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Trade Trucks AU  /  July 26, 2016

A V8-powered R 730, converted to 10x8, is set to take on the Pilbara

Scania Australia says it has just completed its biggest ever truck for Australia, converting an R 730 V8 8x8 to a 10x8 for mining haulage company Qube Bulk.

Configured to take advantage of any future payload regulation changes, the unique Scania is capable of leading a PBS Quad road train with up to 220-tonnes of iron ore throughout the Pilbara.

To work 6-and-a-half days a week, the R 730 is expected to carry the bulk iron ore from a variety of mine sites to the terminal at Port Hedland.

With the around the clock treatment, and with trips close to 450km, the truck may cover a million km over its first three years in action.

Accommodating the Qube Bulk requirements, general manager of Scania’s WA-based Mining and Resources Division Robert Taylor says the R 730 model is a glimpse into the future.

"This vehicle is the prototype for future iron ore PBS Quad haulage," Taylor says, and one that "we hope to deploy more widely in this market as they combine safety, comfort and efficient operation for customers."

Powered by a Euro 5 V8 engine with EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) that can run biodiesel, the Scania is fitted with a fully automated Opticruise gear change system, full steel multi-leaf suspension, a heavy-duty Jost DR38C-1 fifth wheel rated to 260kN, planetary hub-reduction bogie drive axles, and a fifth axle operating as a tag unit at the very rear.

Scania says the CA8x8EHZ specification also includes 4,700mm axle and 1,450mm bogie distances.

"The Scania R 730 is fitted up with some hydraulics and has a high-riding chassis suitable for this type of work," Taylor says.

"The 8x8 base configuration includes drum brakes all round for greater durability in very arduous working conditions.

"This vehicle has amazing traction, and with its powerful 730hp engine, it has the heart for pulling four trailers of ore across vast distances to the terminal."

Qube Bulk director Todd Emmert says the converted Scania models offer a combination of safety and performance.

"The most important factor leading to the purchase of this vehicle was safety on the road," Emmert says. "We have safety as a number one priority."

While PBS offers greater surety for drivers and other road users, it also provides a competitive advantage.

"We have designed this truck to give us the flexibility to take advantage of payload improvements under PBS now and into the future," Emmert says.

"As it stands now, a standard Quad Road Train can pull 175-tonnes, or 200-tonnes under PBS.

"We anticipate that in the near future we should be able to raise this to 220-tonnes, once permission is granted by the relevant authority."

The higher payload limits may also see a reduction in the number of trucks on the road, he says.

"Reduced interactions between cars and trucks, and having trucks with higher levels of safety will all combine to make these roads safer for all road users," Emmert says.

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Scania takes on Super Quads

Scania Group Press Release  /  August 9, 2016

Scania in Australia has just built its biggest ever truck, an R 730 V8 8×8 converted to 10×8 specification by adding a tag axle.

Qube Bulk, Australia’s leading mine to market logistics provider, will utilise the truck in its Quad Road Train fleet in Pilbara, Australia. These are the largest on-road vehicles in the country and the new Scania will be able to haul up to 220 tonnes.

At present, a standard Quad Road Train can pull 175-tonnes, or 200 tonnes under the Australian Performance based standards scheme. “We have designed this truck to give us the flexibility to take advantage of further payload improvements,” says Todd Emmert, Director of Qube Bulk. “We anticipate that in the near future we should be able to raise this to 220 tonnes.”

Improved productivity and efficiency

The new truck will be used to haul bulk iron ore around the clock from various mine sites to the terminal at Port Hedland in Western Australia. The truck will be in operation 6.5 days a week. A one way trip from the mine can be as far as 450 km, so the Scania truck can be expected to clock up close to one million km over the first three years of its working life on the job.

Qube Bulk states that the new truck will improve productivity and efficiency. “This will allow us to provide a better service to our customers. Boosting efficiency is critical for our clients, while for us safety is the priority,” says Todd.

One of the benefits of the higher payload is ultimately a reduction in the number of truck movements on a given piece of road. “Reduced interaction between cars and trucks, and having trucks with higher levels of safety will all combine to make these roads safer for all road users,” says Todd.

Scania 10×8 specification

The Scania CA8x8EHZ specification includes 4700 mm axle and 1450 mm bogie distances. The hub-reduction bogie-drive axles deliver impression traction, running a 4.27:1 ratio. The fifth axle is a tag unit fitted at the very rear. Braking is by drums all round backed by traction control, ABS/EBS, while suspension is all steel multi-leaf. The fifth wheel is a heavy-duty Jost DR38C-1 rated to 260 kN.

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