Posts Tagged ‘curbtender’

Los Alamos County takes delivery of first hydraulic hybrid garbage truck

October 25, 2010

LOS ALAMOS, NM, August 17, 2010 – Officials of Los Alamos County today announced the delivery of their first hydraulic hybrid refuse truck – a Peterbilt Model 320 equipped with the Eaton Hydraulic Launch Assist system. The truck is the first hydraulic hybrid vehicle technology to be operated in the state of New Mexico. The truck is also equipped with a Wayne Curbtender residential automated side loader and will be used in daily residential refuse pick-up operations.

According to information from the manufacturers, the new Model 320 Hybrid with Eaton HLA can save more than 1,000 gallons of fuel per year, reduce emissions by up to 20% and can extend brake life by up to 300%. The HLA System captures the trucks’ kinetic energy during braking to assist in launching and accelerating the vehicle. The technology works by recovering up to 75% of the energy normally lost as heat by the vehicle’s brakes in the form of pressurized hydraulic fluid.

Eaton’s Hydraulic Launch Assist technology has also been featured on other Peterbilt Model 320 chassis with Wayne Curbtender automated side loaders in Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Hydraulic Hybrid refuse trucks are ideally suited for the stop and go applications of Los Alamos County daily residential refuse pickup.

A two day intensive training and certification class was also held in conjunction with the truck delivery. Representatives from virtually every manufacturer that provides systems or components on the truck – Peterbilt Motors Company, Rush Truck Centers, Eaton Corporation, Allison Transmissions, Cummins Inc, Wayne Engineering, and Clark Truck Equipment conducted training for management, technicians and drivers of Los Alamos County that will be working with the truck.

2010 Wayne Curbtender with Peterbilt HLA


Automating Alaska – Recycling gets up to speed in Anchorage

February 16, 2009

***Excerpt from a full featured article in Recycling Product News Magazine***

In Alaska, curbside recycling is still in its infancy. In early 2008, consultants reported to the municipality of Anchorage that it was the largest city in the United States without curbside recycling. Shortly thereafter, Solid Waste Services, the municipality’s recycling and refuse department, began pioneering some of the first automated collection of recyclables in the state. Anchorage residents seeking to recycle have historically driven to recycling drop-off stations. Now resident demand for recycling has driven the city to provide convenient curbside collection of recyclables. Solid Waste Services responded by purchasing three Curbtender automated side loaders (ASLs) from Wayne Engineering, which are capable of collecting residential recycling and refuse, even in the city’s restricted alleyways. Commingled recycling pickup is currently provided by the municipality of Anchorage to 3,500 households. This will expand to approximately 13,000 households as the program is phased-in over the next year to year and a half. Meanwhile, private hauler Alaska Waste collects commingled recyclables from about 5,200 opt-in Anchorage subscribers. In addition to providing new recycling programs in Anchorage, the municipality’s Solid Waste Services collects residential trash daily from about 13,000 households. Most of the remainder is picked up by Alaska Waste.

When it came down to purchasing the right automated solution for recycling and refuse collections, the municipality of Anchorage purchased three Wayne Engineering Curbtender fully-automated side loaders which began operation in October 2008. The Curbtender was not only the price leader in Anchorage’s search, but also provided the reduced risk of hitting fences and overhead wires in the city’s challenging alleyways that was needed. Anchorage also recognized that any ASL arm would be subject to significant wear and tear during use. The Curbtender lift arm was rated highly for its strong and wear-resilient arm assembly. The outer arm assembly has a million-cycle rated 2.5-inch bore cylinder that easily lifts 2,000-pound loads, even with a seven-foot reach. The five by seven-inch inner arm glides on steel rollers riding on T1 wear strips, and rollers are mounted on eccentric shafts that can be easily adjusted to compensate for normal wear. Additionally, cushioned, dual-ported cylinder action smoothes hydraulic movements and yields fewer jolts and jars to the truck and operator. Curbtenders are available with standard, belt or universal gripper options and are interchangeable with a simple pull-pin design. The Curbtenders in Anchorage were mounted on a Peterbilt chassis, which according to Vanderwood was a good choice for working smoothly in slippery Alaska conditions.

“With the tires and rear suspension, and the type of transmission and the gearing in the rear end that we’ve specified,” Vanderwood states, “this chassis really makes a big difference.” The Curbtender also allows simultaneous loading and packing, ideal for close-together stops. The four cubic yard hopper is one of the largest and strongest made, and units are capable of growing with the city’s collection services, to handle up to 300-gallon carts. According to Vanderwood, “We wanted to make sure the equipment we had gave us the option of moving into the 300-gallon cart business. I didn’t want to find out two or three years down the road that our equipment couldn’t handle these bigger carts. The Wayne Curbtender has been working well in our environment, and we expect many years of service to come.” On the frontier of curbside recycling in Alaska, Anchorage’s future is clearly automated collection. Automation has already added efficiencies to Alaska Waste and the municipality’s Solid Waste Services routes. With the new automated side loaders, the municipality alone now collects both recycling and refuse in the time it used to take to complete refuse-only routes. According to Vanderwood, the municipality was collecting up to 15,000 pounds of recyclables a day with the Curbtenders within the first month. “That’s equal to half of our previous daily poundage of refuse collections,” says Vanderwood, “When you become more efficient with your time using automated trucks, you can now use that saved time to offer other services. That’s what we did here with curbside recycling.”

To read the full article, click here: Wayne Curbtender Automating Alaska

Robotic Welder Increases Efficiency, Quality

October 29, 2008

Through the summer of 2008, Wayne Engineering invested a substantial amount of time and training into some very talented individuals. These individuals are the new operators of Wayne’s Panasonic robotic welder. The group of individuals were empowered to create new programs, write software, and design jigs and fixtures for the robot. Their efforts have been extremely valuable and are starting to pay off.

“We are now able to build 16 parts a day with the robot where one man was doing only 6 a day,” says Chief of Operations Doug Halbur. “We are very excited about the future of our weld line manufacturing. We will create very skilled and ergonomically friendly jobs. And in the future we plan to add more of the Panasonic robot welders.”

Currently, the robot is being utilized in the construction of Curbtender arms. It is here that weld quality and consistency is crucial to the integrity of the unit. The quality of the welding is one of a handful of upgrades the rugged Curbtender arm has seen this year. It has also received a new, more efficient saddle mount that allows for quicker mounting times, easier adjustment, and better overall reliability.

To see the robot in action, click on this link: Wayne Engineering’s Panasonic Robot.


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Curbtender Awards Continue to Increase

April 4, 2008

Curbtender sales for this year have been very strong. This is thanks to the confidence that many municipalities continue to have in our product. Thanks to the customer, the Curbtender continues to be proven an industry best automated side loader. Below are recent Curbtender orders:

  • City of Phoenix – 96 units
  • City of Toronto – 35 units
  • Turtle Island Disposal – 22 units
  • City of Sacramento – 15 units
  • City of Albuquerque – 12 units
  • City of Yuma – 9 units
  • City of Clearwater – 3 units
  • City of Cedar Falls – 3 units
  • City of Glendive – 2 units
    • Total Recent Orders: 197 Curbtenders

With the order banks for the 2008 year continuing to grow, it is proving to be an exciting year for Wayne Engineering. Thank you everyone for your business and support.

Wayne Engineering

Robotic Welder Added, More Expected

April 1, 2008

Wayne Engineering continues to upgrade its plant; ensuring it remains state-of-the-art. Its recent addition, a Panasonic PA212S work cell featuring the TA-1600 robotic welder, just arrived and will begin aiding the production process very soon. The new welder will be utilized in the production of Curbtender Arms. The robot is incredibly accurate and should prove to be an important asset to the already industry-best Curbtender line.

The new Panasonic robot is expected to be the first in a series of state-of-art additions to the manufacturing facility. Prospective equipment includes: an automated laser cutter that can operate for days without human interaction, as well as similar robotic welding machines.

The new equipment is not made to replace employees, but rather to assist them as the Wayne order banks continue to break record highs.

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