New Way Trucks is well on its way to proving that the so-called death of the equipment dealer is greatly exaggerated. While other equipment manufacturers are ditching their dealer networks in favor of direct-to-consumer and online sales channels, Scranton, Iowa-based New Way Trucks is bucking the trend—and it’s paying off. New Way proudly boasts the industry’s most robust and well-respected dealer network, which serves North America from 94 dealer locations coast to coast.
New Way Trucks is not shy about sharing that its dealer network is an important key to its success. “Our growth over the past decade would not have been possible without the continued support and efforts of all our New Way dealers,” said Don Ross, vice president of sales and marketing for New Way. “We share a common goal with our dealer-partners: to build, distribute and support the highest quality, most reliable equipment in the solid waste industry.”
New Way equipment dealers wear many hats:
- New Way dealers are product experts: They understand the equipment, are fully trained on how to optimize it, and work hand in hand with New Way engineers to develop the latest product innovations.
- New Way dealers serve as a local resource: They are not only New Way product specialists, but they are industry experts in your market capable of customizing a New Way truck to meet the demand of your local solid waste program requirements.
- New Way dealers are your go-to authority for service and parts: New Way dealers have the factory-trained staff and technical resources to support New Way products, and every dealer stocks the parts needed to keep a New Way truck running at its best.
New Way could not have become the largest privately held manufacturer of refuse equipment in North America without their dealer-partners, and New Way’s growth continues as a result of its dealer network’s hard work. The company’s recent unveiling of Project Wolverine—a 152,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located at 1 Wolverine Drive in Booneville, Mississippi—will significantly increase production capacity to better serve New Way’s authorized dealers.
Contact your local New Way dealer to better understand why a New Way partnership can be so valuable to your refuse collection operation. New Way makes a terrific product, but it’s the local dealer that completes the package with pre-delivery inspections, training, reliable parts, service and after-sales support that helps differentiate New Way Trucks from its competition.To learn more about the New Way Trucks dealer network or to contact your New Way authorized dealer, please visit newwaytrucks.com/dealer-locator/.
QED Environmental Systems SEM Rover.
QED Environmental Systems Inc., Dexter, Michigan, has announced the new SEM Rover, a wheeled sampling wand that provides functional improvements to the LANDTEC SEM5000 methane detector for landfill surface emissions monitoring (SEM). Features of the SEM Rover include:
- a lightweight, high-strength aluminum framework
- durable, high-visibility powder coat finish
- an adjustable push handle
- three large wheels to maintain stability and ease transit over all types of terrain
Visit www.qedenv.com for more information.
Tomra Gain deep learning add-on.
Asker, Norway-based Tomra Sorting Recycling has launched Gain, a deep learning-based sorting technology to further enhance the performance of its sensor-based sorting machines. Gain will be available as an add-on option for the company’s Autosort machines. Features of Gain include:
- ejection of silicon cartridges from a polyethylene (PE) stream using camera information
- sensor-based ejection of bundled, damaged and deformed cartridges
- supports full belt speed up to 3 meters per second, ensuring optimal performance
- helps sorting machines adapt to new waste streams
Visit www.tomra.com/en for more information.
Astec Mobile Screens Ranger line.
Astec Mobile Screens, Sterling, Illinois, announced a new line of compact track-mounted equipment. The Ranger line will include a variety of jaw crushers, impact crushers, cone crushers, incline screens and trommels. Features of the Ranger line include:
- easily transported via shipping container
- ideal for smaller operations that require powerful equipment with a limited footprint
- allows for increased versatility and flexibility during operations
- serves markets such as building and construction, landscaping, recycling and more
Visit www.kpijci.com for more information.
BossTek variable frequency drive.
BossTek, Peoria, Illinois, has introduced an optional variable frequency drive (VFD) to its lineup of dust suppression equipment that allows users to adjust airflow to suit a broader range of applications and working environments. Features of the VFD control include:
- a ducted fan design to atomize the water flow into droplets 50-200 microns in size
- flexible motor control options, including volts per hertz, sensorless vector control and economizer mode
- a dual-port Ethernet/IP card for networking flexibility
- LCD human interface module
Visit www.bosstek.com for more information.
Managing solid waste management systems is a lot like managing our own personal well-being: considering the future today is the best way to avoid chaos tomorrow. We know that many landfills are reaching capacity and recycling infrastructure is aging in towns across North America, yet, I am inspired by the communities that are proactively working to find solid waste management solutions to navigate these challenges and mitigate risk in the future. As we head into 2020, I’ve drawn inspiration from these communities in creating resolutions of my own.
Resolution 1: I will take responsibility for what I can control
Many communities in the past decade have taken a straightforward, scientific approach to better understand the problematic materials in their recycling streams. Municipalities that conduct waste characterization studies have detailed and statistical insight to better understand and improve the gaps in their public education and sorting efforts. Embracing this ethos of “what gets measured, gets done,” I have begun quantifying and tracking my nutritional intake to help improve my diet this year. And while keeping track of my cookie consumption and its associated caloric data has proven alarming, I am now driven to make better choices. Although addressing shortcomings (and shortbreads) may be difficult at the outset, examining current practices is vital to identifying opportunities for growth.
Resolution 2: It’s better to bend than break
A healthy solid waste management plan is not only nimble enough to handle pain points in the present, but also flexible enough to be adapted to meet its needs in the future. Many communities are now incorporating zero waste concepts into their sustainability goals. Some solid waste managers have begun implementing new programs to transform traditional long-term waste management planning into value-added resource recovery systems that build more resilient communities and economies. In the short term, there may be some pain points adjusting to these programs, but the potential for a brighter future makes the difficulty of change worth it in the long run.
Embracing the idea of short-term discomfort for long-term benefits, I have taken steps to alter my method of transportation for my short work commute. Instead of riding the bus to the office, I’ve instead taken up walking. This change is not only more environmentally friendly, it helps me ensure I’m getting exercise every day. Although this small change has required me to get up a little earlier, I’m looking forward to the health benefits and lessening my carbon footprint.
Resolution 3: I will surround myself with supportive people
It was during the fateful 2019 SWANApalooza conference that I discovered a passionate international community dedicated to improving the world around them. At the time, I was a graduate student studying sustainable communities with an interest in the waste management industry. I was most impressed by the industry’s cooperation, encouragement and eagerness to find solutions for one another’s problems. At the conference, I recognized mentors, new ideas and meaningful connections can come from the many diverse arms within the industry. The warm welcome of SWANApalooza’s organizers, keynote speakers, Young Professionals group, vendors and attendees inspired me to take action and further my involvement, which has led to greater professional engagement and more opportunities.
In 2020, I will remind myself that my support system needs to challenge my limits, not limit my challenges. Now, working as a solid waste management consultant, I am so grateful to be surrounded by a team of fellow consultants that push me to further develop my expertise in sustainability planning and accomplish my professional and personal resolutions. As the saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Here’s to wishing you find the collaborators in your circle who can not only take your professional career to the next level in the coming year, but enable your personal growth as well.
Heil announces tech training certification program
Heil, the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based refuse truck body manufacturer, announced the release of the Heil Nexteligence Connected Tech Certification Program on Jan. 2.
According to the company, the Nexteligence Connected Tech Certification Program is a four-tiered system that recognizes technicians who have achieved significant technical knowledge and skill in the maintenance of Heil equipment. Certification requires a combination of:
- Basic to advanced level Connected Tech training in the troubleshooting of hydraulic and electronic systems, which can be achieved using the Nexteligence Online Learning System;
- Specific and detailed product training on all critical systems relevant to Heil refuse vehicles and 3rd Eye camera/digital systems, administered either at the Heil factory or a customer location. Classes include structured classroom and hands-on modules; and
- Post-training “shop-time” work requirements, so that company management can provide critical feedback on work experience.
“Turnover and loss of skilled technicians can seriously impact equipment uptime,” Pat Carroll, president of Environmental Solutions Group (ESG), of which Heil is affiliated, states. “With the Nexteligence program, fleet owners now have the tools they need to train technicians in today’s highly competitive job market and can choose the method of learning that works best for the technicians, including online options.”
The ability to accurately troubleshoot problems affecting modern garbage trucks means less downtime, less money expended on the wrong parts and more uptime for the vehicles in question.
“The technology in Heil products continues to evolve, and we have implemented the Nexteligence Connected Tech program to help technicians improve their understanding of the hydraulic, electronic and pneumatic systems employed on Heil garbage trucks,” Jennifer Testa, vice president of enterprise transformation at ESG, says. “The key to furthering the development of technicians is providing the foundational knowledge of these systems via the Nexteligence Online Learning System. Increasing understanding of hydraulic and electronic principles, digital controllers and troubleshooting allows students to move faster and retain more knowledge when they get to the advanced product training courses. When these trainings are combined with shop-time experience, one of four levels of certification can be achieved.
“The Bronze, Silver and Gold tiers of Connected Tech Training are designed to instruct technicians based upon experience level, enhancing their knowledge of the systems critical to trucks in their fleet. As part of the curriculum, technicians choose the training modules that apply to the specific Heil models operating in their fleet, making the training more relevant to them from day one with fleets reaping the benefits of faster repair times from more skilled technicians.”
The program also includes the Platinum tier for those who want to become expert trainers within their organization. Platinum-level technicians at Heil dealers provide factory-level technical support and can administer official Nexteligence training to their customers, keeping them ahead of changes and increasing dealer communications with their end users, the company says. To achieve Platinum status, these students are required to travel to the Heil factory for an intensive hands-on exam where they are required to troubleshoot and repair a vehicle with multiple system issues.
“Reaching the Platinum tier includes a very comprehensive one-on-one exam with an expert Heil technician and will also require the demonstration of class facilitation skills. The technicians that pass Platinum-level certification will represent the most thoroughly trained technicians in the refuse industry today,” Testa says.
The pricing of the program depends on the preferred method of training, the company says, with online courses starting at $1,074. Heil is working with its nationwide dealer network to ensure dealers have Nexteligence Connected Tech-trained technicians on staff to better serve their customers. In addition, fleet owners are encouraged to enroll their technicians in the program through their dealer to increase the proficiency of their mechanics and service technicians.
Steinert appoints new chief technical officer
Steinert GmbH, Cologne, Germany, has appointed Markus Reinhold as its chief technical officer (CTO). Steinert, which was founded in 1889 in Cologne, specializes in sensor-based sorting technology and magnetic separation.
Uwe Habich currently serves as Steinert’s CTO. According to a news release from Steinert, Habich plans to move to a strategic business development position at the company. Reinhold transitioned to the CTO position in January.
“We are delighted to have been able to attract Markus Reinhold for scheduled succession within our management team,” says Peter Funke, CEO of Steinert Group. “We would also like to thank our CTO, Uwe Habich, for having successfully shouldered responsibility for developments and innovations for over two decades.”
Reinhold, who has a doctorate in engineering, has about 20 years of experience in international plant construction and mechanical engineering and has held various management positions in the past, according to a news release from Steinert. The strategic focus of the CTO is technology management, product development and setting up modern internet of things customer services.
Wastequip names new chairman of the board
Wastequip, a waste handling equipment manufacturer based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has appointed Marty Bryant as chairman of its board of directors. Bryant has served as Wastequip’s CEO and a board of directors member since 2012.
“Under Marty’s leadership as CEO, Wastequip has continued to grow its market share and introduce industry-leading products,” says Tenno Tsai, managing director at Miami-based H.I.G. Capital. “I am excited about Marty’s expanded role as chairman of the board of directors and look forward to continued growth. H.I.G. would also like to thank Andreas Gruson for his service as he moves on to pursue other business ventures.”
BaleForce joins American Baler distribution network
American Baler Co., Bellevue, Ohio, has announced that BaleForce Recycling Equipment, Milton, Ontario, will sell and support the baler manufacturer’s products, providing baler sales, parts, service and repair services.
BaleForce Recycling Equipment also provides conveyors, grinders, shredders, densifiers, compactors and rigging services.
“American Baler is the top provider of balers for the markets we serve,” says Jim Guest, president of BaleForce Recycling Equipment.
Mike Schwinn, sales manager for American Baler, says, “We are delighted to have Jim Guest and his team at BaleForce selling for us. They are very strong in the warehouse/distribution center market, corrugated and packaging industry and recycling markets.”
American Baler is a leading manufacturer of balers used in distribution centers, manufacturing and recycling centers.
Metso announces new appointments to executive team
Metso, Helsinki, announced Jan. 2 that it has made new appointments to its executive team.
Giuseppe Campanelli has been appointed president of the company’s Minerals Services business area and will now reside as a member of Metso’s executive team. Previously, he was a member of the company’s Minerals Services business area management team heading Professional Services.
Kalle Sipilä has been appointed president of the Pumps business area and has also been named a member of Metso’s executive team. Previously, he was operationally in charge of the Pumps business area and served as head of Finance and Business Control of the Minerals Services business area.
Mikko Keto, who was the president of Metso’s Minerals Services and Pumps business areas and a member of the Metso executive team, terminated his employment with the company on Jan. 1.
“I want to congratulate Giuseppe and Kalle for their appointments and wish them welcome in the executive team. At the same time, I want to thank Mikko for successfully driving profitable growth while heading the Minerals Services business area,” Metso President and CEO Pekka Vauramo says.