Autocar Trucks introduces Cummins X12 engine to refuse market

Autocar Trucks, Birmingham, Alabama, has announced it will be the first truck manufacturer to offer the new CX12 engine from Cummins, Columbus, Indiana, to customers serving the refuse industry. The X12 12-liter diesel engine has reduced weight, enabling haulers to handle more trash and simultaneously lower their operating costs, Cummins says. Autocar is accepting orders for X12-powered ACX trucks to be produced in October, immediately after Cummins begins full U.S. production of the X12. Autocar will offer the X12 across all Class 8 severe-duty vocational applications.

“Autocar is focused on bringing innovations to the market with real, tangible benefits to our customers,” Jim Johnston, president of Autocar, says. “This new engine puts more cash in our customers’ pockets, plain and simple. We’re gratified that Cummins trusts us to bring the X12 engine to the refuse market first.”

Haulers with the Autocar ACX and X12 engine will see a significant weight savings of 733 pounds versus the previous 12-liter engine, which directly relates to 733 pounds more payload available, Autocar says. The weight savings is achieved through a sculpted block design and weight reduction in the after-treatment system, power takeoff and other components. The X12 also offers improved low-speed torque, Autocar says, even with similar horsepower ratings.

Autocar says integration of the X12 also boasts lower operating costs because of extended maintenance intervals, 25 percent fewer parts and a 6 percent improvement in fuel economy because of enhanced engine efficiency and reduction of parasitic loss. The fuel savings equates to $10,800 over the life of a typical garbage truck at current diesel prices.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Autocar through the introduction of Cummins’ next generation X12 diesel engine in Autocar’s ACX chassis” Brett Merritt, Cummins’ vice president of highway engine business, says. “Autocar is a key player in the North America refuse market and this introduction will further our current collaboration across natural gas and diesel platforms.”

The X12 engine was tested in diverse terrain across the United States and Canada. More than 2 million miles of field testing was conducted across the full spectrum of applications. Drivers will notice smoother operation with fewer downshifts and even more responsive torque at low speeds, according to the company.

“Autocar serves eight of the 10 largest cities in America. It’s important to them that Autocar is the only major American-owned company assembling cab-over refuse trucks in America,” Adam Burck, Autocar vice president of brand management, says. “Bringing innovations to the market with our key suppliers, such as Cummins, helps us continue to create American manufacturing jobs.”

Machinex employees receive safety certification

Jonathan Fortier (left) and Sébastien Delisle (right) in front of a baler inside the Machinex manufacturing facility.

Machinex, Plessisville, Quebec, has announced its two recently nominated employees, Sébastien Delisle and Jonathan Fortier, are now accredited by the TÜV Nord certification and are now able to be titled as a certified machinery safety expert (CMSE). CMSE is a globally recognized license that enables a full-circle approach to machinery safety.

Delisle and Fortier work daily to guarantee that Machinex systems fulfill all laws and regulations, Machinex says. This certification confirms their competence to advise on the safety of machinery, entire plants and factories. They have extensive knowledge of machinery lifecycles, from risk assessment through the development of safety concepts and the application of functional safety principles, to the actual implementation to ensure compliance with applicable legislation, the equipment manufacturer says.

“At Machinex, we have always considered the importance of safety in the manufacturing and improvement of our equipment,” Pierre Paré, Machinex CEO, says. “To be recognized as a CMSE is a great achievement for our employees, and it brings Machinex to a higher level of safety.”

Delisle and Fortier are also members of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, and serve actively on the ANSI Z245 Drafting Committee that exists especially for the recycling industry. This ANSI committee covers recycling facilities, baling/compacting/sorting systems, size reduction equipment and all required operations of a plant’s cycle life.

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Bandit Industries becomes employee owned

Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey, owners of Bandit Industries, Remus, Michigan, have announced on June 7 they would sell 100 percent of the company to their employees in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Under the ESOP, Bandit will retain its current leadership, and key management personnel will remain in place.

The announcement comes after two previous attempts to sell Bandit Industries, once to another manufacturer and once to a private investment firm.

“We realized neither was a good fit for Bandit, so we made the decision to sell to our trusted employees,” Dianne Morey, wife of Mike and co-owner, says.

“It will be fun to watch our crew take it to the next level,” Mike Morey, the company founder who developed the first Bandit chipper in 1983, says.

Bandit says it is growing rapidly with 20 percent growth per year, two plant expansions currently underway and several new products being introduced later this year.

Bandit also recently entered into an agreement with Arjes GmbH, a slow-speed shredder manufacturer from Germany. Bandit will sell and distribute the Arjes products in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia and other parts of the world. Arjes says its product line can shred cement with rerod, asphalt, steel belted tires and complete cars and trucks.

Bandit will celebrate its 35th anniversary in September with a dealer meeting and a field day open to the public. All Bandit’s products will be shown, including the new products that are about to be released and the Arjes line of shredders.

“We are a leading supplier in all of the markets that we are in,” Jerry Morey says. “We have a very strong, dedicated dealer organization and a great crew, which is the key to our success. Our employees are experienced, smart and loyal to us. That is why we are so confident that an employee-owned company is the right fit for Bandit. All our employees will have a stake in the company.”

In other company news, Utah-based Intermountain Bobcat, with locations in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Orem, has joined Bandit’s network of authorized dealers. The three locations will offer sales, service and parts on all Bandit hand-fed chippers, stump grinders and skid steer attachments, the forestry equipment manufacturer says.

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Sierra International Machinery appoints director of sales for its Macpresse line

Sierra International Machinery, Bakersfield, California, has announced that Randy Gibson has been named director of sales for the company’s Macpresse line in the United States and Canada. Gibson will be responsible for evolving Sierra’s relationship with current Sierra-Macpresse customers and building relationships within new and upcoming industries, such as refuse-derived fuel (RDF). Gibson will assist Sierra regional sales managers in communicating the advantages of Macpresse single-ram balers and reaching out to new markets and industries that can benefit from using a Macpresse machine, according to the company.

Gibson comes to Sierra with more than 28 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industries. He has a strong background in the design and mechanical engineering of single-ram and two-ram balers as well as in conveyors, Sierra says.

“I am excited for the opportunity to take the Macpresse single-ram balers, which are world-renowned products, and grow them into the industry leader in the U.S. and Canada,” Gibson says. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Sierra team. This is a company that has an outstanding reputation with their customer service and a trustworthy product line.”

“The Macpresse single-ram balers are extremely innovative products, and we recognized that we needed to bring a specialist in single-ram extrusion balers on board at Sierra to properly promote and sell the Macpresse line in the United States and Canada,” John Sacco, president and owner, Sierra International Machinery, says. “With Randy’s engineering background and sales capabilities, he’s going to lead Sierra and the Macpresse line to great success.”

Sierra International Machinery offers sales and support of processing equipment for the scrap and recycling industries, offering a full range of equipment to meet the demands of today’s processing facilities.

Sennebogen adds G.W. Van Keppel Co. to dealer network

The G.W. Van Keppel Co., Kansas City, Missouri, has announced it will take on the Sennebogen line of material handlers. Sennebogen LLC, the North American subsidiary of Germany-based Sennebogen GmbH, is located in Stanley, North Carolina.

Van Keppel has been appointed as the authorized distributor of Sennebogen equipment for much of the state of Arkansas.

Kevin Kientz, executive vice president of Van Keppel, says Sennebogen offers his customers a premier line of proven material handling machines, backed by unparalleled parts and service support.

“Scrap and metal recycling have long been a key sector for our business,” Kientz says. “When we needed to find a line of material handlers, the Sennebogen name was at the top of our list. We’re very pleased to now offer the industry-leading machines, plus the resources to support our commitment to customer service.”

Sales and service for Sennebogen machines in Arkansas will be centered from Van Keppel branches in Little Rock. According to Kientz, the company has already been on-site in the location to train Van Keppel’s specialists in their material handling equipment. Plans are also in place for Van Keppel technicians to attend the Sennebogen Training Center near Charlotte, North Carolina, for additional hands-on training and troubleshooting instruction.

Sennebogen LLC’s 100,000-square-foot head office and warehouse complex, located in the town of Stanley, was a key factor in Van Keppel’s decision to represent the line, the company says.

“Having a complete parts inventory for every machine they have in the field, ready to ship here in North America, is critical,” Kientz says.

Kientz says providing machines for customers’ operation will also open doors for the firm’s secondary lines of equipment. “Once you’ve proven that you can do the job to keep the yard up and running, customers are comfortable with relying on us for their other equipment as well,” he says.