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Product news round-up: 12 April

Elite Precast Concrete blocks form flood defences; Denbighshire CC places NTM order for food waste collections; MSK Waste Management and Recycling takes on nifty Volvo shovel for Essex site; and Doosan wheel loader helps Spanish firm in multiple roles.

Concrete flood defences rolled out

Elite Precast Concrete has joined forces with hire firm Marwood Group to create a long barrier wall to protect and defend a small village in Oxfordshire from flood water.

TVCB flood barrier Elite

TVCB flood barrier Elite

Telford-based Elite has supplied 55 of its Temporary Vertical Concrete Blocks (TVCBs) to create a 600 metre wall in South Hinksey, Oxfordshire, as a measure to protect the village from rising flood water. Owen Batham sales and marketing director said: “TVCBs can be delivered and installed anywhere in the UK on next-day delivery, with no minimum order requirement, so they’re a hugely useful product in the event of a natural disaster like this, and best of all, they can be uninstalled just as easily.”

Elite uses secondary aggregates in its concrete mix – usually the by-product of extraction or industrial operations from quarrying or mining, which otherwise be landfilled.


Council adds NTM truck for food waste collections

Denbighshire County Council has placed an order for an NTM 7.5tonne K Midi mounted on Isuzu Chassis to add to its 15 strong fleet. The council’s pool of vehicles currently comprises both NTM Steel Bodies and LinkTip Plastic Polybody vehicles.

Assistant fleet manager Chris Brown said: “The collection of food waste is currently a real ‘hot topic’ and is moving forward rapidly in the UK. Food waste forms around 28% of the average Denbighshire householder’s bin waste by weight and, up until recently, this has been buried in landfill sites. We now collect the food waste on a weekly basis and it all then goes to a processing plant.

“The 7.5 tonne Polybody vehicles began operating in 2011 and we opted for these trucks for several reasons, the first being that the small vehicles can navigate easily in the more rural areas. The vehicles are also reliable and easy to maintain.”


Doosan wheel loader helps firm in multiple roles

Family run firm Trans-Crispi has bought a Doosan DL350-3 wheel loader to work on its landfill site, concrete plant and to perform a specialist job of loading and transporting chemical plant sludge.

Trans-Crispi is based in Flix, in the Spanish province of Tarragona, which is also where the chemical plant is based. Director Antonio Ortega said:  “We previously had another brand of wheel loader, but we needed one with a higher bucket capacity for the sludge removal task, to fully optimise our work.  We also needed a tougher machine because this work is quite harsh, with 12 hour days on average.”

Doosan DL350-3 wheel loader

Doosan DL350-3 wheel loader

Ortega cited “robustness and fuel efficiency” as major qualities of the loader and added “the operator particularly appreciated the optimum visibility from the machine’s cab and its breakout force.”

The Doosan DL350-3 wheel loader has a Stage IIIB-compliant Scania engine (5-cylinder DC09 SCR engine delivering 202 kW at 1800 rpm).


Essex firm buys Volvo shovel for its nifty action and power

MSK Waste Management and Recycling has taken on a 15 tonne Volvo L90G shovel at its River Road facility in Barking, Essex. It takes over from an L120F and will be in charge of rehandling and sorting the wide variety of industrial and inert material arriving at the facility as well as loading high sided bulk trailers for onwards disposal. MSK has also increased the number of bays and picking lines at the site to boost recycling rates.

Mark Levett operations manager said. “Opting for the smaller L90G has meant we gain better manoeuvrability on our fairly confined site and in terms of power and production output it easily meets and often exceeds what we were achieving with the larger machine.”

The new loading shovel features; the long boom option giving a generous forward dump reach of 1.47m; a 4.5m³ high tip bucket; foam filled L5 tyres; and a reversible fan to combat the ingress of dust and particles to the engine compartment.

The L90G features a six litre Tier IIIB compliant 175hp engine coupled to a Volvo HTE125 and axles, designed and manufactured by Volvo. Engine output with high torque at low engine rpm has resulted in fast cycle times and high productivity and is enhanced by two strong variable displacement load-bearing axial piston pumps handling a maximum of 162 litres per minute.

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