EMR skiploader trucks feature ultimate specification 23 March 2011

Warrington-based European Metal Recycling reckons its latest four skiploaders represent the ultimate specification.

They are based on 400hp 6x2 Scania rigid trucks, with automatic gearboxes, each fitted with super-high spec Hyva skiploader bodywork, automated Hyva sheeting systems and featuring cab-only operation.

Lee Grayshon, EMR's northern transport manager, explains that two of the trucks will operate as solo units, while the others have been configured with higher power 400hp engines and drawbar couplings to run with skip-carrying trailers at the maximum permissible gtw of 44 tonnes.

"We went all out to maximise two main operating issues - firstly driver health and safety, and secondly payload and productivity," says Grayshon.

For the former, all aspects of using the Hyva skiploader equipment are now performed from inside the cab, he says. "There are no outside levers or controls at all."

Additionally, no less than four cameras have been installed – not just for reversing, but also on the towing eye (to ensure easy connection to the trailer), as well as on the tipping hooks, to ensure that the skip container has been loaded correctly.

Beyond these, Grayshon called for an Avery on-board weighing system for the lifting chains. That is accurate to within 20kg to prevent overloading the prime mover, and he points out that, if a skip is identified as too heavy for the truck, it can be carried on the low weight tandem or tri-axle trailer.

As for productivity, complete with their Hyva bodywork, the Scania chassis tip the scales at 13,500kg – so, with a maximum gvw of 24,750kg, there's a clear 11 tonnes load carrying available.

Grayshon makes the point that the 6x2s are significantly more productive and versatile than standard 4x2 18 tonners – with the extra mid-lift axle offering more than 6 tonnes additional payload potential per truck.

Also, the 4.5m outer axle spread of the midlift 6x2 configuration optimises vehicle stability when loading and unloading, he says – as well as minimising bodywork overhang at the rear.

"From the outset, we designed these trucks for the maximum possible productivity. As a major recycling company, EMR is completely focused on every aspect of reducing waste in the environment, and these new trucks let us get more work and productivity per vehicle than ever before," says Grayshon.

"UK legislation offers us a maximum weight potential of up to 44 tonnes, so we want to achieve the greatest possible versatility and return from our vehicles within that limit," he adds.

And he continues: "Two Hyva 8x4 hookloaders are also in build for us right now, and we will be running those as 44 tonnes gtw drawbars as well."

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Hyva (UK) Ltd
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd

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