Full OEM solutions for niche markets
Bell Equipment's ability to listen to the needs of its customers and successfully translate these needs into tailor made machine solutions has led to the introduction of a new product to the company's VersaTruck programme, namely a B30D 4x4 to be displayed on the Bell BAUMA stand (Hall B4, Stand 108).
The company, which was built on the specialised machinery concept, is recognised as the Articulated Dump Truck specialist and takes versatility to a whole different level with its VersaTruck programme. Customers are able to choose from a number of Bell ADT permutations to best suit their application requirements. Included in Bell Equipment's extensive list of tailor made solutions are ejector trucks, fire trucks, water tankers, lube trucks, flat deck trucks, hooklift trucks, container trucks, concrete trucks, timber trucks, waste handlers, waste compactors and even an underground concrete mixer.
Managing this programme is the Bell Application Equipment (BAE) division, a substantial team with years of experience, which is dedicated to the design, fabrication and assembly of the Bell niche products. Clinton Wissekerke heads up this team and tells us about the latest addition to the programme.
The B30D 4x4 solution for earthmoving and quarrying applications, which will be on display at BAUMA 2013, has arisen from specific enquiries from the industry. Wissekerke said: "Over the past few years we've worked on several 4x4 variations on our D-series platform including the B15D for light duty industrial applications, the T302D Timber Haulers and now the B30D 4x4, which is particularly well suited for use in quarrying applications worldwide."
Wissekerke explains the reason for the 4x4 ADT: "Providing the same payload and engine performance as our standard B30D, the 4x4 option offers a tighter turning circle and shorter dimensions compared to our traditional 6x6 ADT with their optimized off-road capability. It therefore suits customers needing improved manoeuvrability, but still needing the higher flexibility (weather independence, heavy terrain) of an articulated truck compared to rigid chassis alternatives on the market. These customers may also reduce tyre costs - a major portion of the operating cost of an ADT - simply through reduced tyre scuffing associated with the third axle."
Adds Bell Equipment's Marketing Manager: ADTs, Llewellyn Roux: "Of course the VersaTrucks are able to offer the best in performance, safety, fuel efficiency and ease of operation of our standard ADT range. Similarly they also have all the latest innovations and features, among them onboard weighing, keyless ignition, HillAssist, Bin Tip Prevention, Auto Park Application (APA), standard Turbo Spin Protection and our satellite fleet management system Fleetm@tic.
"By offering complete OEM solutions to our niche markets we are able to provide an OEM warranty knowing that these machines are built according to our uncompromising design philosophy and quality standards. Importantly this also means that a Bell Versa Truck solution is guaranteed of Bell Equipment’s technical support offered through our comprehensive global network of customer service centres and dealers," he says.
Key technical data B30D 4x4:
Gross power - 240 kW
Gross torque - 1 250 Nm
Bin volume (SAE 2:1) - 17,0 m³
Unladen weight - 17 250 kg
Payload - 27 000 kg
The newest addition to the Bell VersaTruck range, the B30D 4x4 will be on show at BAUMA 2013. The 4X4 base offers improved manoeuvrability, with tighter turning circle and shorter dimensions without impacting on payload and engine performance. A cost effective, tailor made OEM solution for customers not requiring the functionality of a standard 6x6 ADT but still needing the higher flexibility offered by an articulated truck in terms of terrain and weather capabilities with reduced operating cost.
The VersaTruck programme has been borne from Bell Equipment's ability to listen to the needs of its customers and successfully translate these needs into tailor made machine solutions. These complete OEM solutions - including ejector trucks, water tankers, hooklift trucks and ADTs with fifth wheels - come with an OEM warranty knowing that these machines are built according to Bell Equipment's uncompromising design philosophy and quality standards.