Tata Motors announced that would display six new construction and mining commercial vehicles, from its Construck range at EXCON 2017, South East Asia’s largest construction equipment exhibition. Tata will introduce the first of its kind 4th generation ULTIMAAXTM suspension system for the HCV heavy-duty tipper range. The suspension has been developed jointly by Tata Motors Ltd., along with Hendrickson Inc, (a joint venture partner of TATA AUTOCOMP Ltd.,).
The new products to be showcased at the EXCON 2017 include PRIMA LX 3130.K 19 CuaM scoop tipper, PRIMA LX 2525.K 16 CuM Box tipper with Ultimaax suspension, PRIMA LX 3125.K 23 CuM box tipper, SIGNA 3718.TK 24 CuM box tipper, SIGNA 2518.K 7 CuM Transit Mixer with Bogie suspension and SIGNA 4923.S 14X2 CuM sideways tip trailer.
The key highlights of the ULTIMAAXTM are higher payload of 250 kg, Advanced Severe-Duty Rubber Suspension, ride comfort using progressive springs with roll stability, outstanding durability, low life cycle costs as lubrication is not required, maximize mobility and traction and progressive rate springs provide long service life and are easy to replace.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rajesh Kaul, Head, Sales and Marketing, Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd. said, “We at Tata Motors are delighted to showcase some of our new construction and mining vehicles for the first time at the EXCON 2017. This year, our focus is on Mining and Road construction industry as there is a positive movement in macro-economic indicators in these segments. The products on display will be equipped with globally renowned Cummins SCR technology, heavy duty ULTIMAAX Suspension System, factory fitted comfortable AC SIGNA cabins and light weight but stronger tipper bodies. We are also working on various aggregates like engines, axles and suspension systems to reduce maintenance costs and provide a long-lasting trouble-free operation. We will shortly introduce two of our new vehicles in the market, designed to offer maximum vehicle uptime and enhanced driver comfort at a lowest cost of ownership.”
ULTIMAAXTM Rear Suspension consists of heavy-duty beam with central pivot and combination of shear springs and progressive springs and are the main load carrying components, made of special proprietary rubber material. Progressive main springs carry greater portion of the load in vehicle. Its stiffness increases as the load increases without causing an abrupt change in ride characteristics, thereby providing a unique balance of empty ride quality and loaded stability. The use of rubber bushes in Front and Rear, eliminates the need for periodic lubrication, thereby ensuring total peace of mind and no need for periodic visit to workshop or using expensive chassis greasing system. The unique design provides long service life and easy replacement of rubber springs to reduce down time.
Dr. A.K.Jindal, Head – Electric Vehicles & Defence Vehicles, Commercial Vehicle Engineering, Tata Motors said, “For the first time in India, heavy duty tipper applications have been developed with rubber bushings as against metal bushings used in the conventional suspension. This will reduce road shocks and improve driver comfort thereby enhancing productivity. Additionally, the Ultimaax suspension system will offer advantage of higher payload of approximately 250kgs due to low weight of the system over standard bogie suspension. Taking into consideration customer feedback and expectations, our teams worked extensively to tailor make this suspension suitable for the Indian off-road terrains. State of the art techniques were deployed during the development stage by collecting field data on loading conditions and the terrain of the vehicle.”
Tata Motors offers excellent aftermarket services support through its value added services like a 24x7 Workshops, Door Step Service though over a 100 Mobile Workshops, Tata Prolife – for reconditioned aggregates, Annual Maintenance Contract packages, breakdown assistance, accidental insurance for drivers and over 250 Dedicated On-Site Container Workshops. Moreover, Tata Motors CONSTRUCK range is backed by its standard warranty of 4 years / 4 lakhs kms / 4000 hours (5000 hours for PRIMA range), supported by an extensive sales network of over 1800 touch points, and over 60,000 touch points for Tata Genuine Spares.