Heil Environmental Unveils New and Improved STARR System


Heil Environmental unveiled the latest STARR® System automated side loader at WasteExpo 2008.

The STARR (Semi-Trailer Automated Rapid Rail®) System is the only automated semi-trailer refuse and recycling collection system. It consists of an automated Rapid Rail arm mounted on a truck tractor, and detachable, semi-trailer packer bodies. This arrangement gives the STARR a remarkable 12,8m curb-to-curb turning radius ­ 40% better than that of a standard straight-frame truck. As a result, the STARR easily maneuvers around cul-de-sacs, alleys and tight corners, all without risky backing.

The STARR's design lets operators keep hauling long after other refuse collection vehicles would have to head to the disposal site. When a body is full, the operator can simply detach it, hook up an empty one, and continue on the route. With no need for a transfer station, the full trailers can be parked at a facility yard, serving as "mini transfer trailers" until it is convenient to take them to the disposal site. At that time, two trailers can be attached to a standard truck tractor and pulled in tandem. As a result, haulers using the STARR make half as many trips to the landfill, for reduced fuel and tire costs, as well as less wear and tear on route trucks and automated assemblies. Plus, they can carry up to 16,3t of payload.

The STARR's trailerized body and automated arm are virtually identical to those on the Rapid Rail. The arm has an 2,4 m reach, 725 kg lift capacity, 8 s cycle time and unique lift geometry that provides a direct line to the hopper, without any "kick-out." The STARR's continuous pack body features an exclusive paddle packer design to continuously sweep the hopper and pack the load. Like the Rapid Rail, the STARR offers its operators outstanding cart visibility, so they can easily drive from the left-hand side of the cab, as most prefer.

The STARR was designed for easy maintenance. When the tractor or automated arm needs maintenance, the refuse packer can remain outside, creating a more favorable work environment for the technicians. Plus, because its tractors and trailers are interchangeable, downtime is reduced. If a tractor needs maintenance or repair, its trailer can be attached to a different tractor and sent on the route. There is also no need to replace an entire vehicle when the chassis wears out. The body can be used with any alternative tractor.

New Service Smart enhancements include moving the lift valve from a position on the arm itself to a more easily accessible location on the stationary track along which the arm travels. The previous coordinator board and impulse relays have been replaced with a PLC (programmable logic controller) which allows for more sophisticated electrical control and diagnostics. Hydraulic hoses and electrical wiring were re-routed to better protect them against damage and improve access for faster and more accessible service.

All of the new parts have been designed to retrofit to the existing STARR System automated side loaders in the field. Retrofit kits are available through Parts Central, a Heil company.

STARR System trailers are available in 25,2m3 and 28,3 m3 capacities. Double trailer systems are available with 50,4m3 and 56,6m3 capacities.

Source: Heil Environmental

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