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Composite power for waste disposal

News International-French

7 Oct 2015

Leading US manufacturer of concrete mixer and refuse truck bodies McNeilus will exclusively use Luxfer carbon composite cylinders for its new NGEN Tailgate compressed natural gas (CNG) system for refuse trucks. 

This allows a streamlined design with 50% fewer fitting connections and 25% fewer plumbing components.

Between two and four Luxfer cylinders are placed at the rear-end of the truck instead of on top, which reduces the overall height of the vehicle, eliminates the risk of tree branch or bridge impact to the system and off-sets the weight of the front axle. A pressure-relief device (PRD) system spans the full length of the cylinders and provides continuous heat protection.

“The tailgate system offers another lightweight option for refuse vehicles looking to utilise CNG for reducing fuel costs,” said Grant Wildgrube, senior project engineer at McNeilus. “It offers weight savings from the cylinders, and is easier to use and access.”

The system also features a unique pivoting structure that allows cylinders to be easily shifted, permitting more thorough inspections. Hydraulic tailgate props, designed for easier deployment and visibility from the cab, do not block access between the tailgate and truck body.

The 60-DGE model uses two 22 x 86-inch G-Stor Go tanks, and capacity can be easily increased up to 105-DGE.

Luxfer Gas Cylinders is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminium cylinders with manufacturing plants in the USA, Canada, England, France and China.