Woc 2009: Schwing America/Fuel Efficiency, Lightweight Drum

To kick off a Going Green campaign, whose three-arrow logo carries a globe-orbiting “Less Fuel, Less Water, Less Time” message, the manufacturer announced a) a lightweight Schwing-Stetter mixer drum, which coupled with a new Michelin tire spec can net ready mixed producers _-yd. more payload per delivery; and, b) results confirming fuel savings with Schwing truck-mounted pumps

To kick off a Going Green campaign, whose three-arrow logo carries a globe-orbiting Less Fuel, Less Water, Less Time message, the manufacturer announced a) a lightweight Schwing-Stetter mixer drum, which coupled with a new Michelin tire spec can net ready mixed producers _-yd. more payload per delivery; and, b) results confirming fuel savings with Schwing truck-mounted pumps.

The lightweight drum is fabricated from high-strength steel, representing a weight reduction equivalent to 1/3 yd. of ready mixed compared to the manufacturer’s conventional steel drum. The lighter version is engineered for both payload gain and additional fuel savings through use of companion technologies: Smart Drum, a wireless device for constant drum speed from the plant to the job site; and, a 46-in. opening that enables optimal truck loading in 30 seconds or less versus about one minute for a drum with a 42-in. opening. An additional 500 lbs.-plus can be shed from a mixer by specifying a Michelin X One tire, whose availability for the Schwing-Stetter line was also announced in Las Vegas. An X One tire replaces dual tires; by Michelin measurements, its decreased roll resistance can improve fuel economy up to 10 percent.

Fuel savings attributable to the new mixer options will be gauged in testing Schwing America has planned this year to compare its trucks against competing models. This follows 2008 testing during which the manufacturer noted 62 percent and 27 percent lower fuel consumption on Schwing 32-meter and 61-meter boom truck models against competitors√Ć equipment.