Due to its reputation for quality, safety and Performance Based Standards (PBS) expertise, Hamelex White was recently chosen to supply a new fleet of PBS-approved rigid and four axle dog combinations for the prominent WestConnex construction contract in Sydney.
A key investment in Sydney’s infrastructure, the WestConnex project involves the construction of a 33 kilometre motorway, two thirds of which is underground. 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 ResourceCo, which will be making use of eight new Hamelex White Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approved rigid and four axle dog tipper combinations through contracted company, Railroad Transport.
Railroad Transport ordered the eight tipper combinations from 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, stated that 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 were Railroad Transport’s first foray into PBS. Though the high productivity scheme can be complicated for a newcomer, Justin said the expertise from MaxiTRANS made it incredibly simple. He knew the Company was one of the manufacturers leading the charge with PBS, having produced thousands of approved combinations. “We just told MaxiTRANS what we wanted, which was safe combinations under 19m that could access Level 2 routes, with the maximum possible payload,” Justin said. “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.” Answering the Railroad requirements, the new Hamelex White PBS-approved rigid and four axle dog tipper combinations boast a payload of just under 37 tonnes and can access the metro and residential areas in Sydney.
Given the prominence of the WestConnex project, safety was one of Justin’s key focusses.
“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,” Justin said. “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.”
For additional safety, Justin 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 says.
With his first PBS-approved combinations in operation and proving to be a success, Justin 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.”
Justin says 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,” Justin says. “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.”
The WestConnex project has an expected completion date of 2023. “It’s exciting to be using our first ever Hamelex White PBS-approved rigid and four axle dog tippers on such an important project, which will benefit transport operators and the general public for generations to come.”