WHALE’S GULLYWHALE PLUS MAKES AN EXHIBITION OF ITSELF

Posted by Tim Pile - September 22nd, 2009

Whale Tankers’ highly publicised GullyWhale Plus Medium Volume Combination (MVC) tanker has broken off from nationwide roadshow duties to put in an appearance at the RWM exhibition on stand no: 0A209.

Since making a stir following its launch at PAWRS in June, the GullyWhale Plus has been showcased to a number of existing Whale customers and prospects across a series of nationwide locations. Now visitors to the RWM will get the chance to get up close to a tanker that boasts a number of new performance,
and health and safety related features and product improvements.

Complete with an 1800-gallon capacity tank mounted on the 18 tonne MAN TG-M 4 x 2 day cab chassis, GullyWhale Plus is packed with new features that now form either part of Whale’s standard vehicle specification or that can be specified as options.

Comments Whale Tankers’ managing director, Mark Warmington: “Whilst we made quite an impression at last year’s exhibition, largely by virtue of the fact it was our debut, this year we hope the GullyWhale Plus will steal the show. It is one of a number of new and exciting developments that we have to shout about, so everyone is quietly confident that the RWM will be as successful for us as it was last year.”

The most significant of the new features of GullyWhale Plus is a radically new operating control system that is being deployed to control a number of new key functions. For example, the upgraded PLC supports functions such as a hydrostatic sensor that provides a digital display of the tanker’s capacity level – accurate to approximately .25% – as well as the amount of jetting time that remains at maximum flow.

GullyWhale Plus also incorporates Whale’s already popular anti-vibration gully boom control unit – developed in-house as a means of reducing health and safety concerns surrounding hand-arm (HAV) vibration.
The control system on the MVC is also being deployed to help deliver further improvements, particularly in relation to operator health and safety. For example when jetting, the MVC now features a safe mode start up.
Featured as an option is a new jetting hose meter that is digitally programmable. This provides the operator with two read outs; one showing how much hose remains on the reel at any given time, the other an incremental measurement of the length deployed down a drain.
Other new key features of the GullyWhale Plus include a quick acting boom valve, a 2” pneumatically perated interconnecting valve mounted on top of the tank that prevents contamination of clean water, and a low level boom mounted greasing point feed that facilitates four point greasing of the boom turret to avoid working from height.
Finally, the GullyWhale’s boom sludge breaker incorporates nozzle inserts to deliver improved operating performance, whilst manual operation of water pressure regulation has been replace by electrically operated push buttons located on the rear mounted Whale control panel.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Alongside the new features that now form part of Whale’s standard vehicle specification, a number of optional extras
can also be specified. These are:
• A new style storage frame with the capacity for four solid type road signs mounted nearside.
• A rear and nearside lockable nozzle storage facility.
• Soft handgun start-up.
• Pulsation Jetting with an auto-timed programmable duration. The addition of the optional in cab controller allows the facility to ramp up or down the pulsation jetting duration.
• Fully hydraulic side shift reel and self-aligning operated reel with 100m x ¾” Whale jetting hose.
• Eight-function radio remote control with failsafe auto shutdown feature, operational to within a range of 150 metres.
• In cab six-function display linked to the new PLC, with capacity to incorporate GPRS vehicle tracking technologies and data download.

22nd September 2009

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