A resource for winter maintenance decision makers
LINDENWOOD (IL) – March 2019 – Aebi Schmidt Group, maker of Swenson snow and ice control equipment for departments of transportation, municipalities and contractor fleets, announces the new Swenson EVolution™ V-box smart spreader. Advanced technology optimizes salt usage in order to improve road safety, lower material and labor costs, improve fleet performance and minimize environmental impact.
For maximum performance and cost savings, the EVolution produces a 70:30 granular to liquid pre-wet ratio which has, for years, been the gold standard for effective snow and ice removal throughout Europe in countries with significant snow accumulations. To achieve that ratio, the Swenson EVolution processes 60 gallons of brine per ton of salt compared to 10-12 gallons of brine per ton used to yield the 5% pre-wetting ratio that has been the norm in the US. The super-saturated mixture has proven ideal for melting ice quickly and for precision placement which keeps salt on the driving surface rather than bouncing or blowing off to the side of the road. As a result of its efficiency, it yields a material savings of 35% or more and limits the amount of harmful runoff into nearby streams and rivers.
The higher liquid ratio is made possible by the EVolution’s large, innovative storage tank design and high-capacity pump which can pump 26 gallons per minute vs. the standard 7 gallons per minute. Combined with a unique nozzle design and fluted poly hub on the spinner for superior mixing of granular and liquid materials at the disc, the EVolution is able to thoroughly and consistently wet the salt before it hits the road.
An advanced in-cab controller allows operators to choose from six different spread pattern options and change from one to three lanes of coverage with the press of a button. This allows operators to stay focused on driving without distractions. The EVolution’s command center is a CANBUS-based system that allows fleet managers to easily download consumption and usage reports via USB.
“The switch to smart salt spreading technology has never made so much sense as now when the industry is faced with serious salt and labor shortages. As these costs continue to skyrocket, the ROI on smart spreaders like the Swenson EVolution will make it a logical choice,” said Pete Robison, vice president of marketing for Aebi Schmidt North America. “As municipalities and departments of transportation struggle to balance budget and environmental challenges with safety concerns, smart spreading technologies will likely be specified into many decision-making processes at the city, county and state levels. The EVolution is designed and priced specifically for those municipalities that would like to start experiencing the benefits of smart salt spreading technology.”
Designed for a long, reliable service life, the Swenson EVolution features a corrosion- and clog-resistant poly chute and stainless steel hopper with slot-and-tab construction. The leg stand comes with side guide wheels to easily center the spreader into the truck bed.
“A lot of thought went into the design of the Swenson EVolution to provide a turnkey solution,” added Robison. “The spreader comes complete from the factory, including a fully integrated, closed loop controller that is engineered to work specifically with the spreader and provide direct feedback regarding speed and dosage rate.”
For more information on the Swenson EVolution smart V-box spreader, visit swensonproducts.com or call 888-825-7323.
More information on other smart salt spreading tips and technologies can be found at spreadsaltsmarter.com.
Aebi Schmidt Group, headquartered in Switzerland, is the global leader of smart product systems and services for the treatment of mission-critical infrastructure and agricultural areas. It offers one of the most extensive summer and winter equipment portfolios worldwide, as well as corresponding solutions for snow clearance and de-icing at airports and in rail traffic. With its excellent municipal and special-purpose vehicles, Aebi Schmidt provides clean and safe traffic routes throughout the world and offers innovative agricultural machines to maintain green space in challenging terrain. As part of its corporate strategy, the company maintains a strong focus on environmental and social sustainability throughout its value chain.
Swenson Products has been part of Aebi Schmidt since 2015. Based in Lindenwood, IL, it is the leading manufacturer of municipal winter maintenance equipment for snow clearance and treating icy roads for private users, state DOTs and city governments. Swenson’s diverse product offering ranges from truck bodies to dump bodies, V-box spreaders to tailgate spreaders, hydraulic systems and liquid application systems.