There’s vir­tu­ally no limit to this ma­chine’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties

Australasian Timber - - MATERIALS HANDLING -

BOMAQ’S NEW rough ter­rain BMP Se­ries 4WD Fork­lift isn’t re­stricted by work choice. “With a sin­gle model it can com­plete almost any task as­signed,” says de­signer/founder An­to­nio Martinez, and that in­cludes tim­ber yards.

The New Bomaq is de­signed to work well and work almost any­where ... and with ease!

The de­sign of the B30MP se­ries is slightly dif­fer­ent to the norm, but as An­to­nio says, it’s all part of the pack­age. “The de­sign is not the first stage of a prod­uct, though. “First you have to de­fine what you want the prod­uct to do and, in which way and with pre-de­ter­mined per­for­mances. For this I took the data of the main com­peti­tors, but also from the in­dus­trial fork­lifts, like Linde and Toy­ota. Out of this I made a list of char­ac­ter­is­tics that the prod­uct would have to match: like size, turn­ing ra­dius, height, weight, power, ground clear­ance.

“Once you have the ini­tial data you have to al­lo­cate the main com­po­nents you need to achieve the per­for­mances de­fined: axles, en­gine, pumps, cylin­ders, cabin size etc.

“With all the main com­po­nents, it’s time for the CAD sys­tem to work, and to in­te­grate all of them and still match the char­ac­ter­is­tics de­fined in the first stage,” says An­to­nio.

And he’s quick to ad­mit that at this point you have to go back to steps 1, 1 and 3 again and again.

“Once de­sign is fin­ished, and ev­ery­thing seems to match the pa­ram­e­ters, you have to sim­u­late, and cal­cu­late once and once again, un­til you are 200% sure ev­ery­thing is per­fect.

“Once the pro­to­type is done, is the pre­vi­ous steps have been done prop­erly, a few things should be changed for se­rial pro­duc­tion; most of them come from the assem­bly... and this is how we do it,” he says.

The knowl­edge from Mast has had a strong in­flu­ence, and we can say the Bo­maqs have more than 10 years of cus­tomers test­ing, but not as Bomaq’s name.

“We have done trac­tion tests (for check­ing the diff locks in 4WD), noise mea­sure­ments, vi­bra­tion mea­sure­ments, trans­mis­sion ap­proval by Linde, tem­per­a­ture and cool­ing tests (I think here we reach 45 de­grees Cel­sius in sum­mer).

“How­ever, I think that if the prod­uct is as­sem­bled OK the main thing is to con­trol the qual­ity of the parts used so that no prob­lems can oc­cur later.

“Just one ex­am­ple of one of the ex­tra things we do is we wash every hose used in the ma­chines, no mat­ter if the sup­plier tells us they are clean. Why? If one hose has any par­ti­cle in­side it can dam­age the pumps very eas­ily and the cost would be huge. We have a ma­chine that flushes wa­ter with a clean­ing prod­uct, and we wash all the hoses be­fore as­sem­bling them. Also with the tanks, so we are sure no dirt is in­side the units and the pumps will work in the best way pos­si­ble.”

There are two BMP cabin heights avail­able: 2100mm as stan­dard, and 1990mm as an op­tion for spe­cial ap­pli­ca­tions, like base­ments or low height spa­ces.

The units fea­ture both com­pact size and turn­ing ra­dius: 3.030mm length (to fork car­riage), 1.475mm width and 2.550mm turn­ing ra­dius, al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to have great ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity to work in­side build­ings or in ar­eas with re­stricted space or goods on the ground ... “like in the tim­ber in­dus­try,” says An­to­nio.

Great mul­ti­pur­pose per­for­mance, thanks to the 4WD as­sisted rear axle, and the 250 mm of real and uni­form ground clear­ance, the unit can work as an in­dus­trial unit on rough ter­rain or off-high­way ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The range has a great va­ri­ety of op­tions to adapt the units to each cus­tomer’s needs -- dif­fer­ent tyre pat­terns, air con­di­tion­ing, cabin heater, LED light­ing, rear view sen­sors or cam­era,” An­to­nio says.

The ma­chines are both com­fort­able and easy to use, there’s good vis­i­bil­ity, and the steer­ing is quite soft -only a cou­ple of turns to each side to go from top left to top right no mat­ter what the ground con­di­tions are.

“The Linde trans­mis­sion per­mits easy driv­ing. It can change from for­ward to re­verse with­out touch­ing the brake; in fact the brake is only used for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, or when work­ing on slopes for re­ten­tion,” he says.

The en­gine and ma­jor com­po­nents and fil­ters eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for com­mon main­te­nance and in­spec­tion.

An­to­nio said there are five keys in the heart of a Bomaq:

The en­gine . .. “Perkins, be­cause of their re­li­a­bil­ity and sim­plic­ity.

“The trans­mis­sion... “Linde, the best and tough­est avail­able from my point of view: 0 prob­lems af­ter 8 years us­ing it at Mast”.

The hoses ... “We work with Parker and Man­ulli, two of the best op­tions in the mar­ket.”

The valves and gear pump... “Parker, the best op­tion avail­able.” The mast ... “Liftek-ele­car, sup­plier of Toy­ota.”. An­to­nio says Bomaq prides it­self on listening to cus­tomers. “We will never lose the essence of man­u­fac­tur­ing prod­ucts de­signed and wanted by the mar­ket.”

Bomaq is dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by Len­crow Ma­te­ri­als Han­dling.

De­signer/founder An­to­nio Martinez

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