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Scarab Sweepers distributor Londonderry Garage, supplier of specialist vehicles and equipment, has won four contracts involving a total of 18 Scarab sweepers worth some £1.5 million.
Middlesbrough Council has acquired four Scarab Merlin XPs mounted on 7.5 tonne Daf chassis as well as three Scarab Minors. The XP (Xtra Payload) model maximises the potential of the 7.5 tonne chassis, providing users with half a tonne additional load carrying ability.
The Scarab Minors are a versatile and compact urban/precinct sweeper, ideal for many applications from pavement sweeping to street cleansing.
The other orders include Kirklees Council which has purchased three Scarab Minors, and Durham County Council which has acquired four Scarab Merlins – on 2 x 12 tonne Daf chassis and 2 x 7.5 tonne Daf chassis – and three Scarab Minors.
Finally, tunnel operator TT2 has bought a Scarab Merlin XP on a 7.5 tonne Daf chassis and fitted with a snowplough which is carrying out sweeping and gully emptying duties in the existing Tyne Tunnel. It will then transfer to the new £260 million tunnel which is scheduled to open next month and has a capacity to carry some 75,000 vehicles a day
Building Road Sweepers for over 30 years and with customers all round the world they pride themselves on not only their products but also a first class support team.
When choosing a new control system partner, it was key to not only have first class products but also a company with an in-depth knowledge of the municipal industry. Scarab chose ifm electronic.As with any municipal vehicle uptime is crucial, so it was vital to have components specifically designed for the tough environment but also an intelligent diagnostic system to allow operators to pinpoint any issues and resolve them quickly.
Scarab's design is centered around a CAN master controller with common slave controllers. Customised tactile push buttons and joystick are connected locally to CANOpen nodes housed in the cab.
The availability of CAN-based chassis meant it was possible to eliminate much of the hard wiring between the sweeper body and truck chassis. Scarab decided to introduce the CAN bus interface as standard on all production vehicles, utilising ifm's knowledge and close working relationship with the chassis manufacturers: MAN, Mercedes, Scania, Volvo, Renault, Iveco and DAF.
The SAE J1939 standard documents all the data and information that is available to body-builders from the truck chassis. This standard allowed Scarab to have common platform across the large range of chassis requested by their customers.
IFM was able to offer a complete control solution with position sensors for both the hopper down detection and pneumatic cylinders.
Fundamental to the decision process was the ability for Scarab to not only create their own software but also the ability to maintain and develop it, thus being in control of their own destiny. Using the open source CoDeSys 2.3 software (IEC 61131 compliant) allowed Scarab's engineering team to create everything from the custom graphics on the operator display to the unique hydrostatic drive control software.
The icon-based display was important in selling to Scarab's multi-national customer base, however utilising the flexible file system of the ifm display permitted multi-language text to be used.
Scarab commented as follows on the reasons for using a CAN control system:
"Simplicity is the keynote here, by using just two wires and micro-controller based modules (the control nodes) it is possible to eliminate most of the complex wiring looms necessary to control sweeper functions. The bus connects to the nodes which are located adjacent to the various valve blocks, pumps or motors as necessary, requiring only short cable runs to the components in question. The benefits to sweeper design and operation are unquestionable and it will be no suprise to those who understand good design, that Scarab have fully embraced CANbus, incorporating it into our latest models."
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Marini (A member of the Fayat Group of companies) held open day event at their production facilities at Alfonsine, Italy to exhibit Asphalt plants, Bomag Rollers, Pavers and Milling machines.
The event provided a welcome opportunity for Scarab's Product Manager Nigel Proctor and Export Sales Manager Doug Flynn to promote the FS6000 Demonstrator mounted on a MAN chassis to both the Bomag sales team and their customers.
The two day event was well attended with guests travelling from all regions of Italy with many potential customers showing keen interest in the Scarab FS6000 as well as the Mathieu and Ravo which were also on display.
Richard Stokes, Head of Service and Bob Kondys, Transport Manager for Sedgemoor District Council were on hand to take delivery of a Scarab Minor and two new Scarab Magnum sweepers from John O’Leary, Scarab Regional Sales Manager for the South West.
The two new Magnums represent the fourth generation of truck mounted Scarab’s at Sedgemoor DC, the first being a 7.5 ton Major 3000 back in 1990, whilst the Minor becomes the second of its type in their fleet and is to be used at Burnham-on-Sea.
Bob Kondys, who has been with Sedgemoor DC since 1982, said that they had been very pleased with their current Minor and that this had played a big part in the ordering of a second.
Scarab is delighted to have such a longstanding relationship with Sedgemoor DC, and look forward to another 21 years.
Rosmech’s agents Mike & Wayne Trace were extremely thorough throughout the training program, ensuring each of the operators and workshop personnel understood the operation & maintenance requirements of the sweeper.
The sweeper excels in our climate, especially during the summer months when our sweeping requirements increase due to environmental factors whilst still ensuring operator comfort during the hot and humid conditions.
Whenever we require replacement brooms or spare parts for any of our sweepers in our fleet, Mike is always able to assist us in a timely manner.
We would be honoured to recommend Rosmech’s Scarab Mistral Street Sweeper to any interested customer.
Glen Wilson, Fleet Manager, Townsville City Council