ACCO on the Books for more than 25 years

Australian Earthmoving Magazine News: The Australian-designed and built ACCO range of trucks has been an integral part of the Australian transport industry since its introduction in the 1960s. huawei custodia outlet Engineered to meet local climatic conditions and stand up to some of the harshest driving conditions in the world, the ACCO is produced at the same manufacturing facility in Dandenong, Victoria where it was born. The iconic truck has become the de facto platform for the vocational market, such as concrete mixers and garbage collection, throughout Australia. The design combines the requirements of high body strength while preserving a light kerb weight which allows an ACCO to withstand the stresses associated with having a constantly revolving heavy load on its back while assuring the best efficiency for its payload class.   Queensland-based Greycart Pty Ltd is one company that knows the capabilities of the ACCO well. Ross Books, owner and Managing Director of Greycart, said that his company uses the eight-wheel version of the ACCO with a 7.6 metre agitator on the back to deliver concrete under contract to Boral. Since buying his first ACCO truck in 1986, Books has added to Greycart’s fleet and currently has nine ACCOs driven by his ten full-time drivers.   Books’ drivers deliver concrete to a wide variety of commercial and domestic construction jobs, but are also involved in large scale or unusual jobs. “Our trucks have been loaded on to barges and sailed over to Stradbroke [Island] to a construction site,” Books stated. “We’ve also been to large infrastructure projects with massive ‘raft slabs’ requiring thousands of cubic metres of concrete to be laid in a single continuous pour.”   Concrete is a versatile product, but as soon as the cement and water are mixed, the chemical reaction starts and there are only a few hours in which to deliver the concrete to site before it starts to harden in the truck and become unworkable. “Because of these time constraints, I need a reliable truck for delivering concrete,” Books stated. samsung custodia original   “Personally, I think that the ACCO is the best vehicle for our industry and why I decided on a common fleet,” said Books. “I did stray briefly, but the alternative was just too heavy a vehicle for the type of work we were doing.”   “I like building a long-term relationship with a supplier,” Books added. “I don’t need to have the cheapest, but in this business it is important to have reliable vehicles and the ACCO has been the most reliable for me.” Books says he greatly appreciates the aftersales support Iveco Brisbane provides in keeping his fleet on the road and in more than 25 years can only recall one instance of having to deal with a major fault.   Three of Greycart’s ACCOs are based in Brisbane and six are on the Gold Coast. The trucks make a large number of relatively short journeys during their working life with the company. cover iphone 8 plus custodia “Most deliveries are no more than 10 kilometres, with an occasional job requiring a 100 km round trip,” Books said.   “Hauling concrete is harsh on the vehicles as we clean with an acid wash,” said Books. “This is not the kindest treatment for a truck but the ACCOs stand up to it well so we only have to replace vehicles every five to seven years,”   Long-term relationships also apply to the company’s drivers. Of the ten drivers employed by Greycart, most have been with the company for more than five years and the first driver Books employed 10 years ago is still with the company. Two of Books’ sons also drive for Greycart, as does one son’s fiancée. “She was thinking of changing jobs and when I said I needed another driver she said ‘What about me?’” Books stated. cover iphone custodia “She went out and got her HR licence and has been with us for 12 months now and really knows her product.” Books’ future daughter-in-law joins a growing number of women in the heavy transport industry, but even today less than five per cent of licenced truck drivers are female.   While there have been recent government and industry reports warning of the increasing number of unskilled truck drivers on Australian roads, Books stated all his drivers are very conscious of the demands of their job. Controlling a vehicle with up to a 17 tonne load that is constantly moving requires specialist knowledge and additional driving skills. ”As it is rotating, the centre of gravity changes as the mix climbs the side of the bowl,” Books said. “The weight is more on the driver’s side so if you make a left-hand turn too quickly, it’s possible for the whole truck to topple over.” Iveco has introduced Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to the 8×4 ACCO, further enhancing the capability and safety of the vehicle. ESC continuously monitors steering and vehicle direction. When the system detects a probable loss of steering control it asymmetrically applies the brakes to individual wheels. cover iphone 8 plus custodia outlet   A unique feature of the innovative but functional design of the ACCO is that since the first prototype, every part of its cab-chassis has been manufactured at the Iveco Trucks Australia Dandenong facility. Since its introduction, more than 79,000 ACCO trucks have been driven off the production line. The engine and drivetrain of the ACCO have been designed to meet the emissions requirements of the ADR 80/03 standard. The engine is one of the latest diesel designs featuring a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, along with ABS brakes, active traction and the latest cooling system. samsung custodia original   Iveco

Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). custodia samsung outlet Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for applications such as off-road missions. The brand’s wide range of products include the Daily, a vehicle that covers the 3 – 7 ton vehicle weight segment, the Eurocargo from 6 – 16 tons, the Trakker (dedicated to off-road missions) and the Stralis, both over 16 tons. In addition, with the brand Iveco Astra, builds mining and construction vehicles, rigid and articulated dump trucks and specialty vehicles. Iveco employs close to 21,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in 7 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 4,200 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.

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