The hydraulic compaction model: Hyva Equipment

HSR Southern Cross details the long-time sustainability benefits of high spec compaction and energy efficiency, with help from Hyva Equipment.

The manufacturing sector is under renewed pressure to produce sustainably, with resource efficiency, energy consumption and the environmental cost of packaging taking centre stage in current climate and waste management discussions.

Hyva, an internationally transport solutions company, is taking this pressure seriously, having committed to playing an active role in the responsible minimisation of its operational environmental impacts.

To achieve this, Hyva has implemented lean and sophisticated production methods that not only offer substantial sustainability benefits via resource efficiency, but present cost and quality advantages as well.

In addition to streamlining production processes, Hyva has introduced waste registration systems, and works to actively promote the use of returnable and reusable packaging by their main original equipment manufacturer customers. One such customer is HSR Southern Cross, which has been operating as Hyva’s master waste product distributor for more than six years.

According to Martyn Cross, HSR Southern Cross Managing Director, Hyva’s commitment to sustainable practices is one of many reasons his company continues its relationship with the globally recognised brand.

“Founded over 40 years ago, Hyva is one of the leading international providers of innovative and efficient transport solutions for the waste and environmental management sector,” Martyn says.

“With 25,000 customers and over 40 per cent of the global hydraulic solutions market, the company operates in more than 130 countries. This means they can continue to innovative and provide solutions, such as the strongest front-end hydraulic telescope cylinder in the world, which was developed recently.”

Providing compaction solutions for a range of multinational waste companies, HSR Southern Cross operates primarily as a fabrication and engineering company, with a specialisation in hydraulics and auto electrical.

Servicing Veolia, Remondis, SUEZ and JJ Richards, Martyn says HSR’s relationship with Hyva allows them to provide products that facilitate higher payloads, longer lifespans and efficient and faster collections.

“Before working with Hyva, we identified a gap in the Australian market, whereby operators wanted to look at other models, due to a level of dissatisfaction with readily available compaction technology,” Martyn says.

“Hyva products are of a higher end spec and having been used extensively throughout Europe and the America’s, have demonstrated benefits for the waste and resource recovery industry.”

While HSR covers all of Hyva’s mounted truck equipment range, from cranes, hook loaders, skip loaders and hydraulics, Martyn highlights its new range of R-Line compactors as a particularly significant development for the Australian waste market.

“The new R-Line range comprises three models, each with different capacity ranges: from 6 to 24 cubic metre capacities,” Martyn says.

Constructed from high tensile and wearable steel in abrasive exposed areas, the units are extremely durable, he adds, facilitating a long operating life and associated return on investment.

“The range provides high collection efficiency via small diameter cylinders, which deliver faster operations and double pump for simultaneous operations of packer and bin lifter, while continuing to reduce vehicle tare weights. Higher payloads are also achieved through high compaction force and lightweight body design.”

The environmental credentials of the compactors are strong too, Martyn says, with complete rubber seals in the tailgate area, and sewage collection and drainage at the base of the container and tailgate.

“As an option, an electronically driven, plasticised canvas shuffle-plate can be added to the door to close off the loading area. This allows loading to be done manually by hydraulic bin lift or by skip lifters,” Martyn says.

Another benefit of HSR’s Hyva range, Martyn says, is that the engineering department at HSR integrates a Danfoss Plus 1 Intelligent Control System as a standard inclusion to the entire R-line compactor range.

“With the inclusion of the Danfoss Intelligent Control System come the benefits of reduced complexity of operations to service, maintenance and diagnostics and reduce energy consumption,” Martyn says.

“Using the Danfoss Intelligent Control System, the compactor knows how much pressure it is using and can ramp up or down depending on specific material needs.”

According to Martyn, HSR does not build to order, but to stock, meaning they maintain a range of Hyva R-Line Compactors and parts that can be customised to suit individual customer needs.

“With that in mind, we cover the whole range of truck mounted wheel loaders and compactors from six cubic metres all the way up to 24,” he says.

Martyn says all Hyva units are elaborately transformed HSR in Australia, which is helping to ensure future generations of Australian manufacturers benefit from their investment in local highly skilled labour in the Australian work force.

“We bring a super structure over, which we then use skilled Australian labour to transform and install hydraulics and electrics,” Martyn says.

“So, we always have a very high Australian manufacturing content in our machines.”

While Hyva waste products are distributed in Australia only by HRS HSR Southern Cross, Martyn says HSR’s nationwide dealership network means customers never have to wait for parts or servicing.

“We provide extensive after sales support, with dealerships in every state and territory other than the Northern Territory. Where our teams in QLD and WA are more than equipped to service that market,” he says

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Lubricating the waste sector: Gulf Western Oil

Ben Vicary, Gulf Western Oil Director, speaks with Waste Management Review about achieving machine and vehicle efficiency with high-quality oils and lubricants.   

Sustainability discourse often centres around big ideas – the circular economy, digital transformation and export markets. Without consistent and steady operational chains on the ground, however, the ability to translate those ideas into practice is limited.

While not as glamourous as high-tech plastic reprocessing plants or multi-million-dollar waste-to-energy facilities, kerbside collections and waste transfer stations are a critical component of the sustainability system. So too are the vehicles and equipment that facilitate their operations and function as a link between consumer and recycler.

As Director of a national lubricant manufacture and supply company, Ben Vicary of Gulf Western Oil understands the importance of streamlined processes. Given accelerating waste generation rates, he says it’s important now more than ever that waste and resource recovery vehicles maintain uptime and high efficiency levels.

Ben adds that lubricants, an often-forgotten component of waste and resource recovery operations, are critical to machine and vehicle maintenance in harsh, stop-start waste environments.

“Waste facilities have some of the harshest conditions for heavy vehicles possible. Trucks collecting at kerbside for example have to deal with a lot of dust, while waste transfer station vehicles need to contend with extreme temperatures and constant heavy loads,”

“It is definitely a very demanding environment, that’s for sure.”

To minimise vehicle challenges and ensure productivity, Ben says Gulf Western Oil has long-term lubricants and maintenance contracts with a range of leading Australian waste management and resource recovery organisations.

“We work with a number of companies that operate hundreds of vehicles for municipal and commercial waste contracts, including heavy vehicles, cars and various light vehicles,” he says.

“If they don’t keep their equipment lubricated and in-check, they won’t be able to effectively service those contracts, which highlights the importance of reliable and trustworthy relationships with quality lubricant suppliers.”

As a family-owned and operated business, Gulf Western Oil has been producing maintenance products for the Australian market since 1988.

Embracing leading global lubricant programs such as the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Management System Certification, API and OEM approvals, Gulf Western Oil prides itself on only using the highest quality virgin base oils and technologically advanced American Petroleum Institute approved additive systems.

Gulf Western Oil’s extensive range of products includes full synthetic and semi synthetic engine oils, transmission fluids, diff and hydraulic oils, gear oils, coolants, greases and cleaners. Ben adds that the Gulf Western Oil range is continually growing. One of Gulf Western’s most popular ranges is “Top Dog” which has both mineral and semi synthetic options available.

The unique formulation of this particular range contains performance-enhancing wear protection, oxidation control and contaminant handling technology that exceeds the requirements of current lubricant specifications. This facilitates improved efficiencies, Ben says, while reducing downtime within mixed fleets, especially in the harsh conditions of the waste management sector.

Additionally, Gulf Western Oil’s range of coolants and greases work to manage load bearing in high-temperature, high-load and extreme operating environments. The waste sector has highly stringent industry standards and corrective services and maintenance regimes, Ben says. He adds that Gulf Western Oil’s products always go above and beyond those standards.

“We’ve been told by clients that they often drain oil that’s still in good condition, which goes to show the quality of our product. This kind of feedback is what we love to hear,” he says.

In addition to product quality, Ben says Gulf Western Oil’s commitment to service and after-sales support is a high priority for the company.

When clients require oil sampling or information on a product, Ben says they can send an information request via phone, email or through their website. “Customer service is something we pride ourselves on, so we always ensure our responses are prompt, no matter how they are received,” Ben says.

“Our Gulf Western Oil sales representatives work extremely hard to develop strong relationships with their clients and their teams. They make sure to touch base with everyone regularly, keeping them up to date with new developments and products.”

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The Dennis Eagle difference: Penske Commercial Vehicles

Penske Commercial Vehicles has applied a variety of lessons from the United Kingdom to ensure its Dennis Eagle brand meets local congestion-busting challenges.

The silver and white Dennis Eagle body complemented a multitude of familiar favourites as stakeholders turned out to Melbourne’s Sandown Park Hotel on a slightly chilly morning.

At the end of last year, Penske Commercial Vehicles held an industry breakfast and vehicle display with its customers from Cleanaway, Bucher Municipal, Citywide and other organisations. In addition to a walkthrough of the trucks, the event featured a comprehensive explanation of Penske’s global and local footprint.

Many in the industry would be familiar with Penske Commercial Vehicles’ distributed range of commercial vehicles, including Western Star Trucks, MAN Trucks & Bus and, of course, the iconic Dennis Eagle refuse brand.

While detailing Penske’s global footprint and remanufacturing capabilities, Shannon Mair, Group National Fleet Sales Manager at Penske Commercial Vehicles, explained that the company continues to grow its capabilities.

“We’ve got a very strong footprint of support in the highly populated areas and on the main routes throughout Australia,” he said, adding that the company also had a strong regional presence.

He then went on to provide a history of the Dennis Eagle brand – a waste industry staple. With a British engineering history dating back to the turn of the 20th century, Dennis Eagle is one of the oldest producers of refuse collection vehicles in the world.

The company was founded in 1895 by John and Raymond Dennis and produced its first motor vehicle in 1899. Now owned by Terberg RosRoca Group, Dennis Eagle has 900 units in service across Australia, with more than 40 councils operating vehicles. The brand offers a range of refuse collection solutions, including the Dual Control and RHS Elite models.

“Many people associate the Penske brand with motor racing. The reason why we talk about the race team being an integral part of our organisation is that our Founder Roger Penske is very passionate about motor racing, and the very same ethos he applies in running a race team – precision, efficiency, dedication – is the same ethos that drives the whole organisation.”

Dennis Eagle collection vehicles have seen hundreds of deliveries over the years from the likes of Cleanaway, Veolia, SUEZ, J.J. Richards, Citywide and WM Waste.

Shannon illustrated that in Australia over the past decade, more than 1600 pedestrians and at least 350 cyclists were killed by vehicles. With London being a well-known congested city, the research shows 25 per cent of pedestrian and 35 per cent of cyclist fatalities involve a truck or heavy goods vehicle.

The research conducted for Transport for London has underpinned Penske Commercial Vehicle’s understanding of blind spots and allowed it to share the importance of the driver’s direct vision – an aspect that is equally as relevant in Australia.

One of the key factors behind the Dennis Eagle difference is its low-entry design, providing best-in-class direct vision, single step entry and a true flat door. Shannon said single step also offers good grip, which is important from an OH&S perspective.

“In the next couple of years, you won’t be able to bring a standard forward control truck into the centre of London. Every vehicle will have to be a low-entry vehicle,” he said.

“When you go out and see the vehicles out in the carpark and sit into the driver’s seat, you will actually notice the driver’s window is in line with your hip and has excellent panoramic view of the surroundings around the vehicle.”

It’s these features that prompted Citywide to begin running a fleet of Dennis Eagles around mid-2018. David Weston, Group Asset Manager at Citywide, says the company saw an opportunity to upgrade its fleet with enhanced technology and capability. Citywide now has around 15 Dennis Eagle Elite models, in both right hand steer and dual control configuration in the fleet.

“The key considerations for us when selecting the Dennis Eagles were around safety, usability by our drivers as well as technical functions,” David explains.

“It was primarily about ensuring drivers have good visibility and can see what is going on around them and better capability to operate, particularly in built-up environments with pedestrians and vehicle traffic.”

He says Citywide use a combination of side loaders and rear loaders for residential and general waste collection from single and multi-unit dwellings, with vehicles designed to suit the work environment, bin configuration and waste requirement.

“The vehicles really suit use within the built-up environment. The length and turning circle improve manoeuvrability and the large cab glass area helps minimise blind spots where pedestrians or cyclists could be hard to see.”

He says the company does not opt for a one-size-fits-all approach and matches the body configuration to the vehicle to optimise manoeuvrability and weight-carrying capacity.

David says the vehicle is custom spec’d with safety features such as rear and side warning devices.

Further supporting the concept is a five-star rating by the Heavy Goods Vehicle Blind Spots Report by Loughborough University’s Design School, based in the UK. The school produced a report that compared vehicles by leading manufacturers to determine how well drivers could see vulnerable road users and found the Dennis Elite 6 outperformed each one in terms of visibility.

A deep step, full width of the doorway in the Dennis Eagle product, ensures a secure footing and significantly reduces trip and fall hazards linked to entry and exit of vehicles.

The walk-through design includes a full stand-up height cab, completely flat floor and clear walkway with no obstructions. Drivers can easily cross cab and never have to enter or exit the vehicle from the traffic side, improving safety and productivity.

David says running costs are also an important consideration and the use of well-known brand components for the engine, transmission and drive axle make maintenance and repair activities easier to manage.

“Another aspect is Penske’s support and backup network across the country,” he says.

“Penske has been very responsive when we’ve had discussions with them during procurement and post-procurement to assist us optimise vehicle specifications and uptime.”

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