Multi-purpose tipper body made from Hardox® wear plate
Rodrigo Pérez explains that Joper started making its Volteo Pegaso tipper body in 2005 and went on to gradually improve it over the years. Today, this multi-purpose, tipper body is available in sizes from 7 to 14 cubic meters, and can be used across a wide variety of applications and markets with only minimal alterations.
“Initially we used standard steel,” he admits, adding: “But, since SSAB got involved in 2010, they’ve helped us develop a bullet-proof product for almost any application. We do great business with it and our customers are very happy.”
Since 2008, Joper has exclusively used Hardox® 450 wear plate throughout the Volteo Pegaso by Joper tipper body, with six-millimeter thickness in the floor, sides, door and shell. Additionally, Strenx® steel is used in the ribs and cabin protection. Strenx® is a high-strength steel that makes the products stronger, lighter, safer, more competitive and more sustainable.
Hardox® steel benefits the bottom line
“Even though Hardox wear plate costs more than standard steel, our customers have been quick to recognize that, by investing upfront, their bottom line benefits in the long run – and they also have lower risk and fewer accidents,” continues Pérez.
Since making the switch to Hardox® wear plate, Joper has reduced the weight of its tipper body by 20%. Meanwhile, it is able to carry 18% more volume. This translates to significant fuel savings, as well as reduced wear and tear on critical parts such as tires and brakes. Last, but certainly not least, Joper’s customers report that the lighter body has led to a massive 30% reduction in on-site accidents.
While Joper’s customers are enjoying the superior characteristics offered by Hardox® steel Pérez says the partnership with SSAB has resulted in other advantages for his company that go far beyond material choice.
“People pay more for SSAB, not just because of the steel itself, but because of the relationship and the way they help us, their partners, optimize resources and do things in the most cost-efficient way,” he says, adding that Joper has registered double-digit savings, due to the reduced overheads that have resulted from the efficiency and productivity improvements proposed by SSAB.