Flexiway II, an entirely new concept for more efficient snow ploughing was introduced ahead of the winter season 2012–2013. Now, ahead of the upcoming winter season, Mählers is presenting a nu7mber of updates, making Flexiway II even more efficient. Amongst other details the plough has been reinforced at a number of points and the lifting geometry has been improved, allowing the plough to lift both higher and more evenly.
Mählers' unique diagonal plough is developed based on an innovative concept in the industry to meet the increasingly tougher demands for faster ploughing speeds and a so-called 'black road', that is to say a road surface clean from snow or slush after ploughing.
"The Flexiway II is designed so the driver can adjust the blade pressure according to the actual conditions. For light ploughing the pressure is adjusted so that the plough follows the road surface with minimum pressure. For heavier ploughing, needing more blade pressure, the driver simply makes an adjustment using Mählers' new MC2 control system", explains Stig Engström., Mählers CEO, and continues;
"Thanks to an advanced pressure guard on the plough it doesn't even matter if the road surface is uneven. The plough retains a constant blade pressure and in so doing secures a maximum result. This also gives the driver the chance to increase the ploughing speed".
Environment and economy
"The correct plough pressure also contributes to a reduction in wear-and-tear, less fuel consumption and quieter operation". Flexiway II is beneficial in terms of both environment and economy.
Flexiway II can additionally be extended sideways up to 450 mm on both sides. This means a more efficient ploughing around traffic islands and other obstacles along the roads which make life difficult in a conventional plough that cannot be sideways extended or retracted.
Flexiway II will be upgraded on a number of points ahead of the winter season 2013-2014:
The sky is blue and the area of Dundret lies in its winter cloak of powdered icing on a bun. As there is no significant snowfall forecast Fredrik Levander takes time to clean up the road towards Sikfors. The snow billows and the train leaves a level winter road surface behind it.
When Ola H Konsulting in Gällivare had to fit their new Volvo FM with winter equipment the choice fell to Mählers ploughing equipment. It ended up with a Flexiway II diagonal plough, an hydraulic 45-B side plough and an under-fitted HB3N grader blade.
"It felt great to be able to take a brand new vehicle out with completely new equipment straight after the winter's first snowfall, " explains Fredrik Levander. Fredrik comes from the island of Gotland and ended up as a result of Cupid's arrow in Jokkmokk ten years ago. He has his own company, Levander Bil & Maskin, where he works as an entrepreneur driving and operating his machinery. He has been driving for Ola Hansson for around a year and has among other tasks ploughed a length of the E45 motorway between Jokkmokk and Porjus. All in all he is responsible for 86 km of main road"
"The ploughing season is a bit longer in Lapland and we get more snow. Even so, it's easier to plough as the snow is both cold and lightweight. Home in Gotland it was either wet or had been driven by the wind and packed hard, " says Fredrik.
In December alone he drove 40 trips. By mid-March the new vehicle had already been out ploughing 130 times over a course of 26 000 km. After having learnt how to handle the lightweight diagonal plough where the hydraulics are adjusted from the cab with the aid of the joystick, Fredrik has got on very well with the new plough with the final steel blade in direct contact with the road surface.
"The plough's roadholding is good and gives a very good result. It's also easy to extend the plough width thanks to the side extension. It's practical when I have to plough at junctions and parking bays". The Flexiway II that Fredrik has operated for one season is one of the northernmost ploughs that Mählers have delivered. He's also looking forward to being a test-pilot for the next generation of ploughs.
"As we always have proper winters here, it really is the right environment in which to test the equipment".
Safety release for extending parts
Safety cutters. Tackles 50 mm high obstacles at 40 km/h in compliance with EN 13021+A1:2008. With steel and rubber, steel cutters or tempered steel cutters
Modular-built from 3.7 to 4.6 metres
Entirely free from wheels or slide shoes
Variable pressure slush cutter
Side shifting ± 450 mm
Articulated in two sections
Variable ejection height
Patent pending parallelogram
All valves in the plough. Only one pressure line from and one return to the hydraulic source
Optional extra – Electrical hydraulic power package 24V, 2 kW
Automatic hydraulic cutting pressure, operated from the driver’s seat reduces both fuel consumption and wear on steel cutting blade
Flexiway II is built for so-called black roads* and for tough everyday work with uneven roads, frost heaving, ice accumulations, obstacles or other objects that can stick up from the road surface or the roadside.
Regardless of the conditions Flexiway II helps you to meet the road holder's requirements, and with maximum safety both for you as a plough driver and your fellow road users.
Flexiway II conforms to EN 13021+A1:2008 thanks to triggered safety blades that can cope with a height of 50 mm at 40 km/h.
Additionally, the plough's extension details are designed and connected in such a way as to trigger in the event of a collision with, for example, the start of a barrier, post, concrete obstacle, house wall or other rigid object that is in the way.
The side extension gives you increased safety as it enables you to pass meeting traffic on very narrow roads, as well as rounded obstacle without the truck having to move further out into the road.
The variable ejection height enables you to pinpoint precisely where you want the snow to land, and this improves safety for other road users and others that can be exposed to danger when ploughing.
You as a road holding contractor have the right to demand all these safety measures in times when plough speeds are tending to increase.
* Black road means that the road holder wants a completely clean road surface after ploughing.
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