West-Trans launches new waste tarp technology


New South Wales transport equipment specialist, West-Trans Equipment, is now distributing TransCover tarpaulin systems into the Australian market.

The new tarpaulin technology is manufactured by UK-based TransCover and is purpose-built for the waste transport industry.

According to West-Trans Equipment, the TransCover system is lightweight, easy to install and economical to maintain. “TransCover had achieved this by developing a tarp cover that could operate in unison with a hooklift or a skiploader, which it called a HyCover and a Mini HyCover,” says Les Carpenter, General Manager of the West-Trans Group.

Carpenter says a key feature of the HyCover and Mini HyCover is that both products use air rather than hydraulics to extend the tower, and a high-duty cycle electric motor to extend and retract the tarp. “This results in a system that weighs just under 200kg, which is half the weight of the traditional hydraulically actuated tarps currently being used in Australia, at roughly 70 per cent of the cost.

“In addition, TransCover also manufactured an entry level tarp system to cater to budget-conscious operators, known as the PullCover. The PullCover system is fixed into the load board and operates with a simple spring-loaded drum, similar in operation to a Holland blind. All versions are available with and without side flaps.”

Read more at West-Trans 

Morbark 40/36 Whole Tree MicroChipper

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The Morbark 40/36 Whole Tree MicroChipper is a compact, affordable and productive drum chipper designed with the biomass industry in mind. Equipped with the same internal drive perfected on Morbark’s horizontal grinders, along with an extra- wide feed opening, the 40/36 model is meant to “aggressively” feed brushy tops and limbs, quickly and effortlessly lling a chip van to maximum legal load capacity.

At the heart of the MicroChipper is Morbark’s 16-knife Advantage 3 Drum, which is meant to decrease downtime while providing higher-quality, more uniform Micro-Chips. The 16-knife Advantage 3 Drum can also be quickly and easily converted to an eight-knife unit to produce a standard chip.

The feed system, meanwhile, is more ef cient due to a staggered knife con guration and contains fewer moving parts, thus reducing maintenance. In unison with the Morbark Integrated Control Systems (MICS), it automatically adjusts feed rates and monitors pressures and feed wheel position to maximize production and engine ef ciency.

The directional flow discharge chute is hydraulically adjustable by remote control for maximum chip loads. “The Morbark 40/36 Whole Tree MicroChipper is available as either a Wheeled or Tracked unit,” Morbark distributor, Lincom Group, explains, adding that “due to the versatility of the 16 Knife Advantage 3 Drum, and economy, due to low fuel consumption per tonne produced, the Morbark 40/36 MicroChipper is an ideal unit for any forward-thinking business within the Biomass Industry”.

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Turning time into money


With the acquisition of Perth Waste in June last year, Suez shows no signs of slowing down.

To support its ambitious growth objectives, it relies heavily on its fleet of collection vehicles that were specifically designed for the efficient and safe transport of waste materials between Western Australian sites. Most recently, the fleet has been bolstered with a $3.5 million investment in Azmeb’s High Volume Side Tippers, which Suez’ WA State Equipment Manager, Peter Spight, considers ideal to navigate the difficult terrain and lengthy hauls native to the WA countryside.

“The company was successfully operating these trailers in Cairns,” says Spight, who has been responsible for the purchase of company equipment for over five years. “We collected and viewed the data on the efficiency of the units and bought our first two units in 2013. The quick tip time over our current moving floor fleet and the much lower maintenance were the two key factors in our decision to go with Azmeb.”

Azmeb’s one-of-a-kind tippers can unload up to 10 times faster than traditional moving floor trailers, offering major productivity gains for companies like Suez. The units feature hinged upper bodies which effectively double their volumetric capacity with little increase in tare weight, while their simplified designs require half the maintenance of its moving floor counterparts, according to Azmeb.

Spight says the purchase was approved on a tonnes-per-dollar basis, taking into account costs, maintenance, depreciation and purchase price. When compared to compaction and moving floor trailers, Azmeb’s side tippers came out on top over a seven-year period. “Particularly when considering unloading times, maintenance costs and capital outlay the side tippers ticked all the right boxes,” he explains.

Suez’s new fleet of 14 side tippers, operational since October 2016, are primarily responsible for transporting commercial and household waste from WA Landfill Services’ transfer station in Welshpool to landfill in North Bannister – a 130km trek. The side tippers run in a pocket road train configuration, consisting of seven units each hosting two trailers and a dolly.

Quick tipping times result in less time spent by the road trains at the landfill site, Spight adds, with the fleet managing up to three trips and carting 120 tonnes of waste per day. Further, after identifying that the mix of product was changing towards lower tare industrial and construction waste, Suez was able to specify larger capacity tubs on the new trailers.

The new WA Landfill Services trailers have a total volume of 69m3 compared to the previous trailers, which measured 63m3 – a 9.5 per cent jump in capacity which has helped Suez increase its payload and returns.

To read more, see page 46 of Issue 10. 

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