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Ergonomic chassis for refuse collector trucks

User-friendly, ergonomic truck chassis/cabin with easy
access, optimised axle location to utilise maximum permitted
axle loads/improved manoeuvrability through multiple axle
steering. New cabin design, suspension and steering systems

Problem: Because of the dangers to refuse collectors which are inherent in the standing and driving along on the running board of trucks currently on the market, the need has arisen for a chassis/cabin with easy access and standing capability. Current trucks are derivations of standard trucks, which have different demands for stepping on and off. The use of the current chassis model leads to greater absenteeism of the loading personnel due to illness or work incapacity. The need to develop a suitable, ergonomically- designed chassis is a response to political pressure to reduce absenteeism in the workplace. As an illustration, in the NETHERLANDS refuse collectors are ill 5 times as often as other employees and after 15 years they are definitely incapacitated (source: NEDERLANDSE VERENIGING VAN REINIGINGS- EN AFVALVERWIJDERINGSDESKUNDIGEN). Furthermore, demand exists in the market for quieter trucks to operate in urban areas. The new truck also has to have an optimised axle location to utilise maximum permitted axle loads and improve manoeuvrability of the vehicle with multiple axle steering. Background: The total market for adapted truck chasses is too small for large manufacturers to recoup the high development costs of special vehicles. GINAF, as a small manufacturer can use this to its advantage. Research has shown that large manufacturing companies have no plans to develop such special vehicles as the volume of sales would be insufficient. GINAF will restrict its work to carrying out research into the feasibility and final development of the truck chassis/ cabin, which must suit the various refuse collection superstructures in use today. Project phases: Feasibility: a. research into technical feasibility: - to gather the appropriate expertise or researchers - to gather the technical information of the superstructure suppliers - to investigate national European laws regarding trucks. For example, in GERMANY the vehicles must comply with the standards set by the BERUFSGENOSSENSCHAFT, which investigates the drivers' employment conditions. Knowledge of the specific demands made in other countries is still lacking - concept study - to build test models - to visit the Hungarian partner in relation to the development of the cabin. b. Research into economic feasibility: - indicative cost calculation of the chassis and investigation if pricing level satisfies the customer's expectations - listing of demand for the product on foreign markets. c. Research into operational feasibility: - practical feasibility - research into technical feasibility of the concept by means of practical tests with test models - practical tests of the vehicle have to be conducted by the appropriate Governmental Department to ensure the vehicle complies with the current national and E.C. laws and standards for vehicles. Research: a. Research into type of chassis up to the first prototype. Research will take place using test models. b. Research into prototype in connection with existing production techniques. c. Research into the means of production (moulds and such). Development of the prototype and the means of production, followed by demonstrations (not subsidised according to BTIP).
Acronym: 
ERGOTRUCK
Project ID: 
1 114
Start date: 
01-01-1994
Project Duration: 
19months
Project costs: 
340 000.00€
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