Customer case

Fesan Makina raises the bar in dump trailers with Hardox 500 Tuf

June 24, 2021 6 min read

An accordion-style dump box made in Hardox® 500 Tuf steel.

Case details

Country Turkey
Company Fesan Makina
Industry Trailers and body builders
Brand program Hardox® In My Body

Fesan Makina raises the bar for innovative dumpers and customer satisfaction with Hardox® 500 Tuf. The company has released an important innovation that will provide great efficiency and cost savings for dump trailers. They started using Hardox® 500 Tuf in their Accordion type of dump trailers, and can now offer the market a product that’s 1,200 kg (2,646 lbs.) lighter.

Fesan has been using Hardox® wear plate and Strenx® performance steel from SSAB for a long time. Through high production quality, Fesan has brought customer satisfaction to the top with lighter and more robust equipment. By adding Hardox® 500 Tuf to its Accordion dumper, Fesan was able to reduce the total weight further by 1,200 kg (2,646 lbs.) compared to the previous Accordion version. The eight dumpers produced so far have received positive feedback in a very short time.

“Our customers carry a wide variety of loads. For this reason, we need to produce large-volume dumpers that are light and robust,” says Fesan Makina’s Production Manager and Partner Selim Selvi.

An open-box dumper made in Hardox® 500 Tuf.
Fesan dumpers made using Hardox® 500 Tuf and Strenx® 700MC combine robustness with a lightweight design .

Dump trailers off to a flying start with Hardox® 500 Tuf

“In order to switch to Hardox® 500 Tuf, it is necessary to know Hardox® 500 Tuf first. We had seen the quality and performance of Hardox® 500 Tuf during our trip to Sweden,” Selvi says.

To increase the load capacity of their dumpers, they needed to reduce the weight of the steel used while maintaining strength. When deciding to use Hardox® 500 Tuf, Fesan Makina started by discussing technical issues with SSAB. Analyses showed that a 1,000-1,200 kg (2,205–2,646 lbs.) lighter product could be produced with Hardox® 500 Tuf. Hardox® 500 Tuf offers an almost 50 HBW higher hardness, which results in a higher strength of the material, compared to Hardox® 450. Fesan uses a 4 mm (0.157”) thick Hardox® 500 Tuf plate instead of 5 mm (0.197”) Hardox® 450. In other parts of the bodies, 3 mm (0.118”) Hardox® 500 Tuf is used instead of 4 mm (0.157”) Hardox® 450. The end result was a 1,200 kg (2,646 lbs.) lighter Accordion dumper.

Close-up of a dump trailer with the Hardox® In My Body logo.

A dumper shaped for strength and durability

With the new dumper trailer designed using Hardox® 500 Tuf, weight wasn’t the only thing that changed. The shape of the dumper is more oval compared to the conventional angular design. As Selvi says, "We saw this oval form during our trip to Sweden and thought we could apply it to our own products." The oval form helps to distribute the weight on the vehicle and to increase durability. Before the oval design was implemented, the structural performance of the steel was tested. When the desired results were achieved, production started.

Hardox® 500 Tuf is used for the main body of the accordion dumpers. Regarding workshop processing of Hardox® 500 Tuf, Selvi particularly noted the bending properties, with each plate bending in the same way. This gives a geometric advantage and makes the work easier.

A welder in a workshop, welding a thin yet strong sheet of Hardox® wear plate.

Load more and drive down costs

The lower weight of the newly produced Accordion dumper has also had a positive effect on production costs. “By using thinner steel sheets, we also gained a cost advantage, which we can pass on to the customer,” Selvi says. Owners get a two-way benefit with this product. It will cost less to purchase, and it will carry 1,200 kg (2,646 lbs.) more load.

Selvi explains how this affects the customer: "If one of our customers will load 1,200 kg more each time and move that load about 30 times a month, it will be carrying an average of 36 tonnes (39.7 tons) of excess cargo per month. This is for a single vehicle. If we consider that our customer has a fleet, it will have great impact on productivity. And when the vehicle returns empty, the new lighter design will provide both lower fuel consumption and less tire wear.”

A silver and red dumper trailer made by Fesan coming out of a warehouse.

Hardox® 500 Tuf benefits in workshop processing

Another positive aspect of Hardox® 500 Tuf in the production process was the reduction of labor. In the previous design, a lot of support columns were needed. However, the new design needs fewer support columns, which reduces the amount of welding. Changing the design from angular to oval eliminated burr removal, especially before painting.

“The abrasion-resistant feature of Hardox® is undisputed, everyone knows this, but it is also very strong,” Selvi adds.

Two people in yellow hard hats supervising a delivery of Hardox® wear plate

Professional collaboration with SSAB

It isn’t easy to change users' habits. But for manufacturers that produce innovative products and have proven themselves, it becomes less difficult. Fesan Makina has already succeeded in changing user habits with its previous dumper model. “Now it’s time to change their perspective on Accordion dumpers. We will do this with our business partner SSAB and Hardox® 500 Tuf,” Selvi says. It’s predicted that the interest will increase when the tippers produced with Hardox® 500 Tuf reach the market, thanks to their ability to carry much more load.

"While someone might carry 25 tonnes (27.6 tons), their competitor will carry 26.2 tonnes (28.9 tons). They will understand that this is because of Hardox® 500 Tuf and they will want to use it"

says Selim Selvi.

Fesan Makina gives a guarantee for every product. It offers the same guarantee for the Accordion type dumper made of Hardox® 500 Tuf. “We even went so far as to guarantee a complete replacement of the dumper in case of problems. Because we rely on ourselves, and on SSAB, who always stands by us,” Selvi says.

Mr. Selim Selvi, from the Turkish dumper manufacturer Fesan.
Selim Selvi

All in a short time in Turkey

Fesan Makina is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021. Fesan Makina Domestic Sales Officer and Founder Mehmet Baypınar reflects on this: “In just 10 years we have achieved a strong position on the Turkish market. Although we mainly focus on the production of clamshell tippers, our sales of container carriers, low beds and dry cargo semi-trailers continue at a high pace.” The company, which has been using SSAB products in its production for many years, sees the positive effect of this in its marketing. Using Hardox® wear plate provides a great advantage when presenting Fesan Makina to its customers. It will now use this advantage with Hardox® 500 Tuf for Accordion type dumpers.

A dump trailer body made in Hardox® 500 Tuf, lifted high against a blue sky.

The customer wants light and solid

“Our customers expect the tipper to be light and robust. Users are quite satisfied with the weight advantage provided by our current dumpers. However, we will continue our innovative development without interruption. Our next task is to extend the service life of our products produced with Hardox® 500 Tuf,” Baypınar concludes.

Where there is wear, the best solution is Hardox®

The benefits of Hardox 500 Tuf in tippers

Hardox® 500 Tuf is a new generation of wear plate produced for tipper trailers subject to heavy wear, dump bodies used in mining and agriculture, buckets, containers and other equipment.

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