Global leader in off-highway truck customization Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc., has announced the use of new SSAB Hardox® HiTemp steel in its customized Hot Slag Bodies — part of its lineup of specialty HiVol® Truck Bodies. The new steel is specially designed to withstand extreme temperature environments. As part of PHIL’s Hot Slag Bodies, it reduces necessary plate thickness while maintaining the product’s service life for increased productivity in processing applications.
PHIL’s Hot Slag Body is comprised of two components — an exoskeleton superstructure, which does not come in contact with molten material, and load containing pieces that do. These pieces form an overlapping structure that is loosely strapped around the body of the exoskeleton to contain the hot slag during operation. This innovative design allows for differential expansion and contraction, where a traditional body would buckle under such extreme heat. When transporting molten material, the pieces expand and contract without breaking welds, binding up or warping. When a piece is damaged or worn out, it can simply be replaced without any structural welding requirements.
“In the past, steel mill clients requested a unique HiVol truck body to haul hot slag. Our engineers responded with the Hot Slag Body. Now, with the new HiTemp steel from SSAB, we can provide the same strength and durability with less steel, maximizing payload potential and providing our clients with a better product,” Josh Swank, vice president of sales and marketing for PHIL explained.