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A lighter body for heavy loads

May 31, 2021  By Rock to Road Staff

Courtesy of Metso Outotec.

Metso Outotec has introduced a unique truck body, which has been designed to maximize the availability and performance of haul trucks, while reducing the costs for service and maintenance, by combining the benefits of rubber and a high-strength steel structure.

Originally launched in 2019, the new truck body has received its first global order to be used in one of the world’s largest copper mines, as the customer looks to increase the payload of its truck, while simultaneously reducing maintenance. This will be the first global order for a truck in the Americas, with a loading capacity of 360 tonnes.

“We can prove with objective calculation, the benefits the customer is going to receive, such as fuel savings, less maintenance, more uptime, the possibility to increase payload on each hauling, as well as improving the truck body’s life,” said Alfredo Rios, Metso Outotec’s business support manager of loading and hauling in the Americas. “All these benefits are answering to growing the demand for environmental efficiency.”

As part of Metso Outotec’s Planet Positive offering, the truck body has a lower fuel consumption per hauled tonne, resulting in less CO2 emissions. Additionally, it is 30 per cent lighter than conventional steel-lined truck bodies, with modular-designed rubber linings that drastically reduce the need for maintenance and make the installation process, easier. Finally, vibrations in the new truck body are reduced by 97 per cent, which can significantly improve the working environment for truck drivers.


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