Safety and comfort drive Scania’s logging and timber sales
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.
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.