Facelifts for Bobcat compact excavator duo
Bobcat has introduced enhanced standard versions of its E14 and E16 compact excavators.
Building on the previous machines, the Facelift models feature several new features and options to further increase operator comfort. They also use high-quality components and engineering, and feature an updated exterior styling.
Including a retractable undercarriage as standard, the enhanced E14 and E16 excavators offer smooth and responsive hydraulics that enable precise movements and fast cycle times.
Because of their compact size and light weight, the E14 and E16 can both be transported on a trailer towed by a mid-size passenger car.
The spacious heated cab on both models offers a large door width to provides easy access to the cab. Inside, the most important improvements are ergonomic travel levers and pedals that have proved very successful on the larger E26 excavator.
Hospital finds a cure for its waste food problem
Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie is turning its food waste into biogas.
Two years ago, catering services manager Peter King started looking for alternatives to the hospital’s macerator system.
Green bins are used to collect up to 400 litres of waste a day. It passes to the Meiko Disperator GTS food waste handling system, which grinds the food into a paste and then transports it via sealed pipework into a nearby vacuum waste tank. The unit features a magnetic base to capture items such as wayward spoons.
Collected weekly, the waste is recycled into biogas for generating electricity using anaerobic digestion at a plant in Cumbernauld.
King said: “As we are a hospital, we have to watch what we do with our food waste. The GTS system ticked a lot of boxes for us, including cost savings on water and electricity, reduced carbon footprint and a rebate from the water board because we are no longer putting food waste down the drains. We also get duty-of-care paperwork from the waste processor.
“We looked at alternatives, but chose the Meiko system because it is hygienic, fully sealed and includes the tank housing, which has its own heating, lighting and air pollution control.”
Celebration for 25 years as Doosan dealers
Kellands (Plant Sales) and Northern Excavators are both celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year as dealers for the Doosan Heavy range from Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment.
With depots in Bridgwater, Somerset, and Camelford in Cornwall, Kellands is the authorised dealer for south-west England for the Doosan Heavy and Bobcat ranges manufactured by DICE.
Headquartered in Hillsborough, Northern Excavators is the authorised dealer for Northern Ireland for both ranges.
Kevin Zimmer, DICE regional director for UK and Ireland, said: “The Doosan family is proud of the partnership developed in the past 25 years with Kellands and Northern Excavators.
“Achieving such a milestone is a testament to the focus at both dealers on delivering an exceptional customer experience, and the strong, local leadership within them.”
Confidential documents disposed of properly
Leafield Environmental has launched the Envirobin range of lockable, confidential waste bins to aid compliance with the Data Protection Act.
Under the 1998 Act, businesses must have a data control policy to ensure that secure methods are used to prevent the unlawful disclosure or accidental loss of personal data.
The Envirobin range is designed to play a vital role in this policy.
The confidential bins come in sizes from 55 to 140 litres to accommodate all business environments. The stylish bins are made from tough, resilient MDPE and come with lockable lids to ensure that sensitive documents stay confidential.
Phil Maddox, managing director at Leafield Environmental, says: “In today’s environment of identity theft and fraud, it is crucial that confidential details are treated carefully and disposed of in a responsible manner.
“Our range of confidential bins should be the first step for any business wanting to achieve Data Protection Act compliance.”
Leafield also works with a number of waste management companies to remove and destroy confidential material securely.
Tyre studies find rolling benefits
A Spanish recycled tyre manufacturer has been carrying out studies to improve the fuel efficiency of its products.
Valencian firm Industrias del Neumático used a research group at the Universidas Miguel Hernández to assess the impact of new production processes. The researchers monitored the manufacture of prototypes and tested them to find benefits.
They showed that rolling resistance could be reduced by up to 5%, with a direct impact on fuel economy. They also found reductions in the noise generated by the tyres and improvements in manufacturing precision and wheel balance.
Research leader professor Miguel Sanchez Lozano, says: “We proposed three compounds which introduced silicon in various propor-tions to see the effects.
“We concluded that the reduction of rolling resistance obtained is between 3 and 5%, depending on the type of tyre, which has a direct impact on fuel economy that the consumer could get.”