Top tech award for Bay’s Bell Equipment

2012-12-12 00:00

RICHARDS Bay-based manufacturer Bell Equipment has been awarded a Technology Top 100 (TT100) award for its excellence in the management of technology at a gala ceremony held in Johannesburg recently.

The TT100 Business Awards Programme acknowledges business expertise in key areas of management of technology, innovation, research and sustainability.

Bell Equipment’s manager for product validation and verification, Gerhard van Deventer, said that the company employs cutting edge tools as part of its product verification and validation process.

“We adopt tools, including simulation and testing, to ascertain how a machine is going to perform in service,” said Van Deventer.

“Dynamic simulation predicts the mobile behaviour of a machine while finite element analysis along with fatigue analysis is used to determine how the various components will age and wear.

“The results of these simulations are then tested or verified on job sites and engineers receive feedback.

“Full vehicle accelerated testing is also carried out at the world-class Gerotek testing facility in Pretoria, which enables Bell to mimic accelerated wear on job sites.”

The company’s group marketing manager, Stephen Jones, said that the company were honoured to have been recognised by the TT100 Awards Programme.

“As South Africans, we often don’t realise and appreciate the level of competence and technological achievement that has been reached in the country. TT100 is an excellent vehicle for companies who are exceeding in terms of global standards to be recognised as technology leaders.

“We are proud that our products are fully designed and manufactured in SA for the global market and we are likewise proud of the ground- breaking technological advancements we have developed on our [SA] soil with our team of local engineers,” he said.

The South African Engineering Association launched TT100 in 1991.

Bell Equipment’s award specifically recognises the role of product verification and validation in Bell Equipment’s development of its small E-series articulated dump trucks, which are planned for launch in mid-2013.

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