It’s a gas for the lit­tle Aussie

Iveco ACCOs mov­ing into ur­ban dis­tri­bu­tion

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IT’S com­mon for an ACCO to de­liver con­crete, re­move waste or drop-off equip­ment on a tilt tray, but the same ben­e­fits that make the ACCO a favourite in these ap­pli­ca­tions is prov­ing to be an ex­cel­lent fit for the de­liv­ery of med­i­cal gases.

The K&S Group is a prime con­trac­tor to Air Liq­uide Health­care, a lead­ing provider of res­pi­ra­tory care ser­vices and med­i­cal gases, and re­cently join­ing ser­vice on the con­tract was a new model ACCO 6x4 fit­ted with a unique cur­tain­side body, in­cor­po­rat­ing rear-mounted Mof­fett fork­lift and sidelifter.

The ACCO’s low tare weight pro­vides the scope for a high pay­load while still ac­com­mo­dat­ing the Mof­fett fork­lift, lead­ing to a very flex­i­ble de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle. Even with the fork­lift, the ACCO of­fers more than 10.7 tonnes of pay­load. The tray ac­com­mo­dates 10 stil­lages, each stil­lage houses 15 cylin­ders of med­i­cal gases.

In this ap­pli­ca­tion, the Mof­fett is used to un­load the larger stock quan­ti­ties and not dis­rupt any cus­tomer work­ers at the de­liv­ery point – and there’s no need to wait for a fork­lift. Some of the clients, such as hos­pi­tals don’t have their own fork­lifts which makes the ACCO’s set-up even more prac­ti­cal.

As well as de­liv­er­ing from home base in Mel­bourne to re­gional cities as far away as Al­bury, the ACCO is also used on metropoli­tan routes, where again flex­i­bil­ity is the key.

De­liv­er­ing to hos­pi­tals in in­ner-city Mel­bourne, the roads and ac­cess can be tight, hav­ing the Mof­fett which is road reg­is­tered al­lows for the ve­hi­cle to be parked in a suit­able location, with the de­liv­ery be­ing com­pleted into the more re­stricted ar­eas with the fork­lift.

For ef­fi­ciency and safety, the ACCO is fit­ted with an in-cabin cam­era and data track­ing de­vice, other se­cu­rity fea­tures in­clude key­code ac­cess to the cargo area.

Along with de­liv­er­ing via the rear-mounted fork­lift, the ACCO’s cur­tain­side body fea­tures a sidelifter which al­lows the driver to safely and con­ve­niently un­load smaller cylin­der quan­ti­ties – these can weigh as much as 60kg each, so the lift is a ne­ces­sity.

Given the cus­tomised na­ture of the body, IVECO Aus­tralia worked closely with the K&S Group and body­builder, Fleetweld, to adapt the ACCO cab chas­sis along the assem­bly line.

Amongst the spe­cial re­quire­ments was about 1m of space be­hind the cabin for the side lifter plat­form as well as room for steps, this in­volved re­lo­cat­ing bat­tery boxes and fuel tanks, a re­quest com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dated by IVECO’s en­gi­neer­ing and pro­duc­tion teams.

This ACCO is equipped with an 8.9 litre en­gine pro­duc­ing 320 horse­power (239kW) and 1350Nm of torque, and when com­bined with the Al­li­son Gen 5, 6-speed full au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, pro­vides a com­fort­able and hassle-free driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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GREAT OP­TION: De­liv­er­ies to hos­pi­tals in in­ner-city Mel­bourne, the roads and ac­cess can be tight and the self con­tained Mof­fett fork­lift and side lifter saves time and of­fers a ver­sa­til­ity to trans­port de­liv­er­ies.

The K&S ACCO is fit­ted with cam­eras and track­ing de­vices.

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