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Rolling intensive care unit with Allison fully automatic transmission: Gentle transport even for the “heaviest” cases

120E28/FP EuroCargo

The demands on rescue services are changing as more and more intensive care patients and overweight people need to be transported and receive care. The Bavarian Red Cross has now acquired new, specially designed intensive care vehicles based on the Iveco EuroCargo chassis and equipped with Allison Transmission’s 3000 SeriesTM fully automatic transmissions. The Allison transmission smoothly multiplies engine torque during vehicle start-up and delivers uninterrupted, continuous power shifts.

MAINZ, Germany - Rescue workers are increasingly faced with literally "heavy" problems in providing ambulance services in recent years. The equipment of a "normal" ambulance vehicle is rated for people up to a weight of approx. 200 kg, but an increasing number of people are much heavier. Body weights of 250 kg and more are no longer uncommon in intensive care.

The number of transfers of intensive care patients has also increased. After initial medical treatment at the nearest hospital, transport to a specialized clinic is often required. Intensive care patients can only be transported to a limited extent in a normal ambulance vehicle because special equipment is required, and more working space is needed around the patient.

These developments place great demands on the logistics of emergency services and have led to the design of a new generation of intensive care ambulance vehicles, which uses a 12-tonne truck chassis for the first time.

The Iveco 120E28/FP EuroCargo Euro VI with an ambulance body made by Fahrtec-Systeme GmbH from Neubrandenburg, Germany, has a maximum gross vehicle weight of 11,990 kg (about 26,443 lbs). It is powered by Allison Transmission’s 3000 SeriesTM fully automatic transmission and a 6-cylinder diesel engine with 6,728 cc displacement and 207 kW (280 hp).

Decisive factors in the choice of this vehicle configuration were the generous weight reserve, fully automatic transmission, full air suspension and a large cab for three crew members. Three vehicles have already been delivered to the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) - the first in March 2019, with three more to follow.

Torque converter transmissions - First choice for fire and rescue vehicles

In emergency use, the special advantages of the fully automatic transmissions are quickly apparent. "It is important to keep the transport-related discomfort for the patient to a minimum,” said Stephan Marker, market developer at Allison Transmission. “The torque converter provides a smooth, uninterrupted power transfer without any shift jerking and the electronic controls of the Allison fully automatic transmission always select the right gear. Driving noise is minimized using sophisticated planetary gears in the transmission, so that the patient is not exposed to any additional noise-induced stress during the transport.”

"The advantages of fully automatic transmissions are now fully recognized in rescue services. For years, our customers have been buying ambulance vehicles with this technology,” said Michael Voß, sales representative at Fahrtec-Systeme GmbH. “We are happy to be able now to offer this solution for the intensive care transport sector as well. In intensive care ambulances, patients with severe illnesses and those with unstable circulatory systems are transported; these are people who are highly sensitive to acceleration changes. Therefore, in my opinion,

such a transmission should be basic equipment of every intensive care ambulance.”

Another aspect that led to the specification of Allison 3000 SeriesTM transmission for the intensive care ambulances on Iveco EuroCargo chassis is their reliability. "Allison transmissions have proven to be extremely reliable with minimal maintenance requirements, and the reliability of the equipment is a fundamental requirement for fire and rescue services” said Lukas Königbauer, key account manager at Iveco Magirus.

Rolling Intensive Care Unit

Intensive care ambulances are rolling intensive care units. The intensive care ambulances of the Bavarian Red Cross are equipped with highly specialized medical technology equipment, including artificial respirators, monitoring equipment, a variety of syringe pumps and special intensive care stretchers which allow the patient to be secured according to specific inpidual requirements. The vehicles are further equipped with specially adapted air conditioning and heating systems. The medical technology equipment and the energy supply of the devices is designed with redundant backup systems, so that it is almost impossible during transport for complications to result from device failures.

In addition to the robust intensive care medical equipment, the new intensive care ambulances have a hydraulic tail lift at the rear with a maximum carrying capacity of 1,500 kg (about 3,306 lbs). Thanks to this tail lift, easy loading and unloading of all sizes of patients is possible. The system is designed for a patient weight of up to 450 kg (992 lbs).

With the weight of inpiduals on the rise, the demands on emergency vehicles also increase. Allison Automatics enable these vehicles to support those demands as they deliver unrivalled reliability and durability while helping to protect the components of the vehicle driveline.

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world's largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of >applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,900 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.

About Fahrtec-Systeme GmbH

Fahrtec-Systeme GmbH is the only German manufacturer to produce superstructures for rescue vehicles and intensive care ambulances in welded aluminum-skeleton construction. Thanks to the robustness and safety of its exchangeable superstructure systems, Fahrtec-Systeme GmbH has established itself as the market leader for ambulance bodies on truck chassis in the German market. With its craftsman-driven production philosophy, Fahrtec-Systems is able to fulfill almost all inpidual customer requirements. The company employs around 195 people at the Neubrandenburg site and produces around 200 new vehicles >per year. In addition, the company transfers approximately 100 body units to newer carrier vehicles each year, so that the customer can use the superstructure for a second vehicle cycle. For more information, visit www.fahrtec-systeme.de

Sep 10, 2019

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,900 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.