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Product News Round-up - 14 December 2012

RCVs have eco-drive assistants onboard

Sefton Council has ordered new refuse collection vehicles and eco-drive assistants (EDAs) from Faun Zoeller in a deal worth £3.5m. The order comprises a variety of 26-tonne and 32-tonne capacity Variopress II rear-loaders plus Zoeller lifting systems.

Each vehicle is equipped with an EDA, which measures road speed, engine revolutions and acceleration input to let the vehicle change gears without over-revving.

The Variopress has a high payload, improving fuel efficiency through its capacity to carry a large volume of waste. A versatile system, it can be used with 60-litre bins through to 5cu m refillable containers, regardless of the density of the weight.

Complementing the Variopress with the use of an EDA further improves on carbon reduction. Designed to fit the chassis of any RCV, the EDA helps to deliver a more economical and environmentally friendly waste collection service by optimising driving for stop/start refuse collection cycles. 

Vincent Donnelly, transport manager at Sefton Council, said: “We needed a high performing waste management solution. In addition to delivering on price and quality, the customer service on offer has been outstanding.”

Fuel cell technology breaks down food

A Nottinghamshire company has been recognised for the development of ground-breaking technology to turn waste into renewable energy.

Lindhurst Innovation Engineers was crowned the Campden BRI Innovation Champion 2012 at the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards.

The firm, based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, worked with the University of Nottingham and Arla Foods to use microbial fuel cell technology to break down food waste using anaerobic digestion (AD) and create biogas.

In conjunction with partners, the company is also working on other techniques to help the food and drink sector reduce its environmental impact.

The judges said: “The company is presenting a more rounded approach to positive impact, and is making AD more accessible to smaller companies.”

Lindhurst also took the top spot in The Food and Drink Forum Most Innovative Positive Impact category at the awards.

Part-funded by the European Regional Develop-ment Fund, the Food and Drink iNet co-ordinates innovation support for those working in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

Manchester Dennis Eagle

Twenty vehicles for greater Manchester waste

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) has ordered 20 refuse collection vehicles from manufacturer Dennis Eagle. 

Twelve Olympus 19 6x2 narrow mid-steer vehicles with Terberg bin lifts have been delivered, with eight servicing Oldham and four operating in Bury. A further eight vehicles for Oldham are to be delivered in March 2013.

The vehicles will be carrying out domestic waste and recycling collections, with strong payload characteristics while enabling operators to negotiate built-up areas and parked cars.

Steve Fleming, head of transport and workshop at Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “Due to a change in operational demands, we needed a narrower vehicle with an increased payload, enabling us to maintain access to various areas of the borough that were previously served by 24-tonne 6x2 standard mid-steers.

“The tender was evaluated on both price and quality. For the past five years we have operated four 18-tonne narrow Elite/Phoenix 2 combinations, so had no hesitation in ordering a further four Dennis Eagle vehicles for our fleet.”

Glass coating facility move saves carbon footprint

Production of Pilkington K Glass S is shifting to a new coating facility at Cowley Hill, St Helens. The move means the glass will have a smaller carbon footprint than before, when it was shipped in from Germany and Sweden.

Commercial director Andy McDowell said: “Pilkington K Glass S has its roots here in the UK, and we are delighted to be bringing it home. It is good news for our customers, as they can still buy the same great product, but now it has lower embodied energy than ever before.” 

K Glass S is a high-performance, low-emissivity, soft-coated product designed to be used as part of an insulating glass unit.

Hills Waste Solutions

Suitable for motorway use and collection rounds

Hills Waste Solutions has chosen the Volvo FM11 6x4 chassis and Heil Powerlink trade waste collection body combination for the latest addition to its 95-strong fleet of service vehicles.

The FM11 is powered by the 370hp D11C engine with SCR emission technology and Euro 5 rating. 

The Volvo 12 speed I-shift automatic gearbox is now standard fit on Hills vehicles, having been proven in service since its introduction in August 2009. It features a kickdown facility on the accelerator pedal and enhanced software to allow manual shifting and offroad applications.

Peter Moore, fleet manager for Hills Waste Solutions, said: “We needed a vehicle that could combine both motorway travel on a daily basis and the ability to cope with the repeated stop-start activity when on a door-to-door collection round.  

“The specialist gearbox and environmentally friendly Volvo engine gives us this flexibility. It also provides a better level of comfort for the driver and his loader than a standard crew cab vehicle.”

Additions to the vehicle include a bin weighing system by Vehicle Weighing Solutions. The Enviroweigh allows bins to be weighed independently and side by side during the lifting cycle.

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