He added, “We’ve traditionally used 6x4 and 8x4 mixers which give us 6-metre and 7.5-metre volumes respectively. This new artic configuration, however, can carry 12 cubic metres on certain products, potentially doubling the carrying capacity on one vehicle, and halving the number of vehicle journeys” Tim said. “The tractor / mixer-trailer combination is not new, but the DAF and Muldoon-McPhee set-up utilises the Euro-6 engine’s PTO to power the drum rather than a separate donkey engine, thereby cutting emissions and noise as well as improving payload, thus maximising environmental benefits.”
With respect to Hanson’s focus on safety, the new DAF CF comes with a passenger door lower window. Developed by Cheshire-based Astra Vehicle Technologies to provide a direct view of cyclists and pedestrians on the nearside of the vehicle. The design, allows the main passenger door window to open; a key benefit that offers a clear view of traffic during poor weather and allows access to easily clean the mirrors from the passenger seat.
Hanson is also a Gold member of FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. This highest level of accreditation means the company operates to the very highest levels of best practice set against stringent criteria laid out in the FORS Standard.
While not a common sight on UK roads, the trial has been prompted by Hanson’s CEO, Daniel Cooper, whose native Australia is known for a more wider use of truck and trailer combinations for ixer operations. This UK project was sponsored by Matt Barlow, Hanson’s UK’s Supply Chain Director.