DURABAC ACQUIRES Inpak
Revolutionary new automated side-loading
collection body — Inpak Vehicles.
Inpak Vehicles, based out of Drummondville, Quebec, has introduced a revolutionary refuse and recyclables collection truck body. Called the Détritube, this cylindrically-shaped side-loading collection truck body is 30 percent lighter than traditional collection bodies, according to company president André Nadeau. He says their new truck will actually load more than its own weight, consumes less energy than traditional bodies and due to its aluminum construction, is resistant to acidic waste and does not rust.
The Détritube optimizes loading capacity, with total payload volume up to 33 cubic metres (43 cubic yards) and weight up to 13,637 kg (30,000 pounds). Higher volume load capacity is achieved because of its rounded body shape. Plus, by requiring less pressure to compact loads in a cylinder, hydraulic needs are reduced and fuel is saved. The unit’s patented Sweepn’ Seal system sweeps materials from the hopper, which is then compacted by a unique, low-wear compactor that uses fewer parts, fewer hydraulics and does not require adjustment. The main compactor sits on one-piece, heavy-duty extrusion rails and rolls on cam bearings, thereby avoiding friction from the bottom floor.
The Détritube was specifically designed for residential pick up, and will handle large 360-litre containers. Besides refuse, these trucks are ideal for recyclables including paper, cardboard and plastics, and for food waste and organics pick up – especially where strict weight restrictions apply. Units also use a small number of parts, and feature a lower fuel consumption, low emissions and low maintenance requirements, as well as fast cycles and easy to use controls.
The Détritube’s hydraulic system includes a non-pressurized hydraulic tank and relief valves on all circuits. Plus, a unique automated arm, called the SniperXL10, is specially designed and positioned to reduce load swinging, and features fewer parts, fast cycles, no mechanical adjustments and uses long-lasting taper lock pins instead of bushings. Total equipment weight (including arm and hydraulics) is 10,000 pounds.
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From idea to prototype in 55 weeks or
the explosive birth of the Détritube!
Clermont and Jean Fortin like things to go fast!
Their enterprise, Vehicles Inpak, was founded in 2010, the culmination of years of experience in the field of refuse management vehicles. But above all it was the product of Fortin father-and-son ingenuity.
First they made a sketch of an idea. Then they met with a seasoned businessman, André Nadeau. From there, things fell into place at breakneck speed: incorporation of the company, signature of the shareholder agreement, plans design, patent and trademark application and, ultimately, translation of the sketch into two working prototypes … all within 55 weeks. Not to mention that Inpak Vehicles. was regional award-winner in the Technological and Technical Innovations category, at the 13th edition of the Concours québécois en entrepreneuriat (CQE). Talk about getting off to a good start!
The product: the Détritube
The Détritube is a solid waste, compost, and recycling collection body with innovative features: cylinder-shaped, made in aluminium and semi-automated. The aluminium, cylindrical shape body weighs a mere 4,600 kg compared to the competition’s 7,600 kg bodies. The lighter vehicle weight translates into increased payload capacity and reduced energy expenditure. Two compaction rams mounted on ball bearings reduce motion friction in the body, thereby minimizing hydraulic demand and energy consumption.
Directly in line with the Agency’s Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS)
Inpak Vehicles sought the support of Canada Economic Development on two occasions. A first contribution was granted to complete development of the innovative refuse collection body concept, and a second to commercialize the Détritube on Canadian and U.S. markets.
The entrepreneurs expect this process to result in the creation of some 10 jobs and $12.5 million in sales—with exports accounting for more than $3.5 million— by 2013.
This new dumpster fits into the current of sustainable development and greenhouse gas reduction: it not only hauls a larger volume of waste material with the same equipment, but also consumes less fuel. This project is also consistent with Canada Economic Development’s Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) in that it involves the development and commercialization of a new environmental technology that uses less energy.
The company is located in the Centre-du-Québec region, which is mainly home to traditional industries. The completion of this project will promote the growth of an innovative enterprise, while dovetailing with two regional priorities for Canada Economic Development, namely, the transportation equipment sector and the recovery and value processing of residual material (as an original vehicle manufacturer).
In the North American market, the company will have to compete against several Canadian and American competitors. However, its unique refuse collection body has many competitive advantages.
Détritube's competitive advantages:
•30% reduction in weight
•20% reduction in hydraulic demand
•Optimization of available loading capacity
•30% increase in payload volume
•Compaction system minimizing friction
•Automated arm positioned to reduce load swinging
•Significant 25% reduction in the fuel consumption necessary for waste collection
•Reduction in levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
A patentability study conducted on various parts of the new product concluded that the Détritube met the three main criteria for an invention to be patentable, namely, novelty, inventiveness and utility. Canada and United States patent applications have been filed and a patent pending number, received.
Environmental awareness having made recycling and selective collection a part of our everyday lives, a new vehicle like the Détritube which provides a greener collection process, is one more step in the good direction.
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