WHALE AND ECON UNITED AT LONDONDERRY SHOW

Posted by Tim Pile - July 22nd, 2009

Whale Tankers and Econ Engineering are parading their jointly developed Whale/Econ gully emptier at this year’s Northern Load & Waste Handling Exhibition.

Since Whale Tankers – a leading manufacturer of high quality vacuum tankers and jetting equipment – and specialist commercial vehicle bodybuilder, Econ, announced their joint working alliance at the CV Show in 2007, demand for the Whale/Econ gully emptier has remained buoyant.

Representing one of the most exciting developments in the municipal equipment sector in recent years, Whale Tankers and Econ have made available a premium product that sees Whale’s low and medium volume combination tanker units equipped with Econ’s QCB 2000 (Quick Change Body) system. The 18-tonne and PED compliant demonstrator – exhibited on the Econ stand at Londonderry – features the DAF FA LF 55.220 4 x 2 chassis coupled with Whale’s 7000 litre (1540 gallon) joint capacity water and sludge tank.

Supplied with the proven Econ QCB demount system – optimising the speed with which body units can be swapped using a single hydraulic dry coupling break system – the Whale/Econ gully emptier has been designed to optimise weight distribution. This is in part delivered by side mounted pannier tanks that provide 3000 litres clean water carrying capacity.

Complete with Mistral 400 series exhauster/compressor vacuum system and OCRA 240 high pressure jetting pump delivering 120 l/min at 120 bar, the new Whale/Econ unit uses the same hydraulic oil tank, again providing weight savings whilst negating the need for the duplication of hydraulic equipment.

Not surprisingly, the new Whale/Econ gully emptier boasts many of the new features Whale has recently introduced to its GullyWhale Plus MVC tanker. Probably the most significant amongst these new features is Whale’s anti-vibration gully boom control unit. Developed in-house as part of a blue-sky think tank, the radically redesigned control unit has been introduced as a means of reducing health and safety concerns surrounding hand-arm (HAV) vibration. Also featured is a new, quick acting boom valve that operates 60% faster than was achieved previously.

Commenting on the new demonstrator, Whale Tankers’ Managing Director, Mark Warmington said: “Our relationship with Econ continues to go from strength to strength and both parties are optimistic the new Whale/Econ gully emptier will generate a significant amount of interest from both local authority and private sector operators. In terms of demount systems, the gully emptier stands as a cost-effective and flexible product offering designed to maximise payloads and optimise capital expenditure.”

Speaking at the Londonderry Show, Econ’s Sales Director, Andrew Lupton added: “Both Whale and Econ have high expectations for the new gully emptier. It is the result of two leaders in their respective fields combining their technologies and expertise to deliver a proven vehicle concept.”

22nd July 2009

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