Hardox helps keep tare weight to a minimum while increasing payload | TRANSPORT NEWS

The use of Hardox 450 and Strenx 700 steel by Fanalca of  Cali, Colombia is enabling solid waste collection equipment and containers  to provide significant productivity and durability benefits .

Fanalca became a Hardox® In My Body customer programme member in 2017 because the company wanted to get the most out of its collaboration with SSAB, the Nordic supplier. The garbage trucks’ new, lighter design allows Fanalca’s customers to increase their revenue because they can collect more garbage on each round. The hard-wearing SSAB steel products also offer other positive outcomes and increase replacement time by 100 percent.

Manaseth Gutierrez, head of product design at the company, is constantly trying out new solutions using SSAB products.

“So far, we are using SSAB steel in the entire range of our solid waste garbage compactors, but also in containers for construction waste and for solid waste. We are starting to introduce it into our whole range of trailers for heavy loads. Our aim is for our entire portfolio of products to be designed using SSAB steels.”Gutierrez says.

“Basically, Hardox® 450 is the steel used for direct contact with the loaded material, and the bearing structure is made out of Strenx® 700. For Fanalca the change to SSAB materials has been a game changer. It’s not only the clients who recognise the quality of SSAB steel. We know it’s the only steel that guarantees us a uniform hardness all the way through,” he added.

SSAB steel materials used in Fanalca’s products:

  • Hardox® 450 in flat parts (ejection, sweep and packer blades), sides in garbage truck bodies, and in floor parts in roll-on/roll-off containers. Some containers are made out of 100 percent Hardox® steel. Reduced weight of between 6 and 10 percent, depending on the model.
  • Strenx® 700 in ribs in garbage truck bodies and sides on roll-on/roll-off containers. Reduced weight of 6 percent.
  • Precision tubes in ejection blade, sweeping blade, stationary blade and cable winch structures.

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