Boss-Mounted CNG Tanks for 12-Liter Biomethane T660s for Fair Oaks
Ohio’s Trilogy Engineered Systems will supply boss-mounted CNG tanks in side-rail assemblies for new and more powerful Kenworth T660s for hauling milk between northern Indiana’s Fair Oaks Dairy and Kroger processing facilities to the south. Their Trilogy units will be installed by Palmer Trucks in Indianapolis.
The new T660s with the 11.9-liter dedicated-natural gas ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport will replace 42 Kenworth T440 tractors with 8.9-liter ISL G engines. Back-of-cab CNG tank arrays from Agility Fuel Systems will be transferred from the existing trucks to the new ones.
The new tractors will be able to hold approximately 136 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG, says Jim Rike, truck equipment manager with Palmer: 50 DGE in the transferred Agility assemblies, and a total of 86.4 DGE in two side-rail assemblies by Trilogy with Type IV CNG cylinders by Hexagon Lincoln.
Trilogy and Palmer for Warranty Support
“These 42 trucks will be upfitted in Indianapolis,” Rike says, with Palmer Trucks and Trilogy standing behind the new fuel systems. Trilogy is offering the RM86DGE rail mount assembly with 26-inch-by-90-inch Hexagon Lincoln tanks, and the RM120DGE with 26-inch-by-1200-inch Hexagon Lincoln tanks. Counting two assemblies, one on each side of the truck, fuel capacity is approximately 86 and 120 DGE, respectively.
“We started with a clean slate of paper with one intention,” Rike says: “We’re going to build a product for Kenworth trucks.” Trilogy also has saddle-mounted back-of-cab CNG tank assembly designs, engineered with a low center of gravity and a vertical tank arrangement to maximize volume and range.
High Volume Back-of-Cab
Trilogy is offering the BOC112DGE back-of-cab assembly with two 26-inch-by-90-inch and single 26-inch-by-60-inch Hexagon Lincoln tanks, and the BOC163DGE with two 26-inch-by-120-inch and single 26-inch-by-90-inch Hexagon Lincoln tanks. Fuel capacity is approximately 112 and 163 DGE, respectively.
In addition to Palmer for installations and support, and Hexagon Lincoln for all-composite CNG tanks, Trilogy partners include AFV for tubing and valve components, Go Natural CNG for the fuel control module manifold block and in-cab touch screen displays, Parker Hannifin for tubing and fittings, flexible hose, and regulators, and Snively for RFID technology, and Magnet for prototype system project management.
‘It’s Plentiful, It’s Cheap, It’s Safe, It’s Ours’
“We seized an opportunity and the timing is right,” says CEO Gibb. Trilogy’s new assemblies have been shown twice in Indianapolis, including the NTEA Work Truck Show, and also last week at MATS, the Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky.
“We want this industry to succeed,” Gibb says. “There’s room for lots of competitors.”
“It’s an industry that’s going to make a change in this country,” he told F&F. And natural gas itself? “It’s plentiful, it’s cheap, it’s safe, it’s ours.”
Trilogy is an offshoot of Wrayco, a $40 million, 300-employee specialist in sheet metal and leak proof vessels, such as fuel and hydraulic tanks, for heavy construction equipment. Wrayco, which is also headed by Gibb, boasts Caterpillar and Volvo as key customers, supplied from a 250,000-square-foot plant in Stow, Ohio, north of Akron.
Wrayco powder coating equipment will be used for Trilogy’s CNG cylinder cabinets.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interviews