Vehicle parts distributor Intertruck has found a startling lack of understanding of changes to the Block Exemption Regulations (BER) within the waste management sector – which could be costing companies thousands of pounds.
At the recent RWM Show it asked visitors to its stand to spot the difference between a selection of genuine and original equipment (OE) quality aftermarket parts for commercial and specialist waste vehicles. Visitors were also quizzed about their understanding of the changes to BER and how they relate to repairs and maintenance of commercial and specialist vehicles.
Ed Pedder, general manager, major accounts at Intertruck, said: “Changes to the BER provide the legal framework for vehicle owners and operators to source aftermarket parts from outside of the franchised dealer network without invalidating the warranty. It maintains that ‘matching quality’ parts, whether from the OE supplier or alternative provider, are an acceptable replacement for the vehicle manufacturer supplied parts when a vehicle is still under warranty.
“What became apparent at the show is that there is a real lack of understanding in the waste industry about the regulations, which could potentially be costing operators thousands of pounds. Everyone questioned, without exception, thought that they had to use dealer parts or risk invalidating the warranty.”
He added: “The independent aftermarket, as well as franchised dealers, has access to parts manufactured by the suppliers of the original components. Block Exemption rules ensure that operators can choose alternatives to the main franchised dealer, provided OE or matching quality parts are used. These parts are tested to the same exacting standards as the OE parts fitted to the vehicle originally.
“The regulations are designed to create genuine choice and competition in the aftermarket that can help fleet operators better manage their budgets.”
John Wade Group’s waste management division at its Aycliffe Quarry near Darlington has taken delivery of a pair of Kramer 850 wheeled loaders.
Operations director Bruce Whitley said: “We really liked their combination of robust build quality and compact dimensions plus the power to handle not just lightweight materials but also sand and gravel.
“Once the operators had got used to Kramer’s 4-wheel steering system, they found the machines really easy to drive with precision thanks to excellent all-round visibility from the spacious cabs.”
Equipped with top-grab buckets, the Kramer loaders are now kept busy for eight to nine hours each day, handling materials on site where waste currently arrives at a rate of some 20,000 tonnes per month. Their main tasks involve moving loose waste from around the picking lines and hoppers, handling SRF, loading loose paper and cardboard and handling baled products.
The 850s also have the necessary ability to be able to load aggregates from stockpiles into trucks.
Hellweg Maschinenbau has extended its 600 series granulator. The new M 1500/600 version is able to offer enormous torque due to the high stability of the entire machine housing and the heavy duty rotor, which is produced from only one single block of metal and weighs 3,000 kg.
The double slanted scissor-type cutting ensures that the large granulator can shred thick-walled mouldings, sheets, pipes, profiles, crates and canisters. When used in continuous operation, material is heated to no more than 33 °C and even with glass fibre reinforced plastics to no more than 38 °C. This means there is no possibility of thermal degradation of the material.
The 600 series granulators offer full scalability and the new granulator can be individually adapted. Depending on the material to be granulated and the size of the screen block used, throughput reaches around 800 to 2,500 kg/h. A choice of rotors is offered, with three to seven continuous rotor cutting strips.
The machine is also available with special rotor versions for lumps and film applications, different wear protection packages for glass fibre reinforced material applications, as well as appropriate noise protection cabins.
Food and feed testing laboratory group Eurofins has launched a complete PAS110 testing package for anaerobic digestion (AD) outputs at its Wolverhampton laboratory.
PAS110 tests assist the recycling and agricultural industries in verifying the quality and usability of AD outputs which can then be used as a fertilizer or soil improver. The PAS110 standard specifies upper limits in areas such as human pathogens, potentially toxic elements, physical contaminants, nutrients and verifies their suitability for application to soil.
The full PAS110 analysis covers: E-coli and salmonella; Cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc; Volatile fatty acids, residual biogas potential; Total glass, metal, plastic and stones; and pH, total nitrogen, total phosphorus.
PAS110 testing is an initiative sponsored by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Renewables East.