Wheelwash projects, world-wide installations of wheel cleaning systems

Projects

 
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Thyssenkrupp - Brasil

Thyssenkrupp - Brasil

UK-leading wheel wash manufacturer, Wheelwash Limited, recently supplied 4 surface-mounted wheel washing systems to a steel plant in Rio de Janiero state in Brazil.   Thyssen Krupp (TK) opened this state-of-the-art integrated steel mill six years ago in Sepita Bay on the site of a former wetland with a diverse ecosystem.  The Brazilian State Environmental Institute had challenged TK to take the necessary measures to reduce contamination emanating from their operations.  Installing the wheel washing equipment at strategic locations on the vast site formed part of this initiative.  

TK initially made contact in November 2015 through the Wheelwash website.  Their enquiry was sent out to multiple, international wheel wash suppliers, the first stage of which involved pre-qualifying to be permitted to submit a full proposal.

The requirements of the project were very specific.  The steel mill produces its own power, so the successful company would be able to provide systems that could connect to their 440v 3-phase, 60hz power supply.  This was no mean feat as the standard UK specification is 400v, 50hz.  Even more challenging was the 42-day window given to manufacture and containerise all 4 systems which was fixed from the date of TK placing their order.  

The Wheelwash proposal of 3 standard Rhino Ecowash Excel systems and one extra wide Rhino Ecowash Extra system, for accommodating larger mobile plant, was accepted due to our ability to evidence the company’s manufacturing competence and our commitment to deliver within the tight timeframe.  In addition, the customer was convinced by the systems “green” features and ease of relocation which would allow them to reposition the systems in different areas within their site, as and when required.  

Wheelwash staff, suppliers and subcontractors rallied to produce the 16 ramps, 18 side screens, 3 split 4m wash platforms, 1 split 6m wash platform (4m wide), 4 recycling tanks and a pump house, 8 special pumps and 4 bespoke control panels that were required, on time.  

Marco Barreto (Project Implementation Manager), accompanied by colleague, Guilherme Fernandes Ribiero, visited Wheelwash HQ in Crewe, UK in February 2016 to carry out Factory Acceptance Testing to ensure that the system’s design, components, fabrication, and finish quality met the necessary requirements as stipulated in the contract.  In addition to receiving operating, cleaning and maintenance instruction, the 2-day intensive inspection included scrutiny of testing certificates of all components, skills and competency certificates of the workforce and viewing systems in operation, at the factory and out on site.  

All 4 systems were signed off during the visit and two days later, successfully loaded in a combination of 4, 20ft and 40ft containers.  They arrived on site in early April after a 35 day sea crossing.  

Installation engineer, Jeff Alderson followed the wheel wash systems to site in Sepita Bay and installed all 4 systems at different locations on site over a 2 week period.  

Tata Steel, India

Tata Steel, India

Tata Steel is an Indian multinational steel-making company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and a subsidiary of the Tata Group. It is the 11th largest steel producing company in the world and the second largest steel company in India.

Wheelwash installed the 4m wash platforms/pumps and controls, whilst the customer built civil tanks totalling  approx. 140.000 litres.

The systems were required due to new stringent environmental on-site requirements.

Danya Cebus tunneling project - Israel

Danya Cebus tunneling project - Israel

Wheelwash has recently exported a new 4metre Rhino Ecowash Excel system to Em Hamoshavot, Israel.  The system was purchased by international construction and infrastructure company, Danya Cebus, a subsidiary of Africa Israel Investments. The wash system was required for a tunnelling project for the first metro line in Tel Aviv (Red line).  The 7.5 metre wide, 12-kilometre long twin tunnel is created by using a Tunnel Boring Machine.  The dirt it extracts (mostly clay and sand) is conveyed outside the tunnel where the trucks become exposed to it. Materials such as clay are very sticky and can easily get stuck to the wheels of the vehicles.  The busy site sees over 60 daily vehicle movements; therefore it was essential that they found an effective system as Israeli law prohibits vehicles carrying dirt on to public roads. 

Operations Manager at Em Hamoshavot, Shenan Shalom contacted Wheelwash’s local agent Arnon Mor in May 2014, seeking a solution. During the following months, several site visits were made, including a visit to another TLV (Red line) metro project at Gali Gil station to observe the operations and collect information about the site that would allow Wheelwash to recommend the best possible product.

Arnon Mor recommended the 4metre Rhino Ecowash Excel, as it delivers excellent cleaning power.  It delivers 3 bar pressure at all of the nozzles that are strategically positioned along 10 water delivery pipes.   The 15,000-litre water recycling tanks supplies sufficient capacity to maintain good quality water.  According to Shenan Shalom, Danya Cebus plans to see an expansion in their operation in the future, so they may wish to upgrade their system accordingly.   Furthermore the carbon footprint of the Rhino Ecowash Excel is minor and this was important for Danya Cebus, as it fit well with their company-wide sustainability objectives.

Additional benefits of the Rhino Ecowash Excel Include; delivery of high pressure, targeted spray that thoroughly cleans the tyres, wheels, wheel arches and undercarriage of vehicles large and small. This important feature ensures effective removal of muck that would otherwise be carried on to the roads and highways. As it is a surface mounted system, no civil engineering was required for installation.  Wheelwash’s senior installation engineer travelled to Israel to install and commission the wheel wash system to ensure the customer’s complete satisfaction.   He also provided training to on-site operatives.

Wienerberger, Brickworks - United Kingdom

Wienerberger, Brickworks - United Kingdom

Wheelwash has recently installed a new, automatic wheel cleaning system at Wienerberger’s Sandown factory in the West Midlands.   The busy site has over 60 daily vehicle movements and required an effective system to secure approval for the on-going operation of the site.  The new Wheelwash supplied equipment supplements a 20-year old concrete bath and site-manufactured spray wash which, on their own, were no longer effective.

The search for a new solution began in November 2014, when Technical Manager, Mark Gooderidge contacted Wheelwash to discuss his requirements.   A site visit ensued so that Wheelwash could observe site operations to establish the number and type of vehicles requiring washing, the material to be washed and the degree of soiling taking place.  Other considerations including the available space and access to water and power were also discussed in order for Wheelwash to make the optimum recommendation.

Part of Wienerberger’s selection process included a visit to inspect an operational Wheelwash system.  UK Sales Manager, Alison Galley accompanied Mark to Measham Brickworks to view the newly installed Ecowash Extreme.  This project was selected due to the site material and washing principles being similar in both locations.  Both systems have inverter-driven pumps that provide significant operational cost savings (approx. 50%) as well as the flexibility to turn the wash pressure down when weather conditions allow.  The fact that the system recycles 95% of the water used in wash cycle supports Wienerberger’s company-wide objective to minimise the use of water on their sites. The Rhino Ecowash Extra has the additional benefits of delivering a high pressure, targeted spray that thoroughly cleans the tyres, wheels, wheel arches and undercarriage of vehicles large and small.  This is important to ensure effective muck removal and therefore comply with legal requirements.  The surface-mounted system ensures no civil engineering is required, with the exception in this instance, of the removal of a small area of curbing so that the wheel wash fitted exactly where the customer required it to be.

Sita Resources - Hampton Park, Victoria

Sita Resources - Hampton Park, Victoria

In September 2015, Wheelwash Australia installed a 20m Ecobath at Sita's waste management plant located at Hampton Park in Victoria.  This particular system was equipped with sloping floors and 7m entry and exit ramps also.  

The reason for the customer requiring a wheel cleaning solution was because 500 trucks a day needed to exit the plant straight onto the main highway and so their wheels had to be clean before exiting the site.  

Wheelwash discussed various options with the customer including the fully automated Ecowash range but the customer opted for the customised Ecobath as he felt this solution better suited his needs for ease of maintenance and based on previous experience working with similar systems in the past with Wheelwash.