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Split bodies are the way to go

Q: What is your product/technology?

A: The KG2B-FK refuse collection/recycling vehicle has been designed to accept three fractions of waste and the unit comprises a 70/30 split rear loading body (KG-2B) and a front non compacting bin lift (FK) for recycling. 

Q Where would it ideally be used?

A: The front pod unit has a unique low discharge design (meaning it tips over and backwards as opposed to up) which is ideal for areas where overhead power cables are low.

Q How is it different?

A: The entire body, including the front pod, is NTM designed. It is ‘easy on the eye’ and mounted on one sub-frame, giving optimum distribution of load over the chassis rails. The hydraulic and electrics are fully integrated as one body unit.

Q What benefits does it offer?

A: The front pod is a fully welded structure to avoid leaks and the bin lift cycle is a nifty 19 seconds. 

Q: Cost?

A: Around £160k depending on customer specification - this is for a new RCV including the chassis, KG-2B body, FK, and bar lift. 

Q Any savings?

A: Fuel saving benefits NTM KG equipment utilises variable flow pump technology combined with proportional control hydraulic valves. This provides the hydraulic system with the correct amount of fluid at precisely the right moment, effectively reducing energy consumption, heat generation and component wear and tear. This means a smoother, quieter running system with improved fuel consumption reducing cost and impact on the environment.

Q What about maintenance?

A: Downtime is minimal and should the ‘bin-lift’ electrics fail the ‘manual override’ would still allow the vehicle to finish its shift.

Q What is its life span?

A: Seven to eight years in front line operation. After this time NTM bodies are still structurally sound and can facilitate commercial refurbishment allowing continual operation for an additional four to five years.

Q: Any future applications?

A: NTM believes that three and even four compartment recycling vehicles will be, and continue to be, the recycling vehicles of the future.

Q Anything else?

A: The vehicle is fitted with five cameras – including one fitted inside the front compartment so the operator can see how much recycled material is inside.

It has an ‘Intelligent Hydraulic System’ that reduces load on the engine, wear and tear, and 02 emissions and improves fuel consumption. It can operate without the engine running, reducing operator noise exposure.

NTM also offers a ‘Soft Pack Control’ on the 70 split side (the body of the truck is split into two compartments so one side is 70% of the rear and the otherside is 30%) of the vehicle. This enables the operator with a mere rotation of a switch to reduce the compaction of waste. It can be easily set to minimum up to maximum without the need to return to the yard – which is quite unique.

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