Aebi Schmidt is trialling a new Combi Flex spreader with Transport Scotland this winter, following a series of successful runs in Scandinavia over the last 12 months.
The winter service specialist said this will be the first time the Combi Flex spreader has been operated in the UK. The spreader is twinned with a 32-tonne DAF 8×4 truck and is fitted with a 5 cubic meter hopper and huge 13,750 litre brine-filled tanks.
Transport Scotland is set to use the spreader on a 26-week trial from this month to next April.
Aebi Schmidt said the design allows a flexible range of winter spreading options from pure salt to pure brine – and all points in between.
Martin Thompson, network impacts manager at Transport Scotland, said: ‘We are excited to be trialling Aebi Schmidt’s new Combi Flex spreader in this year’s winter service programme. We believe its flexibility and versatility will be key assets in our commitment to keep Scotland’s trunk roads free of snow and ice this winter.’
David Harvey, technical sales manager at Aebi Schmidt, said: ‘While there has been a trend in the European winter market towards greater levels of brine spraying in recent years, the new patented Combi Flex combines all aspects of spreading dry and pre-wet salt, with the ability to adjust brine percentages upwards of 30%, through to pure spraying.
‘The Combi Flex allows for rapid changing between dry substances and brine, without the need for conversion. By reducing the levels of salt involved, operators can not only reduce costs – by up to 30% in certain cases – they can also lessen the environmental impact at the same time.’
Transport Scotland can call on 208 gritters and ploughs – one for every 16km of the trunk road network – with 40 depots providing winter service plant and facilities, 52 vehicles providing frontline footway clearance and treatments and more than 500 operating company staff to undertake winter service duties.
Picture (left to right): David Harvey, technical sales manager, Aebi Schmidt; Kevin Campbell, winter manager, Bear Scotland; Martin Thomson, Resilience Manager, Transport Scotland; Iain McDonald, Resilience Team, Transport Scotland; Donald Kerr, Service Manager Scotland, Aebi Schmidt