Bell Equipment in five-year deal with Allison
Allison selected as exclusive supplier of transmissions for full range of articulated dumptrucks
ALLISON Transmission Holdings Inc., the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, have been appointed as exclusive suppliers of transmissions for the entire range of Bell Equipment articulated dumptrucks (ADTs) for the next five years.
Bell Equipment, whose partnership with Allison dates back to the 1970s when they began using Allison transmissions in their haulage tractors, have has now chosen to standardize Allison Transmission’s products across their full portfolio of ADTs and haulage tractors.
Pierre Du Plessis, Allison Transmission’s account manager and market developer for South Africa, said the company was pleased to be selected as the exclusive transmission supplier for the complete range of Bell ADTs.
‘The Allison 2000-, 3000- and 4000-Series transmissions used in Bell trucks are exceptionally durable and high performing, making them ideally suited for the severe environments where they will be used,’ he commented.
Tristan du Pisanie, Bell Equipment’s ADT product manager, said: ‘Our customers in the mining, quarrying, construction and agricultural sectors have become accustomed to the reliability, smooth gear changes and low fuel consumption that Bell machines are able to deliver, due in part to the contribution of Allison transmissions.
‘These efficient and advanced transmissions allow us to offer market-leading solutions to our customers to keep them at the forefront of technology that is focused on reducing operational costs and enhancing their ownership experience.’
In addition to use of the Allison 4800ORS transmission in Bell’s 60-tonne ADT, the transmission manufacturer has recently introduced the 3400ORS for Bell’s 30-tonne B30E heavy-duty truck.
Based on the 3000-Series platform, Allison say the 3400ORS transmission is engineered to offer unparalleled durability and value. It is equipped with an xFE (extra fuel economy) gear ratio set and designed to deliver significantly more torque converter lock-up operation and spend more time in higher ranges at lower engine speeds, resulting in superior fuel savings.
According to Allison, ADTs that utilize their transmissions will accelerate faster and operate at higher average speeds, allowing them to make more runs per day, boosting productivity. Moreover, higher horsepower and a torque converter with Continuous Power Technology are said to provide increased performance and vehicle control to transport industry-leading payloads.
Bell vehicles also feature Allison’s DynActive shifting capability to further optimize fuel economy by adjusting the shift point based on the vehicle weight and road grade.