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Residential collection truck manufacturers introduced new developments, from sensor systems to automated arm options, at WasteExpo 2016.

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Industry trade shows are a convenient way to see the latest and greatest equipment and innovations introduced by manufacturers. Attendees can test new technologies and interact with products while discussing these developments with other industry professionals.

At WasteExpo 2016, held June 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, more than 600 exhibitors filled the two-story exhibit hall, including a number of collection truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Towering above the new carts and conveyors in the exhibit hall, residential collection truck OEMs showcased new sensor systems, automated side-loader arm options and dual-station cabs, among other advances.

With an increased focus on safety and efficiency, residential collection trucks are more equipped than ever. The following residential collection trucks featured at WasteExpo include some of the most recent upgrades OEMs have brought to the market.

McNeilus Latitude Integration system

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc., Dodge Center, Minnesota, an Oshkosh Corp. company, has released the Latitude Integration residential collection system. Meridian front loaders with Latitude Integration are designed to connect with any brand of front-loading residential container, including those from Perkins, Curotto-Can, Bayne and McNeilus’ own Street Smart.

“As McNeilus continues to innovate, we have focused in on the residential collection market,” says Grant Wildgrube, McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing product manager, front loaders and compressed natural gas (CNG). “The addition of Latitude Integration is just one of the great innovations our efforts have produced.”

He adds, “We’ve also announced that McNeilus is the exclusive distributor of Perkins automated cans, providing our customers with another option for automated front loader collection.”

McNeilus says Latitude Integration uses McNeilus CODE (controls on demand environment) and an in-cab display to monitor activated functions.

Additional features include:

  • a simplified sensor system on the body, arms and forks, external to the hydraulic cylinders;
  • Auto Level, which automatically levels the residential container during the dump cycle; and
  • Cab Protection, which prevents the operator from inadvertently rolling the container into the cab.

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Mack Trucks Mack LR model with Wrightspeed

Mack Trucks, Greensboro, North Carolina, says it is has evaluated Wrightspeed technology with a Class 8 refuse vehicle, retrofitting its Mack LR model truck with the Wrightspeed Route 1000 powertrain.

An alternative driveline, the Wrightspeed Route is a range-extended electric vehicle powertrain designed to reduce fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs, the company says.

“Mack is the refuse industry leader because we’re constantly seeking to pioneer new ideas and innovations,” says Mack Trucks President Dennis Slagle. “It’s something we’ve done throughout our 116-year history, and it’s something we will continue to do. Wrightspeed shares this pioneering spirit, which is why we’re eager to evaluate their Route powertrain technology.”

The Wrightspeed Route powertrain uses electricity to deliver 100 percent of the vehicle’s propulsion. The system features a plug-in-capable battery pack that enables an electric range of up to 24 miles. When the batteries’ charge is depleted, an 80-kilowatt, Fulcrum turbine generator, which can operate on natural gas or diesel fuel, recharges the batteries, enabling Route-equipped vehicles to have unlimited range with refueling, according to Mack.

Additional recharging comes from the Route’s 730-kilowatt regenerative braking system, which generates electricity as the vehicle comes to a stop.

“At Wrightspeed, we’re focused on designing the best-performing powertrains for forward-looking OEMs and fleet operators,” says Ian Wright, CEO and founder of Wrightspeed. “Mack represents one of the most innovative manufacturers in the refuse industry, and we’re proud to showcase our technology alongside their Mack LR model,” he adds.

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New Way Sidewinder XTR Automated Side Loader

Scranton, Iowa-based New Way has unveiled a new arm option for the Sidewinder XTR Automated Side Loader. This new option provides easier access and agility in tight spaces, according to the company.

The Sidewinder features one-operator convenience and a faster compaction rate than any other side loader on the market, New Way says, adding that the automated side loader is the strongest frame-mounted arm in the industry. The arm’s 12-foot reach combines the convenience of automated loading and maneuverability in tight spaces with an ultra-tough loader.

New Way says Sidewinder operators appreciate the convenience of being able to clean out behind the ram with the widest opening access and largest clean-out sump in the industry. Additionally, the automated side loader is equipped with a rear-view camera and a two-year cylinder warranty.

Optional equipment includes additional arm controls, an arm cycle counter, a hopper ladder, a 300-gallon gripper and CNG power, among other extras.

Visit http://refusetrucks.scranton for more information.

Peterbilt Model 520

Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas, has expanded its refuse truck lineup with the new Model 520, featuring new seating configurations for route collection versatility, enhanced styling and availability of the Paccar MX-11 engine, the company says.

“The Model 520 continues this strong tradition with new productivity and safety features,” says Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president. The dual-seated/dual-drive configuration allows customers to operate the vehicle from both sides of the cab for greater convenience and comfort.”

The dual-station cab has two nearly identical work environments so drivers can seamlessly and safely operate from the left or right side, including dual controls for the parking brakes, HVAC system and stereo, the company says. The console sides are angled to give operators easy visibility and access to the same controls and displays from the right and left.

The Model 520’s distinguished grille styling accommodates pantograph wipers that cover 27 percent more of the windshield than previous designs for increased safety during inclement weather.

Peterbilt says the Model 520 is available with more power options and higher horsepower and torque than any competitive refuse collection vehicle.

“The Model 520 is the foundation of Peterbilt refuse collection vehicles,” Siver says. “Peterbilt’s Model 520 will give our refuse customers unprecedented levels of uptime, productivity, driver satisfaction and low cost of operation.”

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