Austin Engineering is launching its first Westech flow control body for off-highway trucks in Australia.
The two truck bodies will be built by Austin in Muswellbrook for use on a Hunter Valley coal mine.
Austin explained that the bodies have an innovative floor design that controls material flow out of the body during dumping.
It provides a more even flow that reduces dust generated during the process, without the use of chemicals or water suppression technology.
It also results in less friction on the body’s steel floor, cutting wear levels and reducing maintenance and the need for liner kits.
“The floor design also keeps the centre of gravity of the load forward of the rear axle longer while in the dump cycle, reducing material surge as the load leaves the truck body. This eliminates lift at the front of the truck, making the truck much safer with increased stability,” the company added.
The dust suppressing truck bodies have already seen service in the US.
The ones planned for the Hunter Valley will be fully manufactured in Australia.