The garbage trucks’ new, lighter design gives Fanalca’s customers the ability to increase their revenue because they can collect more garbage on each round. The SSAB steel products also offer other positive outcomes.
“The equipment is more hard-wearing, because the steel is much more resistant to abrasion, so the parts need to be replaced with less frequency,” Reyes says. “The time between replacements is about twice as long as with traditional steel. Also, from an environmental point of view, fuel consumption is much lower because the truck weighs less when empty. That also means that tires, suspension and brakes are changed less often.”
Fanalca uses Hardox® 450, Strenx® 700 and SSAB precision tubes in the design of the garbage compactors as well in containers. 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,” he says. “We’re also using it in containers for construction waste and for solid waste, and 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.”
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.
“You can always make continuous enhancements but changing materials has enabled us to take a leap forward,” Gutierrez says. “It's not only the clients who recognize the quality of SSAB steel. We know it's the only steel that guarantees us a uniform hardness all the way through.”