Businesses that want to survive and thrive in these challenging economic times need to work smartly, using the most efficient and cost-effective methods and equipment to produce the best results for their clients.
The recycling and waste management sector needs to use equipment and machinery that can do the jobs required, but also provide additional benefits.
Operators, site owners, service providers and councils all share similar goals: they need to deliver outstanding results in the most productive way possible. Machine designers and manufacturers are helping them to achieve this aim through intelligent design, producing models that offer a wide range of additional advantages.
A typical day on a waste or re- cycling site will see many tasks being performed. Multi-tasking machines that can handle more than one job are valuable additions to a fleet because they will spend less time parked in a corner, as is the case with those designed to carry out only one activity.
Attachments which can be changed quickly are allowing machines to switch between tasks.
Efficient engines and driving performance
Complying with the relevant regulations such as Stage IIIB/Tier 4i (see box) can be achieved through cutting edge engine technology, which can also improve fuel efficiency. The most efficient engines can achieve this without the need for diesel particulate filters or selective catalytic reduction by using ultra-clean burn technology.
In addition, torque technology in certain gears can result in greater speed, faster journey times and reduced fuel consumption when on the road between sites, while high back-off brakes reduce viscous drag during road travel and rehandling, which can improve fuel economy by up to 2%.
Minimal downtime with convenient servicing options
Models that allow regular checks to be performed from ground level, quickly and safely, save time and can help any problems to be identified and pre-empted swiftly. The most advanced machines now boast service intervals, including boom lubrication, of 500 hours.
Built for a brutal environment
Machines need to be tough to withstand the rigours of waste and recycling sites, and models now incorporate features that enhance their strength and robustness.
For example, however clean your site is, punctures are a real threat and can put machines out of action for several costly hours. Solid tyres are one option as are those that feature a liquid fill, so that minor punctures are sealed instantly and the machine can carry on working.
The operator is a key component in ensuring your machinery performs at its best. Making their working environment as comfortable as possible is key, so ergonomic controls, heated air suspension seats, air filtration systems, coffee machines and in-cab cool boxes can make a big difference to productivity.
Fred Bell is JCB business manager for the waste, recycling and demolition sectors
What does Stage IIIB/Tier 4i (interim) mean?
These terms refer to stages within engine emissions regulations which aim to reduce the hazardous exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the EU and North America. The legislation refers to both on-highway and off-highway vehicles.
Although both terms effectively mean the same thing, they are referred to as Stage IIIB in Europe and Tier 4i in North America.
They are both part of a five-stage process that began in 1996, aimed at reducing harmful emissions. These emissions typically contain nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, all of which are considered to be hazardous, hence the need to limit their production.