Award Winning Dump Truck of the Future!

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It is about time someone designed one that has totally broken the traditional configuration of a Dump Truck! It is really impressive how this designer re-thought how one would operate, and then used that insight to designed a break-through product. Absolutely amazing concept, and sure sign of the amazing pedigree of Chinese designers to come.

Munich-based truck maker F.X. Meiller GmbH & Co KG has seen the future of construction hauling, and it is a sleek all-wheel drive tipper capable of dumping on all four directions.

Chinese transportation designer Haishan Deng created a series of concept drawings depicting what Meiller’s new “super tipper” truck in action that won him a 2007 red dot award for product design from Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, an institution formed in 1955 to promote industrial design aesthetics. Inspired by the movement of quadruped animals, Deng designed the super tipper with independent suspension arms that absorb uneven terrain better than conventional dump trucks.

No word yet on when Meiller plans to build these tippers or how much they will cost, but Deng says the truck’s six engines and battery system will be the priciest parts. A scaled-down prototype is scheduled to be on display May 17-20 in New York at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

All images from HaiShang Design. (Click for a larger image)

All images from HaiShang Design. (Click for a larger image)

All images from HaiShang Design. (Click for a larger image)

All images from HaiShang Design. (Click for a larger image)

All images from HaiShang Design. (Click for a larger image)

All images from HaiShang Design. (Click for a larger image)

Via: Scientific American

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Brian Ling (Design Sojourn)

Brian is a multidisciplinary Design Leader with more than 18 years of experience leading strategic design programs that drives successful Brands and Fortune 500 businesses such as GE, Philips, Nakamichi, Flextronics, Ericsson, Hannspree, and HP. His passion is in helping organisations leverage on Design Driven Innovation to make people’s lives better.

  • Marino

    .  8 months ago

    Where is the engine?

  • Michael Walsh

    .  10 months ago

    The dates for each of the contributions have the month and the date, but not the year!!
    Some of these contributions are more than 5 years old but a casual reader would never know it.
    Please alter the method for displaying dates so that the year the contribution was submitted is shown.

    Thank you.

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  • Stephen Babcock

    .  4 years ago

    I like the diseign of the dump truck. I disagree with the the pictures of the front dumping, in the first front dumping pic if the is any such movement as the truck is dumping with the front 4 wheels and cab hanging over the edge like that, any movement of material being dumped that causes the truck to move and make the pile shift can send the whole truck off the edge of the tailings. I also disagree with the second front dump pic cause while the material that is coming out the dump bin can roll from the pile, get between the tires and also the moving material can cut the tires up which will rack up the cost that is being used to buy the new tires for the truck plus labor and time.
    Also the hydraulics for the dump bin could be lowered so during the loading process the hydraulics aren’t being hit by the material that’s being loaded weather rocks to dirt.

  • Michael Walsh

    .  5 years ago

    I thought I should add a few comments, regarding the advantages of side-tipping, from my own experience as a mining engineer and the manager of a few open cut

    mines. I will make my comments brief, because a full discussion of this subject would take several pages.

    The ability of this truck to side-tip is claimed to be an advantage but it really is not.

    The ideal way for a truck to dump is out-the-rear because a rear-dump truck can then drive directly away from the rockpile after dumping it’s load and thus eliminate the likelihood of sharp rocks cutting its tyres.

    Rear-dumping is also quick, whilst side-tipping is slow. Typical side-tipping takes 4-5 minutes to discharge a 150 tonne load, whereas a rear-dump, 150-tonne truck can discharge its load in about 45 seconds-1 minute.

    Side-tipping is only practiced where rear-dumping would be impossible. Such situations occur when 1) a truck has a number of trailers towed behind it and where rear-dumping would damage the trailer links, or 2) the dump area is, for
    some reason, very narrow, such as in a town or city.
    Although side-tipping is done in these situations it carries some serious disadvantages.
    The most serious disadvantage to the truck is that after dumping its load, rocks tend to roll into the path of the rear wheels and when the truck drives off, its wheels either run over the rocks or graze against them. When that happens, the sidewalls of truck’s tyres tend to get cut badly by the sharp edges of the rocks. The problem of sharp rocks cutting the sidewalls of tyres is a very real problem, and it is very expensive in terms of the cost of repairing or replacing tyres.

    In general, truck operators avoid side-tipping wherever possible. They only do it if they have to operate trucks that have a number of trailers towed along behind, (e.g., a +100-tonne road-train with a prime-mover and a few trailers.)

    It must also be recognised that a truck that can side-tip has nearly four times the number of hinges and other moving parts as a rear-dump truck. These hinges, and the lubrication systems required to keep them all operating smoothly, are
    very expensive to build and maintain.

    For a single-chassis truck with no trailers, such as the subject of this article, the ability to side-tip is not an advantage, but actually a serious economic liability. Even though the ability to side-tip looks novel, it is simply not required in a single-chassis truck.

    From a engineering and cost-control point of view, whilst conventional truck tipping looks “old and boring”, it results in a truck that is simple to build, simple and cheap to maintain, and works very effectively.

    Do not forget that a truck like this “novel” one would be very expensive to build and maintain, and all of these extra costs have to be passed on to the final customer who buys the products that the mine, or quarry, produces.

    As an engineer and a mine-manager, who is responsible for buying and maintaining trucks, and moving rock quickly, cheaply and effectively, this novel new truck looks to me like a nightmare of extra costs and maintenance problems.

    My deepest apologies to the designer.

  • Ian Briggs

    .  5 years ago

    It looks a little like the moon buggy that NASA built for a lunar landing that was subsequently shelved


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