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SSAB steel strengthening Fanalca’s garbage truck bodies

SSAB, a Nordic- and US-based steel company, says solid waste collection equipment and container manufacturer Fanalca SA is helping its customers increase revenue and replacement time by using its Hardox wear plate and Strenx performance steel.

Fanalca, based in Cali, Columbia, started using SSAB products and joined the Hardox In My Body program in 2017. Now the company’s garbage trucks are lighter, allowing customers to collect more garbage per trip, and SSAB’s “hard-wearing” materials improve replacement time by 100%, Fanalca said.

“We began large-scale production last year when we got a tender for the city of Bogotá, where we delivered 100 garbage compactors,” said Diego Reyes, sales manager at the environmental and bodywork unit of Fanalca.

“Having the Hardox In My Body sign on our products shows that we are using high-quality steel and we stand out from the competition because we can offer very innovative products. The customers know about the program, and they appreciate and value it. Because the steel is much more resistant to abrasion, the time between replacements is about twice as long as with traditional steel.”

SSAB Hardox 450 inside

Fanalca uses Hardox 450 wear plate, Strenx 700 performance steel and SSAB precision tubes in the design of garbage compactors and containers. And Manaseth Gutierrez, head of product design at the company, often tries out new solutions using SSAB products.

“So far, we are using SSAB steel in the entire range of our solid waste garbage compactors, but also in containers for construction waste and for solid waste,” she said. “We are starting to introduce it into our whole range of trailers for heavy loads.

“Our aim is for our entire portfolio of products to be designed using SSAB steels.”

Hardox 450 is the steel used for direct contact with the loaded material, and the bearing structure is made out of Strenx 700. For Fanalca, the change to SSAB materials was a “game changer,” SSAB said.

“You can always make continuous enhancements, but changing materials has enabled us to make a leap forward,” Gutierrez said. “It's not only the clients who recognize the quality of SSAB steel. We know it’s the only steel that guarantees us a uniform hardness all the way through.”

Fanalca garbage truck

SSAB steel materials used in Fanalca’s products include:

  • Hardox 450 in flat parts (ejection, sweep and packer blades), sides in garbage truck bodies, and in floor parts in roll-on/roll-off containers. Some containers are made out of 100% Hardox steel. Reduced weight of between 6% and 10%, depending on the model.
  • Strenx 700 in ribs in garbage truck bodies and sides on roll-on/roll-off containers. Reduced weight of 6%.
  • Precision tubes in ejection blade, sweeping blade, stationary blade and cable winch structures.
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