Bell Equipment will use the platform of bauma 2019, the largest construction equipment exposition in the world, to display both new and proven models of its E-series truck range (Hall B5.148). Focal points will include the conversion to new emission regulations, model specific improvements and the group’s worldwide commitment to pro-active customer support strategies.
In addition to the world premiere of its latest "crossover" model, the Bell B45E 4x4, the company’s 6x6 range comprising seven models with payloads from 18.0 to 45.4 tonnes will be represented by the Bell B20E LGP (Low Ground Pressure) – a new addition to many market regions – and the proven Bell B50E.
First launched 2 years ago in the United Kingdom, the B20E LGP is based on the small B20 trucks. These 6x4 trucks with a payload of 18.0 tonnes are used in medium-sized earthmoving and civil engineering projects, as well as a base for numerous customized solutions, most notably in forestry and agriculture. This base machine has been tweaked for use in extremely muddy or soft, sandy underfoot conditions. It has three driven axles and extra-wide 800/45 R30.5 tires (with 20.5R25 option). The power of the Mercedes-Benz/MTU (OM 924LA/4R 1000) in-line four-cylinder engine has been raised to 170 kW, an Allison six-speed automatic transmission provides an integrated retarder while the front and center axles feature encapsulated wet brakes. Other equipment includes the spacious Bell cab, standard onboard weighing (OBW) and numerous driving and loading assistants.
Bell Equipment will also update the market on the transition of its truck technology from EU Stage IV/Tier 4 Final 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 complied with EU Stage IV in combining integrated cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) adding urea (AdBlue). The new aftertreatment 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 optimized by MTU in the corresponding 1000-1500 non-road engine series. All exhaust aftertreatment components, including the diesel particulate filter, are installed in a compact one-box-solution behind the cab.
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 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,” explained Tristan du Pisanie, ADT marketing manager, Bell Equipment. "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... 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.
Bell Equipment also plans to announce the latest developments in its aftermarket services, including new features of the satellite-based fleet management system Fleetm@tic (which celebrates its 10th anniversary), financing programs and new repair and maintenance offerings that can be tailor-made for each type of application and customer profile.