Screens instead of mirrors on Wincanton's new trucks

New generation Mercedes-Benz Actros truck

Logistics firm Wincanton has bought a fleet of 14 new-generation Mercedes-Benz Actros drawbar units to deliver construction materials to sites. Wincanton's construction operations received their first 14 new-generation Actros models from East Anglia dealer Orwell Truck & Van. The 26-tonne rigids are fitted with rear-mounted Hiab cranes, and work with drawbar trailers at 44-tonne gross train weights.

Standard equipment on these fifth-generation Actros trucks includes MirrorCam, Mercedes-Benz's replacement for conventional mirrors. Camera images are relayed to screens mounted on the A-pillars inside the cab, providing a clear view to the rear while eliminating forward-facing blind spots caused by mirror housings. Wincanton construction fleet engineer Martin Reeve said: "The improved visibility provided by the new cameras is an advantage, particularly when vehicles are manoeuvring on construction sites."

As 2546 L models, they are powered by 340 kW (460 hp) 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engines. Given the crane's position at the back of the truck, Wincanton has opted for uprated rear-steer axles plated at 8,500 kg to give a 19-tonne bogie weight.

Screens instead of mirrors on Wincanton's new trucks

The vehicle bodies and the trailers were built in Sheffield by Massey Truck Engineering, and incorporate multiple lashing points for use with ratchet straps - 900 mm curtains provide additional load protection. Rather than specifying traditional keruing hardwood flooring for its new trucks and trailers, Wincanton has chosen a honeycomb composite plastic that is lighter.

Screens instead of mirrors on Wincanton's new trucks

The Hiab 145DLL-1 HiPro cranes have a 7.5-metre reach and maximum lift capacity of 14.4 tonnes.

The vehicle engine responds via the power take-off (PTO) to the crane's requirements - so when the crane is not lifting a load, the engine runs on idle.  Wincanton also specifies Hiab's HiConnect telematics system. Working together, technicians from Hiab, Massey Truck Engineering, Mercedes-Benz and Orwell Truck & Van have programmed this to deliver key information via the 12-inch display in the Mercedes 'multimedia cockpit'.  This includes pictorial warnings that, for example, the crane boom or remote-control unit have not been correctly stowed.

The Wincanton Group operates some 3,500 trucks in total, including 200 that make bulk deliveries of materials to UK construction sites.

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