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Heil launches new dry bulk tipping tanker

  • From the May 2013 issue.
Heil launches new dry bulk tipping tanker

The Australian premiere of Heil’s new dry bulk tipping tanker will cut an imposing figure at the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show in May. A direct response to growing customer demand, it will be showcasing the brand’s flexibility and innovative spirit.

“If we are known for one thing, then it’s listening closely to our clientele’s feedback and being flexible enough to come up with a pragmatic solution,” says Lionel Oxford, Heil Australia’s dry bulk expert. “For instance, we recently sensed a need for a smart, clean and easy-to-operate solution in the Australian dry bulk market, so we invested a lot of time and effort into designing the new model that would satisfy that need.

“As a long-standing force in the tanker game, we know there is a fine line between meeting those requirements and making sure every client will still be able to modify the vehicle in hindsight; but we worked hard to maintain the right balance. After all, we don’t want to force-feed the industry a unit that doesn’t have all the features they are comfortable with.”

The result of that effort will now be unveiled at the 2013 Brisbane Truck Show in mid-May, and judging by the enthusiasm Heil is already showing, the tipping tanker is exactly the kind of innovative design the dry bulk transport industry has been crying out for.

According to Lionel, the tipping tanker has been specially designed for the transport of dry-bulk, powdered freight, fine grains and granular materials; and has the ability to satisfy a variety of industries in the industry. “The tanker is ideally suited to the construction and agriculture sector, which often carry fly ash, carbon black, hydrated lime, ground kaolin, forage mixtures, forage granules, granular plastics, flour or sugar.”

Built from aluminium and weighing in at 7.4 tonnes, the tri-axle tipper tanker has a gross capacity of 63 cubic metres and can achieve a payload of more than 28 tonnes.
Responding to the market’s call for a premium spec, the tanker is also is fitted with BPW drum brake axles and airbag suspension and equipped with a Wabco EBS roll stability support system. The barrel itself is mounted to specially designed, extruded aluminium chassis – allowing it to sit lower and give the entire vehicle extra stability.

To discharge the load, the front of the barrel is lifted to an angle of 45 degrees, using a hydraulic cylinder designed by Hyva and powered by a 24-volt electro pump kit. To keep the barrel steady during tipping, the rear of the chassis also includes two levellers at either side. 

“The levellers offer great support during the discharging state, but this doesn’t mean the barrel has be hoisted into the air if filled to capacity,” Lionel advises. “Operators can already start discharging while the barrel is still horizontal. Once some of that weight is alleviated, then the tank can be raised to ensure a smooth and hazard-free operation.”

While the new model will be manufactured in line with Australian Standard 1210, supplementary safety features have been added at the top of the barrel, including collapsible handrails and a pneumatically operated ‘Pivotal Edge’ auto-hatch cover.

“Despite recent progress in the OH&S field, some operators still have to climb on top of the tank to access hatches below the level of their feet and operate cam handles and hatches by hand,” Lionel says, pointing out that the auto-hatch cover can be operated from the ground or even inside the cab.

“That’s why we give our clients the option of specifying ladders, handrails and the auto-hatch cover for added safety. The auto-hatch is not a standard in the tipper tanker segment, but we do highly recommend it as a modern and affordable safety feature.”

To round out the spec sheet, the tanker can boast a complete air system, including a four inch electro‐polished stainless steel air manifold and pressure gauge, a 0‐200°C thermometer fitted onto the manifold, a two inch aluminium top airline fitted with a non‐return valve, a vacuum valve and two-bar safety air release valve, as well as a two-inch vent valve for top air pressure release.

And according to Lionel, the 63 cubic metre capacity isn’t the only size available. “That’s the beauty of the Heil brand. We’re flexible enough to adjust the size according to the requirements of the client. We already know we will offer it in 40 or 50 cubic metre configurations as well, for instance.”

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