MAN at IFAT 2014
MAN is showcasing new Euro 6 vehicles for the municipal sector
The MAN HydroHybrid is a highlight of the fair
Taking centre stage at the MAN booth at IFAT are the new MAN chassis, which conform to Euro 6 emission limits. Five vehicles from the TGM and TGS series demonstrate MAN's competence in waste management, winter services and road maintenance.
These include the HydroHybrid, a three-axle MAN TGM with a hydraulic hybrid drive system designed to provide especially environmentally-friendly service in the municipal sector. The system, also known as hydrostatic regenerative braking (HRB), is particularly suitable for refuse collection vehicles due to the high frequency of braking and pulling away manoeuvres on their routes.
Waste disposal, street cleaning and winter services are tasks that the public expects to be handled smoothly and reliably. Communities and operators depend in turn on economical and environment-friendly vehicles. The chassis of the MAN TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX series thus offer many application-specific features for municipal services and waste management. These include matching power take-off, winter services hydraulics, special gearshift logic of the automated MAN TipMatic gearbox for refuse collection vehicles with a convenient control element on the armrest of the driver's seat, a modified chassis with enough space under the frame for setting up sweeper machines, steered leading and trailing axles for high load capacity plus excellent manoeuvrability in urban traffic – to name just a few examples of the wide selection of application-specific configurations of MAN chassis.
Five specialised vehicles in new Euro 6 version
At IFAT 2014, the world’s leading trade fair for the water, sewage, waste, and raw material industry, MAN will present a wide range of practical solutions from May 5–9, 2014, in Munich. These will be compliant with the applicable Euro 6 emission standard, which has been in force since the beginning of 2014. For special tasks in waste disposal, road maintenance, and winter road maintenance, municipalities and contractors need reliable and economical vehicles. To achieve this, bodies specific to the industry as well as attachment devices and MAN’s chassis have to work closely together. MAN offers customised chassis with environmentally-friendly drive technologies.
Efficiency in operation and vehicle maintenance begins for the entrepreneur and operator with the choice of tailor-made vehicle/body combinations: It offers an extensive program of 7.49–44 tons in the TGL, TGM, TGS, and TGX truck series. For markets outside Europe, mainly in Asia and Africa, MAN’s sturdy chassis ranges TGS WW and CLA come into play.
MAN TGM HydroHybrid
One of the highlights at the MAN stand is a three-axle MAN TGM with hydraulic hybrid drive system. The system is known as hydrostatic regenerative braking (HRB), and is especially suitable for refuse collection vehicles due to the more frequent braking and pull-away on their routes. Based on several years of experience, the hybrid system has been developed and optimised for ease of use. The result is an environmentally-friendly drive concept, which, in addition to fuel economy, contributes to a considerable reduction in brake wear. In field trials, operators reported an increase in efficiency of around 15 percent.
The other four exhibits stand out for their good body-mounting ability, a feature for which MAN has long been renowned. MAN has solved the challenge of the increase in space taken up by the exhaust cleaning system needed for Euro 6 in such a way that no restrictions are placed on body manufacturers and users of municipal vehicles. In addition, manufacturers can also fit side attachments on the chassis frame – for example, for a side-loader refuse collection vehicle or a winter service vehicle with side-mounted snow plough. Frames largely free of mounted units can also be secured directly from the manufacturer, e.g. for a sweeper. The same applies to the clearance required by sweepers beneath and to the sides of the chassis frame.
MAN TGM now in Euro 6
One of the exhibits at the MAN stand will be the MAN TGM 18.290 sweeper chassis. The right-hand drive version with an industry-specific C cab runs on the larger 22.5-inch tyres in order to offer ground clearance for accessories, such as sweeper brushes and vacuum chutes on and under the frame. New features include the modified position of the Euro 6 exhaust gas components behind the cab (the so-called Euro 6 sweeper package), and the MAN TipMatic automated gearbox combined with hydrostatic drive.
The hydraulic system is powered via a geared auxiliary drive. It supplies the functions of the body with energy. The oil motor integrated into the drive train also moves the vehicle and thus ensures very low speeds for special sweeping actions of 0.9 km/hour.
The MAN TGS as a side loader for refuse collection duty
The vehicle MAN TGS 26,360 to be presented at IFAT 2014 is designed for efficient work flow in waste disposal. The right-hand drive, three-axle air-sprung chassis is prepared for attachment of a side loader. In this collection system, the tipping device with its hydraulic arms for lifting the container is located on the right-hand installation space at the side of the chassis. This means that components which would normally be fitted in that area when using a standard chassis with Euro 6 exhaust system, have to be moved elsewhere. In close cooperation between MAN and body manufacturers, a solution was found that allows for the space that the tipping requires.
The collection round with side loaders also requires many stops and go's in a very short distance. This challenge triggers a new shift pattern of the automated gearbox MAN TipMatic, the so-called side loader TipMatic. This software application allows for short response times for many start-up and manoeuvring procedures from dustbin to dustbin in combination with the control of the side boom.
The MAN TGS: a versatile winter service vehicle
The MAN TGS 28.400 BL 6x4-4 is the first choice for many road maintenance departments based on its manoeuvrability and versatility, which make it suitable for year-round deployment. The MAN TGS for winter motorway maintenance are often ordered with an additional attachment plate for a side-mounted snow plough, enabling them to rapidly clear wide areas of carriageway. MAN has fitted the components of the Euro 6 exhaust cleaning system, which usually go on the right-hand frame, in such a way that the renowned body-mounting ability is retained, including the capacity to attach a side snow plough.
The vehicle features a steered and lifting trailing axle with a carrying capacity of nine tons, offered ex-factory by MAN. This gives it all the manoeuvrability of a two-axle vehicle with the payload of a three-axle vehicle. With drive to the front axle and first rear axle, maximum traction is generated for working with the snow plough.
The MAN TGM – a manoeuvrable and versatile all-wheel-drive chassis
MAN will be exhibiting a TGM 13.250 4x4 BL at its IFAT stand. The vehicle scores highly for its compact dimensions, thanks to the short 3.05-metre wheelbase, and resulting excellent manoeuvrability in narrow residential streets full of parked cars.
With its three-way tipper body, the vehicle is suitable for a wide range of year-round applications within the municipality, including road maintenance. For winter service applications, the vehicle has a hydraulic system that facilitates the operation of a spreader mounted on the load platform or a front-mounted snow plough. The equipment range is made complete by the ex-factory front mounting plate, high-mounted winter service lights and other fittings designed to support winter service applications.
A speciality of the MAN TGM series with a gross vehicle weight of 13 to 15 tonnes is the rear axle air suspension, which comes as standard. This gives the load maximum protection against jarring, reduces load height and enables vehicle height to be maintained independently of load weight, ensuring that the spread pattern remains constant throughout use.
Fully-integrated hydraulic hybrid system in MAN TGM refuse collection truck
The inclusion of the hydraulic hybrid drive, or hydrostatic regenerative braking system, in the three-axle chassis of the TGM series, lets MAN Truck & Bus offer a highly environmentally-friendly product for the waste disposal sector. Refuse collection vehicles are ideally suited for the recovery of braking energy as the stop-start nature of emptying bins involves frequent braking and subsequent driving away over short distances.
In field trials in France, operators measured an increase in efficiency of around 12% thanks to the system of energy recuperation during coasting and braking and the exploitation of this energy when pulling away. With a trained driver and an optimum collection route, this generates potential fuel savings of up to 15%. With the normal service life of a refuse collection vehicle amounting to eight to nine years, the latest estimates suggest that it would pay for itself after around two-thirds of its operating life. Other positive effects are the reduction in CO2 emissions and particulate pollution in residential areas.
How the HydroHybrid works
At the core of the system is a hydraulic axial piston unit, which is integrated into the MAN TGM's driveline via a gearbox. In other words, the system is a parallel hybrid design. The gearbox is installed between the transmission output and the first rear axle. The kinetic energy that would normally be lost as heat during braking and coasting is transformed into hydraulic energy and stored. As the vehicle begins to coast, the kinetic energy is recuperated hydraulically and the vehicle decelerates without any brake friction. The axial piston unit functions as a pump, filling a hydraulic bladder accumulator with hydraulic fluid. The oil flowing into the pressure cylinder is consequently pressurised, causing it to compress a nitrogen-filled bladder. The system functions as a retarder during the braking phase. The two pressure accumulators are housed on the rear side of the cab.
When pulling away, the procedure is reversed: the oil, which is under pressure, flows back from the accumulator to the axial piston unit. This functions as an additional drive, and feeds its power to the vehicle's driveline. The transfer of energy between the hybrid system and the vehicle is coordinated by an electronic control system to match the driver's control of the vehicle's acceleration. The vehicle's acceleration is supported by energy from the pressure accumulator regardless of the charging state of the vehicle, which constantly changes during the collection round. As a result, the diesel engine uses less power and fuel to accelerate the vehicle.
The system is active at speeds of between 0 and 40 km/h. A toggle switch in the instrument panel is the only indication that the energy-saving function is installed. The driver uses this switch to activate the function. If the vehicle exceeds a speed of 40 km/h on its way to and from the collection area or during the round, the system is automatically deactivated; it is automatically reactivated when the speed drops below 40 km/h again.
The system weighs in at approximately 500 kg, which is very suitable for the weight-optimised MAN chassis of the TGM, with its high payload capacity. The heavy lifting mechanisms of refuse collection vehicles mean that they are, by design, subjected to heavy rear axle loads and a lighter front axle load. The position of the accumulator, weighing approximately 200 kg, on the rear cab wall contributes to optimising the weight balance and also has a positive effect on steering characteristics and handling as well as the distribution of weight.
Fully integrated system
The system is fully integrated into the MAN vehicle concept and the body-mounting characteristics are especially good. No components protrude above the upper edge of the frame and thus regular refuse containers can be fitted without restrictions on size, capacity or installation points. One significant factor is the integration of the system into the vehicle's electronic and brake systems. This means control is achieved simply by means of the accelerator pedal position, allowing automated braking functions such as ABS, ESP and load-dependent braking torque to be fully maintained. By integrating the axial piston unit into the driveline propshaft, the PTO on the flywheel side continues to provide unrestricted functionality. The hydraulic pump is flange-mounted to it by the body manufacturer for the operation of the refuse collection body.
MAN is the exclusive contact partner for purchasing the MAN TGM with hydraulic hybrid drive, which means there is no need to worry about coordinating specifications between chassis manufacturers and system suppliers.
Active contribution to environmental protection
The great potential of the system when used in heavy-duty refuse collection vehicles lies in the recuperation of energy during frequent braking and the supply of gained energy when pulling away again. The more braking and driving away manoeuvres the vehicle completes and the heavier it becomes during the collection round, the more efficiently energy is stored through the hydraulic charging of the pressure accumulator.
When pulling away, the hydraulic drive system reduces the load on the engine. This reduces diesel consumption and with it CO2 emissions by around 15% (field test results are 12%). With less active braking using the service brake, brake wear is reduced, as are particulate pollution and noise. This has a positive impact on the service life of the brake system and on operating costs.
No additional maintenance costs
The hydraulic components are series production parts from Bosch Rexroth. Servicing is carried out in collaboration with them. The maintenance tasks are no greater than those for conventional hydraulic systems. Oil quality and the service life of the hydraulic hoses are covered by the same regulations that normally apply to the hydraulic systems for the refuse collection body with lifting mechanism and compactor.
The MAN TGM as a base vehicle
The three-axle MAN TGM chassis is eminently suitable for use as a base for refuse collection vehicles. Factors in its favour include the low-entry cab which has only two steps, excellent manoeuvrability with steerable trailing axle, and the high payload.
The HydroHybrid is available as the MAN 26-tonne 6x2-4 with C cab and MAN TipMatic gearbox with special refuse collection software for low clutch wear and user-friendly operation.
MAN offers vehicles equipped with Euro 6 engines for diverse waste disposal tasks.
Household or commercial waste, bulky goods or organic waste, recycled materials, waste paper, or hazardous waste – for each type of waste, the market offers special collection and transport technologies and strategies. In addition to this: On the one hand, high traffic loads in cities with less and less space for traffic demand compact and manoeuvrable waste collection vehicles. On the other hand, the need for large transport capacities with larger container volumes and therefore more robust chassis is increasing. Centralisation of the network of waste disposal facilities, such as landfills or thermal treatment plants, leads to longer transport routes between the collection and the unloading point. Manufacturers of systems and chassis have to address the many challenges.
MAN’s vehicles meet diverse needs and range from light and manoeuvrable vehicles with dual axes in the TGL and TGM series to chassis with two, three, and four axes, which are available in the TGS series. Manufacturers of chassis have adjusted their product range closely to different loading techniques, such as front, side, or rear loaders.
After adapting to the exhaust emission standard Euro 6, which will come into force on December 31, 2013, MAN, in accordance with the specification of the market, now offers all chassis from the older series in emission categories Euro 3 to 6. By introducing the very effective, but technologically sophisticated emission control system for Euro 6, MAN, in close coordination with body manufacturers, has developed practical solutions. It had to take the increased space requirements for components such as the exhaust system and AdBlue tanks into account, which are larger compared to Euro 5.
MAN’s versatile product range for waste collection
Due to its many options, MAN’s TGS series is made for this industry. The range comprises two-axle trucks with an 18 ton gross vehicle weight of up to 32 tonnes with four axes. The three-axle version is the most common in the waste disposal industry. With its load-bearing capacity and manoeuvrability, the TGS featuring a factory-fitted 9 ton trailing axle takes a leading position. This load-bearing capacity serves for better weight distribution in vehicles that, due to their bodies, are tail heavy. From a technical point of view, installing this trailing axle increases load bearing of the front axle and thus increases the flexibility in each load status.
The MAN TGL, with its body of 9 m³ and its high degree of manoeuvrability, is ideal for narrow streets and old towns. MAN’s TGM series offers two- and three-axle vehicles to choose from, which accept large containers of up to 22 m³. The three-axle TGM featuring a gross vehicle weight of 26 tons, which stands apart with its payload-optimized design and with its lifting trailing and leading axles, is part of the product range. All TGL and TGM series have spacious C and L cabs. The TGM series features a low two-stage entry into the C cab of only 360 mm, depending on the load, which is a very convenient feature for workers. A centre seat fits into the cabs, ideally for a third person for collecting and emptying waste containers.
Waste collection trucks from the MAN TGM and TGS series also meet the high requirements of the ASF norm DIN EN 1501-1in the Euro 6 configuration.
Convenient and ergonomic switch element for waste collectors
On a collection round, the driver is constantly on the move, shifts, brakes, and stops between loading points, which are typically only a few meters apart. In addition, each time he has to turn the emptying and pressing functions on and off. The driving profile of a collection round therefore differs fundamentally from other areas of deployment for commercial vehicles. That is why MAN fits the chassis of a collection vehicle in the TGM and TGS series with important technical features, which help the driver do his job. By using controls mounted on the armrest of the driver's seat and the MAN TipMatic, designed specifically for deploying collection vehicles with rear-end loaders, the use of all functions can be easily activated. By pressing the button, the driver is able to activate all body-related functions. In the neutral position, he is able to use the hydraulic system in the body. A rocker switch on the control unit sets the automatic brake. During loading, the driver does not need to place his foot on the brake. If the vehicle rolls to the next loading point, it will brake automatically at a speed of less than 2 km/hour and come gently to a halt, while holding a constant brake pressure. If the driver presses the accelerator pedal after the end of the loading cycle, the brake will be released again automatically.
At IFAT 2014 for use as a road sweeper MAN is showing a Euro VI chassis specifically for these purposes from the TGM vehicle series.
In technical terms road sweepers are far from ordinary vehicles. Slow speed when sweeping, compactness plus manoeuvrability, and large add-on units attached to the side of the frame and beneath the chassis are all striking differences from other kinds of commercial vehicle.
Operators also expect a typical road speed of about 80 km/h to move between different points of use. To clean streets, squares and the like sweepers drive very slowly at less than 3 km/h. With a manual gear change MAN vehicles can operate at a sweeping speed of 2.7 km/h. Integration of a step-down transmission in the power train enables speeds between 0.9 km/h in first gear and 2.2 km/h in fourth gear.
When it comes to the driver's seat operators prefer righthand steering where traffic drives on the right to give a driver the best possible visibility of kerbs. The extent to which the side windows of MAN cabs can be dropped plus the wide-span mirrors on both sides support them in their work.
On the chassis of all MAN series it is possible to implement differently sized road sweeper bodies of between four and eight cubic meters capacity. For the biggest market segment – double-axle road sweepers capable of holding six or seven cubic meters – MAN offers an appropriate chassis from the TGM series with a very short wheelbase and C-scale driver's cab. Road sweepers need plenty of space on the frame, between axles as well as ample ground clearance for roller brooms, whisk brooms and suction devices, so this version of the MAN TGM comes with larger 22.5-inch tyring. Extensive modifications are necessary on the chassis to create the necessary space for the road sweeper body. MAN supplies bodywork producers with all required setups and interfaces.
At the IFAT show MAN is presenting the Euro VI version of MAN TGM 18.290 with a gross vehicle weight of 18 tonnes. A wheelbase of 3575 mm available straight ex works guarantees optimum manoeuvrability. For this kind of application MAN recommends air suspension on the rear axle to produce a constant driving level. Then the height of brooms and suction duct need not track with the load to maintain the same level above the road surface.
Introduction of more sophisticated Euro VI exhaust technology as of December 31, 2013 places extra demands on bodywork producers. Despite the increased space need for this exhaust system, MAN has repositioned all chassis structural parts so that the MAN TGM will still support bodywork for up to seven cubic meters of road sweeping capacity. Modifications include shifting the exhaust system, the battery box and the air tank away from the frame to an assembly carrier directly behind the cab. Extra to this, specially shaped aluminium diesel tanks holding 160 or 200 liters can be placed on the rear of the vehicle. Air vanes under the radiator and engine prevent any swirling of dust when the cooling fan turns on.
Hydrostatic drive for sweeping system and vehicle
An increasing number of operators do away with installing a separate drive motor for sweeping and suction. Instead they opt for a hydraulic system that draws its driving energy from the vehicle engine. In technical terms most bodywork producers solve that by drawing power from the takeoff at the flywheel or gearing end.
As an extra to the familiar road sweeper chassis the interface for a hydrostatic drive is presented. This can be operated over the power takeoff at the gearing end. That enables optimum matching of speed when sweeping. When driving out to and returning from a road sweeping assignment, the driver can make use of the convenient, automated MAN TipMatic gear change.
In ecological terms, doing away with an extra motor in the body that produces noise and exhaust gas, as well as limiting payload, is an ideal solution. In the vehicle set up for the MAN exhibition booth together with Faun Viajet, a hydrostatic drive works in place of the engine for sweeping operation. The MAN engine drives the hydraulic system over a power takeoff. On the one hand this powers the functions of the bodywork. Plus it drives an oil pressure motor integrated in the drive train that acts on the drive shaft and drives the rear axle.
MAN vehicles in many versions serve as suction and flushing vehicles.
Emptying drainage shafts and pits, rinsing ducts or extracting sludge, are the usual areas of deployment of high-pressure flusher and suction vehicles or vehicles with combined high pressure flushing and suction. Entrepreneurs working in the waste disposal industry and the local operators of these vehicles concentrate on efficiency and optimal coordination between body and chassis.
The flexible MAN TGL and TGM are recommended for use in narrow streets and backyards. MAN’s three axle trucks of the TGM and TGS series are best suited for these specific industrial jobs. These trucks are equipped with a steered trailing axle and therefore are extremely flexible and offer optimum weight distribution. The product portfolio of the MAN TGS series features more suitable axle configurations: steered leading axles, rigid or steered trailing axles as well as a dual axle unit. The steered trailing axle is licensed for a load up to nine tons. The four-axle of the TGS series rounds off the product range
The MAN engines with four cylinders in series TGL and TGM and with six cylinders in series TGM and TGS convince through cost effectiveness, low noise emissions and powerful auxiliary drives that power the structural components. The engines meet the exhaust emission limits of Euro 6, which comes into effect on 31 December, 2013.
Due to their construction, suction and flushing vehicles have a high center of gravity and load concentration. It is therefore advisable, to use the equipment available in the MAN TGS range with high-load roll stabilization in combination with Continuous Damping Control (CDC).High-load roll stabilisation in combination with continuous damping control (CDC) is advisable. Reducing the lateral tilt, as well as pitching and rolling movements lead to greater safety when cornering, for rapid lane changes and strong braking.
For the transport of dangerous goods, appropriate ADR versions of the vehicles are available.
Not just in winter but all year-round – MAN municipal vehicles in Euro 6 lead the way
The communal and urban yards, road and highway maintenance companies, and their subcontractors clear snow, clean roads, and carry out repairs on the road surface, signs, and lighting, as well as maintain the roadside greenery. Throughout the year, their trucks must be ready for use, and to be able do this, they have to be easily converted for summer and winter tasks. Here, the MAN chassis of the TGL, TGM, and TGS series is the winner as a three-way tipper and a tipper for loading cranes and elevating platforms, as well as with bodies such as mowers or spreaders for road maintenance in winter.
MAN TGS: the master for winter
A model much favoured by road maintenance departments is the three-axle MAN TGS 28.400 BL 6x4-4 in the new Euro 6 version. Its application-specific design concept is a major plus point: MAN offers ex-factory a steered and lifting trailing axle with a carrying capacity of nine tons. This makes it less than a two-axle but provides the payload of a three-axle vehicle. The front axle and the first rear axle are driven. On the one hand, this ensures maximum traction when clearing snow due to the heavy front shield and offers a high payload for loading gritting materials such as road salt, wet salts, or liquid de-icing salts. On the other hand, raising the lifting axle optimizes the economic use if no heavy load has to be carried around.
Conversion of the MAN-made chassis to the exhaust emission standard Euro 6, which will be in force from 31 December 2013 onwards, does not restrict usability even with the side plough, which can be mounted optionally. Especially on highways, road maintenance vehicles with snow ploughs are deployed to clear several lanes of snow. MAN has applied the components of the Euro 6 exhaust-cleaning system that is usually mounted on the right-hand frame in such a way that there is still room to locate the side plough.
The MAN TGS offers a special technical feature. The innovative drive system MAN HydroDrive with its switchable hydrostatic front-axle drive offers additional traction.
For municipal use of two-, three-, and four-axle vehicles of the TGS series, MAN offers the necessary preparations ex-factory. In the field, the standardized panel of the device, which is within easy reach next to the hydraulic connections, and the additional light and flasher units, which have been positioned higher, will be noticed. In the cab, controls for the snow plough and spreader are within easy reach for the driver, fixed on the dashboard next to the steering wheel or on the armrest. Installation of winter road maintenance hydraulics rounds off the equipment package for winter service.
MAN TGM: the flexible all-wheel drive
MAN also has a very compact version of the TGM with all-wheel drive in its product range. With a wheelbase of 3050 mm, it meets the high requirements of flexibility when clearing snow in close streets overrun with parked cars, as well as on large squares and car park facilities. Here, vehicles are needed that are easy to use. Therefore, controls for the ergonomically optimized hydraulics for winter road maintenance have been arranged optimally near the driver's compartment.
A speciality of the TGM series with a gross vehicle weight of 13 to 15 tons and all-wheel drive is the standard air suspension of the rear axle. It ensures maximum protection of the load from bumps and keeps the driving level always the same. The advantage of the system proves itself in winter. Regardless of the load condition of the attached spreader, the loading area and spreading disc remain always at the same height level, and the set spreading level does not have to be readjusted during the tour. In year-round use, the driver changes the devices on the loading area several times a year on the yard. Supported by air suspension, this can be done quickly and easily. Bleeding the suspension bellows on the rear axle lowers the vehicle by 9 cm or lowers it by 13 cm, all on the touch of a button. With only a few clicks, devices can be attached or taken off.
For the TGL series with a gross vehicle weight from 7.49 tons upward and TGM series from 11.99 tons upward, MAN offers the most spacious double cabin for up to seven people in its program. As such, employees of road maintenance, maintenance of green areas, or horticulture will arrive comfortably at their workplace. The double cabins in a fully galvanized all-steel body, along with other cab models, are produced at the Steyr plant (Austria).
MAN’s swap-body vehicles score points when transporting waste and recyclable materials.
There are diversified transport orders when dealing with waste that have to be sorted by material and processed further. Roll and air-drop container systems optimise the flow of recyclable materials as flexible storage and transport containers. The containers are easy to load and unload, can also be used for interim storage and make transfer handling superfluous. As vehicles for carrying containers of 4–40 cubic metres, the entire product fleet of MAN is at your disposal. Swap systems of roll and air-drop containers can be put on the two-, three-, and four-axle chassis of the TGL, TGM, TGS, and TGX series.
The MAN chassis with air suspension offers a high payload capacity. For lifting and setting down containers, the air suspension may be lowered. This, in turn, increases stability and reduces the overall height during the changing process. Due to the high construction type and associated high centre of gravity, it is recommended to fit high-load roll stabilization combined with a continuous damping control (CDC). In the TGS series, these systems reduce body roll as well as pitching and rolling movements This leads to greater safety when cornering, when performing rapid lane changes, and with strong braking.
The construction access step helps the driver look at the load in the container. MAN offers this as a big platform on the front fenders and a long handrail on the cab roof.
Excellent response from the municipal sector
Having long been widespread practice in industry, leasing and rental are finding increasing acceptance in the municipal sector, in the form of municipal leasing from MAN Solutions. The tasks facing a municipal service are challenging and wide-ranging. In order to meet these challenges, it is vital to have the most modern, efficient and low-maintenance technology. At the same time, strained budgets are hindering public as well as private waste disposal operators from making the investments so needed to carry out these statutorily prescribed services. MAN Finance offers leasing and financing services for the waste disposal sector, tailored to the operator's model and requirements.
Municipal leasing for the public sector
For decades, purchasing has been the classic form of procurement for publicly-owned disposal services. This was primarily the case for local authorities at town, city and regional level and at their own businesses or in waste water and waste management associations in which they hold controlling rights. Considering their room for financial manoeuvre, an increasing number of municipalities are interested in alternative procurement options. Municipal leasing is ideal in this case for financing public investments. While loan or hire-purchase agreements are still possible in principle, they are generally subject to the same requirements as public borrowing. Leasing is a financing model that has been established in trade and industry for many years now. MAN Finance offers leasing agreements with terms suited to specific sectors, adapted to the long useful lives of public utility vehicles. Terms of up to 96 months are possible. During the term of the agreement, municipalities pay cost rentals that are fixed over the long term on the basis of the pay-as-you-use principle. Afterwards, the vehicles are returned without problem to MAN. This gives the operator the option to rotate new vehicles with continually up-to-date technology in service.
Financing models for private customers
Financing models from MAN Finance are also available for companies operating in the waste disposal industry. The company initially has to decide whether it wants to become the owner or the user of the vehicle. If it wishes to own the vehicle, it can choose between hire purchase and classic loan finance with varying terms. In both these variants, ownership of the vehicle automatically passes to the company on payment of the final instalment. A higher final instalment can be arranged in order to keep down the monthly instalments. During this period, the company activates the vehicle on its books and writes it off. The VAT owing is a transitory item which the company compensates by means of input tax deduction. With transfer of ownership at the end of the financing period, the company is not only able to continue using the vehicle; it also has the opportunity of selling it at a price above the carrying amount on its balance sheet and thus increasing its hidden reserves.
If a privately owned waste disposal company is interested in only using the vehicle, the kilometre-leasing financing model is the way to go. Here, the company only pays for the use of its modern and efficient MAN vehicle during the term of the agreement. At the end of the agreed period of use, the vehicle is returned to MAN. The company is not involved in selling the vehicle or with the associated risks of the used vehicle market. Leasing instalments are operating expenses that are immediately tax-deductible and the vehicle does not appear on the lessee's balance sheet.
The range of services offered by MAN Finance is complemented by MAN PremiumCover insurance for commercial vehicles, as well as by MAN Truck & Bus object/mileage-dependent service packages for maintenance and repair.
Complete flexibility thanks to public utility vehicle rental
MAN Rental's municipal vehicles feature semi-trailer tractors with tipper hydraulics and set-down and roll-off skip loaders. In addition, MAN Rental also has a cooperation agreement with municipal vehicle specialists, BFS. The range covers refuse collection vehicles for household and industrial waste in the form of rear, front and side loaders as well as road sweepers and winter service vehicles. Suitable vehicles are available at over 55 MAN Rental depots across Germany, even at short notice, regardless of whether a workshop replacement vehicle, or a short-term or long-term rental is required.
There are many arguments in favour of vehicle rental. In refuse collection, short contract terms often fail to provide companies with the security they need to build up fleets over the long term using their own resources. Alternatively, the vehicles are required seasonally to deal with tasks connected with winter services or road cleaning. Even though the vehicles are not in use for the remainder of the year, heavy costs can be accrued. Vehicle rental is the classic solution for compensating for vehicle downtimes and workshop stops or for expanding a fleet for an additional order at short notice.
Together with the speed at which vehicles are available and the high degree of flexibility in terms of vehicle deployment, rental also scores highly in facilitating calculable fixed costs, improving liquidity, relieving the company of loss-of-value risk and making the very latest technology immediately available.