Contractor builds technology into plant fleet with Fleetmatic-equipped ADTs from Bell Equipment UK
ONE of the South West region’s largest civil engineering, earthworks and waste-management contractors, MJ Church, has returned once again to Bell Equipment for the purchase of a recent consignment of articulated dumptrucks.
Opting for a combination of new and pre-owned machines, the company has added 15 Bell B30Es to its sizeable fleet over recent years and says its decision to return to Bell Equipment for a recent purchase of five more machines is due in part to the manufacturer’s satellite-based Fleetmatic management system.
Fleetmatic, which allows operators to keep projects on schedule, maintain machine health and reduce running costs, can be securely accessed from any location with an Internet connection, providing a gateway to valuable data that can significantly improve a client’s fleet performance.
Driven by a series of satellites with worldwide coverage, the Fleetmatic device sends raw data to the Bell Equipment server, where it is compiled into easily comprehensible reports. The kit also includes a driver ID mechanism and a service indicator to help prevent machines from running over their service hours.
Commenting on the newly acquired Bell models, Tom Church, managing director of plant and transport at MJ Church, said: ‘Returning to Bell Equipment was an easy decision to make. Historically, we’ve received solid performances from the manufacturer’s vehicles and found the customer service to be excellent.
‘The latest machines, which have wider tyres for improved flexibility, are as fuel-efficient as always and are already proving their worth when tasked with earthmoving, remediation, quarry work and dealing with overburden strips.
‘We’ve found the product is competitively priced and offers an extremely strong resale value. The after-sales care team are consistently helpful and, importantly, I’m pleased to report that our drivers like the operation, handling and comfort of this updated E-series machine.
‘These benefits add positively to the machines’ advanced technical capabilities, which prove invaluable in these increasingly fast-paced times.’
According to Mr Church, the inclusion of Fleetmatic allows his trucks to be primed and ready to work with standard onboard weighing, I-Tip, Hill Assist and other safety alerts, each designed to increase productivity, enhance driver safety and reduce operational risks.
Moreover, with Bell always looking for ways to improve the technological features of their trucks, Mr Church added that he is in discussions with the manufacturer to create new portals within the system, from which other machines within his fleet can be managed.
‘We find working with Bell to be a positive experience and we’re always impressed with the team’s enthusiasm for seeking out new opportunities, original products and modifications to improve specific applications,’ he said.