Body Systems


Curtain Sider (CS):

For Vehicles with Sliding Curtain Body

The Curtain Sider is a refinement of the closed body. As with traditional platform gate and side-board vehicles, fork lift truck loading from the side, which is a far more efficient form of loading, has now become possible. Bulky goods can now be loaded very quickly through the side-board, which can be opened along almost its entire length. As the roof is independent, the cargo space remains protected against rain. From 1990 onwards the development of self-supporting sliding roofs meant that crane loading was also possible for this type of body.


Full Tarpaulins (VP):

For Vehicles with side-boards and Tarpaulin Body

This type of body was developed at the birth of motorised commercial vehicles. The tailgate and side-boards are intended to protect the load from falling, while the material cover protects it against the rain. In general this type of body provides a high level of flexibility. This was increased considerably by the Edscha TS invention of the sliding roof in 1969. With this body the loading process is much faster and safer today, as the cargo space can be opened up very quickly by pushing the entire tarpaulin towards the bulkhead.


Sliding Bow Roof (SB):

For Vehicles without a Body

With the introduction of tensioning ratchets and universal tension belts it was possible to do without tailgates and side-boards for certain goods. In order to offer protection against weather, a throw-over tarpaulin was rigged all around the frame. Tarpaulin-bearing structures consisting of tubular bows that had long been in use served as the basis for the development of a flexible sliding bow body which allows both fast loading from the side and simple loading by crane. The tedious and time-consuming rigging of the tarpaulin is no longer necessary. In many American-dominated markets sliding bow systems are very widely used.


Solid Wall Roofs

Truck bodies with solid walls are a mandatory requirement for the transport of bulk cargo. This applies regardless of whether the cargo is loaded via a wheel loader from the side via the wall, through a funnel, via a filling tube from above or via a rear door. Also when unloading there are the options to excavate from above, off-load via a rear door, or push or tip out in one or more directions. Over the years, heavy goods vehicles have become increasingly specialised with such options to accommodate various bulk goods and loading conditions.

What they all have in common is the fact that unlike all other truck roofs, the tarpaulin must be designed to be laterally elastic in order to accommodate the shape of the wall for reliable operation under all conditions.