Runway repair specialist adds Allison fully automatic transmission to Iveco Daily service vehicle
Specialist airport and highway maintenance contractor, Allied Infrastructure Management Ltd, has transformed one of its Iveco Daily extruder service vehicles by installing an Allison 1000 Series™ fully automatic transmission. Equipped for the demanding duty of concrete and joint sealing, the switch has resulted in improved efficiency, reliability, ease of operation and confidence in the vehicle delivering maximum uptime.
The 6.5 ton adapted panel van maintains a consistent speed of 2 mph to match the walking pace of the operator who applies sealant to the prepared surface, fed from the van via an extruder arm. In previous stop-start conditions with the original manual transmission, the driver had to constantly engage and disengage the clutch. Upgrading to the Allison fully automatic transmission has negated the issue of clutch wear and fear of potential failure and vehicle downtime due to overheating. Allison’s torque converter increases engine torque and offers uninterrupted power during acceleration and gear shifting, which contributes to making the application of the sealant easier and smoother.
Allied Infrastructure’s runway repair work predominantly takes place overnight between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. A workforce of one extruder and five operatives is able to achieve up to 2,000 linear meters of joint sealing in this period; four hours for application and one hour for sealant curing and cleaning-up of the repaired area.
Allied Infrastructure contacted Iveco specialist, Dunstable-based Northern Commercials, which recommended and implemented the Allison Transmission solution, based on other successful installations using the 1000 Series. Notable examples were two fire trucks in the Netherlands and a police van in Switzerland. All three cases were carried out successfully with close support from Iveco.
“The improvement has been significant. Efficiency and reliability have increased markedly,” said Tricia Green, business development and key account manager, Allied Infrastructure UK. “Our operatives find the slow, even and smooth pace required for perfect delivery of the sealant far easier to achieve. This creates a better final outcome in terms of the quality and finish of the joint maintenance. Risk must be managed and minimized when you work in such tight time frames; in an environment such as an airport.”
Green continued, “At 5 a.m. the runways and work areas have to be handed back to Airside Operations and be fit for purpose. The re-gear to an Allison transmission has increased confidence in the reliability of our extruder. We plan to re-gear our other extruders with Allison automatic transmissions in the future.”
About Allied Infrastructure
Allied Infrastructure delivers cost effective maintenance products and processes to the airport and highway sectors. The company is a specialist in the joint sealing of airfield runways, taxiways and aprons with the sealant Elasto-Thane 200, a two-part fuel-resistant extruded sealant. This vital maintenance work extends the life of the concrete surface pro-longing the point at which a more disruptive major repair or replacement intervention is required.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.