Finning UK has launched an Eco-Drive training programme for the waste sector, aiming to help waste managers and equipment operators reduce plant costs by up to 10%.
The new Eco-Drive programme is designed to identify opportunities to tackle waste and improve performance, whilst reducing fuel, maintenance and component costs. It follows on from the successful Finning Eco-Drive training programme, which was launched in 2009 and has seen over 1,700 participants take part.
Developed and pioneered in conjunction with leading players in the waste industry, the specialist Eco-Drive programme has been designed to address the specific issues associated with plant operating in waste handling and processing operations. Aimed at reducing overall operating costs by up to 10% per machine per customer, the specially adapted programme is the first of its kind in the UK.
Finning has completed the sale of three new Caterpillar machines to Scotland based waste experts Avondale Environmental Ltd, for use in its new state-of-the-art advanced waste treatment centre. The deal includes two new Cat 950H high-lift wheel loaders with high tip buckets and a Cat M318D excavator with a Cat G315B sorting grab. These units were supplied with full repair and maintenance contracts tailored to meet the site requirements.
The new Cat 950H wheel loaders and Cat M318D excavator will be put to work at Avondale's purpose built, residual waste processing plant in Polmont, Central Scotland. The £20m plant was officially opened in February 2012 and is capable of processing 200,000 tonnes of residual mixed municipal household, Commercial & Industrial, plus other selected wastes every year.
The new Cat® M318D MH Waste Handler is a wheel excavator designed specifically for use in work areas with limited space, whether overhead or adjacent to the machine, whether indoors or outdoors. This new configuration, which meets with accepted industry criteria to ensure safe operation and high production when working in close quarters, incorporates significant undercarriage and boom modifications, while retaining the proven features of its conventional M318D MH counterpart: fuel-efficient Cat® C6.6 ACERT™ engine, load-sensing hydraulics; dedicated swing pump; heavy-duty axles; stabilizer configurations; and spacious cab with optional joystick steering.
The M318D MH Waste Handler features a purpose-built undercarriage that preserves the rugged strength of the conventional M318D MH undercarriage, but adapts the structure to the machine's specialized application. The heavy-duty swing-bearing tower is now centered on the undercarriage, placing it equidistant from axles and stabilizers for symmetry and optimum balance, whether working over the front or rear. In addition, the tower is larger to accommodate the hydraulic cab-riser swing bearing.
Biffa's Cannock based anaerobic digestion facility turned to Finning to supply a new Cat TH407 with specialist air filtration unit to handle the 120,000 tonnes a year of food waste that comes through their brand new facility.
Commenting on the deal Joe Schofield, Business Development Manager for Industrial, Waste & Recycling at Finning said, "After visiting and surveying the new site, we met with Biffa to understand their needs and discussed which machines would be ideally suited to this innovative new facility. We recommended the Cat TH407 Telehandler."
"The new site is the future of waste. It takes food that could once only be sent to landfill and turns it into energy that goes back in to the grid, which is something of great value on a truly industrial scale. The Cat TH407 will be tasked with general duties including loading hoppers and cleaning."
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