PP O'Connor Ltd Chooses Boweld Taperlite Body with Edbro CX14 Lightweight Tipping Gear for Improved Payload & Profitability
- 24 April 2011
- Company & Industry News
The Taperlite, a new steel, single skin tipper body, designed and developed by Flintshire-based Boweld Truck Bodies integrates an Edbro CX14 lifting cylinder to provide weight and space saving as part of a new lightweight package that will increase potential payloads for operators to more than 20-tonnes and improve profitability.
"The development and launch of the Taperlite body helps us to re-energise a stagnant tipper market with a completely new product," said Boweld director George Boden. "We believe that Taperlite is well timed, because in a climate of ever rising costs the market is starting to pay more attention to payload."
The Taperlite body, as its name suggests, tapers from front to rear by four inches. It has been designed with a flat floor, to enable any material stuck to it to be removed with a scoop. "With the design of the body we are able to get the arms of the sheeting system within the body width," said George Boden. "This removes the blind spots created by the arms on traditional bodies. The top rail is also unique to the Taperlite, it allows the fully extended sheet to cradle against the tailgate covering the entire load."
The first of five single-skin Taperlite bodies, which has European Design Registration, has been built for Manchester-based demolition and earthworks company, PP O'Connor Ltd. Fitted to a Scania P400 8x4 chassis cab, supplied by one of the North West's leading Scania dealers, West Pennine Trucks, it will enable PP O'Connor to operate with a payload of more than 20- tonnes.
"The combination of our new steel, single skin Taperlite body and Edbro's CX14 tipping gear meant that we were able to meet PP O' Connor's target payload exceeding 20-tonnes," said George Boden. "The body and tipping gear as a total package weighs only 2,200kgs, driving down the overall chassis weight, and increasing potential payload and profitability."
"Our company has used Edbro gear for over 30 years and have never had a problem," commented Peter O'Connor, of PP O'Connor. "We knew that the CX14 is extremely lightweight and durable and would improve the overall performance of our vehicles, providing a fantastic opportunity to increase payload and improve the profitability of jobs. We will almost certainly be ordering more CX14s in the future."
'Improving the profitability of jobs' is what the CX14 is all about. Designed for rigid vehicles with up to 32-tonne nominal GVW, the combined pump and tank CX14 delivers weight savings of 230 kg against competitor products for the same application and 30% faster tipping speeds. These advantages stack up for the vehicle operator. Edbro has calculated that by using a CX14, operators can benefit by as much as Ł1380 of additional income, annually, or savings of Ł8,280 over the lifetime of a typical chassis, assuming this to be 6-years.
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