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Hamelex White PBS-approved tippers go to work on WestConnex

  • Posted on Monday 5th, February 2018.

Tipper specialist, Hamelex White, has supplied a new fleet of Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approved rigid and four axle dog combinations for the WestConnex construction contract in Sydney.

The WestConnex project is a key investment in Sydney’s infrastructure, involving the construction of a 33-kilometre motorway, two thirds of which is underground, according to Hamelex White. “It is considered one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history and consists of six separate design and construction projects.”

Part of one of those projects is being undertaken by waste management company, ResourceCo, which will be making use of eight new Hamelex White PBS-approved rigid and four axle dog tipper combinations through contracted company, Railroad Transport.

Railroad Transport ordered the eight tipper combinations from trailer builder, MaxiTRANS, as part of a broader order of over 50 Hamelex White units by ResourceCo’s contractors, purchased to work on a number of infrastructure projects nationally. With many notable features including an emphasis on quality and safety, Railroad Transport said the Hamelex White tippers were the obvious choice.

Railroad Transport State Manager, Justin Williams, said he wanted to be confident in his choice of trailer manufacturer. “MaxiTRANS has a great reputation in the industry for quality and with access to a wide Australian service and parts network, we knew we could also depend on them for ongoing support, long after the WestConnex project has completed,” he said.

The Hamelex White rigid and four axle dogs are reportedly Railroad Transport’s first foray into PBS.

“We just told MaxiTRANS what we wanted, which was safe combinations under 19m that could access Level 2 routes, with the maximum possible payload,” said Williams. “It came back with a design recommendation that suited both our transport task and the Mack Trident trucks we had purchased. It was as simple as that.”

The new Hamelex White PBS-approved rigid and four axle dog tipper combinations feature a payload of just under 37 tonnes and can access the metro and residential areas in Sydney, as per Railroad Transport’s project requirements.

Given the prominence of the WestConnex project, safety was one of William’s key focuses.

“We are constantly looking at ways to improve safety for our drivers and are increasingly finding that a number of construction sites are also pushing for safer vehicles,” said Williams.

“It’s one of the main reasons we ordered from MaxiTRANS, due to their good reputation for safe-operation equipment.

“MaxiTRANS was able to reduce the required tipping angle and improve the tippers’ stability by installing a tipper liner and decreasing their overall length. The end result is that we are able to gain access to sites more easily while gaining productivity benefits for our business via the PBS design, carrying up to 6.5 tonnes more material than a conventional rigid and dog combination,” he said.

For additional safety, Williams said the Hamelex White tippers are specified with electric tarps and a tipping mechanism that can be activated from inside the cab, so the drivers don’t need to set foot on-site during a delivery. “We haven’t missed anything with these tippers, they’re the safest possible design and make the job as easy as possible for the drivers,” he said.

With his first PBS-approved combinations in operation and proving to be a success, Williams is looking at bringing PBS into other areas of the business. “PBS is absolutely the way forward and it’s thanks to companies like MaxiTRANS who have put in all the hard work and made it easy for us to benefit from the higher payloads and increased productivity,” he said. “It’s just part of its customer-first focus.”

Williams said that customer service extends to the MaxiTRANS Dealer Network, which can support the tippers no matter where they end up. “After the WestConnex project finishes, the rigid and four axle dogs could be assigned to new contracts anywhere, so the national MaxiTRANS parts and service network makes it easy for us to ensure they will continue to receive ongoing support.

“We have to plan ahead with the nature of project-based contracts and indeed the cyclical nature of transport itself, but working with MaxiTRANS makes it easy,” he said.

The WestConnex project has an expected completion date of 2023.

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