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Capital Equipment News June 2018ON THE COVER:

Following Volvo Construction Equipment’s recent international launch of its Volvo CE-branded range of rigid haulers in April this year, Babcock has largely completed all the necessary legwork for the local rollout of the new rigid dump trucks (RDTs) in southern Africa.

David Vaughan, MD – Equipment at Babcock, tells Capital Equipment News that it’s all systems go for the local launch, and the first units are expected to arrive in South Africa during the last quarter of this year. “We have completed the three legs of preparation – comprising investments into facilities to cater for the big-sized range, the necessary parts and components and the technical training – ahead of the launch,” says Vaughan.

The first leg of Babcock’s preparation to become a rigid hauler distributor dates as far back as 2015 following the commissioning of its purpose-built sales, parts and service dealership facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, which was officially unveiled in February 2016. The design of the facility allows for handling of space-hungry items such as larger rigid trucks and the relevant componentry.

The estimated R100-million facility covers 30 000 m². The primary workshop covers an area of nearly 2 000 m² under roof and includes 12 x 9 m-wide work bays with two adjoining rows of six bays, all serviced by overhead gantry cranes. All bays have a ceiling of 9 m under hook, making it possible to service mega trucks, such as the 100 t rigid, bucket up. Ben Buys, technical director – Equipment at Babcock, says the width and height of the workshop can handle a dump truck of up to 300 t and a crawler excavator of up to 250 t.

Reconfiguring the ADT

Reconfiguring the ADTSharing the proven base of the company’s conventional three-axle 30-t B30E and the four-wheel concept of the flagship 60-t B60E, Bell Equipment’s two-axle B30E 4x4 ADT offers a cost-effective hauling alternative for operations that do not require extreme 6x6 off-road capabilities.

According to Brad Castle, Product Marketing Manager at Bell Equipment, the B30E 4x4 is a supplement to the company’s traditional 6x6 ADT range, providing an alternative to rigid dump trucks (RDTs) and tipper trucks. “While not possessing the same off-road capabilities of a 6x6, the B30E 4x4 still offers sound all-weather characteristics on undulating haulage roads and light terrain, thus making it a better fit than traditional  RDTs and truck-trailer combinations in applications where poor weather conditions can cause work stoppages due to safety consideration or necessitate more site maintenance,” explains Castle.

In terms of applications, it is suited for small to medium-sized quarries with integrated aggregate production facilities. It also finds application in specific jobs where turning radius is a principal consideration, such as tunnelling. The solution also provides better manoeuvrability in confined materials handling areas or stock yards.

Efficiency is the sum of the details

Efficiency is the sum of the detailsHaving been launched in Europe as far back as 2011, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros has finally made its much-awaited debut in South Africa. The new range builds on the success of the previous Actros family, which sold more than 25 000 units into the local market since the first introduction back in 1998.

The new truck takes road efficiency to a whole new level with a design focus that sums up all the crucial details – lower total cost of ownership, safety and maximum uptime.

Michael Dietz, Head of Global Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, says, unlike its predecessor, the new Actros will exclusively be available as a truck-tractor for long haul, distribution and hazardous goods, in both air and steel suspension. To cater for construction, off-road and specialised applications, Mercedes-Benz will be launching its new Arocs in September this year.

Initially, the new Actros arrives in South Africa with eight new air-suspended models. Four 4x2 air-suspended truck tractors and four 6x4 air-suspended truck-tractors, as well as further steel and air-suspended truck-tractors will be making the debut during the second half of the year.

Jasper Hafkamp, Executive Director, Daimler Truck and Bus Southern Africa, explains that the success of the new Actros range will hinge on three major elements – reliability, efficiency and safety – and the sum of those details offers customers greater road efficiency.

“Efficiency is the sum of the details. With several features that speak to lower cost of ownership, greater safety and maximised availability, we are offering our customers a new level of road efficiency with the new Actros,” explains Hafkamp.

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