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This applies to both heavy earthmoving in large infrastructure projects, as well as mining or quarrying in extreme weather conditions or difficult underfoot conditions: “Crucial in earthmoving is choosing the right equipment for the job to ensure availability of all machines and their productivity, even under widely varying conditions. As early as the project evaluation phase, many customers recognise that the B50E can be smoothly integrated into existing hauling schemes in terms of volume, payload and necessary track maintenance. In direct ‘cost per tonne’ analyses, the higher payload gives it an immediate advantage over 40 tonne ADTs. This is combined with low fuel consumption, a traditional strength of Bell ADTs, to give a great result for our customers. The demand in the mining sector continues unabated and where very soft underfoot conditions mean that our B60E 4x4 is less suited, we’re able to offer a reliable and economical solution with the proven B50E.”
Updates and Upgrades
In Munich, Bell Equipment will update the market on the transition of its truck technology from emission level EU Stage IV/Tier 4f to meet the new EU Stage V regulations that became effective at the beginning of 2019. This impacts engines from long-time Bell partners Mercedes-Benz/MTU.
These engines compiled with EU Stage IV in combining integrated cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) adding urea (AdBlue). The new after-treatment process now adds a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The technology was developed by Mercedes-Benz in the OM93x/47x series for the introduction of the Euro 6 on-road truck emission standard (2014) and optimised by MTU in the corresponding 1000-1500 non-road engine series. All exhaust after-treatment components, including the diesel particulate filter, are installed in a compact one-box-solution behind the cab.
“As an OEM, both Mercedes Benz and MTU kept us informed of the development as well as listened to our needs. This means that we could already factor in the present concept during the design of our E-series. This has ensured a reliable and, above all, economic upgrade,” continues Tristan. “The power characteristics of the engines have remained unchanged, while Mercedes Benz have confirmed a three percent improvement in fuel consumption. Ease of maintenance is ensured by a comprehensive integration between the Mercedes Benz/MTU and Bell electronics, as well as by good access for all serviceable items.”
The other big change occurs on the high-volume model Bell B30E, which includes the introduction of the new Allison 3400 XFE transmission (6F / 1R).
“The transmission has closer and more evenly spaced gear ratios to ensure the better use of power and torque even at low engine speeds for further fuel savings. The transmission retarder will be replaced by the automatic retarder function of the wet brakes, which features automatic downhill speed control found on the larger Bell trucks, as well as the automatic Hill Hold feature. With Hill Hold the brakes are automatically applied if the operator takes his foot off the accelerator pedal while driving up an incline to prevent the truck from rolling backwards. When the accelerator is activated again the brakes are released when there is enough engine torque to pull away smoothly. Every customer that I have shown the Hill Hold feature to gets out of the truck amazed,” adds Tristan.
will improve productivity and fuel efficiency.
Separate circuits for brake and axle oils, with efficient cooling and filtering, allow the use of the optimal oil for each function, ensuring higher lubrication/braking performance with less maintenance.
Global customer support
In Munich, customers from around the world will be informed about the latest developments in Bell Equipment’s after- market services. This includes new features of the satellite- based fleet management system Fleetm@tic® (which celebrates its 10th anniversary), financing programmes, and new repair and maintenance offerings that can be tailor-made for each type of application and customer profile.
Bell Equipment will also focus on the latest investments in its worldwide parts logistics. The new European Logistics Centre (ELC) opened in Alsfeld, Germany in September 2017 and the establishment of its American counterpart, the American Logistics Centre (ALC) in North Carolina in mid-2018, form important steps to support Bell Equipment’s fast-growing Northern Hemisphere markets. Both new bases improve regional customer and dealer support through best parts availability, while also optimising worldwide procurement in collaboration with the Bell Global Logistics Centre (GLC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The next step will be the opening of the 12,000m2 factory extension at the group’s European ADT assembly facility in Kindel-Eisenach in mid-2019. This will cover bin fabrication and bonnet assembly and will optimise transport logistics and general production efficiencies to further reduce lead times and allow greater flexibility regarding customer needs.
Stand: Hall B5 148
For the past 17 years the Bell 50-tonner has set the standard as the ultimate haulage solution in extreme weather and ground conditions.
As one of the best-selling models of the Bell E-series range, the Stage V generation of the B30E will be upgraded with new drive-line features that
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