A Bolt of Inspiration

Tipper trailer manufacturer Hamelex White recently unveiled a new range to its product line-up, the “VersaBOLT”, which is an entirely new range of trailers, and will sit alongside existing models. The new range boasts a revolutionary modular construction which will shorten lead times and dramatically reduce downtime.

The new concept was awarded the mantle of “Trailer of Show” at the recent 2015 Brisbane Truck Show, as judges took into consideration innovation, safety and appearance.

General Manager of Tippers at Hamelex White’s parent company MaxiTRANS, Craig Wallace, iterated that development of VersaBOLT came about as a result of direct consultation with customers and operators. “The VersaBOLT name is derived from the words ‘versatile’ and ‘bolted’,” he said.  “At the heart of the concept is a modular design, which will enable us to quickly and effectively manufacture a variety of trailers for a broad range of applications.”

This modular design means the final product can hit the road sooner. It also features a bolted floor, wall, tub base, front wall, rear frame and mudguard sections – ensuring any module can be replaced as needed, with minimal downtime. Plus, VersaBOLT features a cleverly hidden top rail to simplify tarp movement and a two-way tailgate that can alter between side or top-hinged.

VersaBOLT allows Hamelex White to build any trailer configuration, for any application and from any one of MaxiTRANS’ manufacturing and service facilities, expediting lead times. “What it means is that if we are approached by a customer in Queensland looking for a low tare dog tipper for quarry applications, we can select aluminium floor and wall modules, install them in our Queensland facility and have a tipper on the road within a matter of weeks” said Craig.

“Conversely, if we are approached by a customer in South Australia looking for a grain semi-tipper, we can use our low tare steel modules, install them in SA and deliver that equally as quickly”.

Dog trailers and rigid bodies are already available in steel or Hardox, and semi-tippers and aluminium construction will be available shortly as well, with Craig declaring “VersaBOLT opens up a world of possibilities.”

The VersaBOLT model Hamelex White chose to display in Brisbane was a PBS pre-approved 4 Axle Dog, built for heavy duty rock transport and featuring Hardox steel construction.

Craig underscored how this is another key market for the brand.

“Hamelex White was one of the first trailer manufacturers to embrace the PBS concept and we believe there is still more potential for our customers to take further advantage of it,” he said. “The fact that our display trailer is a PBS model exhibits some further flexibility of the VersaBOLT concept, while also demonstrating our commitment to remaining Australia’s leading PBS tipper manufacturer.”