rest areas in the Nordic countries worth stopping at during your summer road trip. When are we stopping? Are we there yet? I need the loo! Prevent your fellow passengers from getting bored this summer by planning a few much-needed breaks and stops at places where you can create new travel memories. We have listed our Top 5 stops along the road in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

What Problems May Arise During Coupling and Decoupling?

Many heavy vehicles are required to couple and decouple trailers on a daily basis, and this can result in unnecessary costs and downtime. What can happen and are there ways to minimize the risks?

3 Simple Tips on How to Help Increase Road Safety

3 simple tips to help increase your safety on the roads and the safety of your fellow road users.

What is Whole Vehicle Type-Approval?

Do you need your vehicles to be able to move freely within the EU and do you want to be able to sell your vehicle in any EU country? Then it’s essential to have whole vehicle type-approval. We explain what whole vehicle type-approval entails and the applicable regulations.

How Can I Extend the Life of My Vehicle?

Need spare parts for your truck? Here at VBG, we believe it should be straightforward and easy to find the right spare parts. Read more about our new Spare Parts Portal accessible to everyone.

How Can I Keep My Coupling in Top Condition?

3 simple tips on how to keep your coupling in top condition. Extend the service life of your coupling with simple daily checks.

What is Jackknifing?

What the trucking industry usually calls jackknifing is something you would prefer to avoid from both a safety and cost perspective.

Jackknifing Damage and Repairs – what’s involved?

VBG conducted a customer survey and found that jackknifing is a problem for which most customers would like a solution.

How to keep better track of your vehicle fleet

Keep track of fuel consumption, real-time monitoring for better delivery precision reporting. A fleet management system has many benefits, but above all it helps you boost your profitability.

Technical systems that increase employee satisfaction

Smart working environment can allow employers to kill two birds with one stone. But what does all this have to do with coupling systems? Come with us to Källeryd in the Swedish municipality of Herrljunga and we will explain.

Who are Tomorrow’s Professional Drivers?

How will we solve the acute shortage of drivers? Are technological innovations the answer? Or will a new view of the profession ensure that smart transport vehicles drive on our roads in the future? Who are tomorrow’s truck drivers and which skills will be in demand?

How can you make your business more profitable?

You can save time and money if you install this fully automatic coupling on your vehicles. One example is if you have three vehicles that you couple and decouple five times a day, after just one year – technically speaking and all things being equal – you will have saved over SEK 60,000 on working time and fuel costs alone.

What vehicle combination is profitable for you?

Read our guide with tips on what to consider when designing a vehicle combination.

How can I recruit skilled drivers for a profitable and sustainable future?

A shortage of staff results in vehicle downtime, with major consequences for all of society. Skills supply in the transport industry is a challenging problem, but one that must be solved.

High Capacity Transport – a profitable development?

That development is moving towards longer and heavier freight transport, which we call High Capacity Transport (HCT), is indisputable. But why is it desirable?

Top 5 most read blogs 2019

sum up the best things that happened this past year.

Why a new R58 regulation?

Lower ground clearance and higher test forces will reduce the number of road accidents. Read about how the new UNECE R58.03 regulation increases the safety of passengers in cars.

What is the Second Moment of Area?

The second moment of area is a measure of the ability of a structure to resist bending/deformation, and is denoted with I and units expressed as cm4, mm4 or m4. The higher the value of I, the more rigid the structure.

How does the transition to winter time affect you as professional driver?

Driving in the dark drastically changes the working conditions of professional drivers.

5 Tips for strengthening your haulage company

Tips and advice to boost your profitability.

5 advantages of automating trailer coupling maintenance

We have listed 5 advantages that benefit your workday no matter if you’re a haulier or driver.

The right way to couple a trailer

Every truck driver knows how to couple a trailer. But not everyone knows the best and safest way to do so. Do you?

Underrun protection regulations have changed – how does this affect me?

On 1 September 2019, new regulations concerning underrun protection (UNECE R58 Revision 3) will come into force. The new regulations will affect many operators in the transport industry.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR TRUCK CUSTOMER EXTRA SATISFIED

As a truck salesman, you naturally want your customer to be really satisfied. When the needs are analysed and you have agreed on the specifications of the vehicle or vehicles, everything is fine. But when it comes to coupling equipment and different accessories, there are solutions that can make your customer even more satisfied.

IS PROFESSIONAL DRIVER A HIGH-RISK OCCUPATION?

It is no coincidence that certain professions require regular health checks and tests to ensure that the individual’s health – both physical and mental – is sufficient to maintain good safety. But what about the truck driver?

5 MOST SCENIC ROUTES IN THE WORLD

Which routes are the most scenic in the world is, of course, a matter of personal preferences, but here’s my pick of routes I’d like to drive for the scenery.

CUSTOMISED OR A READY-MADE SOLUTION FOR THE TRUCK?

Customised solutions can sometimes be useful when adapting a product or a system to specific requirements and needs. The disadvantage, however, is that it can be expensive, time-consuming and require specialist work if the customised equipment needs to be modified at a later date.

What is a good surface treatment?

Surface treatment is different methods to give materials and equipment certain properties. These properties can be completely different, and which or what is important depends on the context in which the component will be used.

WHY IS THERE A PROFITABILITY PROBLEM IN THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY?

More than half of Swedish haulage companies admit to having problems with profitability. And the situation is similar in the rest of Europe and the USA.

DISTANCE TO SERVICING AFFECTS YOUR UPTIME

Servicing and maintenance must, of course, be considered a necessary cost. But another thing that affects uptime – and therefore the overall economy of your business – is your proximity to servicing facilities and service quality.

NEW LEGISLATION FOR UNDERRUN PROTECTION – HOW SHOULD I THINK?

The new legislation for underrun protection, UNECE R58 rev. 3 becomes effective by September 1, 2019. Considering the consequences for different stakeholders in the industry, it's a good idea to give them a thought and be better prepared.

Modular coupling equipment benefits mechanics

Increases safety, prolongs service life, and reduces the total cost of ownership. It also provides additional benefits for mechanics.

Where are tomorrow’s drivers?

In Sweden, the lack of drivers is severe. According to Swedish transport union TYA, there will be a need for 7,000 new drivers in the coming year – and 50,000 in the next decade.

New underrun protection can impact bodybuilders negatively

You probably know that new regulations for underrun protection are coming into force. There is always a certain degree of uncertainty when new regulations are introduced, and many operators in the industry are presumably thinking about how their businesses will be affected.

How do you design a truck?

What should you consider when choosing a new combination? The vehicle combination, i.e. the truck and trailer together, that determines the degree of flexibility and customisation for your transport needs.

New jackknife warning system

The next generation of warning systems is on the way and will significantly improve safety.

What is ‘availability’, actually?

Many industries talk about ‘high availability’ – sometimes as a critical factor, and frequently as a strong argument. In the transport industry, ‘availability’ can have numerous meanings – everything from the range of suitable transport services and access to spare parts to servicing and roadside assistance.

VBG's calculation program becomes VBG Performance Value Calculator

Calculate performance values for selecting and evaluating truck coupling equipment. A user-friendly tool for easy and convenient calculation.

Outlook from Commercial Vehicle show, birmingham 2018

VBG impressions from Commercial Vehicle Show Birmingham 2018

New legislation for underrun protection will soon come into place

How will the new rules for underrun protection affect transportation industry?

How can we reduce CO2-emissions, yet increase transport capacity?

This VBG blog post covers how to reduce CO2-emissions, yet increase transport capacity

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