Reliable and efficient in operation - MAN Nutzfahrzeuge at the INTERSCHUTZ 2010 trade fair in Leipzig Getting the team and the equipment to the operational site, fast and reliably: fire brigades and emergency services trust commercial vehicles from MAN. MAN is presenting a wide range of practically-oriented vehicle solutions at the INTERSCHUTZ, the world's leading international trade for rescue, fire prevention, disaster relief, safety and security, in Leipzig from June 7 through 12, 2010. MAN offers a comprehensive portfolio of products from 7.49 to 44 tonnes gross vehicle weight as the trusted and economical bases for user-specific bodies to cover the broad spectrum of fire brigade, emergency and civil defence services. Demonstrating MAN's competence in technology, six trucks are being presented at the MAN stand. Visitors to the fair can find approximately 35 more MAN vehicles at the body manufacturers' stands. A technical solution unique in the world today, and one that has created great interest amongst fire brigades, is the innovative MAN HydroDrive® drive system.
MAN's TGL, TGM and TGS as well as TGX ranges provide a large palette of vehicles for various types of operation in communal and works fire brigades. Then there are also the CLA and TGS WW ranges, which are oriented particularly towards the operational conditions of markets outside Europe. For the special challenges posed by aircraft fire-fighting, there is in addition the mountain-offroad SX range with its powerful engines. The engines available start from outputs of 110 kW (150 hp) and extend to 735 kW (1,000 hp).
In the past few years, the market in Germany for fire-brigade and technical relief agency vehicles of over 6 tonnes has been around 1,500 units. In 1990, MAN's share of that market was only six percent: by last year, it had risen to an impressive 44 percent. Particularly in German-speaking countries, it is the municipalities that purchase these vehicles, and for this reason, orders usually comprise single vehicles. When the purchases are made by larger regional authorities or state-run bodies, MAN often receives major orders. For example, the German Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) ordered 190 tank pumpers (LF-KatS) based on the MAN TGM 13.250 4x4 BL-FW. The German Federal Agency for Technical Relief also took a large number of MAN vehicles into service: 56 GKW1 equipment vehicles on MAN TGM 18.280 4x4 BB chassis as well as 54 GKW 1 equipment vehicles on MAN TGM 18.290 4x4 BB chassis. Added to these were also 145 multi-purpose vehicles on the basis of the MAN TGM 18-tonner with crew cab. An LF-KatS tank pumper and a GKW 1 equipment vehicle can be seen at the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge stand at the INTERSCHUTZ 2010. Here, on June 11, the president of the Agency for Technical Relief will be present when the GKW 1 in typical ultramarine paintwork is handed over to a local section of the Agency.
Other major orders have come, for example, from Egypt. This order was for 105 MAN TGMs to be equipped as tank pumpers by local manufacturers and 21 TGA WorldWide as semi-trailer tractors for water tank trailers with a capacity of 35 cubic metres. Recently, 11 tankers on MAN TGL and MAN TGM bases, all with crew cabs, were exported to Jordan. Fire brigades in China have commissioned 11 big tankers for transporting 18,000 litres of water on the MAN TGA 41.480 from the MAN TGA WorldWide range. This year, another 11 fire brigades in Vietnam will be receiving new MAN TGM vehicles, adding to the 23 tankers delivered to that country three years ago.
The MAN range of fire-fighting vehicles MAN's truck ranges are distinguished by a high degree of reliability and flexibility. MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has a suitable chassis for every type of operation and every type of body. Power take-offs provide the power for fire-fighting centrifugal pumps, generators, hydraulic pumps or air compressors. The MAN Modification Competence Center performs conversions especially for use by fire brigades as emergency-service vehicles.
MAN TGL – the entry to the Trucknology® Generation
Many different variants of the MAN TGL two-axle chassis with on-road drive between 7.49 and 12 tonnes roll off the production line. A positive aspect in providing safety during emergency trips is the fact that this range can also be equipped with ESP (Electronic Stability Program), something that doesn't yet go without saying in this class nowadays! The range of engines includes powerful four- and six-cylinder engines with exhaust-gas recirculation and common-rail injection that develop between 110 kW (150 hp) and 184 kW (250 hp). Depending on market requirements, there are engines available in every power class that meet the standards set by Euro 4, Euro 5 or EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle, currently the most stringent exhaust standard) – and this without using any additives such as, for example, AdBlue®. This makes itself felt on the fire-fighting vehicles because not having to mount a tank for additives leaves more mounting space on the frame and enables a greater payload. Moreover, there is also greater safety in operation because the vehicle only has to be tanked up with diesel fuel. The MAN TipMatic® automatic transmission makes things easier for the driver, who now no longer has to worry about changing gear and can concentrate completely on driving.
MAN's smallest is big when it comes to choice of wheelbases, frame lengths and cabs. Amongst the last-mentioned is the spacious crew cab with space for up to seven people. It complies with DIN EN 1846. The four-seater bench consists of a seat with individual backrests, headrests and automatic three-point belts. The production and interior finishing of the crew cabs is carried out together with the other driver's cabs at the MAN plant in Steyr. Body manufacturers have no trouble installing two seats with integrated mountings for breathing apparatus.
The MAN TGL is thus outstandingly suitable as a portable pump vehicle with water tank (TSF-W), fire squad tank pumper (StLF 10/6), tank pumper (LF 10/6-Road) or equipment vehicle (GW-L1), to name only a few examples of tank pumpers and equipment vehicles from the German catalogue of standard trucks. The list of applications is much longer - one just has to think of all the command and control vehicles, small tankers, equipment vehicles for breathing apparatus, supply trucks and swap-body vehicles.
MAN TGM – the fire brigade workhorse
The TGM series for fire brigades starts at 10 tonnes gross vehicle weight and as a two-axle vehicle, goes up to 18 tonnes. This makes it outstanding as the basis for bodies for fire-fighting vehicles ranging from tanker pumper (LF 10/6) to rescue pumpers (HLF 20/16), for tankers of all sizes up to TLF 20/40-SL, for high-lift rescue vehicles in the form of turn-table ladders or telescopic masts, for equipment vehicles such as the GW-L2 and for rescue vehicles or swap-body vehicles, to name but a few. Internationally, many MAN TGMs are in service as tank pumpers, equipment and rescue vehicles with bodies conforming to the respective national specifications.
The entry-level engine for the TGM series produces 184 kW (250 hp). 213 kW (290 hp) and 250 kW (340 hp) complete the list of available engines. These modern six-cylinder engines with common-rail injection also comply with the Euro 4 and Euro 5 exhaust emission standards as well as the stricter EEV standard, without the need for exhaust-cleaning additives. There are cabs in four sizes - C, L, LX and the four-door crew cab - all of which have their users enthusing over their ease of entry, spatial economy and operation. The electronic stability program ESP and MAN TipMatic® automatic transmission are also available for MAN's medium range. The fact that around 80 percent of these vehicles are fitted with MAN TipMatic® says a lot about its standing on the market. If the all-wheel vehicle has to operate off-road, the driver turns the selector switch of the optional off-road software to Dx. The off-road software only changes gear at higher engine speeds and engages the clutch again faster, so that propulsion is not interrupted when driving uphill or on loose surfaces. Another valuable aid for pulling away on a slope is the hill-climbing brake offered for the all-wheel version. Pressing a button on the dashboard retains the brake pressure on both axles even when the driver has moved his foot from the brake to the accelerator. All-wheel drive for the MAN TGM range is available in two versions: selectable (switch-on) or permanent.
The 13-tonne all-round fire-fighting chassis in the TGM range can be reduced or increased to between 10 and 15.5 tonnes for the most disparate types of operation. This all-wheel chassis supplied to the fire-fighting equipment industry differs from the typical all-wheel version. The main differences: the cab is lower on the frame, because although fire brigades demand all-wheel drive and clearance below the axles, they also want an entrance that is as low as possible and a low overall height of the complete vehicle. Whenever a tank pumper with a long crew cab is to be built on an MAN TGM, the air intake and exhaust systems are already located further back on the frame when the chassis is delivered, making space for the lowered entrance to the crew compartment. The equipment especially designed for fire-fighting includes, for example, an engine start and stop device. This enables the driver to operate the engine from the pump control panel.
Unique in this class: air suspension on the rear axle as standard. This provides maximum protection against vibration for the valuable equipment that the vehicle is carrying. Its electronic control sets a constant driving level, irrespective of how full the water tank is. This makes for improved driving stability and safety. Rolling movements of the body - caused by there being less water in the tank when returning from a mission, for example - are more sensitively and quickly compensated for. Venting the air bellows on the rear axle lowers the vehicle by nine centimetres at the touch of a button, making it a little easier to access the load. The two air bellows on each side hardly protrude from the wheel shadow and are located in the area of the mudguards. This means that there are no fittings on the frame obstructing the space for lowered bodies in front of and behind the rear axle. The full-air suspension optionally available for the MAN TGM 12-tonner or 15-tonner with on-road drive enables the vehicle to be lowered by a few centimetres if it has to clear low throughways or fire station doors.
MAN TGS – tried and trusted carrier of heavy loads
Since their debut almost three years ago, the two-, three- and four-axle versions of the MAN TGS range have become a fixture amongst heavy-duty fire-fighting vehicles. Big tankers such as the TLF 20/40-SL, industrial tank pumpers, rescue vehicles, turn-tables or telescopic masts as well as swap-body vehicles are amongst the applications in this sector Standard equipment for the 18- to 41-tonne range includes the M cab, optionally with three seats. The more spacious L and LX cabs are also available on request. Modern six-cylinder in-line engines with common-rail injection deliver outputs from 235 kW (320 hp) to 397 kW (540 hp). Depending on market requirements, the engines meet the Euro 4, Euro 5 or the even more stringent EEV exhaust-gas standard. It is when heading out on duty that the MAN TipMatic® automatic transmission makes best use of its strengths. The driver can then concentrate more on what the other road users are doing. The TGS range offers a wide variety of axle configurations, with leading and trailing axles, suspension options and the choice between permanent and selectable all-wheel drive.
MAN TGS WW – the new premium truck for the toughest deployments in regions outside Europe
In spring 2010 MAN presented the TGS WW as the follow-up to the successful TGA WorldWide range. It is oriented towards the requirements of customers in markets outside Europe. The TGA WW is designed for operation on poor roads and under extreme climatic conditions. Its operational area is largely Africa, Russia, the Middle and Far East. The TGS WW can be equipped with engines delivering between 257 kW (350 hp) - from autumn 2010 on 265 kW (360 hp) - and 353 kW (480 hp) and complying with the Euro 2 and Euro 3 exhaust-gas emission standards, depending on local regulations. They can be operated in regions where the fuel quality varies. The introduction of engines complying with Euro 4 for the MAN TGS WW is currently being prepared. The two- to four-axle chassis come in weight classes from 18 to 41 tonnes. As a fire-fighting vehicle, the TGS WW is particularly suited for heavy tank pumpers, water tank trucks, special vehicles for industrial plants and airports as well as for turntable ladders and telescopic masts able to operate at great heights.
MAN SX – the special chassis for aircraft rescue and fire-fighting vehicles
For fire-fighting at airports, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge offers the mountain off-road chassis of the SX range. A torsion-resistant box-body frame, coil suspension, permanent all-wheel drive and powerful engines guarantee compliance with the internationally required response times in the event of an aircraft accident. This special chassis has been a successful part of the MAN program for almost 20 years now. The current MAN SX 43.1000 8x8 chassis premiered five years ago when the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) regulations on weight distribution and customer-specific requirements led to the locating of the engine at the rear. The same applies to the new three-axle SX 33.680 6x6 chassis, which is powered by MAN's V8 diesel engine. Fire-fighting equipment manufacturers construct bodies on the extra-wide chassis with the aim of keeping the center of gravity low, in order to be able to reach the site of operation fast while at the same time retaining the necessary driving stability and safety Not only the German Federal Armed Forces ordered SX 33.680 6x6 and SX 43.1000 8x8 from MAN for deployment at its military airfields and landing strips. Globally, around 45 civil international airports entrust approximately 70 four-axle MAN SX 43.1000 8x8 with their fire-fighting duties.
MAN CLA – rugged basis for the markets in Africa and Asia
With its new MAN CLS series, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge is targeting markets in Asia and Africa. Taking center stage here are especially rugged two- and three-axle chassis for a multitude of various usages. For fire brigades, bodies such as tank pumpers, water tank trucks, turntable ladders and rescue vehicles can be realised. The MAN CLA is based on the reliable components tried and tested in other MAN series. With its robust chassis, economical engines and 20 and 22.5-inch tyres designed for poor roads, it covers the weight class from 15 to 26 tonnes. The day and sleeper cabs are from the MAN's well-known LE series and offer the driver an ergonomically designed workplace with air-sprung seat. The D08 engines and the planetary axles are also from MAN. Depending on market requirements, the engines range from 162 kW (220 hp) to 206 kW (280 hp) and are compliant with Euro 2 and Euro 3. The MAN CLA is produced in Pithampur, in one of India's most modern commercial vehicle plants. The joint company, MAN FORCE TRUCKS Private Limited, has rigorously implemented MAN's technologically advanced standards there.
MAN HydroDrive® – the efficient solution for increased traction With its selectable hydraulic front-wheel drive, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge was the first and is currently still the only truck manufacturer in the world to offer an intelligent supplement to purely on-road drive and classic all-wheel drive: the MAN HydroDrive® for more traction and safety when driving on unpaved surfaces, on slopes and slippery roads. In these situations it provides secure traction, both forwards and in reverse. When you're driving downhill with the HydroDrive® engaged, the sustained-action brake also acts on the front axle to stabilize the vehicle. The MAN HydroDrive® can be engaged by merely turning a rotary switch, both while driving and under load – the driver can thus master gradients safely without having to stop. The system consists of an hydraulic pump flanged to the gearbox and wheel-hub motors on the front wheels. It is active up to a maximum speed of 28 km/h. At higher speeds it switches itself off automatically. If the speed drops again, it automatically reactivates itself. By comparison with a rear-wheel drive truck, a truck equipped with auxiliary HydroDrive® weighs only slightly more; by comparison with a classic all-wheel drive truck, several hundred kilograms less. HydroDrive® vehicles can thus transport greater payloads. The design height remains unchanged, which means: ease of entry similar to that of an on-road chassis, lower height of the top frame edge and the overall vehicle, lower center of gravity and because of this, optimum driving stability. Similarly, the turning circle of MAN HydroDrive® vehicles is the same as for their rear-wheel drive counterparts. Since the market launch in 2005, MAN has sold 5,000 vehicles equipped with HydroDrive®. Amongst these are many swap-body vehicles for fire brigades. Here, the MAN TGS in conjunction with a steered trailing axle really makes its mark in terms of manoeuvrability, weight and traction. Moreover, with a frame top edge that is lower than that of an all-wheel drive vehicle, it is possible put on higher interchangeable containers with internal standing height.
Customised emergency-service vehicles from MAN for specific customer requirements As a prerequisite for the body manufacturer to turn an MAN chassis into an emergency vehicle, modifications sometimes have to be made beforehand to the frame, the cab or the power train in order to fulfil customer requirements or national regulations. This is precisely where the MAN Modification Competence Center comes in. Advantages for the customers: orders are processed fast and efficiently, there is just one contact person, the work is done to the very high standards of MAN and its quality assured. The spectrum of products for fire-fighting and emergency services includes amongst others changes to the wheelbase, shortening and lengthening the frame, and installing torque converter automatic transmissions in combination with the six-cylinder engines in the MAN TGL and TGM ranges.
Comprehensive services are offered for cab bodywork in order to meet the demands of fire brigades. For example, cuts in the cab roof for turntable ladder parks or the masts of aerial rescue platforms, or flat roofs to reduce the overall vehicle height for critical throughways or fire station doors.
Lengthening the C cab of the MAN TGL and TGM ranges adds 27 centimetres of space behind the seats for stowing sensitive measuring instruments or personal protective equipment. Lengthening the crew cab adds enough space to install four mountings for breathing apparatus next to one another. The newly designed crew cab, which is required in order to carry the maximum crew of ten, fits seamlessly into the design concept of MAN's TGL and TGM ranges. The 90-centimetre wide doors extend up to the edge of the slightly raised roof and open almost to right angles, making for easy entry and exit. The interior of the crew cab, which is available in two different lengths, is very flexible in its layout and can thus be adapted to comply with national regulations and customer requirements. Giving the crew added safety are the seats, which can all be equipped with three-point belts. Not only did the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief choose this cab for its GK W 1 equipment vehicles: internationally, MAN's crew cab has already found a lot of followers among fire brigades in Germany, The Netherlands, England and China.
An item of equipment for the longer L and LX cabs of the TGL, TGM and TGS ranges that has been in great demand, particularly on export markets, is a bench for up to four persons installed behind the driver and co-driver's seat. Sliding doors on the driver or co-driver's side have also proven themselves, especially in narrow alleys or fire stations. All cabs for the MAN TGS can be modified to have sliding doors fitted.
Controlling the vehicle on missions – safety thanks to MAN ProfiDrive For many drivers, the trip to the site of the emergency, with its special rights and right of way, is an unusual situation. This applies to the members of both professional and volunteer fire brigades. Driving-safety training courses from MAN ProfiDrive help to get the vehicle safely to wherever it is needed for operation. The goal of training is to enable drivers to master critical driving situations and thus avoid accidents. Amongst the practical exercises are learning how to gauge the braking distance, avoiding obstacles, braking and avoiding on surfaces that grip and on surfaces that are slippery on one side of the vehicle, braking and swerving and controlled downhill driving. For fire brigades, the experienced MAN ProfiDrive trainers adapt the program by adding the use of special rights and rights of way to the program, as well as by factoring in the stress caused by an emergency trip. The focus of the off-road training is on keeping the vehicle under control when driving it on unpaved surfaces as well as on the correct utilisation of the MAN TipMatic Offroad, the locks, and prevention of damage to the drive train.
While training for municipal fire brigades takes place at MAN's driving safety centers, training for airport fire brigades takes place on site in order to ensure constant readiness for operation. Here, drivers learn how to handle their vehicles on a slalom course, how to change lanes quickly, and the relevant looking ahead and steering techniques. This is necessary because its running gear technology and center of gravity make the driving behaviour of the extra-wide MAN SX chassis different to that of the usual on-road and all-wheel drive chassis. MAN also offers off-road driving training for the SX range, because in the event of an emergency these vehicles must also be able to reach the sites of accidents removed from paved taxiways and runways.
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MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Gruppe, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is the largest company of the MAN Group and a leading international supplier of efficient commercial vehicles and innovative transport solutions. In fiscal 2009 the enterprise, with around 31,000 employees, posted sales of more than 40,500 trucks and over 6,200 buses and bus chassis of the MAN and NEOPLAN brands worth 6.4 billion euros.