Safety and com­fort drive Sca­nia’s log­ging and tim­ber sales

Australian Forests and Timber - - Haulage -

SCA­NIA TRUCKS pro­vide a safe and com­fort­able work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for log­ging and tim­ber truck driv­ers, and these fac­tors are be­hind the in­creas­ing adop­tion of the Swedish com­pany’s prod­ucts in the Aus­tralian forestry in­dus­try.

“Driv­ers love our V8 power, not only be­cause it gives them a sense of se­cu­rity know­ing the truck can pull heavy loads in a sta­ble and se­cure man­ner, but be­cause the V8 en­gine is so smooth, it re­duces fa­tigue-in­duc­ing vi­bra­tion through the ve­hi­cle,” says Paul Rid­dell, Sca­nia’s Sales Man­ager in South Aus­tralia who has been sell­ing trucks to log­ging op­er­a­tors for sev­eral years.

“Driver sat­is­fac­tion lev­els in Sca­nia log­ging trucks is very high,” Paul says. “I hear it all the time from driv­ers and from op­er­a­tors. In many cases the driver’s pref­er­ence for a truck in­forms or in­flu­ences ve­hi­cle se­lec­tion. A happy driver is a safer driver.

“In ad­di­tion, our cabs are all steel and have been im­pact and crash tested to lev­els far above the man­dated lev­els by the Euro­pean Union.

“Sca­nia meets Swedish stan­dards that are more strin­gent than the EU reg­u­la­tions. For ex­am­ple, we carry out front and rear im­pact tests on the same cab, where the EU reg­u­la­tions al­low the cab to be switched be­tween tests. That shows just how strong our cabs are and this gives a lot of peace-of-mind to driv­ers who know they are work­ing in a very safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment,” Paul says.

“Sca­nia is also a leader in the de­vel­op­ment of safety sys­tems such as elec­tronic brak­ing sys­tems, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trols and for on-high­way use, adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and ad­vanced emer­gency brak­ing sys­tems that help to re­duce the po­ten­tial for an ac­ci­dent.

“All of this is very com­fort­ing when you are haul­ing two trail­ers full of logs out of the for­est and along a coun­try road or a high­way,” he says.

“We have re­cently de­liv­ered our 13th truck to Tabeel Trad­ing in Mount Gam­bier for use in their log­ging and wood chip haulage op­er­a­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Adrian Flow­ers, their Gen­eral Man­ager, they hardly know they own the Sca­nias, thanks to their re­li­a­bil­ity and suit­abil­ity for the job, pulling trail­ers of logs and wood chip bins with high pay­loads,” Paul says.

“News of our suc­cess in Mount Gam­bier is spread­ing with other log­ging op­er­a­tors around Aus­tralian con­tact­ing us for more in­for­ma­tion about our trucks. The word is get­ting around that Sca­nia is the right tool for the job,” Paul says.

Sca­nia’s Safety engi­neer­ing in de­tail

Sca­nia’s cabs are de­signed to re­sist large forces and to pro­vide a large safety cage around the driver and pas­sen­ger so that they are well pro­tected.

The strength of the Sca­nia driver cabs is cal­cu­lated down to the last de­tail. All cab types are also ap­proved ac­cord­ing to strin­gent Swedish im­pact test stan­dards.

The cabs are tested in se­ries un­der the EU stan­dard ECE R29, and also the more de­mand­ing Swedish stan­dard VVFS 2003:29 for driver’s cabs. What makes the Swedish stan­dard much tougher is that all of the test se­ries’ three test op­er­a­tions must be car­ried out af­ter each other on the same cab. Un­der the EU stan­dard it is pos­si­ble to per­form each test op­er­a­tion in­di­vid­u­ally on un­dam­aged cabs.

Im­pact Test­ing In ad­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Swedish stan­dards, the frontal im­pact on the cab is at a very crit­i­cal point on the door pil­lar. Un­der the EU stan­dard, de­spite higher en­ergy, the im­pact is less ag­gres­sive, as the pen­du­lum im­pacts the driver’s cab across the whole width. Ac­cord­ing to the Swedish stan­dards the rear wall is also tested dy­nam­i­cally with a pen­du­lum that im­pacts the cen­tre of the rear wall. The test un­der the EU stan­dard is a static load across the whole rear wall. The roof load is also 50% higher ac­cord­ing to the Swedish stan­dards.

The tests in­volve a pen­du­lum with a weight of 1 tonne, with vary­ing ge­om­e­try and en­ergy, im­pact­ing the cab in the dy­namic tests. Af­ter the tests, the oc­cu­pants would still have a sur­vival space in­side the cab. In ad­di­tion, the doors must re­main closed dur­ing the test.

Crash Test­ing

Sca­nia trucks are crash tested in a va­ri­ety of re­al­ity-re­lated crash tests. One ex­am­ple of such a crash test is when a pas­sen­ger car has a frontal col­li­sion with a Sca­nia truck. This is the type of ac­ci­dent with the largest num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties in­volv­ing trucks in Europe. In such a test, an Audi A3 drove straight into the front of a Sca­nia R-se­ries at 65 km/h, with a re­sult equiv­a­lent to five stars if the sam­ple is com­pared with a crash test un­der the Euro­pean New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme. This is thanks to Sca­nia’s spe­cially de­signed front un­der­run pro­tec­tion (FUP). An­other ex­am­ple is a spe­cially de­signed test to sim­u­late the most com­mon ac­ci­dent se­quence in which peo­ple are se­ri­ously in­jured sit­ting in trucks in Europe, namely multi-ve­hi­cle col­li­sions. In this case a truck is driven into the rear end of a trailer in front. All of the force ini­tially goes straight into the cab with an en­ergy far greater than the force in the statu­tory im­pact test.

All of this is very com­fort­ing when you are haul­ing two trail­ers full of logs out of the for­est and along a coun­try road or a high­way.

* Sca­nia cab struc­ture.

Sca­nia crash test.

Sca­nia Im­pact Test.

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