For people in the industry we see it all too often, the dreaded engineering specification table of compliance in an ever so engaging excel document, hundreds of line items requiring painstaking response, the words “Comply” or “Do not comply”, “Alternative” etched into our dreams, consuming our thoughts for weeks on end. Yes, this is the business of fire vehicle procurement used to detail every nut, bolt, component and system in the quest to control the quality and performance outcome of a fire appliance, design through to delivery. Whilst it may be suitable to deliver a result, it can be stifling for innovation and integration of new technologies both at the build stage and into the future.
This traditional process also brings with it some challenges; Firstly, from an engineering and reliability perspective? Secondly, from an operational performance perspective? In the first instance, integration. A body built by supplier (W), contains a pump system from supplier (X), fitted with a foam system from supplier (Y) all controlled by a CAN-Bus system from supplier (Z). Does this approach really achieve the best outcome, and who owns the liability for the design in such a case, the manufacturer or the authority, who provides the warranty support, who is guaranteeing the OEM spare parts will be available for the life of the vehicle?. From an operational perspective, who provides the training and support to the firefighters on the use of the appliance, its systems and safe limits of operation?
We need to ask, is there a more efficient and effective way to achieve the desired capability incorporating the latest in technology, systems and manufacturing techniques? In addition, is it possible to be fully supported through life by one single manufacturer? Is there a concept readily available that offers a future proofed design, but with the level of flexibility required, derived from constant R&D evolution and sustainable manufacturing processes? All of these factors combined offer greater value for money through life, greater system integration, enhanced reliability, capability and performance.
Now, thanks to Rosenbauer such a readily available concept is a reality. As a world leader in research and development of firefighting technology, Rosenbauer is setting a goal to ensure authorities are afforded access to the latest in manufacturing methods, technology and value for money through a certain level of standardisation, fully guaranteed and supported by one single manufacturer and the option to be assembled locally in house by the fire departments themselves.
The “ET” is born – Efficient Technology, the new series from Rosenbauer
Different chassis, different equipment configurations, individually adapted to the requirements of fire departments all over the world. Paired with simple operation and high user-friendliness. For Rosenbauer the vision was clear, develop a superstructure that offers flexible levels of localisation and ensures the integrated solutions are optimally coordinated for maximum performance, stability, and reliability to a certified level of quality, by developing a full solution in house, guaranteed long-term availability of spare parts is realised.
The ET was primarily conceived for use in the state fire authorities, and thanks to the many configurations and numerous innovations for equipment stowage, variations can cover many different areas and usage purposes. For example, where a department requires a multi role pumper for use in both Rescue and HAZMAT roles. With the ET, thanks to the high degree of individualisation and flexibility, Rosenbauer has developed a new series providing an interesting option for fire departments around the world.
Research and Development!
All components of the efficiently designed fire-fighting vehicle are developed and manufactured in house at Rosenbauer, from the body module to the firefighting equipment, pumps, foam systems, monitors and hose reels etc. The integrated solutions are optimally coordinated for maximum performance, stability, and reliability to a certified level of quality. Rosenbauer sets new international quality standards with the body concept of the ET.
The profile-sandwich construction from innovative aluminium sheeting makes the ET lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant. Laser-cut, folded edge aluminium sheets are processed in precisely defined, coordinated work processes. They are subsequently built into high-strength bodies with self-supporting and torsion-resistant aluminium and ribbed construction. This optimizes driveability, and the low superstructure weight enables a higher load volume. Furthermore, environmentally friendly raw materials, and production maximises waste prevention through the efficient use of resources. Recyclable materials are used primarily. The water tank is also designed in house, manufactured using the latest in robotic technology, the highly durable and corrosion resistant tanks set new quality standards.
Economical & Innovative!
Economical and innovative, two words not commonly used in the same sentence! However thanks to Rosenbauer’s close cooperation with its stakeholders, continuous focus and strong R&D programs, a new series of vehicle is successfully developed. The already proven concept combines tried and tested Rosenbauer technologies with a consistently efficient design methodology. By standardizing the vehicles with variable designs and optional components, the ET series is able to provide fire departments access to world leading vehicle technology and equipment that is precisely tailored to their operational situations.
Great importance was placed upon providing an economical overall package, without sacrificing quality, reliability or capability. To further ensure future proof design, the ET series is compatible with all common chassis e.g. to name a few, (Scania, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Renault, ISUZU and Rosenbauer Commander) of 12 to 20 tons on various different wheelbases.
Proven Construction & Integrated Systems
For over 20 years, Rosenbauer has been innovating and further refining the art of aluminium lightweight construction. A factor in fire appliance design commonly overlooked, yet highly essential and valuable to a successful result. Less weight = more agent or equipment capacity, more capacity = more capability with a single vehicle. With the new “ET” Body, components are laser cut and precisely pre formed, coupled together with specially designed extruded sections and with the use of new, durable and corrosion-resistant materials offers increased longevity and reliability. The ET is extremely flexible in terms of equipment: the sophisticated and practical COMFORT stowage system can be quickly and individually adapted to the usage requirements. Safe storage, simple orientation and ergonomic removal are other great strengths of the proven stowage system. A locker may be re configured in a matter of hours, thanks to a catalogue of brackets and shelves, fixing devices and stowage solutions, all with individual part numbers and all designed specifically to work with the ET body.
Standardization with Flexibility!
Trusted firefighting technology packaged in a new, highly efficient vehicle series. The new Efficient Technology vehicles – simply called ET – are fully deserving of their name. Different chassis, different equipment configurations, individually adapted to the requirements of fire departments all over the world. Moreover, all in the usual industry leading Rosenbauer quality paired with simple operation and high user-friendliness.
Thanks to the many configurations and equipment variations possible, the “ET” can cover many different areas and usage purposes. Fire departments have different types of chassis, bodies, pumps and proportioning systems available to choose from in order to optimally adapt their “ET” to the capability requirement. The proven lightweight construction, with high quality Rosenbauer firefighting systems and simple operation all come together seamlessly.
Rosenbauer firefighting systems integrated at the heart of the ET
For the built-in pumps and proportioning systems, only robust and reliable Rosenbauer firefighting equipment is used. Depending on the pump, an output of up to 4,500 l/min can be achieved at 10 bar or 400 l/min at 40 bar (such as with the combined normal and high-pressure pump NH45), and water tanks with up to 5,500 l can be installed depending on the chassis and desired operational appliance weights. For the foam proportioning systems, you can choose between the “around the pump” premix system FIXMIX, which is completely integrated with the pump, or the water-driven direct injection proportioning system AQUAMATIC. On the roof, you can also equip the ET with electronically driven RM35 monitor, which impresses with its high throw range of 80 metres at 10 bar. Ladder gantries are also available.
Training and Support
In the Emergency services sector, when something fails unexpectedly, it must be put back into operation as quickly as possible. Firefighters and the community expect nothing less. With the “ET” Rosenbauer, undertake onsite training in the assembly process with the respective authority and its contractors. It is important that the assembly process is well understood and the local technicians are competent in the build process. For after sales service and support a Rosenbauer service organization is available around the clock and all over the world. Qualified staff are available in case of any inquiries or questions via the dedicated Rosenbauer hotline. An extensive local service network, mobile service technicians and a range of service partners around the world ensure that there is always a technician available to respond anywhere at any time. Furthermore Rosenbauer stand behind all aspects of its products by ensuring spare parts availability is guaranteed for a minimum of 15 years.
All of the above culminate in the new and innovative approach to vehicle construction. Rosenbauer for the first time are able to offer the ET as a Semi Knock Down or, SKD solution.
This means the superstructure may be shipped direct to the authority in the colour and configuration required and assembled in a systematic process locally within fire authority’s or own workshops, or with approved local assemblers. This new approach offers the authority access to the latest in construction methods, highest quality components fully engineered and integrated. Authorities will be able to gain knowledge and training direct from the OEM on the assembly process to fully assemble a complete vehicle within approx… 250-300hrs, resulting in higher local content, faster delivery times and reduced costs, all fully warranted by Rosenbauer. Moreover completed assets will be in service quicker, aiding capability of the fire service and protecting the community, maximising the return on investment.
In short, the ET aims to maximise the participation of local labour and small businesses in the supply of world leading firefighting vehicle technology, further aiding in the transfer of new skills and knowledge to end users.
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