Our Speedline RCVs offer a superb range of side loaders with a semi-automatic bin lift system. The operator/ driver simply positions the vehicle next to the bin and then deploys the bin lift. Where suitable, these units can provide a safe and efficient method of collection and eliminate the need for loaders working behind the RCV.
In many countries, waste & recyclable materials are collected using rear loading RCV vehicles: the loading crew bring wheeled bins to the RCV and they are then emptied by the bin lift system. Terberg’s automatic bin lifts make this process superefficient, depending on local conditions, street layouts and waste strategies our Speedline range can offer greater efficiency.
Rear loading collections can present physical demands on the operatives, therefore our Speedline side loader RCVs offer an efficient and ergonomic alternative. The Speedline RCV simply stops alongside a bin and then the driver/operator controls the bin lift remaining in the comfort and safety of the cab at all times.
Our Speedline RCVs are built by two Terberg Environmental subsidiaries to give us one complete range: Terberg HS in Emstek, Germany, and Ros Roca in Tárrega, Spain. Although the principles of operation are the same for all Speedline models, we offer a diverse array of models and options to provide a perfect fit for their respective markets and local operating methods.
Martijn Bruggeman, Director of Terberg HS “We specialise in driver-only refuse collection vehicles, both Speedline side loaders and a range of front loaders for large industrial refuse bins that many of our sister subsidiaries also supply to their local markets. We build the bodies and bin lift system in-house. We also supply Olympus rear loaders manufactured by other Terberg Environmental subsidiaries. HS has a service team of 65 people, at three workshops, and 10 mobile workshops.
In our home market, Speedline units are mostly used for collecting household waste in lower density areas with longer distances between houses. The driver/operator stops by the bin, selects the type of bin on the touch screen, positions the bin lift with the joystick and starts the automatic loading sequence. Once loaded the refuse is compacted by a pendulum system. We introduced Speedline in 1990s and are now the largest supplier of side loaders in Germany.
Conventional Speedline bodies are connected to the mechanical power take-off (PTO) and electrical system of the chassis. One option when using a fully electric chassis together with a Speedline body could be to power the Speedline body using the vehicle batteries but our engineers determined that this approach would reduce the range and require relatively complex and costly integration. The new eSpeedline therefore has an integrated 40 kWh battery pack to power the bin lift and compaction system - completely independent of the chassis. The battery can be charged from a conventional threephase outlet, there is no need for a dedicated automotive charging point. The new eSpeedline bodies come as standard with Terberg Connect telematics to make management and servicing more efficient.
Because the integrated battery reduces the need for integration with the chassis, the eSpeedline can easily be mounted to any chassis: electric, diesel or CNG.
The eSpeedline was introduced at the 2022 IFAT trade fair in Munich and we already have a strong contingent of launch customers eager to combine it with an electric chassis.
The eSpeedline will enable our customers to reduce their carbon footprint, noise and particulate emissions. This will help improve the quality of our urban environments.
Martijn Bruggeman “In Bogotá, the capital of Columbia, the kerbs are often very high because the road acts as a drainage channel if there is heavy rain. So when the city wanted to move away from manual loading they could not use wheeled bins and position them behind a rear loader. However, side loaders are perfect for this application and the city invested in five Speedline SCOPE CWS units. The CWS was selected because it takes several hours to drive to the disposal site. So using trucks instead of RCVs for that trip reduces costs. The RCVs can stay in the city and keep collecting refuse. Our colleagues in Tárrega supplied the 1,300 containers of 2.2 cubic metres each which residents place their refuse in. This system has been in operation for a few years now and our client in Colombia is very satisified with how its working out.”
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Our Ros Roca manufacturing centre in Tárrega also builds side loaders optimised for the local market. Product manager Javier Varela explains “Here in Spain, side loading is the main method used in large cities, such as Barcelona and Valencia. Residents put their materials in large road-side bins. These have trunnions at the sides and are traditionally picked up by a rear mounted bin lift with special arms.
Ros Roca introduced side loading in Spain more than 30 years ago and therefore has a great deal of experience in this system. Since the merger with Terberg, the development of what is now the Speedline SLM began. When developing the Speedline SLM side loader we worked closely with Terberg Machines, benefitting from their wide experience in bin lift design and manufacture. The SLM lift arms slide laterally to adjust to the size of bin. The bins have a capacity up to 3,300 litres so naturally the SLM has a large hopper and compaction chamber. This allows the driver/operator to empty several bins before starting the compaction cycle.
Our customers choose side loading because they feel it is safer in inner-cities than rear loading, provides a better efficiency and gives a cleaner city. In Spain, side loading collection started in larger cities, but even smaller ones such as Lleida, where I live, are now using the system. Ros Roca is already the largest supplier of rear loaders in Spain and now, with the Speedline SLM, we have the product we need to grow our side loader market share."
Of course, changing from conventional collection using a rear loader and a crew of three to side loading is a significant change. It is a strategic choice - not just another vehicle. The customer needs to invest time and effort in developing a strategic process. Our teams can advise them on the best options to introduce the new way of working. The refuse collection industry can sometimes be relatively conservative and resistant to change, often for good reasons. But projects in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona (Spain), Berlin, Munich (Germany), Bogota (Columbia) show that side loaders can bring many benefits. In fact, they have long been used in other countries, such as the United States.”
Our combined engineering deparments are continuing development of our Speedline range. Further improvements in camera systems, image recognition and AI will make the work of the driver/ operator even easier in the future. For example by introducing a driving assistance function to stop the vehicle in just the right place and by automatically monitoring the loading area. At present, the driver usually sits on the right of the cab, to get a good view of the loading area. Once the loading process is largely automated, the driver can sit on the left, and get a better view of the road. We are also working on an automatic bin recognition function, so there is no need to select the type of bin on the operator interface