If you’re off to IFAT Entsorga (Munich; 13th–17th September 2010), you  can watch live demonstrations of Allison-equipped trucks specified for diverse applications and learn about the company’s advanced transmission technologies and features for powertrain optimisation in the refuse and municipal sectors.  If only we were going says Tachoblog!

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But, if you are going – you lucky people you! – you can see a Mercedes-Benz Axor with Zöller bodywork and Allison Transmission 3000P performing refuse collection duties several times a day in the ‘Trucks in Action’ zone.

A Mercedes-Benz Zetros with Allison transmission 3000SP with loading platform and crane can be found at the open-air site. For snow clearing, forestry or road maintenance, huge cargo capacity and cross-country mobility, the Zetros can tackle a variety of applications in the municipal sector.

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On the Allison Transmission stand (hall C4, booth 101), will be a cutaway display of the 3000 Series transmission. This popular transmission is designed for medium sized commercial vehicles with a performance up to 336 kW (457 PS) and is available with both close and wide ratio gearing.

In narrow city centres and in rural areas and regardless of operating conditions: Allison fully automatic transmissions offer the best blend of performance, efficiency and reliability for vehicles in refuse and municipal applications.

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Allison powershifting ensures maximum efficiency and superior average vehicle speed over the collection cycle proven torque converter technology delivers unrivalled vehicle startability and manoeuvrability while offering shock protection for the entire driveline. New Allison advanced electronic controls feature numerous innovative technologies such as Load-Based Shift Scheduling (LBSS) and Prognostics for reduced fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs. Furthermore each transmission increases driving safety, offers less driver stress and provides quiet operation.

The advanced Allison electronic control system has been enriched with innovative features ideal for reducing operating costs and the environmental impact associated with refuse collection services. LBSS automatically selects between economy and performance shift schedules based on the vehicle’s actual payload and the grade on which it is operating.

This optimises fuel consumption while maintaining the superior performance for which Allison is known. With the objective of eliminating unnecessary maintenance cost and minimising waste, Allison Prognostics – in combination with fully synthetic TES 295 transmission fluid – uses sophisticated electronic monitoring technology to alert when a specific maintenance function is required.

In fact, the prognostics system provides real time status of the oil and filter life as well as overall transmission health. Prognostics take the guesswork and hassle out of scheduling routine vehicle maintenance to save time and money while providing maximum protection for the transmission.

Allison electronic controls also offer a wide range of input/output configurations to allow simple interfacing and installation of refuse collection equipment. For example, the Auto Neutral function simplifies the driver’s job. With this function activated, the Allison transmission automatically shifts to “Neutral.”

After using the parking brake or service brake, the PTO is activated and the engine speed increases so that the compaction of waste can start. When the compacting is completed the driver releases the brake, and the Allison transmission shifts automatically into “Drive,” enabling the vehicle to reach the next refuse bin. This means less stress and more safety for the driver and an overall increase in efficiency and productivity to increase vehicle commercial speed.

Vehicles with natural gas engines are becoming more popular in refuse and municipal segments. Allison fully automatic transmissions enable alternative fuel technology by boosting startability when combined with CNG engines operating with a lower torque profile, particu-larly at low speeds.

Allison’s torque converter technology aids the CNG engine during vehicle start-up by multiplying engine torque and smoothly delivering it to the drive wheels. In addition, most CNG engines are not capable of using an exhaust brake or delivering the same level of engine braking capability as a diesel engine.

However, the Allison transmission provides powershifting in combination with an output retarder. This provides seamless auxiliary braking thus improving overall vehicle braking capability and reducing service brake wear. An Allison transmission combined with a CNG engine reduces operating costs while already surpassing requirements for the upcoming EURO6 exhaust emission standard.

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