IVECO’s Marco Quaranta explains the complex testing and manufacturing of the company’s latest iteration of its iconic waste industry truck – the ACCO.
IVECO has offered a factory dual control system since 1992, providing refuse collection companies with an Australian-developed and factory-supported dual control steering set-up.
According to IVECO, unlike some manufacturers who retrofit their vehicles with products from after-market suppliers, the IVECO dual control system as fitted to the ACCO was developed in Australia to suit local conditions and extensively tried and tested in the field to ensure safety and reliability.
The IVECO-engineered dual control system offers a functional design, featuring a cross shaft and mitre box arrangement that does not require an additional steering box. The cabin dash is also duplicated with all the main controls conveniently located in the centre console.
Ease of operation is another key feature of the IVECO system with right-hand-side to left-hand-side drive actuated with the flick of a control switch and a pivoting ‘flip over’ transmission console.
As it’s developed in-house and installed along IVECO’s own local production line, the IVECO dual control system offers significant cost benefits compared to retrofitted systems. Other notable efficiencies arise at the time of maintenance or repair, with faster and more affordable access to parts and servicing via the IVECO dealer network.
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IVECO has announced the next generation ACCO model that will be manufactured at IVECO’s Melbourne production facility, sharing the architecture with the Stralis X-Way.
Commercial vehicle manufacturer IVECO recently launched a Euro 6-rated Stralis X-Way as part of a new range specifically developed for vocational and construction applications. The range is suited to operations in which on-road work may also require a level of off-road mobility IVECO announced this week.
In terms of the next ACCO, the company is consulting with the waste industry to develop a variety of body mounting and chassis layout to suit a variety of bodies.
For waste collection applications, IVECO will continue to offer a dual control system.
IVECO Australia Business Director Bruce Healy said the ACCO was an Australian transport industry legend, and that given its status in the market, IVECO was working tirelessly to ensure a new ACCO would do the iconic nameplate proud.
“Developed for the Australian army in the years following World War II, the ACCO is Australia’s first locally-designed and manufactured truck,” Mr Healy said.
“Following its inception, the model quickly made the transition from army to civilian life and found a home in all manner of applications, from vocational work to line-haul and everything in between.
“In developing the new ACCO, IVECO has combined many of the much-loved attributes of the previous model with cutting-edge technology borrowed from the Stralis X-Way platform – it’s been a joint effort between our local engineering department and the design team at IVECO’s European headquarters,” he said.
- IVECO factory dual control systems
- IVECO provides a complete refuse collection solution
- IVECO’s Personalised Maintenance Contracts
ACCO models will feature SCR Euro 6, Cursor 9 engines with between 310 and 360 horsepower and 1300 and 1650 newton metres of torque with emission control handled via IVECO’s Hi-eSCR system. The engines will be matched to the Allison Generation Five 3200 Series, 6-speed full automatic transmission.
Aside from the adoption of new cleaner, more efficient Euro 6-rated Cursor engines, the new ACCO range has also made significant gains in the area of safety, which will position the model as one of the safest available in the heavy duty truck market.
Included as standard is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Braking System (EBS), Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), axle load indicator, electronic battery cut-out and L.E.D daytime running lamps and rear L.E.D lights.
Operators will also benefit from a new cabin design that offers additional visibility and comfort combined with the easy access the previous generation ACCOs were well regarded for.
Another familiar feature includes the three-piece steel front bumper with headlight mesh protection providing added durability and lower maintenance costs if these components are damaged in the field.
Inside the cabin, the operator is treated to an ergonomically-designed work space with modern instrument cluster and intuitive dashboard layout.
Creature comforts include a variety of standard and optional equipment including automatic climate control, ISRI air suspension seat for driver and passenger and heated and motorised mirrors.
But staying true to its heritage, the new ACCO has retained its simple interior design with the use of tough, hardwearing plastics and easy-clean trim for easier upkeep in dirty environments to provide the best of both worlds.
Pictured: The Euro 6-rated Stralis X-Way was launched at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in October.
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While the venerable ACCO might be the most recognised truck in the waste collection industry due to its long history, proven durability and fit-for-purpose construction, it’s by no means the only model IVECO earning a keep in this demanding industry.
Locally-made Stralis models are also on the scene, successfully tackling a range of hooklift bin applications, providing operators with a modern and efficient 6×4 and 8×4 platform. As with the ACCO, being built in Melbourne, the Stralis can be customised along the assembly line, providing faster and more efficient body fitment and delivery to customers. Depending on the model selected, the scope for modification can be made considerable.
To achieve the desired end outcome, IVECO’s local engineering and manufacturing teams work closely with the customer and bodybuilder in specifying and manufacturing the vehicle, and there’s also the opportunity for all involved to visit the manufacturing facility to view progress on the build.
As well as targeting traditional waste applications like sideloader and front lift compactors and hook lift work, IVECO has an eye on the future with its development of a smaller compactor models based on the 12 to 16 tonne Eurocargo range.
A shift towards apartment and townhouse living as well as a rise in gated communities such as retirement villages, means that larger, more traditional refuse collection vehicles can struggling with this more confined infrastructure.
With this in mind, IVECO has developed a dual control cab chassis that can accommodate a 14-cubic metre compactor body providing up to five tonnes of payload. Featuring a shortened wheelbase, the Eurocargo compactor is extremely manoeuvrable and has a lower tare weight which allows it better access to tighter private access roads that have gross vehicle mass restrictions.
For a closer look at the IVECO range, please see: www.iveco.com.au
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Managing a fleet of vehicles can be a balancing act, especially when it comes to maintenance. IVECO’s Elements packages cover a range of options, from routine scheduled servicing through to total maintenance and repair. Whether you are an individual owner operator or the owner of a large fleet, Elements is suitable.
The Elements packages allow fleet operators to budget for costs in advance, avoiding unforeseen outlays by delivering a range of tailored packages designed to maximise vehicle uptime. It aims to provide operators with the flexibility to develop a maintenance regime best suited to their application. For a fixed monthly fee, operators know that their van or truck maintenance is taken care of.
Personalised maintenance contract packages are available across the full range of IVECO vans and trucks and over the past 12 months, the program has been reviewed and adjusted with the goal of providing customers with even greater value. There’s also the peace of mind of knowing that servicing and repairs are being carried out by IVECO-trained technicians to exacting manufacturer standards using IVECO genuine parts.
According to IVECO, here are the top reasons to consider its personalised maintenance contracts:
1. Individually tailored packages to best suit your application and requirements
2. Competitively-priced monthly fee
3. Better control of customer balance sheets via known service costs
4. Work undertaken by skilled factory-trained technicians
5. Use of IVECO genuine parts to maintain resale value
6. Better cash flow and budget control
7. Customers can concentrate on their core business leaving servicing to the experts at IVECO
8. Added convenience and peace of mind
9. The flexibility to use one of IVECO’s 60 dealerships or parts and service outlets nationwide.