McNeilus debuts CartSeeker automated curbside collection system
Also new from McNeilus: zero-radius automated side loader and Metro Pak Plus compact rear loader
McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc. debuted the latest in its fleet of technology-forward innovations at WasteExpo 2021. The company showcased their new Zero Radius Automated Side Loader with CartSeeker Curbside Automation and Telematics, which brings artificial intelligence to curbside waste collection, reducing costs by as much as eight percent. Also on display this year, the new, compact Metro Pak Plus Rear Loader.
According to McNeilus, it has partnered with industry-leading technology companies to infuse its trucks with innovations that help improve efficiency, longevity and safety while providing flexibility and cost savings.
"As North America's only factory-direct builder of garbage trucks, we are inspired by customer input and informed by industry trends to continually innovate on our best-in-class trucks. Our Metro Pak Plus Rear Loader, Zero Radius Automated Side Loader with CartSeeker Curbside Automation is a prime example of this," said Matt McLeish, vice president of sales and marketing at McNeilus. "It's yet another way we're knocking down barriers that get in the way of keeping your business - and the trash industry - running."
CartSeeker Curbside Automation
McNeilus' partner CartSeeker Curbside Automation uses a patented AI-based cart recognition technology that identifies and locates curbside waste carts and fully automates the operation of the truck's robotic lift arm without joystick manipulation. This helps cycle times, training time, safety, predictable scheduling and maintenance.
The robust vision recognition system technology identifies and determines the XYZ coordinates of curbside garbage carts in differing backgrounds, lighting and weather conditions. The carts are identified when in close proximity to other carts, at various angles to the curb, and whether or not they are open, closed or overflowing. Once the cart is identified, the operator simply activates "GO" and stops the truck in front of the cart which is then automatically picked up, dumped and placed back on the ground.
McNeilus Zero Radius Automated Side Loader
The new Zero Radius Automated Side Loader features the largest hopper available of any side loader on the market and an extremely fast pack cycle, according to McNeilus. It offers an innovative radius operation allowing for clearance issues, narrow streets, and alleyways. The arm reaches rather than swings out to grab 30-110 gallon cans. With optional 12-foot extended reach, it's easy to navigate cul-de-sacs and obstructions such as parked cars.
Other enhancements include McNeilus' CODE controls system. These simplified CAN-based controls provide complete vehicle diagnostics. The side loader includes an integrated smart fuse panel, reduced hardware requirements, pre-trip reminders, status messages and more.
This advanced refuse truck also features Tailgate CNG, an easy-to-service, efficient system that allows the truck to stand up to the demands of refuse and recyclables collection, and CartSeeker Curbside Automation that identifies and locates curbside waste carts and fully automates the operation of the truck's robotic lift arm without joystick manipulation.
The Zero Radius Automated Side Loader also benefits from significant fuel savings thanks to load-sense hydraulics. Full-eject body reduces chassis wear and simplifies operations, reducing exposure to hazards. A dump valve vents the oil, limiting operating pressure and helping the truck run more efficiently. And a non regen spool for ideal packer function and system pressure delivers the same amount of work with a lower amount of pressure.
Metro Pak Plus Rear Loader
At WasteExpo 2021 McNeilus also unveiled the lower cost, lower weight option of its rear loader model - the Metro Pak Plus Rear Loader. This tough truck caters to rural or condensed areas and helps fill fleet or route gaps.
Its compact body size is ideal for weight-restricted roadways, smaller routes, and tighter areas.
The Metro Pak Plus Rear Loader is available in 20 yd3, 17 yd3 and 14 yd3 capacities. And it's quick, with a 24-second packing cycle and compaction ratio of 650-900 pounds per cubic yard. Reinforced design on tailgate side walls and pack and sweep panel means it will stand up to even the toughest wear and tear. These trucks are also designed to be easy to operate, with high maneuverability, and low cost operation.