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Durability and good service prompts repeat business

Durability and good service prompts repeat business from Veolia Environmental Services

Having experienced a high level of performance and after market support, Veolia Environmental Services in Birmingham has taken delivery of the first of six replacement Volvo L90F loading shovels for its waste transfer stations located around Birmingham.

Replacing six Volvo L90D models for the company's transfer facilities at Perry Bar, Kings Norton and Tyseley, Transport Manager Kevin Hastie had no problem choosing the latest F series machines from Volvo. "We can't praise the performance and durability of the Volvo shovels enough," he commented. "These machines are working 24 hours a day, handling up to 10000 tonnes of domestic and commercial refuse a week and they've proved they are up to the job". And the after market support from Volvo's local customer support centre at Minworth has been instrumental in the decision to purchased from Volvo again. "We have a first class relationship with Volvo's local support centre. The people there go the extra mile to keep us operating at full capacity and the machines in tip top condition," said Kevin.

For the purpose of loading high sided bulkers with varying waste material, all six L90F machines have been supplied complete with 3.8m hi tip buckets and Vaculug 'Revolution' tyres. Fitting these bespoke solid tyres with built in cushioning gives the machines almost twice the lifespan in terms of tyre wear over a conventional foam filled L5 tyre according to Kevin Hastie. The L90F is powered by a Tier III 6 litre Volvo engine developing 174 hp at just 1700rpm. The Tier III/Stage 3 low emission engine delivers high torque at just above tick over, giving the machine excellent rimpull and low fuel consumption as well as a significant reduction in noise levels over its predecessors. Much effort has been expended to increase mid-range torque; giving better performance in the most economic engine speed range. One practical consequence of this increase in horsepower is better pile penetration and fuller buckets.

Engine power is converted into work via a new smooth shifting electric-hydraulic HTE transmission. All the operator has to do is select Forward or Reverse. The Volvo Full Automatic Power Shift (FAPS) then takes over and selects which of the four forward and four reverse gears is required - and the perfect moment to change ratio. The system is independent of both machine and engine speed. New software in the ECU adapts to the operators' style of driving, optimizing gear changing parameters and saving fuel by always selecting the right gear. For improved operator comfort, oil-filled clutches and a Pulse-Width Modulation Valve in the transmission allow smoother shifting and minimize jolting when changing between gears. The transmission is also significantly quieter than its predecessor, and maximum speed has also been increased. The fact that all major components of the driveline (engine, transmission, axles) are designed and built by Volvo means that they work in harmony, in terms of performance, reliability and also fuel efficiency.

Operator comfort was also a major consideration in the decision to purchase the L90F and Kevin Hastie's operators are more than pleased with the decision to stick with Volvo. The cab on the F series loader offers a high degree of operator comfort with plenty of leg room and excellent forward and rearward visibility. Automatic heat control is a standard feature and up to 90% of the air is cleaned and re-circulated by Volvo's unique and patented two stage cleaning system. For additional convenience the L90F's supplied to Veolia ES Birmingham have been fitted with RDS calibrated weigh loaders.

Veolia Environmental Services has firmly established itself as the United Kingdom's leading waste management provider, offering an impressive range of waste management services and solutions to Local Authorities and commercial businesses. It is one of the world's leading providers of waste management and cleaning services and part of Veolia Environnement, the world leader in environmental services.

Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd market wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo Compact Equipment and Volvo road machinery products. Nine strategically placed customer support centres and a network of compact equipment dealers ensure high quality customer support throughout Great Britain.