When Dragos Fusache turns the corner punctually with his skip handler, the workforce at the steelworks in Ibbenbüren can continue production with interruption. The Lohmann Recycling & Entsorgung GmbH driver delivers empty skip containers used to dispose of the iron filings created during the production process.
The 31-year-old simultaneously picks up filing skips with a capacity of 10 m3 which are filled to the brim, and these are emptied at the Lohmann depot in Emsdetten and readied for further use. This is an important task if delays are to be avoided at the customer’s production facility, along with preventing the storage location becoming too messy. The Arocs 1846, which is only a year old, is equipped with the MEILLER AK12 skip handler for this purpose. Dragos, who was born in Romania, is utterly convinced of the superiority of both the truck and superstructure.
In 7 to 9 stops each day, they reliably do their job over a distance totalling up to 350 km, frequently with trailers for other skips. Things have to move fast if he is to achieve his daily target, and the 338 kW engine under its belt and clever MEILLER features help here. In particular, the load-dependent high speed of the AK12 accelerates setting down and tipping.
The i.s.a.r.-control remote system is another fine touch and an element that Dragos would rather not do without. “It makes the skip handler easier to operate, and I can choose my position freely at all times. It really doesn’t get much better”, says the Lohmann driver. There were some minor teething problems in the beginning with a defective battery charger in the cab, but Fiege tec, a MEILLER authorised workshop in Greven, quickly arranged for its replacement. The tandem axle trailer, skip handler and remote control are now a well-coordinated team.