Dennis Eagle launches new generation with curved 'benchmark' design for RCVs
Dennis Eagle is officially launching this month what the UK specialist vehicle provider terms the next generation of refuse collection vehicles, in the curved shape of the Phoenix 2. This leading UK manufacturer sees the new vehicle, which incorporates innovative design, as its "most significant new product launch to be announced in its recent history".
Shaping the curves
In developing the curved body shape, Dennis Eagle has deployed the use of single sheet, one piece rolled and pressed steel sides, thereby eliminating the need to use channel constructed upright sections.
Another contributing factor to increased capacity is the tailgate design, which is now fixed to the main body in a 10o plane as opposed to 25o on the original Phoenix.
Dennis Eagle has also paid attention to the back face of the Phoenix 2's hopper which, being set on a vertical plane, is now capable of accommodating any make or style of bin lift. For non-Dennis Eagle bin lifts, Phoenix 2 features wide and narrow variants hinged framework on the hopper for fixing purposes.
Further design changes to the hopper sees the lifting mechanisms mounted on top of the body, with the pack rams being relocated to the outside and covered in an ABS moulded plastic protective shield. These design changes not only enhance the new lines of Phoenix 2, they also make servicing and the replacement of hydraulic components far easier as access into the vehicle is no longer needed.
Another key design improvement on Phoenix 2 relates to the vehicles electrical system which now benefits from optimum protection against water ingress.
From a centralised distribution area conveniently located behind the LHS of the cab, the electrical system offers a triple safeguard against water. In addition to the main controls being located within a sealed construction and lockable plastic housing, which features a further underside plastic shield designed to repel water when vehicles are washed, all wiring harnesses are fully-protected.
Last, but not least, Dennis Eagle says it has been successful in using the curved design principle deployed for the main body of Phoenix 2 to alleviate what has until now been a major problem facing the collection industry - corrosion.
Whilst with the traditional flat floor construction liquids can collect and remain even after the contents of a vehicle are discharged, the floor of the Phoenix 2 is designed to eliminate the chances of this happening. The keel-type floor of the new RCV not only ensures that that all liquids are drained off effectively, but also that those which can run to the front of a vehicle, if off-loading takes place with the rear of the vehicle above horizontal, are discharged through a sump hole that leads into a sealed hose drain hose.
Choice of widths
Stated to be compatible with any other chassis, not only with Dennis Eagle's own Elite chassis - a product which is now equipped with Euro 3 compliant Cummins engines - Phoenix 2 is available in two body widths - 2.2 and 2.5 metres.
The 2.2 metre version, suitable for overcoming access problems in both urban and rural environments, can be specified with any one of four body sizes, whilst the standard 2.5 metre model comes in one of five body sizes, all ranging from 9 to 25m3 capacities.
Commenting on the development of Phoenix 2, Norman Thoday, Dennis Eagle's Director of Sales and Marketing, said: "The design changes introduced to Phoenix 2 are as radical as they were when the original Phoenix range was introduced.
"Taking this on board, and based on the fact that our design and development team have used valuable customer feedback to create a product which maximises both operating efficiency and ease of maintenance, without compromising on safety, we are confident the Phoenix 2 will become the new benchmark for refuse collection vehicles both at home and overseas".
For the future
"A number of vehicles have already been on trial within the fleets of both public and private sector operators around the country and the reports which we are receiving from the field are more than meeting our expectations. Phoenix 2 forms a major part of our plans for the future."