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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


Wayne Sweepers: The Sweeper Source

October 30, 2009

***Republished from the November 2009 Issue of Allied Paving Equipment Magazine***

Centurion Street Sweeper

2010 Wayne Centurion Street Sweeper

by  Janie Franz

Two years ago, Wayne Engineering, a leader in the manufacture of refuse vehicles and automated waste collection equipment, decided to expand into building street sweepers. It was a bold decision but one that grew out of five decades of proven manufacturing know how. This expansion came under the leadership of Kevin Watje, the new President/CEO of Wayne Industrial Holdings, the parent company of Wayne Engineering.

“Kevin Watje established the goal of becoming a leader in a broad range of truck-mounted, municipal equipment,” says Mark Watje, Marketing Manager for Wayne Sweepers, and Kevin’s son. “He believed that the next natural step for Wayne Industrial Holdings was to create a line of street sweepers. Both street sweepers and refuse trucks rely upon an extensive knowledge of chassis integration, hydraulic operations, and programmable logic controls. Furthermore, both product lines share a common focus:  Keeping our communities clean. Utilizing the expertise that Wayne Engineering already possesses in these areas, Wayne Sweepers was launched in the summer of 2007 with the introduction of the Gladiator mechanical street sweeper.”

Wayne Sweepers is housed along side of Wayne Engineering in their facility in Cedar Falls, Iowa. That site maintains state-of-the-art machining centers, robotic welders, brake presses, and plasma and laser cutters. Sharing equipment and expertise has helped speed this transition into a new manufacturing arena.

Even though Wayne Sweepers is a young company, it has already been able to bring innovations to the table. “One of the most important is hydraulic functions,” Watje explains. “Every operator knows that the key to a good sweeper is a strong hydraulic system.”

Wayne Sweeper has also benefited by relationships with chassis suppliers that Wayne Engineering has established and utilizing Wayne Engineering’s experience in OEM chassis modification. “Because of this, Isuzu engineers have worked with Wayne to cohesively mate the Gladiator and Centurion sweepers with the FVR chassis. That means more power and fewer issues,” Watje adds.

In addition, Wayne Engineering has an extensive dealer network for refuse trucks in the US and Canada, allowing Wayne Sweepers to tap into that resource, too. “Many dealers of refuse trucks are also dealers of street sweepers, and vice versa,” Mark Watje says. “Therefore, we are able to utilize our pre-existing dealer network to service and support the street sweepers we sell. Our dealers are able to effectively service and repair our street sweepers because they have extensive experience with chassis issues and heavy-duty machines. This is an advantage that very few new entrants to the sweeper market possess.”

Last year, Wayne Sweepers acquired Centurion Street Sweepers from Tennant Co and began offering the Centurion sweeper in addition to their Gladiator line. Immediately, Wayne Sweepers began tweaking the sweeper designs. “We added new controls, improved conveyor bearings, improved conveyor roller design, increased the horsepower and torque, and created a new fan motor and bearing design,” Watje says. “The controls provide for increased diagnostics and better user interface while boasting a larger LCD display screen. The improved conveyor bearings and conveyor rolling design provide for longer life and better conveyor belt tracking. Meanwhile, the increased horsepower and torque allow for a much improved dust suppression system without compromising sweeper performance. Finally, the new fan motor and bearing design corrects a known issue with former Centurions and substantially increases the life of this component.”

Since that acquisition, the sweeper industry has responded favorably. “Current and former owners alike have called in expressing their support of the product and appreciation to Wayne Sweepers for taking it on,” Watje say. “Several customers have even offered very helpful suggestions for improving the product design. This overwhelming support has encouraged us to further enhance and promote this great product.” Moreover, Wayne Sweepers is offering an alternative to buying Centurion sweepers outright. “Wayne Sweeper customers have the option to lease and lease-to-own re-certified Centurion units,” Watje explains. “Our lease program provides an affordable solution to meeting the sweeping needs of our customers during these difficult economic times. All lease vehicles are put through a rigorous re-certification process that includes many updates and complete refurbishment of the sweeper. It is a great way to get a ‘like new’ sweeper without the price tag of an ’09 or ’10 unit.”

Furthermore, Wayne Sweepers builds upon their CEO’s commitment to customer service. “My father always ensures that employees: ‘Serve the customer first, even if it means taking a loss! Never let a customer leave without a smile on their face,'” Mark Watje states. “Members of the waste industry know of Kevin because of his phenomenal warranty support. In several instances, he has even replaced entire refuse trucks because ‘it was the right thing to do.’ This kind of respect for the customer drives us to create better products, provide better support, and make sure our customers are successful in their endeavors.”

That kind of integrity, not only in manufacturing quality but in customer service, has earned the company respect and contracts. Recently, Wayne Sweepers was awarded a highly-prized contract for up to 20 Gladiator units over the next three years from the City of Chicago. “The city chose Wayne Sweepers over several competitors because of the Gladiator’s superior sweeping ability and ruggedness,” Mark Watje says. Clearly, Wayne Sweepers has become the sweeper source for municipalities across the nation.

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

Wayne’s Economic Stimulus Act

February 4, 2009

Wayne kicks off 2009 with its own Economic Stimulus Act – reducing prices across the board on all rear loaders and small-to-mid sized side loaders.

Effective immediately in 2009, Wayne has rolled back pricing on refuse bodies. How can we do this when others can’t or won’t? It’s only possible thanks to our continued commitment to being the best value in the industry.

Many factors allow us to deliver these cost savings at this critical time:

  1. Steel prices have dropped – for now. We’ve taken immediate advantage of these lower costs to pass the savings on to you.
  2. Wayne’s latest plant expansion is now producing greater manufacturing efficiencies. Plus, our robotic welding operation is now fully online. By reducing manufacturing costs, we can reduce production costs – more savings we can pass on to you.
  3. Engineering improvements continue to enhance model performance and streamline manufacturing. Here again, our improved productivity is producing real savings that will lower unit costs even more.
  4. Our commitment to producing value is still number one. By diligently melding advanced engineering with sate-of-the-art manufacturing, we continue to build quality products that we can offer at a fair price.

Expecting to purchase in 2009? Get your orders in now to lock in this outstanding pricing. Talk to a Wayne refuse specialist today.

In addition, Wayne is offering the Golden Partnership program to any municipality needing multiple units. This program seeks to reward municipal partners with special incentives and service offerings based on both immediate and future commitments. It’s the perfect plan for managing costs while improving waste collection productivity.

Discover the great values that wait for you now from Wayne.


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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