Close encounters of the waste kind

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From an underground waste disposal system to various worker and pedestrian safety devices, a fleet fuel saving system and even a hydrogen-assisted road sweeper, RWM 2016 certainly did not disappoint when it came to new product unveilings. RWW reports

Variety is the spice of life according to the old adage, and nowhere was this truer than at this year’s RWM.

As well as hosting the launch of the Framework for greater consistency in household recycling for England that sparked off much industry debate, this year’s show also saw the unveiling of a report from SUEZ entitled A Resourceful Future – Expanding the UK economy, which predicted that more than £9bn could be added to the UK economy by the integration of circular economy principles.

Along with events such as these, there was a plethora of product launches.

Bin and waste container specialist Plastic Omnium Environment introduced M4, its latest addition to the company’s range of underground waste disposal systems.

POE says the system has been designed to improve the collection of different flows of paper and packaging, glass and residual waste.

Available with optional access control technology systems, the dimensions of the M4’s drum doors are said to allow for easy depositing of bags. To improve hygiene, a foot pedal opening system is included that avoids the need to touch the container with the user’s hands. Accessibility is also reported to have been optimised for children and people with reduced mobility.

“The M4 pillars are fully interchangeable, which allows added flexibility to adjust to the changing needs of community recycling,” explains Richard Gregg, MD of Plastic Omnium Urban Systems, the UK subsidiary of POE. “Placed on a common structure below the ground all the variants can easily be replaced by other pillars: for example, a pillar for the collection of residual waste could be replaced with a pillar for dry recyclates.”


The company also showcased the new Plastic Omnium Bin-Shelter with flap and access control option. This shelter allows controlled access by limiting the size of the opening hatch, or by access control which can limit access to authorised-users only, thereby helping to reduce contamination or use by non-residents. Also bins can’t be moved to incorrect locations.

Commercial vehicle safety specialist Sentinel Systems launched a new reversing radar system at RWM 2016.

According to Sentinel, its range of reversing radar systems is particularly useful for refuse collection vehicles as it protects personnel working outside the vehicle. The system itself is installed at the rear of the vehicle and is designed to detect obstructions such as buildings, objects or people while the vehicle is reversing. The radar then audibly warns the driver of the obstruction, indicating them to stop, or for the ultimate prevention aid can physically stop the vehicle in its tracks. Once the obstruction has passed, the system allows the driver to resume their manoeuvre.

Sentinel says that having the system installed could potentially save fleet operators or local authorities a significant amount of money in insurance claims and damages.

Wireless RFID warning system

Proximity warning expert Ongrade unveiled SiteZone INstant at this year’s RWM. Reported to be the first wireless radio frequency identification (RFID) proximity warning system of its kind to be supplied and distributed in the UK, SiteZone INstant aims to give on-the-spot protection against collisions between pedestrians and vehicles, mobile equipment, or hazardous areas on any site.

Derived from the original SiteZone proximity warning system, INstant is claimed to go one step further by being completely wireless, allowing for immediate use without the need for a hardwired installation.

Both SiteZone and INstant use a two-way RFID warning device; the pedestrian and vehicle transmitters communicate with each other, providing a full 360-degree detection zone and the ability to see around corners. The on-board receiver detects the location of RFID tag-wearing personnel and alerts the driver and pedestrian to each other’s presence in order to prevent a collision between the two.

According to Ongrade, SiteZone INstant can be mounted and activated as required within a few minutes, making it ideal for short-term deployment. It can be fitted to delivery vehicles coming into a busy depot where the danger of reversing into a pedestrian is increased. It can also be mounted on large, mobile plant vehicles quickly, even if they are used on site just for one day. Ongrade is keen to point out that the security of anti-collision protection is available immediately without the need for specialist installation.

Urban safety vehicle

Still on the subject of vehicles, Dennis Eagle’s new skip-loader was showcased at this year’s show alongside a trade waste vehicle incorporating an Elite 6 6x2 rear steer chassis with Olympus 23 body and Beta 2 bin lift.

Fitted to an Elite 6 4x2 chassis, the skip-loader forms part of the company’s new urban safety vehicle range. The range also includes a tipper vehicle featuring an Elite 6 8x4 chassis, with plans to introduce other body options.

As well as having all the safety benefits of the Elite 6, products in the urban safety vehicle range are fitted with a number of additional technologies designed to protect vulnerable road users. These include Dawes Highway Safety’s DawesGuard, and a four-way CCTV camera system with Cyclear warning display system from Innovative Safety Systems.

Saving fuel

Any fleet manager worth his salt will always be on the lookout for means of reducing fuel costs. So when Simon Hill, Exeter City Council’s cleansing and fleet manager, heard about Econospeed, a fleet fuel saving system from Zeta Automotive, he decided to give it a go.

“We became aware of Zeta about three years ago,” recalls Hill. “Further enquiries indicated that the Econospeed device could be retrofitted to existing vehicles and so we arranged for a trial on three vehicles in 2014. This trial indicated that average fuel savings of around 10% were realistically achievable. We now have the devices on all 17 refuse compaction vehicles since December 2015.

“We concentrated on equipping our refuse collection vehicles; although these make up less than 20% of our total fleet, they account for 75% of fuel use and CO2 emissions.” The cleansing and fleet manager reports that so far Exeter City Council’s experience “has been very positive. These devices contributed,

along with a reorganisation of our collection rounds, to our 7% reduction in fuel use last year (saving 14,000 litres of diesel use and associated vehicle emissions).”

While Hill said some adjustments were required after the devices were fitted, they have been trouble-free since then. “Our drivers have commented on the slow reversing speed of their vehicles, although we see this as a safety feature rather than a drawback,” adds the cleansing and fleet manager.

Baling film and foam

Another example of a satisfied customer is Voith Industrial Services, which made contact earlier this year with Ken Mills Engineering.

According to the engineering specialist, the client needed a solution to bale all the waste film and foam covering that is used to protect the components required to build the latest Land Rover Discovery Sport.

After initial conversations, a team from KME attended the site to assess the client’s needs and opted to install the Aries 70A twin ram baler. The main challenge that KME encountered was that the design of the baler had to fit into an existing building with lots of other small vehicle movements.

To resolve the size and space issue, KME engineered its machine to be smaller than standard while still maintaining its optimum performance. The next challenge was to meet a tight installation timeframe that coincided with Jaguar Land Rover’s annual shutdown.

This gave KME a mere seven weeks to design, build and install the machine from its official order date, which it achieved in time to meet the start-up of the car production line.

Helped by hydrogen

Finally, the world’s first hydrogen-assisted road sweeper to be put into production was unveiled.

Stock Sweepers has been working in collaboration with Water Fuel Engineering to develop a low-emissions auxiliary engine, which powers the vehicle’s brushes and vacuum. Water Fuel Engineering’s HydroGen system features an autonomous electrolyser which works in tandem with the conventional diesel-powered auxiliary engine by introducing hydrogen gas into the combustion chamber. The richness of the fuel mix means that it burns more efficiently, which reduces fuel consumption by at least 15% and emissions by as much as 80%. This is all achieved using just a small amount of distilled water.

Jeff Stock, MD of Stock Sweepers, says: “With modern legislation we need to be sure that we not only leave the streets clean, but that we leave the air clean as well.”

The last word goes to GeesinkNorba UK business director Mick Hill. : “RWM was a great show for us with good footfall to the stand and loads of people seeking us out to get quotes and find out different options we could offer. Overall, we were delighted and are now very busy following it all up.”

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