The action-packed recent round of exhibiting in the UK and Germany is the culmination of several years’ product development work. We believe our new product range represents a leap forward in delivering “future proof” sewer and drain cleaning equipment to our global customer base.
Alongside launching new products at the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show in Birmingham, we also unveiled the new company logo and visual branding style for the first time.
The star of the show at the CV Show in Birmingham was the new RioCom 7.5T Combination Unit. The new vehicle utilises a PTO (Power Take-off) drive unit, which converts power from an emissions compliant vehicle engine to operate jetting and vacuum pumps.
Based on the company’s popular 7.5t FlexCom unit, the new RioCom jet/vac combi unit has been developed as a compliant solution but also incorporates enhanced features such as a more powerful pump and increased secure storage space for tools and equipment.
Mark Cox, Sales Manager at Rioned UK, says the new unit has largely been designed based on customer feedback: “We’ve always listened to our customers and, as a result, the 7.5t unit has evolved over the past few years. With the 2019 model we wanted to incorporate all those ideas in one machine. That included more suction, more storage and a sleeker design.
The new units are being built on a Mitsubishi Fuso Canter chassis featuring a Euro 6 turbo-charged, direct-injection engine with more BHP for a better driving experience.
In the early days of its release the RioCom is proving to be a hit with customers and we have already sold over several machines in the UK, with more orders in the pipeline.
Mark Cox says that customers are becoming more aware of future proofing new equipment to meet Stage V emission requirements: “New EU emissions regulations for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) came into effect in 2019, and while there is a grace period for buying conventional equipment, factors such as the introduction of low emission zones across major European cities is a major game changer for contractors and utility companies working in these areas. As the RioCom utilises PTO it will automatically be compliant.”
Taking a stall at the CV show for the first time, we also wanted to make an impact, with UK darts stars Bobby George and Keith Deller entertaining fans at the Rioned stand. They were joined on the oche by professional darts MC Paul Booth and the presence of the darts legends caused quite a stir in the hall, and on the event's social media channels, with visitors given the opportunity to take on the “King of Bling” and win prizes.
A few days later in Germany our headliner at the Ro Ka Tech exhibition was the launch of the world’s first all-electric, fully featured van-pack jetting machine. The new model includes all the features of the conventional CityJet van-pack but uniquely produces zero-emissions, therefore meets all current and future environmental standards and is ideal for contractors working in ultra-low emission zones.
The eCityJet is only marginally heavier than the conventional model with a dry weight of approximately 600kg depending on the selected battery configuration. With fully charged batteries, the unit can handle up to 6 unblocking operations. The batteries are charged using mains power from an ordinary wall socket, meaning they can be easily charged during operational hours.
The eCityJet is one of three new models in our popular van-pack range. At last month’s Commercial Vehicle Show in the UK, we launched the City-Jet Petrol. Offering matching performance stats of the diesel-powered version, the CityJet Petrol is Stage V emissions compliant, is quieter in operation and and has a patent pending system to cool the exhaust of the machine.
The company also recently announced the launch of the City Jet PTO (Power Take-Off), which utilises the power of the vehicle engine to drive the unit’s pumps. A sophisticated hydraulic system reduces the power of the vehicle-driven shaft to allow the high-pressure pump to do its job, so there is no longer any need for a separate combustion engine of other motor. Installed in a new van, this drive meets all legal environmental requirements.