At Bauma 2016 Articulated Dump Truck specialist, Bell Equipment, plans to reconfirm its position as the supplier of the widest range of ADTs globally and the most innovative developer of rough terrain haulage solutions with the launch of its large truck E-series model upgrades and the European introduction of its new 60-ton truck, the B60E. The E-series Large Truck range and B60E will both take centre stage in Munich, Germany where the company will be located in Hall B5, stand 148.
Managing Director of Bell Equipment Europe, Marc Schürmann says: "There is already a great deal of awareness and excitement about our B60E. The small size rigid market presents a good opportunity for Bell. A truck concept that delivers application advantages over rigid machines with the additional benefit of improved fuel burn, flexibility and safety is just what is required to re-invigorate this market sector."
Commenting on the European market, Marc Schürmann adds: "The subdued market conditions we have experienced in 2015 are expected to remain for at least the next year although there are positive signs from Spain, Ireland and Italy as they follow the UK growth trend. While we remain cautious, there are some interesting projects and we do see growth for the region in the medium term. Our German manufacturing facility and our new E series range, which will incorporate all models from 2017, are ideally poised to capitalise on this."
Completing the Bell machine display at Bauma will be a Bell B30E, representing the E-series Small Truck range, which has gained widespread market acceptance since the new generation trucks were introduced just over two years ago. According to Schürmann remarkable engineering and the Bell product validation and verification process are largely responsible for the text book introduction of these trucks and the continued growth in reliability, quality and performance from the D-series to the E-series."
Well known for its "Strong Reliable Machines, Strong Reliable Support", the Bell stand will also feature important elements of its customer support. The Bell ADT simulator by Tenstar provides an effective tool to help Bell customers to train operators while Bell also encourages customers to find out more about its industry leading satellite fleet management system, Fleetm@tic. Fleetm@tic brings simplicity, ease and wide ranging benefits, including exclusive production data for modern-day fleet management.
Bell to present new generation large trucks at Bauma 2016
Articulated Dump Truck specialist, Bell Equipment, will build on its successful world preview of its prototype B50E truck at Intermat 2015 by showcasing another model in the company's E-series Large Truck range at Bauma 2016, the B45E. With the global market creating increased demand for 45-ton trucks, the B45E with its rated payload of 41 000kg, a bin volume of 25m³ and a powerful new engine, has the potential to become the most popular model in the range due to its overall value proposition to customers.
The E-series Large Truck programme has been in development for three and a half years and is planned for worldwide release in late 2016. The range is powered by the new Mercedes Benz HDEP engine platform and optimised for off-highway use by MTU. Like their smaller truck counterparts they are also all fitted with Allison transmissions.
When comparing the large truck E-series to the outgoing D-series, all models have a useful increase in power with the new engine platform. The larger models also move to the Allison 4700 transmission which provides 7 gear ratios, to provide for better grade ability with reduced fuel consumption. Payloads have also increased.
All of the models up to and including the B45E are within 3500mm width, which is a key number for European transport legislation. The B45D was a wider truck, which required a special transport permit in many European countries.
To accommodate the larger 7-speed transmission, Bell has removed the automatic retarder on the transmission and opted to rather incorporate this important feature into the wet brake system.
Engines across the E-series Large Truck range incorporate a Jacobs engine brake ®, activated by an additional lobe on the camshaft, which is automatically engaged when the operator's foot is off the accelerator.
Traditionally in the Bell D-series range of ADTs the brake system and gears shared common oil in the axle.
Bell is making use of the E-series Small Truck cab for the Large Truck range due to the positive feedback that has been received from customers in terms of operation and ergonomics. Electronic bonnet opening has been added to the Large Truck cab as an additional, convenient feature.
The operator's experience has been a key focus area of the E-series truck programme with the objective of simplifying the interface and improving the ergonomics by taking into consideration the lifestyles of today's younger generation of operators.
Therefore the E-series cab has a full colour screen and an automotive mouse interface to control the sealed display unit. The Bell ADT is the first to offer this technology and the standard reversing camera can also been integrated into the colour screen display.
Bell opted for an Isringhausen seat, with its own suspension and dampening system, to improve ride comfort and reduce whole body vibration. The seat also has a three point safety harness which can be configured, as an additional safety feature, so that the truck's engine will only start once the seat harness is fastened. A heating option is also fitted for colder climates.
The full glass door, maximized window apertures and ideal operator position give unparalleled visibility. Safety blind spots are significantly reduced, particularly in the area commonly used for cabin access.
"Overall we are confident that we have looked critically at what needed to be included in the upgrade, and focused only on delivering real value added improvements in terms of reduced cost per ton and safety, without compromising the platform that has served us so well for the last 15 years. We look forward to taking users through our trucks with the traditional Bell hospitality at Bauma 2016," he says.
B60E - the Bell all-weather alternative to rigid trucks
Bauma 2016 marks the first time that Bell Equipment will showcase its 60-ton truck outside of Africa. The prototype B60E, capable of moving large volumes of material in all weather conditions, places the South African manufacturer at the cutting edge of off-road trucking by providing a unique solution to a market segment that was previously only contested by rigid trucks.
The first generation of the Bell 60-tonner, the B60D, was introduced as a concept at the inaugural Bauma Africa in 2013 and has taken Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) design and innovation into a new league. Since then it has been running successfully on various sites in Africa where it has gained popularity for its all-weather suitability.
B60D was developed after the company identified a growing need among contractors making use of rigid trucks in the 60-ton range. In response the company adopted the two-axle concept of a rigid truck but with a driven front axle and independent front and rear chassis.
Bell Equipment's design philosophy has always been driven by creating lowest cost per tonne equipment solutions and the 60-tonner is no different. It delivers cost efficiencies related to economies of scale in addition to featuring an economical drivetrain that delivers significantly lower fuel consumption than a traditional rigid truck. This has been verified over the last two years of testing with a number of trucks already generating returns for customers.
While the B60E has the same cab as the other models in the E-series range, the most visible differences are at the back end. The back axle is a dedicated 70t truck and haulage axle from Kessler, Germany in keeping with the Bell philosophy of selecting the best components and technology available on the market.
To achieve the 60-tonne capacity the bin is much wider than an ADT and resembles a conventional rigid-type bin. Telescopic cylinders tuck under the bin to push it up in stages during the tipping process.
In addition, the B60E has a similar look and footprint to a 60t rigid dump truck, which means Bell trucks can be run seamlessly alongside fleets of rigid trucks to provide fleet owners greater flexibility.
Additional to Bell Equipment's Africa markets, B60E pre-production units will also go into operation in Europe and North America before planned full production and sales commence in early 2017.