Expertise Pays Off for Sevenoaks
26 September 2007, News release from LinkTip -Kerbside Recycling Ltd
Payloads are becoming increasingly important, so when Sevenoaks District Council was looking to replace its recycling vehicles, the bodies chosen were not those originally specified. Thanks to Linktip's expertise a much better solution was delivered ...
Having been in the waste and recycling business for nearly 30 years, its fair to say that the team at Linktip know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to matching customers requirements to the right vehicle body.
This was certainly the case for new Linktip customer Sevenoaks District Council, when they initiated a competitive tender to replace their existing tipping vehicles. Previously the council had been using solid steel bodies, however, an audit carried out by Linktip as part of their tender process revealed a better solution could be delivered.
Instead of solid steel bodies, Linktip suggested using micro mesh cages which enabled Sevenoaks to achieve a much better payload.
The district council has now taken delivery of two Micro Mesh 'Derby' Cage Tippers mounted on to Transit chassis'.
Dave Prince of Linktip comments: "It's important to establish from the outset exactly what the vehicle body will be used for. As anyone who works in the industry will know, the type of refuse or recycling material being handled will dictate how it can be collected efficiently, safely and cost effectively. Here at Linktip we see it very much as our job to advise customers on aspects like this not just to sell them the product they think they need."
It's this understanding of how customers use their vehicles which has allowed Linktip to continually develop its range of tipping systems. From standard dropside steel and aluminium tipping bodies through to non-compaction side loading litter and refuse collection models.
They have a range of 'Crownhood' 'Derby' type and 'Refuhood' 'Chelsea' type side loading bodies which are designed for light refuse and litter collection and these can be combined with bin lift and tail lift equipment.
The popular 'Slimlift' side loading and 'RS Eurolift' roof loading bin lift systems can handle standard containers from 120-360L which can be used for street cleansing and recycling applications. Tail lift capacities from 500 to 1000kg can be supplied to meet specific requirements such as the loading of bulky waste or wheeled waste containers with the benefit of the tipping equipment for unloading.
For more information about Linktip products including micro mesh tippers visit our product section.
Linktip Tipping Bodies - Key Facts
Competitive Offer Wins Caerphilly
When Linktip conducted its own customer research back in March this year, it seems some potential customers wrongly considered Linktip to be expensive compared to its competitors. Luckily Caerphilly Council found out just in time that this simply wasn't the case...
With a number of its vehicles coming to the end of their working cycle and a similar replacement required, Caerphilly County Borough Council knew exactly what they wanted when a competitive tender document was issued.
Tim Prince takes up the story: "Price was an important criterion of the tender and from what we understand the council had a number of suppliers in contention. However, the combination of product, our experience, after sales service and most importantly price were deciding factors in awarding us the contract.
Caerphilly's highways and maintenance department has now taken delivery of two Linktip GLD4C hooklift systems on Daf 7.5t GVW chassis and three Linktip dropside demount bodies.
The hooklift equipment was built to conform with the Container Handling Equipment Manufacturers Association (CHEM) Technical Standard TS8 to ensure safe operation, reliability and longevity.
Linktip's range of GLD ground level demountable body systems has been designed to make the most of truck chassis in the 7.5 - 32.0 tonnes GVW class, giving good payload potential while maximising productivity through greater chassis utilisation.
Linktip has over the last decade supplied this type of body to numerous local authorties, whilst maintaining a programme of constant development. As a result the demand for larger, heavy duty LinkTip systems continues to grow.
Unlike some systems, the GLD4 has been specially designed for modern 7.5/10.0 GVW chassis and is not an adaption of a heavier design pared down. Nor does the GLD4 suffer from unnecessarily high loading height often found on larger hooklifts. In fact LinkTip demount bodies are often no higher than standard tipper bodies, so vehicle centre of gravity and handling is not effected. A unique feature of the GLD4 system is it's inter-changeability with larger LinkTip GLD5/8/10 bodies if required. This enables lighter chassis to deliver empty bodies for loading or, equally, heavier GVW chassis to lift GLD4 bodies to further maximise chassis utilisation.
For more information on the whole GDL range including the GLD2, 3 and 4 please click on our products section.
Linktip GDL Hooklift Range Features
Repeat Orders from London Recycling
Customer service is a top priority at Linktip, so it's always good when a new customer places a repeat order. In the case of London Recycling they were so impressed with their first 'Linkpacka' that they're about to take delivery of their third in less than six months.
London Recycling Ltd is at the forefront of helping reduce the capital's waste and was named as a runner up in the SME category at this years 'Green Oscars' - the Annual Sustainable City Awards. So when it came to specifying new vehicles they wanted to ensure they got the most efficient solution for the job.
Dave Prince from Linktip comments: "Like most waste businesses, London Recycling was looking for a vehicle which could cope with a large amount of waste - in this case, the tonnes of paper thrown away every day. Contrary to popular belief it's not always the easiest waste product to collect and in London the quantities are vast so you need a big vehicle which still meets the capital's stringent transport rules.
"We recommended the side loading Linpacka and sent a demonstration model down for them to have a look at."
The team at London recycling were so impressed with its performance that they bought it and have since ordered another two. But it wasn't just performance which impressed. In an age of complex, expensive and perhaps unnecessarily sophisticated RCVs, the LinkTip 'Linkpacka' makes a virtue out of being simple, rugged and easy to use.
The all steel construction of the Linkpacka is a natural development of the well established 'Crownhood' range of LinkTip side loading RCV bodies, but has many of the advantages of the more complex, rear end loading type RCVs on the market.
Maximum safety standards, longevity of use and logical easy operation are vital on compression and tipping type bodywork. The 'Linkpacka' RCV can be used by just one operative if required thanks to its 'user friendly' controls.
The unit features a one piece, power operated, swing up tailgate and uses the ejector plate for rapid load discharge. The 'Linkpacka' is also available with a versatile high tipping action enabling the unit to discharge cleanly at landfill sites, into a range of skips and bulk containers, or directly over the rave of a larger two, three or four axle REL.
It can also be used as a manual loader, or with one, or more, LinkTip Bin Lift units - a practical fold away system that does not obstruct manual loading and folds flat for travelling, being mounted directly to the nearside of the body structure. If required, larger 'roof loading' bin lifts can be specified.
With its large capacity, the latest in paint technology, 'autocycle' and 'auto rev' functions as well as other built in safety systems including 'Failsafe' controls, the Linkpacka is a great all round vehicle.
The facts about paper recycling
Collectively, paper and card are the second most commonly collected material for recycling, accounting for 28% of all recycling. In the UK today, nearly 5 million tonnes of paper is dumped in landfill or incinerated every year. Recycling just one tonne of paper saves 3,700 pounds of lumber and 24,000 gallons of water.
Innovation in Recycling
With more consumers embracing the culture of recycling, the need to pick up increasing quantities of waste continues to grow. So how can you get collect more on your vehicle without worrying about the weight? Vehicle body specialist Linktip has an innovative answer....
Always looking for new ways to meet customer demand, Linktip has been inspired by the advances in recycled plastic components.
John Prescott, sales director at Linktip comments: "After attending an exhibition and seeing more and more plastic products, we started to look at how we could use these within our own business. The result is 'Polybuilt', a range of plastic products, the first of which is a plastic stillage box."
Plastic has many advantages for the waste and recycling industry, not least 'lack of weight' compared to metal. It's also easier to clean and won't corrode in the same way; but John added: "We were cautious about how robust the material would be in use, so we decided to test it with an established customer."
South Lakeland Council run a number of stillage style vehicles used for the collection of recyclable materials including glass, paper and cans. At the time of the trial their stillage boxes were made of both solid and mesh steel.
Nick Pearson at South Lakeland Council comments: "The plastic stillage is much lighter than its metal counterpart. We used the test bin constantly for an eight week period collecting glass, which by its very nature is a very abrasive waste material. Despite the extensive trial the box retained its appearance and proved a very valuable addition to our recycling fleet."
Following the trial the box was returned to Linktip for close inspection.
John continues: "We were delighted with the results, the council were extremely happy with the performance of the plastic stillage and when it arrived back at our head office it looked brand new - it had certainly lived up to the task."
So delighted were the council, that they now have on order two vehicles with the plastic stillage boxes and it seems South Lakeland Council are not the only ones to be impressed, another order is already on the books for a customer on the south coast who having seen the plastic stillage specified the product.
'Polybuilt' Stillage Boxes - Features
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