WasteExpo lights up Las Vegas

PUTTING It All Together…With Something for Everyone was the theme of WasteExpo 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year's show featured 445 exhibitors, of which 135 were new to WasteExpo. The show attracted more than 7,800 industry buyers, a 10% increase from the 2004 show in Dallas, Texas. In addition to attracting attendees from all 50 states, international participation also was significant in 2005. As part of the US Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program, WasteExpo hosted more than 1,000 international attendees from 60 countries.

The WasteExpo Show Floor expanded to two levels of exhibits featuring the latest in solid waste technologies and recycling equipment. Pavilions on the WasteExpo 2005 exhibit floor included the E-Recycling Pavilion showcasing exhibits from relevant industry suppliers. The Technology Pavilion featured the latest in computer hardware and software, communications equipment, and fleet management applications for the waste industry. Exhibiting companies in the Truck Components & Supplies Pavilion displayed their replacement parts, safety equipment and alarms, engines, suspension systems, tires, tarps, hydraulic and electronic systems, lubricants, pumps, and transmission components.

Organized by Primedia Business Exhibitions and sponsored by Waste Age magazine and the Environmental Industry Associations, WasteExpo is North America's largest trade show serving the entire solid waste and recycling industry.

WasteExpo 2006 will be held at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center April 25-27 in New Orleans with conference sessions beginning April 24.

The MultiTask SL drop-frame side loader from Heil Environmental Industries, Chattanooga TN, has a wheelbase that is 18 inches shorter than its previous model for a tighter turning radius. It can be equipped to handle automated, semi-automated, or manual routes — or all three — during residential service. Hopper doors are on both sides, and low loading sills enable operators to toss in refuse by hand from both sides of the street. The proprietary Radial Crusher panel rotates 250 degrees from the back of the hopper wall, compressing refuse and sweeping it through the compaction chamber fully into the body. This eliminates repeated, time-consuming cycling. The Radial Crusher clears the hopper, which eliminates the residue of refuse trapped in the hopper after dumping and provides maximum payload capacity each time. The MultiTask SL body lifts 37 degrees to discharge its load, offering greater stability on uneven terrain found in landfills. Body capacities are available in 23, 26, 30, and 33 cubic yards.

Fontaine Modification, Charlotte NC, exhibited its Alligator Hood as one example of products the company manufactures at turn-key facilities adjacent to OEM truck assembly plants. Currently available only on the Freightliner M-2 chassis, the alligator hood offers easy access to work truck engine compartments usually inhibited by front-end equipment and tilt-forward hoods. Simply unhook the two hood latches, use the hydraulic pump to raise hood to the desired position, and secure the hood with prop rod for safe access. For Freightliner models M-2 106 and M-2 112, GVW capacities range from 35,000 lb on 4×2 to 66,000 lb on 6×4 with front axle ratings from 12,000 lb to 20,000 lb. Integral front frame extensions are in six-inch increments from 6 to 24 inches in extension length. This truck modification provides applications in the municipal, utility, and emergency vehicle markets by eliminating the need to remove front-mounted equipment, such as snowplows. Ship-thru agreements allow Fontaine to modify trucks for OEMs and then return them to their freight systems for final delivery.

Autocar Trucks, Hagerstown IN, says it has increased the efficiency of the electronically controlled HVAC system in its low cab forward Xpeditor trucks by 28 % because channels for air flow are molded into the dashboard. Driver visibility has increased because of a lowered forward edge of the dash. Hendrickson HaulMAAX heavy-duty rear suspension is standard for Xpeditors. Engines include power choices from Cummins and Caterpillar ranging from 275 to 385 horsepower and displacements from 8.3 to 11 liter.

McNeilus, Dodge Center MN, took the high road in unveiling its M5 rear loader for the first time at Waste Expo. The Oshkosh Truck Corporation company markets five reasons to purchase its unit: versatile, lighter weight, fast cycle times, durable, and price. Five sizes in body capacity range from 10 to a maximum of 20 yards. The M5 rear loader packs up to 1,000 lb per yard (depending on packing density of materials) because of high tensile strength wear-resistant steel plate in key areas of the body. Construction includes arched 1/8-inch sides and AR500 for hopper floor, and sides of the three-yard tailgate are 8 gauge.

AMREP Inc, Ontario CA, which manufactures about 550 trucks annually, says aesthetics of truck bodies is a major component of its customers' satisfaction — most of them located in Southern California. The elliptical side loader designed with no exterior ribs was introduced by the company about a year ago. Body is constructed of AR450. The new smooth shell is a 30-36 cubic yard body with standard full push out ejection. Lifting mast has 114" reach with a 10-second dump cycle. Self-leveling clamps handle 30- to 105-gallon carts.

Standard equipment on all Leach (Oshkosh WI) front loaders includes Durascope pack-eject cylinders, which feature an enhanced seal configuration with improved wear and temperature resistance, along with an aggressive, can-type wiper. A tool-steel shaver is incorporated to remove accumulated debris from the cylinder rods, as well as minimizing minor blemishes, nicks, and dings.

Kann Manufacturing Corporation, Guttenberg IA, displayed its single-axle side loader as an alternative for refuse companies servicing smaller city routes. Body and container are exempt from federal excise tax, says Bob Jones, senior engineer. The 33,000-GVW side loader is 2,500-lb lighter than previous single-axle models, and the 217-inch wheel base was shortened for a tighter turning radius. A 2.8-cu-yd front container can hold recycled materials, such as glass, while main compartment is available in 15- or 20-cu-yd capacities. Both compartments have curb and street loading capability. Each loading trough provides for bag, bulk, and cart routes with an optional cart tipper. Compaction is up to 700 lb/cu yd payload. The show unit at WasteExpo has an 8,000-lb body with 11-gauge side walls and 3/16-inch floor.

J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, Somerset PA, a division of Somerset Welding & Steel, started production of its ClassicLite Tipper trailer in November 2004, says John Skelly, national accounts manager. Weighing 12,000 lb, the 48-ft-long 102-in-wide ClassicLite trailer has a 115-cu-yd capacity and is built with a combination of high-strength alloys. Lighter weight aluminum landing gear, new aluminum sub frame suspension, and high-strength aluminum sidewalls have helped to reduce trailer weight by about 2,000 lb. Lightweight fifthwheel assembly is made of Hardox AR450 steel.

Donovan Enterprises, Stuart FL, unveiled its new Mantis II automatic rolloff covering system, which uses no chains or sprockets. Rich Coughtry says Donovan has been selling the new and improved system since the beginning of this year. He demonstrates how the tower rises straight up at maximum height. This prevents the tarp from being accidentally pushed against the back of the truck cab. The low-profile front cradle rests on the rails and allows for maximum seal of 10- and 15-cu-yd rolloff containers. The roller bar prevents dragging the tarp over the load.

Travis Body & Trailer, Houston TX, displayed its Aero-Live trailer equipped with a Hallco Tufdeck floor with Topseal. David Lowery, Hallco Manufacturing Co (Tillamook OR), says the leak-resistant decking with overlapping slats lock out debris and grit while providing full, complete floor-length protection.

Titan Trailers, Delhi ON, displayed a 40-ft Thinwall aluminum trailer featuring a Keith V-Floor unloading system that operates without conveyor belts and is accessible for servicing from under the trailer. To handle fine abrasives, such as sand or ore concentrate, Keith eliminated seals from the V-Floor design by overlapping the V-slats and mounting them on a full-length bearing. The V-Plow works with the V-Floor to clean between the V-shaped steel slats after the load is walked off.

Freightliner, Portland OR, says its proprietary rear axle has a significant weight advantage — up to 128 lb less than the competition (model 2 only). No pinion head bearing allows the use of a larger differential. It accepts all brakes offered in the Freightliner Data Book and is warranted for two years with unlimited miles.

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