BRITANIACREST ’S FIRST FULLY REMOTE-CONTROLLED HYVA SKIPLOADERS OFFER DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY
Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd of Horley, Surrey, is just putting into service its first two fully remote control Hyva skiploaders having concluded that this latest technology offers dramatic improvements in both operating safety and vehicle productivity.
Mounted on 18 tonnes gvw Volvo FE chassis, the new ’66’ registered trucks also make life much easier for their drivers as all the skiploader’s functions – including operation of the sheet – are controlled from the system’s lightweight handset.
Little bigger than a TV remote, using the ‘Handy’ controller makes the skiploader loading / unloading cycle considerably quicker than by using traditional, fixed position side – mounted levers. Better still, by offering the driver full 360 degrees viewing around the truck the likelihood for accidents or incidental damage when off-loading skips can be reduced to almost zero.
“Hyva’s remote control Handy system is a big step forward” says Britaniacrest director Richard Foss, who adds “It’s especially valuable in situations where you don’t have a banksman behind the vehicle, as well as with domestic skip deliveries where access and the available space for delivering skips are usually much more limited.
Now, for the first time, the driver has a full walkabout capability and can watch the loading / unloading procedure from anywhere around the truck.”
By being able to operate the vehicle’s sheeting system as well as the core skiploader functions, Hyva’s latest ‘Handy’ system goes a stage further than the company’s original crane – based remote control system introduced only a year ago. Designed for drivers to be as easy to use as possible, the two new trucks will attract considerable interest from both inside or outside the company.
The biggest individual element in Britaniacrest’s solidly Volvo 40 – plus heavy truck fleet, skiploaders are core to the company’s overall versatility and productivity. As an added safety measure, the two new skiploader platforms also feature Hyva’s fully adjustable skip clamp system as well.
“At any stage in skiploader technology, Hyva is ahead of the rest” says Richard Foss. “That said”, he adds “the key issues in operating any type of equipment in as hard an environment as ours are reliability, durability and low upkeep costs. For us, Hyva skiploaders on Volvo chassis are the ideal combination.”
Working out of the company’s extensive operating centre in Reigate Road, Horley, the Britaniacrest fleet is fully engaged in all types of industrial and domestic recycling services including skip and ro – ro hire, tipper and grab work, bulk haulage, road sweeper and low – loader operations and the supply of recycled aggregates.
With its own on – site transfer station, Britaniacrest currently recycles over 90% of the 250,000 tonnes of incoming waste it receives each year, making it one of the recycling industry’s ‘benchmark’ operators in south east England.