Integrated Hydraulic Solutions recently completed a project to provide a live bottom truck to a prestigious client in the north-west. With the rising health and safety concerns of using tippers on site, as well as the criteria that have to be met before a tipper can be operated, an alternative solution had to be found. This is where IHS came on board as an all-in-one bespoke engineering provider.
Manufacturing process for the twin belt truck
The aluminium body allows the truck to be lightweight without compromising strength, allowing for quite a high payload. This new type of truck uses a twin conveyor to discharge the load put in the back, as opposed to the convention of tipping the body up. This means that there is no need for perfectly level ground, and there’s also no worry of hitting any overhead cables when discharging the load. Overall, the construction of the twin belt truck allows for a much safer operation on site.
The conveyors can be operated in both forwards and reverse are also variable speed, which means the truck can be emptied as slowly, or as quickly, as required. A radio controller allows a variety of operations to be controlled remotely from the truck, only increasing its health and safety credentials. For construction companies, this is absolutely crucial. In a traditional tipper, the body is one solid unit ensuring no payload can escape. IHS have solved the worry that small amounts of the load might escape by implementing rubber along the length of the hopper. It’s now one sealed unit. This rubber is fully serviceable and can be replaced, if required, with ease.
You can view the video below for the twin belt truck being tested prior to delivery.
Twin belt truck specifications
The twin belt truck has a weight system on board that will audibly alarm when the maximum load has been reached. The operator can also use this to call for more load when needed. A camera has also been installed, pointing directly into the hopper alerting the operator when they are running low. There is also a high quality reversing camera; both are monitored in-cab.
Along the length of the truck there are operational safety lights. These mark out a clear area on the floor when the truck is in operation and driving around site. These are usually found on fork trucks, but at the client’s request, we fitted these. Another health and safety bonus, and an example of the benefits of our bespoke engineering and bespoke fabrication services.
This truck has been specifically designed to be easily serviceable, with that in mind it can be completely disassembled, a procedure which is clearly detailed in the Operations and Maintenance manual.
Lockable inspection doors located around the hopper allows the operator to see into the conveyor cassettes. In the rare event that any thing bypasses the rubber seals around the hopper, it will fall into here, and will then be easily removed. There is also a compartment at the front that can be entered to tension the chains if so required.
The twin belt discharge conveyor truck is a great example of IHS’ bespoke engineering services and vehicle manufacture capabilities, making us a great choice for construction companies near Sheffield!
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