Chuck Novak, who since 2005 has overseen the street and sanitation management for Cuyahoga Falls, a city of 50,000 in eastern Ohio, is a consummate team player when it comes to waste-disposal equipment selection.
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Heil Environmental is the world's premier manufacturer of ultra-durable, high productivity, custom-configured refuse collection vehicles and the industry's leading provider of automation solutions that help customers achieve the lowest total cost of ownership.
Heil's refuse collection bodies include a wide variety of front loaders, side loaders, rear loaders, and recycling units. Heil is renowned for training, after-the-sale support, and truck bodies noted for productivity, long life, ease of maintenance, and operator safety.
Heil has introduced the new Odyssey automated front loader (AFL), a lighter, more efficient, purpose-built residential front loader collection vehicle, which the company says, represents the next level for automated front loaders. “Customer feedback is essential to our R&D and engineering, and many of the features on the Odyssey were developed or enhanced based on what we hear from operators,” said Jayson Thorp, Heil’s residential product group manager.
At the 2012 Waste Expo, Autocar, Curotto-Can and Heil introduced a new completely integrated, customer-driven solution called the Automated Front Loader. Dubbed by the companies as “the future of automation to haulers”, the offering combines a lightweight Heil Half/Pack Freedom front loader body with an Autocar Xpeditor chassis and a Curotto-Can Slammin’ Eagle container.
The latest model MultiTask SL drop frame side loader is a three-in-one collection vehicle featuring a drop-frame chassis configuration and dual side-loading capability that allows operators to collect containers in manual, semi-automated and automated modes. According to Heil, the new vehicle reduces the total time needed to collect a standard route of residential waste or recyclables by 20 percent or more with single-operator capability.
Heil Environmental has released an upgraded version of its Rapid Rail automated arm, incorporating Service Smart design standards. The new arm, which may be purchased on the Rapid Rail line of refuse and recycling bodies, is also available as a retrofit kit. The new arm is designed to achieve greater overall life expectancy, and allows users to replace an existing Rapid Rail automated arm quickly and easily, thereby extending the useful life of a Heil body in an efficient way.
The new and improved MultiTask SL drop frame side loader is designed specifically to increase efficiency. The MultiTask SL is a three-in-one collection vehicle featuring a drop-frame chassis configuration and dual side-loading capability that allows operators to collect containers in manual, semi-automated and automated modes. According to Heil, the new vehicle reduces the total time needed to collect a standard route of residential waste or recyclables by 20 percent or more with single-operator capability. “The new MultiTask SL boasts a number of value-adding customer features and benefits,” explains Jody Hurley, Heil product manager. “An optional, strengthened and redesigned TeleGrip lift arm can be utilized on automated and semi-automated vehicles to further increase efficiencies. The new TeleGrip arm features an exceptional cycle time ranging from 8 to 20 seconds, and 88 inches of reach. It is designed with maximum productivity in mind; grabbers may be stowed in a work-ready position at the chassis frame rail for a surprisingly slim width of less than 102 inches.” “For operation in communities that require a narrow 96-inch vehicle width, the MultiTask SL easily stores the lift in the vehicle’s hopper,” adds Hurley. The TeleGrip’s design permits the MultiTask SL to be used in narrow streets and alleys, with the arm acting as a cart tipper for receptacles that may be located close to the vehicle body. And a low body height limits the potential for paper to blow out of the hopper during tipping, while simultaneously providing for complete dumping of over-filled 96 gallon containers. Additional efficiencies are achieved with the MultiTask SL in the way it compacts and stores its payload. Units allow operators to continue picking up and dumping waste containers while the packer blade is retracted or extended, and further maximizes effective time on routes by utilizing the ReadyPack feature, which automatically compacts the payload with every arm cycle. “The MultiTask SL is built on Heil’s exclusive fully-welded interlaced sub-frame for superior resistance to salt and corrosion,” says Hurley. “It also offers a number of other key productivity-boosting features including: the industry’s largest hopper capacity, twin dump-hoist cylinders, Heil’s exclusive Shur-Lock hydraulic tailgate locks, and Heil’s Operate-at-Idle System. To meet customer needs, Heil offers four body capacities: 24, 27, 30 and 33 cubic yards.”
The STARR (SemiTrailer Automated Rapid Rail) System consists of an automated Rapid Rail arm mounted on a truck tractor, and a detachable, semitrailer packer body. This arrangement gives the STARR a 42-foot curb-to-curb turning radius – 40 percent better than that of a standard straight-frame truck. The STARR’s design lets operators keep hauling long after other refuse collection vehicles would have to head to the disposal site. When a STARR body is full, the operator can simply detach it, hook up an empty one, and continue.
Designed in collaboration with The Curotto-Can company, Heil has updated its Half/Pack front loaders to improve integration with the Curotto-Can automated system. The Curotto-Can system, which is now a standard factory option for the Half/Pack, consists of an extendable arm attached to a collection can. The system is mounted onto a front loader’s forks to enable haulers to utilize refuse collection vehicles for automated refuse and recycling collection in addition to commercial collection. The latest Half/Pack improvements, including minor structural and optimized electrical and hydraulic control systems, are designed to enhance performance when using the Curotto-Can.
The STARR automated side loader, semi-trailer refuse and recycling collection system consists of an automated Rapid Rail arm mounted on a truck tractor, and detachable, semi-trailer packer bodies. The STARR features a 42-foot turning radius and allows operators to fill two trailers and then haul both, with up to 18 tons of payload. The latest STARR model includes improvements and updates to the automated arm structure, electrical system and hydraulics. The arm has an eight-foot reach, 1,600-pound lift capacity, and an eight-second cycle time.