Hot off the Spanish market: A buena vista of new vehicles

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Geesinknorba Spain has launched a range of waste collection, street cleansing and waste transfer equipment on to the Spanish market which can also be considered for use in the UK. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries Tim Byrne casts his eye over the new vehicles.

First off the block is the GPM IV Series rear loading intermittent waste collection vehicle (pictured). This is available in sizes of 12-28cu m capacities, in standard 2.5 metre width configuration to suit 2.5 metre width chassis from two to four axle configuration, and narrow 2.3 metre variants for narrow track two and three axle chassis for tight access applications. The new GPM IV units can be mounted on all makes of chassis. The main advantage of this new product are the body sides which are manufactured of a one-piece steel sheet of 4mm dolmex steel. 

This is an improvement on the former GPM III model because the body sides used in the latter were welded together in two to three piece sections, dependent on the size and cubic capacity of the unit. With the GPM IV Series, the single piece sides make the product more aesthetically pleasing because the welds don’t show in the body sides as in the GPM III.

Another feature of the GPM IV vehicle is the relocation of the tailgate lift rams to the roof of the body and tailgate. This helps to prevent waste becoming trapped in the tailgate lift rams when the unit is discharging at the disposal site. 

The internal hopper sides of the GPM IV product have also been thickened to direct the waste away from the yoke action of the packer blade, so that all waste is directed into the central part of the hopper preventing waste becoming trapped around the packer blade rams and yoke. There has also been a more heavy-duty body seal fitted between the body and tailgate to prevent liquids and leachates from leaking on to the road when food waste is being compressed inside the unit.

The ejector panel has also been redesigned so that the ejector panel guides are mounted in the side body rails unlike a centre mounted guide rail on the GPM III product. 

The advantages of this are increased cubic capacity of the body as well as better stability of the ejector panel. The new GPM IV tailgate is shorter giving less overhang, better manoeuvrability and better axle loadings.

Rossi Satellite RCV

The Rossi Satellite refuse collection vehicle has a capacity of 5.5cu m. The bodywork and compaction plate is constructed of high strength aluminium, the type used in the plane manufacturing industry. Aluminium construction gives a significant weight saving and returns a healthy payload when collecting municipal waste of 1,200kg. The equipment has a comb lifter which can handle containers from 80-1100 litres capacity to DIN 30740 specification as well as trunnion arms to DIN 30700 specification to handle containers of 660-1100 litres capacity using the trunnion pins on the sides of the container. 

The equipment is mounted on an Isuzu 3.5 tonne electric chassis, produced by Italian manufacturer Pretto. The chassis has a maximum speed of 90kph and can collect waste for eight hours before the batteries need to recharge themselves. The vehicle has two electric motors, with a patented simultaneous management of two electric motors on the same transmission with clutch and gearbox. This system maximises efficiency by controlling the temperature of the engine. 

The customer can decide on the number of batteries he requires. These vary from four to twelve batteries; depending on the customer’s specific requirements. 

The main advantage of the Isuzu electric chassis is low noise levels which is important when collecting waste in city centres at night or early in the morning. Another advantage of the product is that it can collect waste in narrow streets in the historic parts of city centres. Once it is full, the electric unit can discharge into either a Geesinknorba ‘G or N’ Series rear loading refuse collection vehicle which acts as a mothership transfer vehicle for the Rossi satellite units. 

This saves time travelling to the waste treatment plant, helping improve productivity. 

AMS electric unit

The AMS CL1 electric side loader offers a capacity of 25cu m. It has the lifting equipment to empty containers from 660-wheeled containers DIN 30740 and 3200 litre static containers. Since the equipment is electronic this helps to reduce noise levels and decrease fuel use. The equipment has been fitted to a Renault Premium 340 DXI 6x2 rear steer chassis of 26 tonne gross vehicle weight. The chassis includes a conventional day cab and vertical exhaust. 

Truck mounted sweepers

Another new Geesinknorba product is its truck mounted sweeper range. The equipment has been mounted on to a Scania P320CB4x2MHZ Euro 6 two-axle chassis complete with vertical exhaust. The chassis has been fitted with the Allison 3200R (GA766R) automatic transmission to help reduce driver fatigue. 

Hybrid refuse collection vehicle

The GPM III 20cu m 20H25 ‘LI-ON Power’ hybrid refuse collection vehicle comes complete with the Geesinknorba Combi Split bin lift. In split mode, the lift can handle containers of 80-360 litres capacity. In dual mode, the lift can handle containers of 660-1100 litres capacity - DIN 30740. Trunnion arms have been fitted to the Combi Split lift to handle DIN 30700 containers from 660-1100 litres capacities which have the trunnion pins fitted to the sides of these containers.

The hybrid consists of six lithium ion batteries which are charged by the engine. 

The batteries only need charging by a conventional electrical charge once a week. 

This is a big advantage to both municipalities and private contractors giving longer operating hours for collecting waste and very little downtime, compared to having to recharge the batteries on a daily basis. 

Other advantages of using the Geesinknorba ‘G and N’ Series ‘LI-ON Power’ products are reduced emissions as well as reduced carbon dioxide levels. 

The equipment has been mounted on a Volvo FE 6x2 rear steer 26 tonne chassis with the conventional 320-horse power diesel engine to Euro 6 specification. 

N Series rear loader

The ‘N’ Series rear loading waste collection vehicle has 22cu m capacity and the Geesinknorba HS500 split lift fitted. 

This split lift is a high level lift which can empty containers of 80-360 litres capacity in single mode. In dual mode, the lifter can empty containers to DIN 30740 specification from 80-1100 litres capacity. 

It has trunnion arms which can lift containers from 660-1100 litres capacity DIN 30700 using the trunnion pins on the sides of the 660 and 1100 litre containers. 

The ‘N’ Series unit has been mounted on to a Mercedes Econic 2635L 6x2 rear steer 26 tonne chassis of Euro 6 specification complete with the Allison 3000 Series automatic transmission.

Kiggen PTO compactor 

The Kiggen PTO compaction container has a capacity of 17.5cu m. This unit is for permanent mounting on a three axle 26 tonne truck chassis. The waste is loaded using a truck-mounted crane fitted between the cab and the front of the Kiggen PTO unit. 

This can lift a wide variety of containers used for collecting waste, for example, underground container systems, as well as igloos and banks positioned at street level for the collection of glass, plastic and paper and cardboard recyclables.

In conclusion, the future looks bright for Geesinknorba Spain with the introduction of the GPM IV range as well as the Rossi and AMS electric range into the Spanish waste collection market. Geesinknorba Spain has also become the sole distributor for the Knapen top loading walking floor trailer range across Spain, Portugal and its islands. 

The Knapen walking floor trailer range will also help to fulfill the needs of providing sustainable waste transfer systems for Spanish municipalities for many years to come.

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