A number of new innovations and products were on display at last week’s RWM exhibtion at Birmingham’s NEC, letsrecycle.com offers you a round-up of some of the highlights.
Dennis Eagle launches two new narrow vehicles
Vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle celebrated the launch of not one but two new waste collection trucks at RWM this year.
Both the Olympus Twin Pack Narrow and the Olympus Mini offer much of the same features as their standard-sized counterparts, but in a more compact design in order improve manoeuvrability for waste collections in densely populated streets and urban areas.
At just two metres wide, the Olympus Mini is a “brand new concept” for the firm, bringing the Olympus brand into the 7.5-15 tonne GVW range. It is available in capacities of six, seven, or eight cubic metres and suitable for bins ranging from 80 to 1,100 litres.
The larger Twin Pack Narrow, meanwhile, boasts an Elite chassis and also offers high compaction ratios alongside excellent manoeuvrability, designed for urban streets such as those in Oxford.
And, as of July 1 this year, all Dennis Eagle vehicles come equipped with the new Dennis Connect telematics system as standard, which gives users real time alerts to any faults or issues with the vehicle so that both support and customers can be notified of any issues.
These faults are reported directly to Dennis Eagle’s Technical support HQ in Warwickshire in order to maximise vehicle uptime by locating both the vehicle and the nearest engineer and spare parts. According to the firm, this has increased the rate of fixing at the roadside by more than 80%.
And, as well as fault codes, the system enables GPS tracking of where vehicles have been and collected waste and how much material is loaded on to the vehicle.
Richard Taylor, sales and marketing director at Dennis Eagle, said that feedback from customers indicated that there was “a market demand for more compact versions of our popular Olympus and Olympus Twin Pack Products”.
And, although he said it was “very early days” for the Olympus Mini in particular, the size and design of which made it a “very new market for us”, Mr Taylor added that things were looking very positive for the company and new markets abroad.
He said: “We have a 75% market share in the UK, but we opened our first base in China last year and we also do a lot of work in the USA, where we are planning to launch our Elite 6 chassis next year in Las Vegas.”
Teletruk and 457 star for JCB
JCB this year took its 4×4 Teletruk out of the box to show its full glory at RWM. Last year the company showed how it could squeeze into a typical shipping container to make loading easier.
This year the Teletruk was stretched out with a Crosswrap bale of what might have been RDF in its jaws, illustrating how the machine can be ideal for loading RDF and other materials.
Fred Bell, JCB’s business manager for the waste and recycling sector, said: “the waste and recycling sector needs to lift and load a variety of bales and the Teletruk is ideal for this”.
And, he pointed to the company’s other stand feature, the large 457 loader.
The one on display had been sold to YorWaste and includes features such as full LED lighting as well as an automatic fire suppression system.
The 457, explained Mr Bell, “is for heavy duty work and is ideal for bulk handling.”
Reduced emissions are achieved in part through the use of a urea tank.
Emission levels are important to mobile equipment with new restrictions in force in London, and Mr Bell explained that the 457 already met the stringent Tier 4 Crossrail requirements.
JCB technical information explains more: “JCB has recalibrated the Ecomax engine to achieve the new engine out emissions requirement resulting in a further 5% fuel saving. A compact selective catalytic reduction unit with a urea-based additive will be used on engines above 75hp (55kW) and will be incorporated into a single exhaust muffler, in many cases replacing the existing exhaust. This provides a ‘one can’ solution, delivering the same compact overall dimensions for machine designers.”
WEEE and metals sorting machinery unveiled
Sorting specialist Pellenc ST used RWM to showcase the latest in its metals detection and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) sorting range, the Mistral Trium.
The Mistral Trium combines Near-Infra Red Spectrometry, Visible Spectrometry and Inductive Sensing – and is the first example, Pellenc claims, of all three sorting technologies in operation together in one unit.
Pellenc the machine has the ability to detect all kinds of metals including ferrous and non ferrous, while also being able to detect material colours, to aid the separation of components such as electronics circuit boards, for example.
The state-of-the-art inductive sensor has an adjustable sensitivity which is able to detect metal particles down to 1.5 mm in size moving at 3 metres per second.
Applications for the Mistral Trium include: scrap metals, stainless steel, PCBs, wires and laminates.
The company added: “This powerful combination machine has a high detection sensitivity of metal backed with the quality of resolution and detectability of materials and colours of the renowned Pellenc ST Mistral machine.”
Taylor launches rewards scheme
Over at the Taylor stand, chief executive Brendan Murphy talked to letsrecycle.com about the bin manufacturer’s new take-back and rewards programme.
The voucher scheme, which applies to all purchases made through Taylor’s New Build portfolio and Refurbishment service, sees customers acquire points each time a bin order is placed.
The points, which are valid for 12 months, are redeemable across the firm’s approved used products and Spares & Accessories division.
Taylor claims that its Voucher Scheme will become a key component of its ambitious 2016 UK growth plan.
The scheme, which rewards customer loyalty, has been launched as part of the Taylored Solutions programme – the company’s new circular approach to bin fleet provision. It follows the roll out of the Taylor Approved, Trade In, Buy Back and Spares & Accessories services.
Speaking about the programme, Mr Murphy said: “It’s not about selling a bin and walking away. It’s a circular approach, you buy a bin and we can refurbish it. If we can’t offer a customer more than a bin then where’s our market leadership?”
Mr Murphy added that another big change has been the company’s outsourcing distribution to Wincanton – expanding its fleet from 11 to 3,600 trucks.
Envac shares subterranean plans for London
Envac has revealed plans to roll out more underground vacuum waste management systems across urban areas in the UK.
The system, which was first pioneered in Scandinavia, was launched at the £2.5 million Wembley City housing project in 2008 – piping waste and recyclables to a waste transfer station at 50mph.
Envac’s sales manager Dave Buckley told letsrecycle.com about its plans seven years on from the launch.
He confirmed that construction is due to begin on a new underground system for housing in Lewisham in early 2016. The company is also in discussion with other London boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Newham and Greenwich.
Envac is also in discussions to roll out the system in other urban areas, such as Southampton, Newcastle and Belfast.
Mr Buckley added: “There’s so much going on in East London now, with councils looking away from waste vehicle movements to something more sustainable. It’s down to making it easy for people.”