Bridging the waste divide: Isuzu

Increasing demands on collection practices to keep up with the growing waste segment has influenced a new line-up of Isuzu Dual Control solutions.

Looking at the 2018 National Waste Report, the numbers tell us that Australians generate 67 million tonnes (Mt) of waste each year – of which 37 Mt comprises recycling.

Increasing recycling rates mean waste companies must adapt, travelling to new locations, carrying changing waste streams and taking on new assets and pieces of infrastructure.

While each waste company will have their own market reach, one major organisation has been growing its footprint and now holds around 5000 vehicles.

Moreover, innovation is conducive to winning new contracts in the evolving collection and resource recovery landscape.

To answer the call for efficient waste management, manufacturers must keep up with continued product investment and innovation. This allows them to deliver the outcomes expected by waste collection stakeholders.

As an essential service, waste management collection can be resource-intensive and competitive. Providing the best service provision in a cost-effective manner therefore continues to inspire a range of novel solutions.

Truck manufacturer Isuzu, which has a vision to lead the way in providing whole-of-life solutions for its customers, has been continuing to refine its products to improve its market offering.

Isuzu Australia Limited National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman, says the sheer scale of the waste management task calls for not only more waste transport solutions, but also a diverse, improved range of application-specific products.

“Taking into consideration the relentless demands on the equipment and an increasingly challenging environment, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind,” Les says.

He says that payload capacity, harsh stop-start operation and ease of operation, including visibility while driving, are important factors to consider. Likewise, Les says product performance and efficiency and product reliability and durability are equally considerable.

With all of these factors in play, Les says Isuzu Trucks’ release of an expanded Dual Control range is a timely addition to the waste solution market.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to bring additional factory dual control solutions to market,” Les says.

“Many would be aware of the discontinuation of some of the more traditional, go-to truck models in this sector. In response, we have a highly competitive, low tare weight solution on offer – one which ticks some key boxes for Australian operators.”

TAILORED SOLUTIONS

Les says the expanded Dual Control range was OEM-developed and designed to comfortably handle the demands of the local waste industry and landscape.

“The newly expanded Dual Control range combines product value and reliability with low tare weight, meaning more waste can be transported cost-effectively,” he says.

As the trucks have been designed specifically for Australian conditions, it was important a number of elements were taken into consideration.

For example, the range comprises key gross vehicle mass (GVM), specification and wheelbase variants, and caters to a broad range of waste applications, including road sweepers and side-lift compactors.

Starting the range is the dual-rated FSR 140/120-260 Dual Control, available in 12- and 14-tonne GVM models, followed by the slightly heftier FVD 165-300 Dual Control at 16.5 tonnes GVM.

Rounding out Isuzu’s offering are two heavier models, available in medium and long wheelbase options: the FVY 240-300 Dual Control and FVZ 240-300 Dual Control featuring a 24-tonne GVM rating.

Power comes from Isuzu’s six-cylinder, 24-valve 6HK1-TCC and TCS engines, renowned for their performance, economy and efficiency, especially under high-idle conditions.

Further tare weight reductions of up to 250 kilograms can be achieved with Hendrickson rear airbag suspension, which is available for the FVY and FVD models. Les says that for harsher, off-road environments, rugged steel spring rear suspension is an option.

Common features across all Isuzu dual control models include high precision cross shafts linking both left- and right-hand steering columns.

Both driving positions are furnished with ISRI 6860 adjustable air-suspended seats with integrated seat belts, offering maximum comfort and operational visibility.

All Isuzu dual control models also come equipped with Allison automatic transmission as standard equipment, from the LCT 2500 Series in the FSR, through to the rugged 3000 Series in the FVD model and the 3500 Series in the FVZ and FVY 6×4 variants.

DRIVER COMFORT

Catering to driver comfort and ease of use, the expanded Dual Control range features Allison automatic transmissions, and standard ISRI 6860 adjustable air-suspended seats with integrated seat belt across both left- and right-hand driving positions.

Both driving positions feature air-assisted steering wheel height adjustment, allowing complete driver customisation.

Additionally, the instrument panel is duplicated on the left-hand driving side for added ease of operation.

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Tackling the changing waste segment: Isuzu

Isuzu is responding to waste industry trends with a plan to improve fuel economy and durability through the launch of its new Dual Control waste and refuse line-up.

When problems in the Australian recycling sector arise, such as in the international landscape, it grabs our attention quickly.

At an on-the-ground level, the volatility of international recycling markets makes the triple bottom line an increasingly valuable proposition. In this vein, increased efficiencies and better environmental outcomes become critical to providing best practise contracts.

Amid the chorus of calls for transformational change to our waste and resource recovery systems, Isuzu Trucks is stepping up to the plate.

At this year’s Waste Expo, the company recently announced the launch of an all new dual control waste and refuse truck line-up with four models available (plus wheelbase options).

The new range of factory-built and backed dual control solutions hits the Australian market as the waste sector responds to a post National Sword era.

As the waste industry calls for greater efficiencies throughout their operations, the release of Isuzu’s new low-tare weight dual control waste solutions couldn’t be timelier.

Developed in Australia and with celebrated origins in Isuzu’s tried and tested FSR 140-260 4×2 Dual Control model, the new, expanded dual control range aims to offer high value coupled with reliability.

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) National Sales Manager Les Spaltman says the Isuzu Dual Control range represent best value and performance in each model and is smartly specified.

He says the factory developed range has been carefully designed for Australian conditions and considerations.

“Many would be aware of the discontinuation of some of the more traditional, go-to truck models in this sector. In response, we have a highly competitive, low-tare weight solution on offer – one which ticks some key boxes for Australian operators,” Les says.

The existing dual rated FSR dual control model is available in 12- and 14-tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) models.

It features robust Isuzu axles, multi-leaf steel spring rear suspension, dual circuit air over hydraulic front and rear drum brakes with ABS, Allison LCT 2500 transmission and ISRI 6860 with integrated seat belt in both left- and right-hand driver positions.

The new 16,500- and 24,000-kilogram GVM dual control models comprise standout componentry, including Hendrickson airbag rear suspension, which delivers substantial tare weight advantages. Les says these features offer a key advantage over competing brands.

The new FVZ dual control models use Isuzu’s robust six-rod and trunnion taper leaf type rear suspension, offering excellent levels of cross-articulation for work in arduous terrain, for example at a waste processing facility.

The new line-up applies the spotlight to two proven platforms from Isuzu’s medium-duty F Series line-up.

Isuzu’s Dual Control range boasts the company’s much-lauded six-cylinder, 24-valve 6HK1-TCC and TCS engines, renowned for their power, performance, economy and efficiency, especially under high idle conditions.

Common features across all Isuzu dual control models include high precision cross shafts linking both left- and right-hand steering columns.

Both driving positions are furnished with ISRI 6860 adjustable air-suspended seats with integrated seat belts, offering maximum comfort and operational visibility.

All Isuzu dual control models also come equipped with Allison automatic transmission as standard equipment, from the LCT 2500 Series in the FSR, through to the rugged 3000 Series in the FVD model and the 3500 Series in the FVZ and FVY 6×4 variants.

For ease of operation, the instrument panel has been duplicated on the left-hand driving side. Both driving positions feature air-assisted steering wheel height adjustment for complete driver customisation and control. The design also retains existing cab electrical harnessing, with ‘plug and play’ additional wiring harnesses.

Fresh safety elements include interlocks for control change overs, safety yellow grab handles and steps, along with Isuzu’s existing safety suite including ABS, RHS driver airbag and cornering lamps for urban laneway safety.

“We’ve worked really hard to develop a compelling total cost of ownership argument across these models,” Les says.

“Lower tare weights bring improved productivity and payload. And when you add the commonality of parts we’ve developed with our F Series range, the equation really adds up in favour of our customers.”     

Les says the trucks were designed specifically for Australian conditions and in response to industry needs.

“We have incorporated proven efficiencies across our engines, driveline and chassis componentry, wheelbase options and in-cab appointments, making this dual control line-up extremely competitive on a number of fronts.

“We know that when it comes to the waste and refuse industry, reliability, economy and durability are non-negotiables. We believe these new models have these qualities in spades.”

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