This week’s news sees McAleese rising, Toll Flying, Robots, Parts Apps and DME making the headlines around the world.
Rising from the ashes of the demise of McAleese, a new company is being headed by former McAleese CEO, Mark Rowsthorn. To be called Rivet, the new entity sees what’s left of McAleese emerge from administration.
One section of the business, Rivet Mining Services, is to be a provider of bulk haulage and ancillary onsite services to mining companies in Australia. The company’s website says the business currently operates across Australia’s key resource regions in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.
Rivet Energy is set to be a distributor of liquid fuels, LPG and other petroleum products across Australia. The division provides services to global oil and gas companies.
Toll Group has launched the Toll Rescue Helicopter Service in partnership with NSW Ambulance to provide greater aeromedical services to communities of NSW in the Southern Zone. Patient rescue, retrieval and treatment services are now operating from the new Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Base in Sydney
The Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter fleet is made up of eight new purpose-built Agusta Westland 139 helicopters, assisting NSW Ambulance helicopter doctors and paramedics to reach patients in remote areas, faster than ever before.
This contact forms part of the NSW Government’s new $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network. Mark Delany, General Manager Toll Helicopters, said this contract represents the start of a long-term partnership to deliver world class aeromedical and rescue services to NSW.
“The communities of NSW and ACT can be assured that they have the safest and most capable aviation operation supporting their ambulance care,” said Delany. “We have extensive experience in helicopter services, and our pilots and aircrew are some of the most highly experienced and trained aviation professionals in the country.”
Mercedes-Benz Vans has invested in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. The concept combines the advantages of a van with those of an autonomous delivery robot.
A Mercedes Benz Sprinter serves as a mobile loading and transport hub for eight robots. The mothership concept is the first outcome of a research and development cooperation between Mercedes-Benz Vans and Starship Technologies that began in 2016. Through its financial commitment to Starship Technologies, Mercedes-Benz Vans is now reinforcing this strategic, long-term collaboration.
“The robot can only travel short distances under its own power and until now has had to return to the warehouse to be reloaded after each delivery,” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “On the one hand, the introduction of the van as a mobile hub widens the operational radius of the robots significantly, while also rendering superfluous the cost-intensive construction and operation of decentralised warehouses.”
ZF has introduced a new Part Finder smartphone and tablet app. It includes the specifications of parts from ZF Aftermarket’s product brands of SACHS, Lemförder and TRW, with content structured for fast navigation.
Customers can search for replacement parts by various means, including entering the reference code specific to the spare part or by entering the vehicle’s identification number (VIN). It is also possible to find the necessary parts via a list of vehicle manufacturers.
“As with all ZF Aftermarket activities, it is important for us to create a solution that improves service and optimises daily business for our global aftermarket customers,” said Neil Fryer, Chief Commercial Officer of ZF Aftermarket. “Our new parts app enables ZF’s global aftermarket customers instant mobile access to details of the market-specific premium spare parts they need.”
In New York, a Mack truck is part of the first commercial test of a Dimethyl Ether (DME) in North America. For diesel engines, the advantage of DME is the high cetane number of 55, compared to that of diesel, which is 40 to 53. Only moderate modifications are needed to convert a diesel engine to burn dimethyl ether.
“We believe DME shows great promise,” said Dennis Slagle, President of Mack Trucks North America. “DME is a liquid fuel that doesn’t require refrigeration or high-pressure compression. It can be produced from a number of feedstocks including natural gas, coal and renewable sources such as paper, wood, agricultural and animal waste; biofuel crops such as soybeans, sugarcane and corn, and even from municipal waste, an attractive idea for the New York sanitation department.”