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Australia's First Tier IV Engine Tana Landfill Compactor

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

The TANA E320 Eco model is a purpose-built waste landfill compactor, which according to TANA, is the result of long-term product development and proven solutions which bring benefits to the user.

Australia's first Tier IV final TANA landfill compactor has been delivered to Muswellbrook Council, which marks the start of a new era of low-emission machinery being standard on landfill sites.

The environmentally-friendly Eco model with a Tier IV final engine reduces fuel consumption up to 8-9 per cent over Tier III engines. The Eco Tier IV engine is also more powerful and produces less emissions than the standard Tier III engine.

GCM Enviro is the exclusive distributor of the E320 in Australia. GCM Enviro general manager, Nathan Connor, said the Eco models are the next generation of the TANA’s that GCM Enviro has been dealing with for years. “It is definitely getting to the stage now where everyone is moving over to a low-emissions model of their vehicles, due to new legislation being brought in and a heavy focus on sustainability.

“A requirement for low-emissions machines is increasingly becoming a focus for landfills, and it is a growing trend that a Tier IV engine is a pre-requisite when purchasing new equipment. We will only see this increase more over the coming years, until legislation comes into effect as well as regulations regarding national standards to reduce emissions from non-road engines,” Connor said

The E320 has a high rate of compaction and the rigid frame uses the weight of the machine through the twin drums. This results in a smooth, firmly compacted area. This allows for waste trucks to drive safely and quickly to the tipping area for unloading with minimal risk of vehicle breakdowns caused by unevenly compacted ground.

The E320 has been built around a rigid articulating frame, which provides up to 100 per cent greater force on a single drum, compared to an oscillating four-wheeler of a similar weight. Some advantages include:

• Providing maximum crushing force; articulation of +/- 40 degrees but zero oscillation;

• Allows an even load spreading with its wide and always level blade;

• Minimises undesirable cabin swing;

• No uncontrolled weight shifting;

• Maximum compaction;

• Very simple design and extremely robust construction; and

• Excellent traction and no slipping or sinking wheels.

The compaction force of the full-width twin drums is directed straight down, thus preventing waste extrusion from underneath the compactor. Wide drums provide excellent traction, little slipping, and they do not sink in below waste. This also produces a smooth and dense surface.

This design provides maximised uptime of the machine. The advantage of the full-width, twin-drum design reduces the number of passes required from six to four, which creates savings both in time and fuel. This means better compaction and waste treatment capacity with lower operating costs.

The E320 also offers advanced smart tools to increase efficiency even further. A digitally imported filling plan gives the operator a real-time view of the work process through a colour 3D interface.

The weight of the E320 is distributed into the waste through the rigid frame construction, the two full-width drums and the crushing teeth. A traditional four-wheeler extrudes large amounts of waste from the middle and the sides, which means more passes for the same compaction level, and therefore lower efficiency.

The size, shape, structure and total number of the crushing teeth are important. In the E320, the teeth are 200mm in height, allowing thorough, wear-resistant penetration of every fresh waste layer.

Overall benefits of TANA compactors:

• Improves profits through increased revenues and/or reduced expenses;

• Extends the life of the landfill;

• Improves all vehicle cycle time in and around tipping area;

• Reduced voids lessen opportunities for rodents to build nests;

• Reduces amount of leachate created;

• Reduces landslides and cave-ins;

• Less cover soil required because of even surface;

• Greatly reduces risk of fire;

• Minimised airborne debris and odour; and

• Reduced chassis damage to all vehicles on-site – smooth compacted surface.

Superior cabin ergonomics include:

• Operator having clear vision of the bottom of the blade at any articulation;

• Two joystick controls with adjustable sensitivity settings;

• Climate control with active carbon filtering of intake air;

• Cabin air intake located on top of the cabin reducing debris intake;

• Noise level 73.5 dB(A) – lower than all other compactors in the market;

• Intermittent wipers and washers;

• Rigid frame structure reduces cabin sway;

• Vibration damped cabin minimises fatigue;

• Adjustable air suspension seat with heating; and

• Swivel seat.

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