Specialists target waste management operations
The Commercial Vehicle Show 2000, being held from 30 April - 2 May, 2002, at the NEC, Birmingham, offers visitors the change to see the latest in vehicle technology. This selective LAWE Focus feature previews exhibitors with products employed in the waste management and environmental marketsThis year's show, sold out three months ahead of the opening date according to Tim Maunder of the SMMT, the event organiser, features the major names in vehicle and chassis manufacture, familiar to RCV and municipal transport managers, ranging from DAF, ERF, Foden, Isuzu and Iveco, through MAN, Mercedes Benz, Peugeot and Renault, to Scania and Seddon Atkinson.
Ros Roca, which lays claim to be Europe's leading supplier of RCV and municipal equipment, is exhibiting for the first time at the CV Show . The Spanish company, which offers a range of compaction bodies, from 7 to 24m³ capacity, under the RSE-Cross and Schorling name-plates, is showing what Sales Manager, Colin McMorine describes as "mission-focussed" specifications which have been built to withstand the rigours of the UK waste collection industry.
A prime example of Ros Roca's approach is the premium 8mm thick steel which is used in high wear rate areas, such as the hopper and the compactor floor. Ros Roca compactors are available for fitment to all the main UK and European truckmakers' chassis.
A range of dual-compartment 70/30 vertically split bodies is also offered for the collection of household waste and recyclables, respectively: the recycling compartment can be positioned on either near or off-side.
Heil Europe, a subsidiary of the group laying claim to be the world's largest refuse collection manufacturer, Heil Environmental Industries, is exhibiting a front end loader, Big Bite and side loader. The FEL is designed for one-man operation with a complete cycle time of 18/20 seconds, with lift arms rated at 3,630kg and a compaction force of 47,000kg. The side loader, Heil's latest development for the UK, offers one or two man operation.
Vehicle manufacturers across the board offer continuous development in design, in areas such as emissions and noise which are designed to meet increasingly stringent environmental standards. At the CV Show, Iveco is displaying the CNG-engined Daily City Truck, model 35C11G Chassis Cab.
Amongst its full commercial vehicle line up Toyota is showing its Hilux pick-up Extra Cab and Single Cab, the Dyna 300 and 350 truck, Hiace van with short and long wheel base, plus Crew Can and Minibus conversions.
UK distributor, T H White Ltd is showing examples from the full Palfinger line up of Palift hook loaders, Epsilon grabbing cranes and Palfinger lorry loaders. New on the stand is a low profile Palift PLT 22 hook loader demonstrator, mounted on a new model Leyland DAF 8x4 chassis. The PLT 22 has a standard telescopic extending hook, and simplifies loading and unloading of varying length containers, particularly where there is low headroom.
King Trailers has recently developed a number of products designed for local authorities and operators in the waste industry. King's new waste drawbar aims to add versatility to waste collections, offering the ability to carry two waste containers, combined with the ability to on- or off-load containers from either end of the trailer. The company has also developed a range of weighbridge test trailers and also produces van and truck mounted access platforms for traffic management equipment and small trailers.
In the expanding rental sector, exhibitor Ryder plc provides logistics transportation solutions across the full market spectrum: from total international supply chain management to commercial vehicle contract hire, fleet management, maintenance and truck rental.
Kerbing damage is a main cause of premature tyre wear and unscheduled replacement, particularly for municipal operators, says Goodyear, which has developed a new precure retread tyre in the increasingly popular 315/80R22.5 size to offer operators increased kerbing protection.
Weighing and electronics
Red Forge Ltd is showing its full range of Axalert and Limitlite Axle Load Indicators, together with the Routeman range of load cell based On-Board weighing systems. Also at the CV Show is Red Forge's UK Weights and Measures Approved Class 3 dynamic bin weighing system, which enables the operator to charge by weight.
RSG Engineering, in addition to supplying hazard warning equipment, has developed an on board Vehicle Data Recorder for monitoring a wide range of activities, including speed and revs, all the brakes, lights - including the blues and flashing headlights - vehicle location and impact detectors. Combined with RSG's Fleet Management Software, this data is reproduced to show, in graphic detail, journeys and events for the selected activities.
TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd, the stolen vehicle tracking and retrieval specialist, offers two vehicle asset management (VAM) and telematics systems. TRACKER Communicator, which uses global positioning satellite (GPS) and Tracker Reporter, provide customers with a choice of fleet management systems, depending on whether they prefer a comprehensive or a more entry-level system.
Fleet management specialist, Chevin Computer Systems, is showing its Internet- and Intranet-based fleet management system, FLEETwave, which enables local authority and waste fleet operators to keep centralised records more easily - even when operating hundreds of miles apart at multiple depots.
The system allows other departments and individual managers to input and access data wherever they are in the world, using a standard Web browser.
"FLEET wave will free off far more time for hard-pressed fleet managers,
as authorised personnel in each organisation can draw up their own reports,
as well as feeding their data into the system," said Chevin's Managing
Director, Ashley Sowerby.
The company is also demonstrating its software package RoadBASE at the CV Show.