Schwing Stetter 'Su­per Six'

Schwing Stetter In­dia has in­tro­duced four new mo­bile con­crete mix­ers in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mahin­dra Powerol.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story & Pho­tos by: Ashish Bha­tia

Schwing Stetter In­dia has in­tro­duced four new mo­bile con­crete mix­ers in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mahin­dra Powerol.

One of the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of tran­sit con­crete mix­ers, Schwing Stetter, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mahin­dra Powerol has in­tro­duced four new tran­sit con­crete mix­ers un­der the ‘Su­per Six’ theme. These are premium ma­chines that lever­age In­ter­net of Things (IoT) to as­sure op­er­a­tors of higher ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity. Of the four ma­chines the com­pany has in­tro­duced, two are dubbed as ‘Su­per Six IoT In’ and ‘Su­per Six IoT Ready’ each. The other two are dubbed as ‘Su­per Six GPS’ and ‘Su­per Six Stan­dard’ each. The ‘Su­per Six IoT In’ and ‘Su­per Six IoT Ready’ mea­sure six-cu­bic me­tre in size each as far as the con­crete mixer is con­cerned. Both are pow­ered by the truck’s en­gine through a power take-off. The ‘Su­per Six GPS’ and ‘Su­per Six Stan­dard’ also mea­sure six-cu­bic me­tre in size each as far as the con­crete mixer is con­cerned. Both the mod­els are pow­ered by a slave en­gine of Mahin­dra make. Aim­ing at a mar­ket that is es­ti­mated to be 8000 units strong, the four ‘Su­per Six’ mod­els could be had on 6x4 truck chas­sis of var­i­ous CV man­u­fac­tur­ers. Hop­ing to com­mand roughly 80 per cent of the six-cu­bic me­tre tran­sit con­crete mar­ket by clock­ing in the re­gion of 6000 units, Schwing Stetter has priced the ‘Stan­dard’ vari­ant at Rs.7.15 lakh; the ‘GPS’ ver­sion at Rs.7.65 lakh; the ‘IoT Ready’ ver­sion at Rs.7.95 lakh, and the ‘IoT In’ ver­sion at Rs.8.15 lakh ex­clu­sive of GST.

The as­so­ci­a­tion with Mahin­dra Powerol pre­sent­ing Schwing Stetter with an ad­van­tage of fuel ef­fi­cient en­gines that are

also BSVI emis­sion com­pli­ant. In what is claimed to be an in­dus­try first ini­tia­tive, the as­so­ci­a­tion of Mahin­dra Powerol and Schwing Stetter has also pro­vided the con­crete mixer spe­cial­ist with ma­chines that ad­dress the ex­act­ing needs of the mar­ket; of the cus­tomers. With Gov­ern­ment ap­ply­ing much thrust on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, the ‘Su­per Six’ tran­sit con­crete mix­ers are said to have come at the right time. A re­sult of rig­or­ous tri­als ac­cord­ing to Schwing Stetter sources, the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines mark a shift away from ‘ana­logue’ con­crete mix­ers, which called for near con­stant su­per­vi­sion and con­trol. An­nounc­ing the ar­rival of smart, premium and in­tel­li­gent prod­ucts as far as tran­sit con­crete mix­ers are con­cerned, the ‘Su­per Six’, ac­cord­ing to Anand Sun­dare­san, Vice-Chair­man and Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Schwing Stetter In­dia, boasts of higher fuel ef­fi­ciency, lower cost of own­er­ship and var­i­ous value ad­di­tions. “The IoT en­abled smart truck mix­ers that we have in­tro­duced, will pro­vide higher value to our cus­tomers,” he men­tioned. Point­ing at the ‘IoT In’ tran­sit mixer, that is the most fea­ture-packed of the four mod­els in­tro­duced, Sun­dare­san averred, that the data col­lected will be trans­ferred to a cloud server us­ing a SIM card through IoT com­pli­ant hard­ware fit­ted to the mixer.

Apart from pro­vid­ing the op­er­a­tor ac­cess to (pro­tected) data (live ma­chine sta­tus as well as his­tor­i­cal data) from re­mote lo­ca­tions us­ing a lap­top, mo­bile or a tab, the ‘IoT In’ ma­chine re­duces down­time by en­abling proac­tice main­te­nance and an abil­ity to re­motely mon­i­tor the op­er­a­tion. The in­te­gra­tion of GPS for live track­ing pro­vides data an­a­lyt­ics to mon­i­tor ma­chine ef­fi­ciency, pro­duc­tiv­ity and trace-abil­ity. The ‘IoT Ready’ ma­chine has a CAN-based con­troller with a multi-colour dis­play. The dis­play is placed be­hind the cabin and ahead of the mixer drum. Elim­i­nat­ing the need for con­ven­tional di­als, the dis­play pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on bat­tery and drum pa­ram­e­ters like hours of op­er­a­tion, num­ber of drum ro­ta­tions in CW and CCW direc­tions, and ra­di­a­tor run­ning hours. The dis­play also shows crit­i­cal alarm mes­sages. The ‘IoT Ready’ ma­chine fa­cil­i­tates main­te­nance sched­ul­ing like gear­box oil change, hy­draulic oil and fil­ter

change, and drum clean­ing. En­abling IoT in­te­gra­tion for data an­a­lyt­ics as an op­tion, the ‘IoT Ready’ ma­chine, as part of the ‘Su­per Six’, of­fers large load­ing vol­ume, op­ti­mum drive char­ac­ter­is­tics, best-in-class spi­ral ge­om­e­try, larger clear­ance for con­crete dis­charge, ease of clean­ing, best-in-class fuel ef­fi­ciency. If these char­ac­ter­is­tics re­sult in low lif­cy­cle costs, the ‘Su­per Six’ stand out for Stetter T-pro­tect wear pro­tec­tion, and are ex­pected to of­fer a high re­sale value.

Said to of­fer cost sav­ings to the tune of Ru­pees-five lakh over a pe­riod of five years, the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines are claimed to be fu­ture ready too. A range of op­tions, the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines could be had with, in­clude a reg­u­la­tor for con­crete dis­charge, wa­ter me­ter, ad­mix­ture sys­tem in grav­ity ver­sion, ad­mix­ture sys­tem in com­pressed-air ver­sion, slump me­ter, and a hinged part (made of plas­tic). The com­pany also of­fers a 3/4 flap drum cover, a full flap drum cover, plas­tic ex­ten­sion

chute, and a swivel feed hop­per. In­formed Sun­dare­san, “It was in 2013 that we first part­nered with Mahin­dra Powerol. It marked a big step ahead for us then, and is the case to­day.” De­signed at Mahin­dra Re­search Val­ley, the en­gines are de­signed to ad­dress the ap­pli­ca­tion duty cy­cle to the tee. Pow­ered by the Mahin­dra Powerol slave en­gine, the ‘Su­per Six GPS’ and ‘Su­per Six Stan­dard’ range promises su­pe­rior fuel sav­ings. The 2.8-litre four-cylin­der BSVICEV Mahin­dra Powerol en­gine

is claimed to be very ef­fi­cient, pow­er­ful and clean. A typ­i­cal con­sump­tion cy­cle in this class of con­crete mix­ers is 1.8-litre per hour. The Mahin­dra Powerol slave en­gine con­sumes 1.1-litre fuel per hour in com­par­i­son ac­cord­ing to Schwing Stetter sources. This, they said, was ob­served in a 2000 hour test run against an en­gine from a com­peti­tor. The cy­cle typ­i­cally in­cludes stan­dard load­ing, in­spec­tion, tran­sit and un­load­ing at the fac­tory and field level.

With the price of diesel ris­ing, the abil­ity of the Mahin­dra Powerol en­gine to of­fer higher ef­fi­ciency will be highly ap­pre­ci­ated. Claimed Schwing Stetter sources, that the Mahin­dra Powerol en­gine should re­sult in sav­ings of Rs.5,04,000 (diesel price of Rs.72 per litre) over 10,000 hours of op­er­a­tion. This would roughly ac­count to a time span of five years. Of­fer­ing the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines with ‘Mahin­dra Su­rakhsha’, a com­pre­hen­sive main­te­nance pro­gram, and a live track­ing sys­tem, sup­plied on de­mand, Schwing Stetter, ac­cord­ing to Sun­dare­san, is look­ing at plac­ing it­self in a po­si­tion of ad­van­tage when it comes to tran­sit con­crete mix­ers. Said Sachin Ni­jhawan, Busi­ness Head, Mahin­dra Powerol, that the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines re­in­force the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to of­fer su­pe­rior prod­ucts to cus­tomers. Con­fi­dent of the en­gines prov­ing to be a good sub­sti­tute for im­ported ones, Sun­dare­san averred, “It took us 16 months to con­cep­tu­alise the new range.”

With both the com­pa­nies look­ing for a long as­so­ci­a­tion, the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines stand to profit from the know-how and ex­per­tise of ei­ther com­pany in their do­main. Pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to both the com­pa­nies to of­fer the best to their cus­tomers, the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines, with IoT, are set to fa­cil­i­tate the avail­abil­ity of cru­cial statis­tics on per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency. Ex­plained Sun­dare­san, that they se­lected the Mahin­dra Powerol en­gines only af­ter bulk proto test­ing them pan-In­dia. He in­formed that the en­gines clocked more than 10 lakh hours across ap­pli­ca­tions. Stat­ing that the seg­ment the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines are in is grow­ing at a high pace, Sun­dare­san re­vealed that they are bank­ing on the gov­ern­ment’s move to cut GST on con­struc­tion equip­ment from 28 per cent to 18 per cent, and the need to in­vest over Rs.59 tril­lion in in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment by 2022. Con­tribut­ing to the un­prece­dented high growth rate the con­struc­tion equip­ment and earth­mov­ing in­dus­try is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing to the cut in GST rates, Sun­dare­san said, “The vol­umes that took one year to achieve are now be­ing achieved in a span of six months.” Schwing Stetter he said,

man­u­fac­tures an es­ti­mated 250 con­crete pumps a month, and an es­ti­mated 450 truck mix­ers per month. The truck mix­ers range from three cu­bic me­tres to 12 cu­bic me­tres. With the ‘Su­per Six’ ma­chines pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to de­fine the fu­ture of tran­sit con­crete mix­ers, Schwing Stetter, ac­cord­ing to Sun­dare­san, is look­ing at lev­er­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy to of­fer best-in-class prod­ucts in In­dia. It is also look­ing at how tech­nol­ogy is help­ing to ad­dress mar­ket re­quire­ments as well as the up­com­ing reg­u­la­tory changes.

With Con­struc­tion Equip­ment set to move to BSIV emis­sion norms by 2020, Sun­dare­san is hop­ing that his com­pany’s part­ner­ship with Mahin­dra

Powerol will prove to be highly ben­e­fi­cial for ei­ther. With the mar­ket size ex­pected to rise be­yond 10,000 units in a span of two years, Schwing Stetter is op­er­at­ing at close to 100 per cent. A new fa­cil­ity is be­ing built near Kanchipu­ram with an in­vest­ment of Rs.250 crore ear­marked for Phase-one. When the new fa­cil­ity goes on stream, and rolls out new prod­ucts that are smarter, more ef­fi­cient and of­fer su­pe­rior pro­duc­tiv­ity, the as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween Mahin­dra Powerol and Schwing Stetter would have reached a new level. Ex­pressed Ni­jhawan, that they have a net­work of 140 deal­ers. “The fact that we have in­creased the ex­tended war­ranty on the en­gines from 1200 hours to 2000 hours should re­flect on the con­fi­dence we have in our prod­ucts,” he men­tioned.

The ‘Su­per Six’ tran­sit con­crete mixer on a BharatBenz 6x4 heavy-duty haulage truck.

The IoT com­pli­ant hard­ware of the ‘Su­per Six’ tran­sit con­crete mix­ers fa­cil­i­tates main­te­nance sched­ul­ing, and drum mon­i­tor­ing be­sides other key data an­a­lyt­ics.

Team Schwing Stetter and Mahin­dra Powerol with the BSIV-CEV MD 575 en­gine.

The ‘Su­per Six’ tran­sit mix­ers will be of­fered with ‘Mahin­dra Su­rak­sha’, a com­pre­hen­sive main­te­nance pro­gram.

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