The third roundup of announcements at WasteExpo includes news from McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Mack Trucks, the National Waste & Recycling Association, FieldAware, Peterbilt, KEITH, Promeco and others.
McNeilus Introduces Meridian Front Loader
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc. unveiled the newest addition to the McNeilus lineup of refuse vehicles – the new Meridian front loader – at Waste Expo 2015 (booth 1673) in Las Vegas.
At a base body weight of 16,800 pounds, an industry-leading 14-ton payload and rated to lift 10,000 pounds, the Meridian is the perfect balance between lightweight and heavyweight to deliver advanced hauling performance for commercial and residential applications. The Meridian’s innovative design combines lighter weight materials with construction that’s durable and strong.
Developed with easier access and serviceability in mind, the Meridian features a clear headframe, underbody hydraulics and an electrical sidewall panel. Hydraulic valves have been relocated under the body rather than the typical placement on the headframe, eliminating problems caused by potential leaks and providing protection from hot exhaust. An enclosed sidewall panel houses the electrical components, keeping them away from heat and any refuse debris.
“The Meridian hits the productivity sweet spot our customers need with its reduced body weight, and increased lifting and payload capacities,” said Brad Nelson, president, McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing and Oshkosh Commercial Segment. “It was built by leveraging our proven technology, expertise and most importantly, customer input.”
Along with its unique design features, the Meridian incorporates other revolutionary McNeilus technology. McNeilus® CODE (controls on demand environment) comes standard in the new front loader. This simplified CAN-based control system provides superior diagnostics and troubleshooting capability at the operator’s fingertips. The powerful system reduces hardware requirements and saves time with an integrated “smart” fuse panel, intuitive display, adjustable parameters and features such as pre-trip reminders and vehicle status messages.
The Meridian is also available with McNeilus’ NGEN Tailgate CNG system. This system is offered in 60, 75, 90 and 105 DGE capacities and includes several unique benefits, such as:
- A Pressure Relief Device (PRD) system that provides continuous heat protection along the full length of the CNG tanks, which is standard in all NGEN CNG configurations;
- McNeilus® Strike Protection, providing a sturdy steel covering that surrounds key components;
- Toolboxes integrated into the tailgate that free up space on the frame and provide storage;
- Ground Level Fuel Shut-Off that allows operators or maintenance personnel to manually stop the flow of fuel at one convenient location;
- Tailgate props designed for easier deployment and access; and
- A pivoting structure that simplifies inspection.
Other features of the Meridian include:
- Non-sliding tailgate that means less wear on the tailgate seal and tailgate props that offer easier access between the tailgate and body;
- Flat body floor design that helps increase payload capacity and allows for easier access and quicker service of underbody components;
- Largest hopper access door available for easier cleanouts, and curbside location that offers better access;
- Angled mid-post to help channel arm force appropriately, contributing to a stronger body design;
- Excalibre™ packing cylinders that improve reliability and performance, and prevent hydraulic contamination.
“We designed the Meridian by listening to our customers who want improved productivity, safety and serviceability, and validated the front loader through rigorous lab and field testing,” said Greg McCarty, McNeilus director of product management. “The Meridian – like all of our vehicles – also comes standard with our expanding network of customer service centers across North America.”
New Mack LR Refuse Model Boosts Productivity Through Driver-Focused Design Features
Mack Trucks introduced at WasteExpo 2015 its highly anticipated Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model, built specifically to meet the challenges of refuse customers who require enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and improved visibility. Built with input from customers, the Mack LR model is available in three-axle 6x4 configurations and can be powered by diesel or natural gas.
“The Mack LR model is the latest example of our commitment to application excellence,” said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “At Mack, we work hard to understand our customers’ needs and build durable, dependable trucks that get the job done. By incorporating customer feedback into the LR design, we’ve built a safer, more comfortable work environment for drivers, boosting productivity and driver retention.”
The LR model was also designed with body builders in mind, offering additional access points and mounting locations for wiring, controls and joysticks. Mack’s body builder support group is available to simplify the process and ensure seamless communication among body builders, dealers and customers.
The cab’s enhanced driver environment includes tilt and telescopic steering columns, power windows and power door locks, memory mirrors, in-dash air-conditioning, standard in-cab LED lighting and an instrument cluster with color LCD display. Steering column-mounted main gauge pods for the right-hand and left-hand driving positions enhance gauge visibility and improve ergonomics, while centrally-mounted radio and HVAC controls, accessible from both driving positions, contribute to a comfortable, driver-focused cab environment. The rear cab windowsnow wrap around the rear cab corners, improving driver visibility.
The LR model also offers center storage for lunch coolers, two-liter bottles, beverage cups, mobile phones and MP3 players. A rear-wall unit offers two additional levels of storage. The large cab doors enable easier driver ingress and egress.
The 11-liter Mack MP7 diesel engine is standard in the LR model, delivering 325 to 345 horsepower and 1,200 to 1,280 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine is optional. The LR model is equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission.
For more information about the new LR model, please visit Mack booth No. 2658 at the WasteExpo 2015 show June 2-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, or contact your local Mack dealer.
Twenty-Three Top Professionals Receive National Waste & Recycling Association Honors And Three Scholarship Recipients Announced At Annual Awards Ceremony
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) today honored twenty-three of its industry’s finest professionals at its annual awards ceremony at WasteExpo. The awards included Drivers of the Year, Members of the Year, Chapter Leadership Awards and Distinguished Service Awards were announced, and four industry executives were named to the NWRA Hall of Fame.
Drivers of the Year were honored for their exemplary safety record and commitment to customer service . This year’s honorees are:
- Large Commercial: Todd Colarusso, Republic Services, Inc., Scottdale, Pennsylvania
- Large Public Sector: Marcial Magsambol, Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
- Large Residential: Jesus M. Santos, Jr., Waste Management, Inc., Irvine, California
- Medium Company: Alan Baltimore, Action Environmental Group, Chester, New York
- Regional Commercial: William A. Justice, Rumpke Waste & Recycling, Columbus, Ohio
- Regional Industrial: James Jourden, Rumpke Waste & Recycling, Louisville, Kentucky
- Regional Residential: Michael Clay, Rumpke Waste & Recycling, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Small Company: Doug Reich, Veit Container Corporation, Rogers, Minnesota
- Small Public Sector: Kris Beaver, City of Stillwater, Stillwater, Oklahoma
- Large Industrial: Scott Gordon, Advanced Disposal, Brockway, Pennsylvania
Chapter Leadership Awards recipients for outstanding contributions to advocacy and advancement of the industry through NWRA’s state chapters are:
- Tom Tomaszewski, Homewood Disposal Services, Homewood, Illinois (Illinois Chapter)
- Chuck Dees, Waste Management, Inc., Venice, Florida (Florida Chapter)
Distinguished Service Award recipients for contributions to advancement of the industry and community involvement are:
- George C. Wayne, Waste Connections, El Paso, Texas
- Gary L. Fleming, Cram-A-Lot, Springdale, Arkansas
NWRA Member of the Year awards for companies making outstanding contributions to the advancement of the industry were given to:
- Mike Schwalbach, Rehrig Pacific Company, La Canada, California
- John A. Decker, Apple Valley Waste Services, Kearneysville, West Virginia
Special Trustee Awards for service on NWRA’s Boards of Trustees and Governors are:
- Ronald J. McCracken, RJM Associates, Easley, South Carolina
- Joe Quarin, Progressive Waste Solutions, Fort Worth, Texas
- Stephen B. Smith, Clean Energy Fuels, Newport Beach, California
Four industry leaders were inducted to the NWRA Hall of Fame for lifetime contributions to the waste and recycling industry:
- George Fink, Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Inc., Hendersonville, North Carolina
- Garry E. Mosier, Advanced Wireless Technologies, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Thomas K. Blackman, CalMet Services, Paramount, California (posthumous)
- Bruce E. Ranck, Browning-Ferris Industries, Grosse Island, Michigan
NWRA’s Women’s Council announced the award of three $5,000 scholarships to individuals pursing studies in the field of environmental sciences, waste management, and recycling:
- Kathryne Caprood, student, Jacksonville, Florida
- Iasha Pickens, Waste Management, Inc., Houston, Texas
- Tania Ragland, Republic Services, Inc., San Fernando, California
“Our industry is dedicated to outstanding customer service and a commitment to the environment and our communities,” commented Sharon H. Kneiss, president and chief executive officer of the National Waste & Recycling Association. “Our 2015 honorees are exceptional individuals who uphold the values and the dedication to service that our industry is known for, and our 2015 Women’s Council Scholars demonstrate our industry’s commitment to investing in our future.”
Peterbilt Introduces New Model 320 Right-Hand Stand-Up Cab
As side-loader collection vehicles continue to gain popularity in residential refuse applications, Peterbilt Motors Company announced a new right-hand stand-up configuration of its recently redesigned low-cab forward Model 320.
The redesigned Model 320 was introduced last year with an entirely new ProBilt interior that features superior fit and finish and numerous enhancements that improve operator comfort, productivity and safety.
“Industry-wide reception of the new Model 320 has been outstanding and we’re pleased to be expanding its versatility by offering it in a right-hand stand-up configuration,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Sales and Marketing. “Customers engaged in curbside refuse collection who prefer this type of configuration will now enjoy the many advantages of the Model 320’s best in class operating environment.”
The Model 320 is available in left-hand drive, right-hand drive and dual drive with right-hand stand-up configurations."
FieldAware Helps Waste Management Customers Optimize Their Mobile Workforce and Their Service Businesses
FieldAware, the leader in made-for-mobile, cloud-based field service automation solutions, has launched its mobile solution for the waste management industry. The mobile solution enables waste management businesses to increase productivity in the field and improve customer service while maximizing revenue potential. FieldAware mobile apps connect workers in the field with back office systems to reduce paper-based and administrative processes and improve accuracy. FieldAware is demonstrating its mobile solution for the waste management industry for the first time in Booth 3768 at Waste Expo 2015.
“Service businesses are complex and applications in the waste management field are diverse. People, processes and systems must work together like a well-oiled machine to optimize the business’s productivity, customer service and profits,” said Lynn Jones, Vice President, Marketing at FieldAware. “With unlimited custom configurable fields and easy integration with back office accounting and custom systems, our solution can accommodate any waste management application or business process.”
FieldAware’s made for mobile solutions provide field personnel with mobile tools, on any smartphone or tablet, that leverage the power of today’s mobile devices (i.e. photos, video, voice recognition and more). Its Web-based back office functions are built on a flexible, cloud-based architecture that enable connection at anytime from anywhere. FieldAware’s solution is integrated with the leading CRM, ERP and accounting systems and easily integrates with a business’s custom back office applications.
Information is power. FieldAware has launched Business Intelligence (BI) Dashboards, a new business intelligence tool that gives customers real-time, actionable insight into their business operations. With this new tool, FieldAware helps customers easily discover the best opportunities to capitalize on and the most pressing challenges to resolve. BI Dashboards will initially offer 15 pre-packaged dashboards with easy-to-use filters for customization. Predesigned dashboards contain key business indicators including job profitability, employee utilization and more. Drill down capability provides access to the raw data to provide granular insight, in one click, that enables more informed decision making.
TNR Doors Releases the High Speed Exterior Light Door
TNR Doors is excited to introduce the HDFX! All the cost and speed benefits of fabric doors with the rugged durability of the traditional TNR door. TNR’s new High Speed Exterior Light Door delivers high performance: Easy to install with sleek profile and reduced clearance. High traffic, high impact, high speed Direct Drive – up to 60 inches per second. Optional curtain material and colours. The HDFX is a cost effective solution for manufacturing, food processing, automotive, transit, postal depots and airports. For further information please call 1-866-792-9968 or visit our website – TNRdoors.com – to learn more.
“The new HDFX door is a unique product offering that allows us to provide our dealers a cost competitive solution for high performance exterior doors where lower cost is a primary need”, says Cathy Buckingham, President of TNR Industrial Doors. Buckingham continues to explain, “With its lightweight curtain design and simple but reliable direct drive operator and a highly programmable, state-of-the-art control panel, end users can enjoy the speed and efficiency benefits of a light fabric door and still have some of the durability they have come to expect from a TNR Door.”
TNR launched the HDFX at the recent IDA Expo 2015, in Indianapolis, generating quite a buzz amongst dealers and manufacturers in the high performance door industry.
TNR Doors is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance rubber doors and is quickly becoming a top player in all areas of high performance doors as it continues to introduces new products for freezer applications, rolling aluminum and interior fabric door applications, as well as growing its share of the rubber door market.
KEITH’s Walking Floor Technology
For more than 35 year, KEITH has worked to adapt its proven WALKING FLOOR technology to the waste industry, resulting in a safer, more efficient and versatile trailer. Haulers using specialized, steel V-FLOOR slats are expanding backhauling opportunities to include abrasive materials, in addition to standard MSW loads.
Today’s hauler must make the most of their trailer and backhauling can double the efficiency of a fleet. A steel V-FLOOR system allows haulers to take loads other trailers must pass on. The V-FLOOR slats are designed for higher impact and abrasion and are suitable for demolition, scrap metal, aggregate and specialty waste products such as fly ash—the byproduct of coal energy production.
According to KEITH sales director Mike Robinson, KEITH customers are seeing success in hauling waste into the landfill and fly ash on the backhaul. “Pairing the V-FLOOR slat design with the patented V-SWEEP clean-out system provides them the ability to haul and unload both materials efficiently.” The design of the V-SWEEP system allows it to form to the flooring, cleaning material out as the trailer unloads.
Designed to handle a variety of bulk products, KEITH WALKING FLOOR systems offer many benefits over conventional tipper trailers. The horizontal unloading action of a moving floor system eliminates many of the hazards using tipping trailers to unload products in the field. Trailers with WALKING FLOOR systems can safely unload on uneven ground and in buildings. Benefits over traditional belt trailers include handling a larger cubic capacity and less maintenance.
The WALKING FLOOR system serves as the flooring of a trailer and is a self-unloading system. This “moving floor” unloader is made of a series of floor slats, which are powered by a hydraulic drive. As the floor cycles through its phases, material is conveyed or unloaded.
ADGS Delivers Densifying System to Somerset Recycling; First Promeco Installation in U.S.
Promeco SpA is exhibiting in booth 3760 at Waste Expo 2015, taking place in Las Vegas, June 1-4. ADG Solutions is the exclusive representative for Promeco densification systems in North America.
Somerset Recycling Services, Inc., Somerset, KY, expects to realize a significant gain in efficiency and economy from a new Promeco PES600 densification system supplied to them by plastics-reclaim specialist ADG Solutions, Fairfield, CT. This is the first installation in North America for Promeco SpA, an Italian company based in Como.
According to Sandy Guthrie, President of ADG Solutions, the PES 600 is a highly flexible system that can convert all kinds of plastics scrap – with up to 20% moisture – into strands that, after cooling, can be size reduced in a standard granulator to yield uniform regrind that is easy to convey and process. The unit Somerset purchased is equipped with two short (15-inch) counter-rotating auger screws and can process up to 3300 lb/hr.
Somerset will use the densifier to reprocess mainly polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) film and fiber. The process is continuous. Shredded material goes into a holding bin with two metering screws that feed material to an inclined vibrating table that guides the scrap into the open feed throat of the densifier. Twin counter-rotating screws compact the material and pressure and shear forces raise its temperature to between 380 and 390°F and forces it out a die. Water vaporizes during the process, resulting in final moisture content lower than 2%.
In addition to the PES 600, Somerset also bought a Promeco calender that receives the strands of resin as they exit the die. The calender flattens the strands, forcing out trapped gas and beginning the cooling process. The flattened strands then are picked up by a cooling conveyor that sprays water on the material as it is transported to a Promeco KR Shredder – specially designed for the shredding of hot densified plastics – for final size reduction.
Alan Keck, President of Somerset Recycling, says his company decided to work with ADG Solutions because their decades of experience in the field. “I know Sandy Guthie and trust him to help us find the best equipment for our needs. As for Promeco, I traveled to Italy and I saw their facilities and I talked with Paolo Rebai, the owner, and I developed an extreme comfort level. Promeco is an engineering-based company and that’s what we were looking for.”
Keck says that, until now, Somerset has been using tub densifiers and he anticipates that the new Promeco system will reduce labor requirements, energy consumption and maintenance costs while processing more product. “We’ve been using these batch densifiers for 20 years,” he says, “but they are slower and much less efficient than our new densifying extruder. We will continue to use them for a while, but we will gradually phase them out.”
Somerset, with over 100 full-time employees and in excess of 102,000 sq ft of facilities, sells its reclaimed material to plastics molders and extruders. Depending on the source of the scrap and the condition of the resin after it has been reprocessed, it may be used to make products like plastic lumber, outdoor furniture, trash bins and more.
Peterson Launches Brilliant New LumenX LED Strobe Lights
Peterson Manufacturing has extended its rapidly growing, USA-made LumenX LED line with a 4" Round Strobe light and a 6" Oval Strobe. Both models are rated for use as directional flashing warning devices on Class 1 and 2 emergency, maintenance and service vehicles.
Engineered around Peterson’s revolutionary LumenX architecture, the high-performance LED strobes feature the latest white-diode LEDs and breakthrough optics. The radical new lens design –– a Peterson exclusive –– illuminates the entire lens fully and evenly without “hotspots” or “dead zones,” regardless of viewing angle. Whether lensed in amber, white, or red, the result is a strobe of piercing intensity that far exceeds the higher SAE J595 Class 1 requirements.
According to Vice President-Product Management, Kristen Goodson, Peterson’s entire LumenX line is engineered to exceed recommended performance standards.
“We believe a brighter light is a safer light,” Goodson said, “and so do many states and municipalities now demanding Class 1 visibility for their vehicle warning lights. We’ve gone one step further for this market by designing our amber and white warning lights to be almost 75 percent brighter than the higher Class 1 requirement.”
LumenX LED Strobes feature:
73 quad flashes per minute
Brightness exceeds SAE J595 Class 1 specs
Exceeds specs when mounted in any 360º orientation
12- and 24-volt compatibility
AMP-compatible weatherproof receptacle for best corrosion protection available
Grommet- and flange-mounts available all models
“We’re proud to be adding two more intensely bright products to our LumenX line,” said Goodson. “And we’re equally proud to make them right here in Grandview, Missouri.”
CB&E Unveils Revolutionary Jam-Release Technology For Two-Ram Balers
Catawba Baler & Equipment (CB&E) introduces the market’s only two-ram baler that quickly and safely ejects jammed recycle material from the charge chamber without manually digging out the material. Unlike other baler designs that inconsistently attempt to eject an oversized bale at the wire tier, CB&E’s new Gold Rush Series 12/9 two-ram baler with optional Free Jam™ technology replaces the “gathering wall” of a conventional baler with a patent pending jam-release system. This gives operators push-button control from the tower over the Free Jam release door to clear jams in a matter of minutes, not days.
“Recycling facilities operating conventional two-ram balers know all-too-well the time and danger associated with manually clearing a jam in the charge chamber,” mentions Mark McDonald, president of CB&E. “Our optional Free Jam system on our Gold Rush Series baler is all about operator safety. It virtually eliminates the need for a person to enter the baler to manually clear a jam. Operating a conventional two-ram baler without push-button jam-release technology is like purchasing a new car today without airbags. ”
Beyond advancing safe operation, the optional Free Jam system on CB&E’s Gold Rush series baler increases profit potential for any recycling facility operating conventional two-ram balers. McDonald explains that even medium-size operations baling 2,500 tons (2,268 tonnes) of material per month can save more than $300,000 annually in lost labor and production revenue. “An operation of this size will experience about 10 jams per month on average,” he explains, pulling from more than 20 years of industry experience. “This results in unproductive man-hours and expense for clearing jams and more than 150 lost bale-tons (136 bale-tonnes) of productivity. Material jams are extremely expensive for a recycling operation.
As an added benefit, the Free Jam system greatly enhances baler accessibility and serviceability. The Free Jam door opens to offer unobstructed access to the charge chamber from ground level for hydraulic cylinder maintenance and wear plate inspection and replacement. Designed to provide long wear life for maximum uptime, the baler’s wear plates are constructed of 0.5-in (12.7-mm) Hardox 500 material.
Custom-built to customer specifications and manufactured in America at CB&E’s Statesville, N.C. facility, the UL listed and approved Gold Rush Series 12/9 two-ram baler is loaded with features that deliver a long service life with maximum uptime. Built to last, the 50-ton (45.6-tonnes) Gold Rush baler boasts the industry’s strongest machine structure with a heavy-duty reinforced subframe and side walls. Twin 75-hp (56-kW) electric motors allow continuous operation even if one motor is out of service. Laser guided tracking of the press bars features a redundant proximity switch, permitting operation in case of laser malfunction. Redundant filtration – 10 micron main kidney loop with high-pressure filters and additional in-line high-pressure filters – safeguards the hydraulic system and O-Rings from particle damage.
G-S Products Debuts its New CS9000 CollecStar Automated Side Loader (ASL)
Gerald Martin, President, is proud to announce the addition of the new CollecStar CS9000 to its product line. The CollecStar CS9000’s long reach and narrow lift system is exclusively available with our route-proven safe horizontal eject unload body. This unit is designed for tight working conditions and is
available in 16 to 37 cubic yard capacity on a single stream body. Plus, the new CollecStar CS9000 is also
available on our 60/40 split body in 24 to 38 cubic yard capacities.
This safe and stable arm system is designed with an easy-to-maintain lift/dump motion. Other low maintenance features include a simple electrical system that requires no air limit, or proximity switches on lift mechanism. There is no need for PLC or computer control of lift or packer.
Other features include a fast cycle time, an easy access hopper door, Hardox® wear plates and a low container dump height. Fuel efficient engine idle operation of lift saves not only fuel but engine wear. The CS9000 ASL
meets today’s environmental concerns with an optional Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) model or a hydraulic drive hybrid.
News in Brief
HRL Technology in Australia was recently engaged by Visy to assist with the development of a waste combustion facility at its Campbellfield plant in Melbourne, Victoria. Visy is one of Australia’s largest recycling companies and has been at the forefront of recycling for many years. The facility was proposed to convert waste to energy that would otherwise go to landfill.
HRL Technology was engaged to conduct testing and analysis to characterise the waste stream as a critical input to the procurement of the boiler and associated equipment. The characterisation work determined key parameters such as: moisture and ash content, calorific value, etc. HRL Technology also developed a process for accurately determining the level of renewable/non-renewable component of the waste stream which in turn assisted Visy with its regulatory reporting requirements. Assistance was also provided with plant performance.
The Ex-Cell Kaiser team proudly unveils our new high capacity, self-contained recycling system: The Echelon Collection™. Not simply the next generation, this is the best generation in public space recycling receptacles. This contemporary and sleek design was crafted by designers to incorporate our customers' needs for high traffic areas of your airports, casinos, hotels, commercial buildings, stadiums and many other locations. Meet the Echelon Collection™."