The journey to launching such an innovative container began with a question, when the owner of a transportation company asked how he could buy a waste container made with Hardox® wear plate. What followed was a collaborative product development project that not only drastically reduced SSAB’s Alabama mill’s waste container operating costs, but also led to the launch of an entirely new product line in the United States. Spearheading the efforts, Jon Howley, Environmental and Sustainability Business Development Director for SSAB Americas and Wastequip’s Kirk Warren worked with their respective teams to bring about significant change.
“For us, there was a need to reduce costs and the environmental impact with a more sustainable option over rented containers,” explains Howley. “The cost associated with the rental of containers was estimated at about $465K per year, not including ongoing maintenance and repair on those types of containers.”
For Wastequip, it meant taking an industry lead. The hard and tough properties of Hardox® wear plate are well known in America’s transportation industry, however, the material had yet to be fully adopted by waste container manufacturers.
It’s been used in the U.S. in truck bodies for years,” Warren explains. “The strength is known; it was just never taken into the container side of the business. Those cans are being subjected to extremes, so since SSAB manufactures high tensile strength steel branded Hardox® wear plate, it seemed like a no-brainer that maybe we should look at a new design that would solve their problem and maybe come up with a new product for the market.”
After looking at the economic, social and environmental sustainability factors, both companies engaged with engineering support and collaboration to complete the project. Today, SSAB’s Mobile mill employs a fleet of 15-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard models and a vacuum container made of a Hardox® wear plate to properly remove waste and debris from the operation at a fraction of the former cost.
Plus, Hardox® In My Body member Wastequip, launched its new ultra-heavy-duty roll-off container, known as RockBox, made of Hardox® wear steel and approved as a Hardox In My Body verified product, showing the sign of quality and assuring end users that their containers meet the highest quality standards. Each application with the sign attached has passed a strict quality control evaluation and is approved as a premium product. Specialists within wear and structural technology carefully analyze each application regarding welding quality, manufacturing process and design. The sign of quality with premium ingredients assures users of value. Additionally, each sign has a unique ID that is traceable and can secure the origin and material.