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Elgin’s ‘EcoInfused’ Pelican Sweeper

March 1, 2013 in Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Design Allows Smaller Diesel with Less Onerous Controls

Illinois-based Elgin Sweeper is talking up its new three-wheel Pelican model with an “EcoInfused” design. Elgin meets John Deere 4045T Tier 4 Interim standards with a 55-kilowatt/74-horsepower 4045T diesel engine by John Deere – small enough that a particulate trap is not required, according to sweeper product manager Brian Giles.

Elgin has been able to maximize efficiency of its new ‘EcoInfused’ Pelican sweeper, allowing for a smaller diesel engine requiring less complicated emission controls – and no particulate trap.

Elgin has been able to maximize efficiency of its new ‘EcoInfused’ Pelican sweeper, allowing for a smaller diesel engine requiring less complicated emission controls – and no particulate trap.

The Deere 4045T operates 300 to 500 RPM faster on the new Pelican than on previous models, the manufacturer says, and a computer-controlled system matches propel speed to the available engine power.

The EcoInfused technology, Giles said in a release, “combines science and innovation to produce more environmentally efficient sweepers…

Elgin's Pelican mechanical sweepers are designed for extreme maneuverability too.

Elgin’s Pelican mechanical sweepers are designed for extreme maneuverability too.

“This initiative represents years of unmatched innovation and success combining the science of alternative fuels, high-efficiency dust, debris and particulate removal, advanced filtration systems, improved horsepower management and water conservation technology.

 

Particulate Traps Are Costly

“This provides Elgin Sweeper contractor and municipal customers the ability to do more with less.”

Why shun the trap? “It is horribly complex, it is horribly expensive, it is horribly maintenance intensive,” Giles told F&F.

Elgin says it conducted high-altitude, high-temperature, hilly-terrain trials of the EcoInfused Pelican sweeper, and that 90% of operators felt that the new-design unit performed the same as their existing Pelican sweeper. They also found the new Pelican to be quieter, the manufacturer says.


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Source: Elgin-Federal Signal release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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