Capital Equipment News April 2019
For informed decision-making APRIL 2019
COMPACT EQUIPMENT: Pioneering electromobility in construction equipment TRANSPORT: DRIVING PROGRESSIVE SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS PAGE 16 EXPANDING HORIZONS TRANSPORT: Ticking all the right boxes CONCRETE BATCHING: Setting new concrete mobility standards
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COMMENT 2 New technologies; new opportunities cover 4 Expanding horizons Compact Equipment 8 Pioneering electromobility in construction equipment TRANSPORT 12 Ticking all the right boxes 16 Driving progressive supply chain solutions Concrete Batching 20 Setting new concrete mobility standards InterviewS 24 Back on track 26 Will automation ever take off in construction? Thought Leadership 28 Digitalisation as a toolbox 30 Using correct grease improves productivity, reduces wear 40 What do equipment users want from automation?
32 New Cat 140 GC 32 New range of skid steer loaders from Wacker Neuson 33 Bobcat loader developments increase customer benefits 33 Komatsu launches new PC210-10MO excavator Mining News 34 Largest Doosan excavator for South Africa 34 Redesigned G Series carries on 777 legacy 35 Epiroc to digitalise Black Rock Mine operations Materials Handling News 36 Crane & Hoist Equipment SA is new Potain agent Agriculture – Pre-NAMPO News 38 GEM to showcase SANY equipment for agriculture TRANSPORT News 39 New Faw 6.130 Fl rolls in
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NEWTECHNOLOGIES; NEW OPPORTUNITIES
A t the time of writing, Capital Equipment News was attend- ing bauma 2019, and one of the key takeaways of our first day at the show was sustainability in mining as an opportunity. Sustainability is a trending topic today, not only in mining, but across several industries. The focus extends well beyond the areas of energy consumption and the use of resources – all industries are currently searching for alternative, low-priced and environmentally friendly raw materials and energy sources. Global discussions and technology transfers were the key factors being highlighted in efforts to successfully encourage sustainability in mining, and bauma 2019 served as the perfect platform for the focal point of mining. Less energy, fewer resources – the demands being placed on the future of the mining industry are clear. The transformation will affect all aspects of mining – in every region of the world, including Africa. For this reason, the issue of sustainability is playing an increasingly important role for the industry. The aim is not only to optimise the use of energy and resources, but also to introduce alternative energies and new technologies. Those who act fast will be rewarded ahead of competition – new energy can be produced in places where coal was once mined, or hollowed out slag heaps are turned into interesting storage sites. New technologies are not just environmentally and economically fuelling this trend, they are creating benefits for society as well. Consequently, the mining industry’s interest in sustainability is growing. For example, the coal, iron
and steel industries are transforming themselves by miniaturising drilling technologies and analysis tools. The enhancements increase the efficiency of site development and improve mining processes. This applies both to pre- and post-mining operations that require comprehensive planning. Potential can be identified and tapped by including all relevant actors in the effort. The sustainability topic was a focal point at bauma 2019. As part of a focus on mining, this year’s grand exhibition brought together all key players in the industry to showcase new technologies and trends in the coal, iron and steel industries, for example. Manufacturers like ABB, DSI, FLSmidth, Komatsu, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp Industrial, Weir Minerals, and many others, presented their innovations in that regard. By selecting sustainability, bauma 2019 focused on a real issue of the future. There is no other such venue and time where all key players in the industry have the opportunity to discuss the issue of sustainability so thoroughly. Another trend of interest at this year’s bauma was digitalisation. Discussions we had at the show illustrated that digitalisation was gaining ground in the construction machinery industry. More and more technologies are making their way into the industry. Cloud-based infrastructures, digital services portfolios and security solutions are ringing in a change of paradigm. Capital Equipment News had the privilege to marvel at initial systems, which we will discuss at length in upcoming issues.
Munesu Shoko – Editor
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At its maiden exhibition at NAMPO, Ever Star Industries will present a wide range of agricultural focused solutions – from both its Powerstar and Shantui stables – that speak directly to the needs of the farming community, writes Munesu Shoko . EXPANDING HORIZONS
G rain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day – a staple on the calendar of the South African agricultural community and those who serve it – enables producers and other role players in the agricultural industry to experience the latest products and solutions on offer in the farming industry first-hand and in one place. Attracting close to 77 000 visitors and over 650 exhibitors every year, the show is said to be one of the biggest agricultural exhibitions in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s show, to be held on May 14 to 17 in Bothaville, Free State, comes at a time when the local agricultural community is seemingly battling a lot of challenges – including droughts and poor yields. As a result, farmers are under pressure financially and are looking for reliable and rugged equipment and trucks that come at the right price, with the right aftersales support. On its first exhibition at this grand show, Ever Star Industries (ESI) – through its Shantui and Powerstar brands – will showcase solutions that speak directly to the farmers’ current needs. “We can offer a cost effective and efficient solution that suits most farmers. Added to that, we have great support structures on parts and aftersales, making ESI a top value proposition to the agricultural sector. Our trucks have already proven their reliability and rugged nature on and off African roads,” says Marc Mynhardt, Sales Manager for Powerstar at ESI Centurion. Dirk Poley, national sales manager – Shantui Yellow Equipment at ESI, says the Shantui range, which has also proved itself in more arduous mining and construction applications, offers an ideal product range for farmers seeking reliable and diverse tools that work across the various farming applications. The added advantage is that its products are price competitive and cost- effective and offer great support from a
reputable company that puts its customers first. “NAMPO is the perfect platform for us to showcase what we have on offer for the agricultural sector. It also presents us with an opportunity to grow our business in the agricultural sector, which currently constitutes about 15% of our total turnover,” says Poley. Powerstar showing In total, ESI will showcase six Powerstar truck models. The major talking point will be the new FT8, which joins the
“NAMPO is the perfect platform for us to showcase what we have on offer for the agricultural sector. It also presents us with an opportunity to grow our business in the agricultural sector, which currently constitutes about 15% of our total turnover.” Dirk Poley, national sales manager – Shantui Yellow Equipment at Ever Star Industries
“Powerstar’s success lies in the extra heavy side of the vehicle spectrum, and it was important for the company to take its time in selecting the right partner with which to introduce itself to the lighter end of the truck market.”
Marc Mynhardt, Sales Manager for Powerstar at ESI Centurion.
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Shantui has had a good start to 2019, with 25 machines sold in South Africa, during the first quarter of the year
Powerstar’s success lies in the extra heavy side of the vehicle spectrum, and it was important for the company to take its time in selecting the right partner with which to introduce itself to the lighter end of the truck market
Traditionally, Powerstar has enjoyed massive success in the construction sector. However, the company is on a drive to diversify its markets, and agriculture is one of the important target markets
The company has recently concluded another massive deal of 71 machines for a Mozambican project
existing FT3 and FT5 in the FT line-up, taking the range from 3 to 5 to 8 tonnes and it is noteworthy that all three models will be on display there. ESI initially unveiled the new medium range of trucks with the launch of the FT3 and FT5 at the Automechanika Exhibition in Johannesburg way back in September 2017. This range allowed ESI to further strengthen its product portfolio of medium trucks in 4X2 configuration, complementing
the well-established Powerstar brand of heavy and extra-heavy trucks. This followed a joint venture with Foton, which allowed ESI to take on board Foton’s medium truck range and rebrand it under its top brand banner, Powerstar. “Powerstar’s success lies in the extra heavy side of the vehicle spectrum, and it was important for the company to take its time in selecting the right partner with which to introduce itself to the lighter end of the truck market,” says Mynhardt.
“We will also exhibit our VX range for the construction/off-road sector with configurations such as a cattle body, a drop side body with a crane, a VX2642 with side tipper interlink trailer for the transportation of various agricultural commodities,” explains Mynhardt. More specifically, the trucks on show will include a VX2642 6X4 truck tractor with a side tipper interlink trailer; a VX2628 LWB with a cattle body; a VX2628 LWB with 16 000-litre water tanker body; as well as
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Shantui showcase From the earthmoving side of offerings, Shantui will showcase its SD16 dozer, SL50 wheel loader and the 21 t SE210-9 excavator. Poley says these machines are all suited to the agricultural sector. These will be complemented by the SF30 forklift for materials handling functions on a farm. “We will also be showcasing our generator range, which is a market we have made great and perhaps even obvious strides into, in the past year. We feel we have the right solution to help farmers overcome the current Eskom challenges,” says Poley. Shantui to showcase its capabilities to the agricultural sector with the same prowess that has made it a household name in the construction and mining industries. The company has already enjoyed massive success in the past few years. To give an idea, Poley says Shantui has had a good start to 2019, with 25 machines sold in South Africa, during the first quarter of the year. The company has recently concluded another massive deal of 71 machines for a Mozambican project. Poley says the company’s success hinges on its understanding that aftermarket support is a key business driver in South Africa. He reasons that local customers rank parts and service support high up the list of key influencers in terms of their buying decisions. “When we took over the dealership, we already knew that the quality of the product was never an issue, but a lot of work and effort was required from an aftersales perspective,” says Poley. “During the past four years, we have focused greatly on boosting our aftermarket support structures for the brand. For example, one of the first things we did was establish a considerable parts stockholding of some R80-million. We also have five seasoned technicians supporting our customers and our 8-strong dealer network,” says Poley. The interventions have steered the brand to a strong market standing. ESI was last year awarded a Global Bronze Medal for high sales at the global Shantui dealership conference held in China. This was in recognition of the great strides that ESI, as the local distributor, had made in increasing sales as well as customer satisfaction in southern Africa. “We look forward to personally showcasing our products to the farmers, which hopefully includes an opportunity for us to discuss the varied solutions we have on offer that can make their lives that much easier and efficient,” concludes Mynhardt. b Poley is optimistic that this year’s NAMPO is the perfect platform for
Shantui will showcase its 21 t SE210-9 excavator at NAMPO 2019.
Powerstar will exhibit its FT range for the construction/off-road sector.
the FT3, FT5 and FT8 chassis cabs with a variety of dropside and rollback bodies fitted. Traditionally, Powerstar has enjoyed massive success in the construction sector. However, Mynhardt says the company is on a drive to diversify its markets, and agriculture is one of those important target markets. “Since the start of 2018, we have grown significantly in the side tipping industry, with specific reference to the coal sector. The agricultural sector uses pretty much the same solution, so we believe
that our shift to this sector has been made easier,” says Mynhardt. Speaking about some success stories in the sector, Mynhardt says Powerstar has secured key account as well as repeat customers within the agricultural segment and in terms of its reference to the side tipper market, an example is Bogdans Transport which bought 20 units during 2018. “Our growth in dealers and service support all over South and Southern Africa underpins our service commitment to our customers,” says Mynhardt.
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At bauma 2019, Bobcat will launch its new E10e electric mini excavator, one of the industry’s first commercially available fully electric, zero tail swing mini- excavators in the 1 t class.
Pioneering electromobility in construction equipment Electromobility in construction equipment will take centre stage at this year’s bauma 2019 – to be held on 8-12 April in Munich – with compact equipment leading the road to electrification. At the previous edition of the show in 2016, OEMs largely showcased their prototypes, and this year’s event will herald commercial launches of some of the first fully electrical equipment models to be commercially available, writes Munesu Shoko .
G overnments and manufacturers envisioning a diesel-free future for on-road vehicles have hit the headlines in recent years. In July 2017, the automo- tive industry was rocked by a far-reaching announcement when Volvo Cars stated that all its new cars would be electric or hybrid from 2019 onwards. The following day, the French government announced it would end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as a way to fight against air pollution. A few weeks later, the British government followed with a similar proposal. But what will these bans mean for the construction industry? Construction equipment is largely run on diesel engines and, so far, no official announcements have been made concerning their use once these bans come into effect. While decisions are yet to
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The development of JCB’s 19C-1 E-Tec was spearheaded by company Chairman Lord Bamford who personally heralded its arrival as a “real breakthrough” for the construction sector.
be made on what a diesel-free future means for construction equipment, Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in the developed world currently provide an insight into how urban construction projects can have a less harmful effect on air quality right now. The European Union sets emission standards that define the acceptable amount of pollution that can be emitted by the exhaust of a vehicle sold in the EU and EEA member states. Depending on the area, vehicles with higher emissions either cannot enter the area at all, or have to pay a fee if they do. To avoid the expense – real or perceived – of having to pay fees to bring construction machines into restricted areas, construction equipment firms have increasingly been asked by customers to fit a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to machines, to reduce the diesel particulate matter (black soot) from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. “In recent years, there has been a definite upswing in requests for DPFs to be fitted to machines that are working in urban development and don’t have them as standard,” says Kurt Deleu, director of regional sales support (Europe) at Volvo CE. “But it’s important to mention, this is not always a clear legal requirement (of working in the LEZ).” DPFs are currently seen as an extra precaution in response to a perceived need to meet regulations in LEZs. But as regulations around LEZs continue to become stricter, it’s likely this trend will continue. In response to the growing need for the industry to clean up its act, leading construction equipment manufacturers have started commercial launches of their first fully electrical units, while some are still working on concepts. It is clear that initial strides into electromobility by construction equipment makers are anchored by compact gear, especially mini excavators and loaders. Some of the names that have already announced commercial launches include Bobcat, Volvo Construction Equipment and JCB. Caterpillar has also announced that it is working on its Concept 906 – a fully electric drive compact wheel loader powered by a zero emission lithium-ion battery.
Initial strides into electromobility by construction equipment makers are anchored by compact equipment
Early last year, JCB announced it had developed its first ever electric digger in response to customer demands for a zero emissions machine which can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas
At bauma 2019, Bobcat launched its new E10e electric mini excavator, one of the industry’s first commercially available fully electric, zero tail swing mini excavators in the 1-t class
Volvo CE has announced that by mid-2020 it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel engine-based development of these models
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Volvo CE has announced that by mid-2020 it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators. This follows a favourable reaction from the market after the successful unveiling of a number of concept machines in recent years.
JCB leads the way Early last year, JCB announced it had developed its first ever electric digger in response to customer demands for a zero emissions machine that can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas. The 1,9-tonne mini excavator can be charged by simply plugging it into a standard 230 V domestic electricity supply. Once fully charged, it is ready to put in a full normal working day on the building site – digging with the same speed and power as its diesel counterpart. Super-fast charging was also be available at launch, slashing the charging time in half. The innovative product went on sale at the end of 2018 after being developed in secret at the company’s Staffordshire HQ. Its development was spearheaded by company Chairman Lord Bamford who personally heralded its arrival as a “real breakthrough” for the construction sector. “JCB has been at the forefront of developing innovative, low emission diesel-powered construction equipment for decades. In fact, thanks to our clean diesel technology, typical JCB machines will be pretty close to zero emissions by 2019,” says Lord Bamford. “However, with urbanisation, machines are operating more closely to people as
and basement construction. In addition, by coupling the E10e to an optional external Bobcat super-charger while operators are on normal work breaks, the E10e can operate for a full eight-hour working day. At the previous bauma exhibition in 2016, Bobcat showed its prototype of the E10e. Jarry Fiser, mini-excavator product line director, Doosan Bobcat EMEA, says the reason for electrical construction equipment is not only to meet customers’ preference to be environmentally friendly, but there is a clear and dedicated business need for zero emission and low noise excavators for some specific applications. As well as indoor demolition and basement projects, these include city centre developments, night-time work and contracts in low noise areas such as hospitals, cemeteries and schools, among others. The electric solution solves many of the issues associated with these tasks. “At Bobcat, we are strongly dedicated to meeting these specific business opportunities and we are aiming to lead the industry in innovation within the mini excavator segment with our newly developed, zero-emission E10e, based on our legendary E10 ZTS mini-excavator,” comments Fiser. Developed at the Bobcat Innovation Centre in Dobris in the Czech Republic, in conjunction with electric vehicle
well as digging underground, indoors, near hospitals and in food production environments. As a result, there is a new zero emissions sector emerging and it’s emerging very quickly. It’s for this reason we have put ourselves at the forefront of alternative power technologies and developed the first ever electric JCB digger.” The machine – known as the 19C-1 E-Tec – not only delivers zero emissions, it’s also the quietest in the JCB range. This means contractors can work after normal hours in urban streets, around hospitals and close to schools without disturbing people. The machine also has a retractable undercarriage to enable it to negotiate tight spaces. The electric excavator has an electric motor and three advanced lithium-ion battery packs, to deliver a full energy capacity of 15 kWh Bobcat goes electric At bauma 2019, Bobcat will launch its new E10e electric mini excavator, one of the industry’s first commercially available fully electric, zero tail swing (ZTS) mini excavators in the 1-t class. With no emissions, a low noise operation and a width of just 72 cm, the new E10e can easily pass through standard doors and in and out of lifts, making it ideal for indoor applications such as demolition
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Using an external supercharger functionality, when used with normal work breaks, the E10e can operate throughout a full working day (eight hours) and can be fully recharged within 2,4 hours.
suppliers, the E10e is based on the design of the successful diesel powered E10 Bobcat 1 t mini excavator, which has achieved sales of over 10 000 units in 10 years (the E10 is now called the E10z to reflect that it is a ZTS mini-excavator). The new E10e has the same ZTS profile and identical external dimensions as the standard E10/E10z machine and offers the same or better performance. For example, the E10e offers very low noise levels on site with an LpA of only 64 dBA compared with 80 dBA for the standard E10. Furthermore, all of the systems and components on the E10e have been optimised for work in harsh environments – the patented electrohydraulic powertrain system fully utilises the electric motor capabilities and all electric powertrain components are fully sealed, meeting the IP67 rating and also designed to meet construction equipment requirements for robustness. The E10e has a state-of-the-art lithium- ion, maintenance-free battery pack with an advanced management system, designed to fit within the standard machine envelope to maintain the machine’s ZTS profile. Based on customer studies, Bobcat has optimised the battery pack to provide sufficient capacity to match typical work patterns. Using an external supercharger
concept machines in recent years, and by working closely with customers. This move is aligned with the Volvo Group’s strategic focus on electromobility in all business areas. The first machines were unveiled at the bauma exhibition, and will be followed by a staged market-by-market introduction and ramp up in 2020. While the company stresses that diesel combustion currently remains the most appropriate power source for its larger machines, electric propulsion and battery technology is proving particularly suited to Volvo’s smaller equipment. With research and development investment now focused on the rapid development of its electric compact wheel loaders and excavators, Volvo CE is taking a step towards diesel- free compact equipment in the future. “Volvo CE is delivering on its commitment of ‘Building Tomorrow’ by driving leadership in electromobility and delivering sustainable solutions that support customer success,” comments the company’s President, Melker Jernberg. “The technology we have been developing is now sufficiently robust and this, together with changes in customer behaviour and a heightened regulatory environment, means that now is the right time to commit to electromobility in our compact equipment ranges in the future.” b
functionality, the E10e, when used with normal work breaks, can operate throughout a full working day (8 hours) and can be fully recharged within 2,4 hours. The new E10e is also easy to maintain and safe to operate – due to the use of only low voltages, there is no need for operators to have special authorisation to work on the machine. As the new machine is designed to be used in demanding indoor applications such as breaker work in demolition, it is equipped with auxiliary lines and an efficient oil cooler system for continuous hydraulic breaker operation. The cooling system capacity has been increased to meet extended demolition application requirements. Volvo CE’s electric revolution In a commitment to future technology, Volvo CE has announced that by mid-2020 it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel engine-based development of these models. manufacturers to commit to an electric future for its compact machine range. This follows an overwhelmingly favourable reaction from the market after the successful unveiling of a number of With this move, Volvo CE is one of the first construction equipment
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The UD Kuzer is specifically aimed at fleet owners looking for flexibility to operate in the urban logistics environment.
Ticking all the right boxes
A light medium duty truck for easy urban driving, the new UD Kuzer introduced locally by UD Trucks Southern Africa ticks all the right boxes with its design focus on better flexibility, productivity, uptime and fuel efficiency – in accordance with the Japanese truck maker’s ‘Ultimate Dependability’ mantra, writes Munesu Shoko.
U D Trucks Southern Africa has revealed its new Kuzer, a new Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) that is set to be a strong contender in the segment, owing to its 150 hp engine, said to be the largest horsepower in this class size, as well as the 25% extra torque compared with trucks currently available in the segment. This is comple- mented by a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with the previous model. It arrives as a single model, the RKE150 42R, in a 4x2 freight carrier configuration. With a 150 hp engine, it is driven by a 6-speed manual transmission and comes with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8 999 kg and a wheel base of 3 850 mm, making it a perfect fit for inner city logistics. According to Gert Swanepoel, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa, the new Kuzer addresses fleet owners’
requirements for an efficient, safe and dependable commercial truck. “Following the vision of UD Trucks’ founder, Kenzo Adachi, to make the truck the world needs today, Kuzer has been developed and built with steady design, modern solutions and a robust engine,” says Swanepoel.
Key specs Model
Kuzer RKE150 42R
8 999 kg
3 850 mm
UD GH4E 150
110 kW @ 2 800 rpm
490 Nm @ 1 400-1 800 rpm
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Fleet owners can always stay connected to their fleets with the UD Trucks Telematics System, which comes as standard on all Kuzer units.
Rory Schulz, marketing director at UD Trucks Southern Africa, describes the new Kuzer as a flexible first for urban distribution. “Kuzer is specifically aimed at fleet owners looking for flexibility to operate in the urban logistics environment. It can easily serve as a mini- compactor or a robust delivery vehicle for bakeries in rural areas,” says Schulz. The name ‘Kuzer’ is inspired by the Japanese onomatopoetic sound of wind, taking on the meaning ‘run as if flying swiftly against the wind’. Swanepoel says the Kuzer is all about manoeuvrability with a short turning radius to quickly move in and out of docking bays and tight parking spots. With a large and comfortable cab, Kuzer also provides a better working environment for operators and their crews who use their trucks as mobile offices, stopping and off-loading cargo multiple times a day. “There is potential in the light heavy commercial vehicle segment with an increasing demand for durable and efficient trucks to support the productivity of businesses in an ever-changing business environment. We believe Kuzer will contribute to smarter logistics, distribution and commerce in South Africa,” says Swanepoel. Fuel efficiency On the back of rising fuel costs amid tight margins in the transport sector, the UD Kuzer comes with a range of innovative features that speak directly to fuel economy. Truck owners can expect up to 10% fuel efficiency compared with the previous range. The 3,8 ℓ engine features a world class 3.0 Engine Management System. During trials, the Kuzer is said to have delivered
The new UD Kuzer is a light medium duty truck for easy urban driving
Modern 3.0 Engine Management System makes serviceability simpler and uptime easier to maximise
The optimised engine delivers higher RPM than a normal two-valve engine, enabling better engine breathing and fuel savings
With its short turning radius, Kuzer is able to manoeuvre optimally in tough and narrow roads
E X T RA T ORQU E COMPAR E D
25% extra torque compared with trucks currently available in the segment
10% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with the previous model
I MPROV EME N T I N F U E L E F F I C I E NC Y
2,1 m cab expands the driver’s working horizons
C A B E X PANDS
8 999 kg GVW places the Kuzer in a class where it is allowed to exceed the 80 km/hour stipulation on heavy duty trucks
8 999 kg
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connected to their fleets with the UD Trucks Telematics System, which comes as standard on all Kuzer units. This includes fuel advice services where UD Trucks can analyse driving behaviour and help truck drivers improve their driving and subsequently reduce a fleet’s fuel costs. Uptime in mind A durable and reliable engine is a key factor in the Kuzer securing maximum uptime. A new generation Advance technology CRS engine system delivers on this promise, even when regularly pushed to its limits. “CRS engine is robust and flexible, delivering high power and torque. OBD with guided tools and CAN-based communication facilitate the transfer of diagnostic information. Modern 3.0 Engine Management System makes serviceability simpler and uptime easier to maximise,” says Schulz. Uptime is further guaranteed by UD Trucks Mobile Workshop that supports businesses by bringing service to the customer’s location if needed. UD Trucks Telematics Systems also include innovative geofencing technology to identify and set the fastest routes for drivers, saving customers time and money. Additional features include Vehicle
Truck owners can expect up to 10% fuel efficiency compared with the previous range.
better fuel efficiency than other HCV trucks on the market. Optimised gear ratios and an advanced fuel injection system utilise the latest Japanese technology and make for a smart and innovative business investment. “The optimised engine delivers higher RPM than a normal two-valve engine, enabling better engine breathing and fuel savings. The high power and torque guarantee power and control in rough and steep road conditions,” explains Schulz. The Kuzer also packs a load of innovative fuel-efficient functions. An aerodynamically designed cab facilitates lower fuel consumption, while a smart instrument cluster allows the drivers to hone their driving skills to benefit the owner’s pocket. The Kuzer’s design solutions are aimed at encouraging better driving behaviour and protection of fuel assets. “Ultimately, the integrated fuel coaching system is key to fuel efficient driving, as it continually prompts drivers to drive in the optimal ‘green band’ for best performance and efficiency,” explains Schulz. Fleet owners can always stay
“We believe in putting people first. That’s why these driver-focused features were included in Kuzer to improve visibility and ventilation, enhance collision safety and reduce driver fatigue as much as possible.”
Gert Swanepoel, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa
“Distribution can be a tough shift. With the usual list of deadlines and appointments to clear, the cab can become more than a second home. At 2,1 m, the Kuzer cab expands the driver’s working horizons.”
Rory Schulz, marketing director at UD Trucks Southern Africa
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Kuzer is able to manoeuvre optimally in tough and narrow roads with its short turning radius.
Health Monitoring, whereby the system automatically alerts a UD dealer when a potential problem arises. Preventative Maintenance Planning forms the basis of uptime, keeping the service plan updated and ensuring that a truck comes to the workshop at the right time. It also features advanced onboard diagnostics, which allows UD Trucks technicians to monitor a truck’s health remotely. This means that any maintenance is done proactively, keeping a fleet’s trucks on the road. With productivity in mind, with its 8 999 kg GVW, the Kuzer offers maximum payload. The GVW is also designed to post the truck in a class where it is allowed to exceed the 80 km/hour stipulation on heavy duty trucks, thereby maximising productivity for customers. The lightweight DOMEX chassis provides better stability at high speeds, and the wider frame makes tight manoeuvres easy. “The robust chassis also ensures Driver comfort The new Kuzer was designed with the driver in mind. This is based on UD Trucks’ understanding that a comfortable driver is a productive one. “Drivers were the focus in the development of Kuzer. Fitted with air-conditioning, cruise control and 6-speed manual gearbox, Kuzer is a flexible fit for urban driving. Wider doors and bigger and more equipped cabs allow for easy access and operation, even for drivers who spend the whole day on the roads,” says Schulz. Kuzer is able to manoeuvre optimally in tough and narrow roads with its short turning radius. A polyurethane soft-touch steering wheel facilitates a more comfortable grip, and an ergonomically designed gear lever takes the strain off regular shifting. The steering wheel is also tiltable and telescopic, meaning less muscle use during awkward manoeuvring. “With transmission developed for high maximum speed and smooth gear-shifting, a 6-speed gearbox reduces driver fatigue via its subtle functionality. Optimised gear ratios result in better transfer of torque in every gear, which when coupled with the overall vehicle system, help to deliver improved torque to the wheels,” says Schulz. “Distribution can be a tough shift. With the usual list of durability and reliability, even on challenging rural roads to deliver essentials such as bread to outlying communities,” says Schulz.
deadlines and appointments to clear, the cab can become more than a second home. At 2,1 m, the Kuzer cab expands the driver’s working horizons. Offering extra space and comfort, it greatly reduces fatigue on those long days behind the wheel. With the largest cab in its class, Kuzer provides a more comfortable and safer driver environment,” says Schulz. “We believe in putting people first. That’s why these driver- focused features were included in Kuzer to improve visibility and ventilation, enhance collision safety and reduce driver fatigue as much as possible,” concludes Swanepoel. b
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4PL Fleet is a third-party logistics business operating in the South African cross border bulk transport industry.
Driving progressive supply chain solutions
As 4PL Group continues to grow its multimodal supply chain solutions business across southern Africa, the company has expanded its fleet of Scania truck tractors within 4PL Fleet with the purchase of 15 new units, bringing its total tipper fleet to 75 Scania G460 units, writes Munesu Shoko .
E fficiency and uptime are two significant param- eters in the transport industry, especially in the current cutthroat trading environment synonymous with the Southern African transport industry. With this in mind, 4PL Fleet does not leave anything to chance when it comes to the acquisition of its truck fleet. 4PL Fleet was established in 2010, when 4PL Group, a privately-owned business focused on offering world-class multimodal supply chain solutions within southern Africa, acquired the logistics division of a blue chip South African company. 4PL Fleet is a third-party logistics business operating in the South African cross border bulk transport industry. The business is a bulk commodity carrier that owns and operates a fleet of Scania G460 truck tractors equipped with interlink side tipper trailers. As Louis Adlem, MD of 4PL Fleet, explains, efficiency and uptime are non-negotiables in running a successful transport business and, for this reason, Scania South Africa, a reputable name in the local transport industry, has become 4PL Fleet’s vehicle supplier of choice. The 4PL-Scania relationship started back in November 2011 when the logistics solutions provider purchased its first G460 unit. At the time, it was running a fleet of 20 tipper
trucks (sourced from another manufacturer). From there, it never looked back and standardised its whole fleet with Scania G460’s. As part of a fleet expansion programme, the company took delivery of 15 new G460 units at the start of April. The latest acquisition brings to 75 the total number of G460 truck tractors in the 4PL fleet to date. Why Scania? A combination of factors led to 4PL Fleet’s decision to opt for Scania as its preferred supplier of its vehicles. From the outset, the company was convinced by the Scania G460 truck tractor value offering, especially its reliability – which translates into maximum uptime – and its fuel efficiency, which means operational gains. “The G460 is the right truck for our cross border bulk transport operations. It is the most economical vehicle for our application. Firstly, the reliability of the vehicle gives us maximum uptime, which is a key operational parameter in our business. Secondly, it gives us the best fuel consumption, which is vital given that fuel is a major cost factor in every transport business,” says Adlem. Another key factor in opting for Scania was the OEM’s ability to offer a one-stop shop service, all the way from the
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As part of a fleet expansion programme, 4PL Fleet took delivery of 15 new G460 units at the start of April.
product to financing and related services. Convenience is one of the many reasons that 4PL Fleet prefers to purchase its vehicles and related services from a single provider. “Instead of having to deal with multiple service providers, we just go to one location, with a single point of contact, for all our needs. Apart from convenience, dealing with a single supplier for a whole range of our needs means faster turnaround times for increased uptime,” says Adlem. 4PL Fleet utilises Scania Finance for all its purchases. Scania Finance & Insurance Southern and East Africa is Scania’s captive finance business which currently offers its services to Scania customers operating in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. There is a full pallet of financing products – including Financial Leases, Operating Leases and Instalment Sales Agreements. 4PL Fleet also has repair & maintenance (R&M) contracts with Scania South Africa for its whole fleet. “We have a full R&M contract with Scania South Africa. They maintain all our vehicles from the first kilometre. For us, it’s a very effective way of ensuring fleet health because we have Scania experts looking after the vehicles. This ensures maximum uptime, which, like I said, is very important for the type of business we are in,” explains Adlem. As a progressive transport solutions business, 4PL also makes use of Scania’s
15 NEW SCANIA G460 TRUCK TRACTORS
4PL Fleet has taken delivery of 15 new Scania G460 truck tractors
The latest acquisition brings to 75 the number of Scania G460 units in 4PL’s fleet
75 THE NUMBER OF SCANIA G460 UNITS IN 4PL’S FLEET
4PL Fleet is a bulk commodity carrier owning and operating a fleet of Scania G460 truck tractors equipped with Afrit interlink side tipper trailers
In addition to the 15 new vehicles delivered this month, 4PL will take delivery of 13 New Generation Scania trucks – the NTG G460 units – in June this year
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Service matters Aftersales service is an important area of modern day business, especially in the commercial vehicles space, and the capital equipment sector at large. 4PL Fleet regards aftermarket service as paramount in its buying decisions to ensure proper maintenance and maximum uptime of its vehicles. Successful commercial vehicle suppliers like Scania South Africa are well aware that customer relationships do not end with the conclusion of a transaction, but are maintained for a product’s entire lifecycle, and even beyond. This is an area that has cemented the two companies’ relationship over the years. “We have a longstanding mutual relationship with Scania South Africa. It is driven by a common goal to get maximum value out of our Scania vehicles for non- stop operation. Competition is rife in the transport industry, and we need to make sure we are competitive in every aspect of our business to stay ahead of the competition. Scania South Africa gives us the capability to do so,” says Adlem. Scania has service technicians based at 4PL’s premises to ensure maximum vehicle uptime. 4PL Fleet’s head office is based in Irene, Pretoria, and its main operational and maintenance facility is situated in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. “While all vehicles are under full repair and maintenance contracts with Scania South Africa, the trailers are maintained by our dedicated workshop in Nelspruit,” explains Adlem. 4PL fleet has set a replacement policy for its fleet, based on age and kilometres to ensure maximum uptime for its clients. All vehicles are replaced after three years, or 600 000 km, whichever comes first. In addition to the 15 vehicles delivered this month, 4PL will take delivery of 13 New Generation Scania trucks – the NTG G460 units – in June this year. The new fleet will also run with Afrit interlink side tippers. “Our core focus is to offer an exceptional, reliable, efficient and secure bulk transport solution to our clients. In Scania, we have found a partner that truly supports us to meet our operational goals. Scania South Africa has gone beyond the call of duty, not only to provide us with the truck that meets our application needs and offers great fuel efficiency, but also with the provision of unparalleled aftersales support to maximise uptime in our fleet,” explains Adlem. “We turn over every rock we can to figure out ways to maximise vehicle uptime for our customers, and we are doing that with 4PL. The eyes of the customer are on uptime; that’s where the rubber hits the road,” concludes Basset. b
The G460 is regarded as the most economical truck for 4PL Fleet’s cross border bulk transport operations.
“We turn over every rock we can to figure out ways to maximise vehicle uptime for our customers, and we are doing that with 4PL. The eyes of the customer are on uptime; that’s where the rubber hits the road.”
Johnny Ray Basset, Key account manager at Scania South Africa
“The G460 is the right truck for our cross border bulk transport operations. It is the most economical vehicle for our application. Firstly, the reliability of the vehicle gives us maximum uptime, which is a key operational parameter in our business. Secondly, it gives us the best fuel consumption, which is vital given that fuel is a major cost factor in every transport business.”
Louis Adlem, MD of 4PL Fleet
Fleet Management System, which helps 4PL Fleet take control of its fleet and get the most out of its business. The system is installed on all new Scania trucks and simply needs to be activated in order for the data to be accessed. “As well as providing access to fleet management, the system offers an array of other advantages such as Remote Diagnostics, Remote Download and Driver Coaching. These functions reduce fuel costs
and shorten the time required for service and maintenance, which also saves fleet owners money,” says Johnny-Ray Basset, key account manager at Scania South Africa. Scania Rental also provides rental vehicles to 4PL Fleet when the need arises. Rental allows 4PL Fleet to service urgent and seasonal work and mitigate the risk of acquiring trucks for unsustainable jobs.
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Liebherr Africa has locally developed its DBP 60-M, a fully automated mobile dry batching plant that sets new mobility standards.
Setting new concrete mobility standards
With its newly-launched DBP 60-M dry batch plant – locally developed to meet the needs of the African market – Liebherr Africa is offering new possibilities for customers looking to produce concrete for short to medium-term projects, writes Munesu Shoko.
H aving listened to its customers, Liebherr Africa has locally developed its DBP 60-M, a fully automated mobile dry batching plant that is said to set new mobility standards. It is a trailer-mounted plant that is road legal. The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) allows for such equipment to be registered as platform equipment, which avoids registration costs associated with a goods-carrying trailer. Martin Greyling, service manager – LMT at Liebherr Africa, explains that the new plant is a result of customer feedback and is designed to meet the operational needs of the local market. However, the plant will soon be available for export markets. Sean van der Merwe, area sales manager – Concrete Technology at Liebherr Africa, explains that the DBP 60-M was developed with a specific focus on addressing local customers’ operational concerns. He mentions that the key requirements demanded by the market are
low maintenance costs, cost-effective transportation, assured concrete quality to the end customer and reduced installation time (cost). “The plant is ideally suited to customers who wish to produce concrete for short to medium-term projects, such as housing developments and road construction, to mention a few. Deep rural grassroots projects can also benefit from the DBP 60-M as it offers a quick solution for consistent production of concrete in remote environments,” says Van der Merwe. Plant in detail The DBP 60-M is a fully-automated mobile dry batching plant. It features a four-compartment aggregate storage system of up to 50 m³, with a weighing conveyor belt, cement and admixture scales, as well as a water dosing mechanism to accurately batch the material for concrete. “It is automated so that there is consistency in batching, according to mix designs which are pre-
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Liebherr Africa expects the plant to produce 60 m³/hour of concrete.
programmed by the customer’s concrete technologist or engineer. Controlled by a computer, records are kept for quality assurance purposes. Delivery notes and invoices can be generated by the system, if required. By being a mobile platform equipment, the plant is self-contained, enabling cost-effective transportation,” explains Van der Merwe. Theoretically, Greyling explains that Liebherr Africa expects the plant to produce 60 m³/hour of concrete. However, in reality, the company expects 53-55 m³/ hour with good logistics and setup. Explaining the difference between dry and wet batch technology, Van der Merwe says wet plants weigh material automatically and send the ingredients into a central integrated mixer where they are mixed to make concrete, which is then discharged into a truck mixer. However, the downside to this approach is that the mixer endures wear and requires ongoing maintenance. “Typical mobile dry plants have a rudimentary system which requires manual weighing of ingredients. This can be less accurate compared with wet batch systems, but the maintenance costs are lower on the plant by not having a mixer in the equation,” explains Van der Merwe. The DBP 60-M offers the same weighing principles as a wet plant, but without the wear and tear of an integrated mixer as
The DBP 60-M is ideally suited to customers who wish to produce concrete for short to medium-term projects, such as housing developments and road construction.
It features a four-compartment aggregate storage system of up to 50 m³, with a weighing conveyor belt, cement and admixture scales, as well as a water dosing mechanism to accurately batch the material.
It is automated so that there is consistency in batching, according to mix designs which are pre-programmed by the customers’ concrete technologist or engineer.
The key design features considered a number of operational parameters, but mainly low maintenance costs, cost-effective transportation, quality of concrete and reduced installation time and cost.
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