Revolutionary new automated side-loading collection body
Inpak Vehicles, based out of Drummondville, Quebec, has introduced a revolutionary refuse and recyclables collection truck body. Called the Détritube, this cylindrically-shaped side-loading collection truck body is 30 percent lighter than traditional collection bodies, according to company president André Nadeau. He says their new truck will actually load more than its own weight, consumes less energy than traditional bodies and due to its aluminum construction, is resistant to acidic waste and does not rust.
The Détritube optimizes loading capacity, with total payload volume up to 33 cubic metres (43 cubic yards) and weight up to 13,637 kg (30,000 pounds). Higher volume load capacity is achieved because of its rounded body shape. Plus, by requiring less pressure to compact loads in a cylinder, hydraulic needs are reduced and fuel is saved. The unit’s patented Sweepn’ Seal system sweeps materials from the hopper, which is then compacted by a unique, low-wear compactor that uses fewer parts, fewer hydraulics and does not require adjustment. The main compactor sits on one-piece, heavy-duty extrusion rails and rolls on cam bearings, thereby avoiding friction from the bottom floor.
The Détritube was specifically designed for residential pick up, and will handle large 360-litre containers. Besides refuse, these trucks are ideal for recyclables including paper, cardboard and plastics, and for food waste and organics pick up – especially where strict weight restrictions apply. Units also use a small number of parts, and feature a lower fuel consumption, low emissions and low maintenance requirements, as well as fast cycles and easy to use controls.
The Détritube’s hydraulic system includes a non-pressurized hydraulic tank and relief valves on all circuits. Plus, a unique automated arm, called the SniperXL10, is specially designed and positioned to reduce load swinging, and features fewer parts, fast cycles, no mechanical adjustments and uses long-lasting taper lock pins instead of bushings. Total equipment weight (including arm and hydraulics) is 10,000 pounds.
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