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TYMCO Sweepers and the Environment

Protecting the environment is critical to the sustainability of our planet and the conservation of precious natural resources. TYMCO recognizes its responsibility to that sustainability and continually strives to reduce the environmental impact of the sweepers we build and the work we do.

Throughout the design process, our engineers are driven to do more with less. In the beginning, doing more with less was purely to satisfy our desire to keep things as simple as possible, but today that process also leads to a smaller environmental footprint. Our designs also help to optimize the useful life of our sweepers, minimize the use of water for dust control and reduce fuel consumption.

Do More With Less

In designing the TYMCO Model 500x, our engineers introduced the BlueLogic Control System. This system utilizes a digital multiplex electrical system primarily to make troubleshooting the Model 500x easier for service technicians and to reduce the amount of wiring by several hundred feet. Today, BlueLogic is now used on all Final Tier 4 diesel, Compressed Natural Gas and single engine TYMCO Sweepers.

We engineer components to be as light as possible not only to reduce fuel consumption by the truck chassis, but also to make it easier for service technicians to replace parts if necessary. Those same components are designed to be modular when possible, which not only makes the sweeper easier to work on, but also decreases the amount of welding needed, which in turn saves energy and the gases required during fabrication.

TYMCO Regenerative Air Sweepers use the least amount of water for dust control when compared to any other sweeper types mainly because of our centrifugal dust separator, which removes the majority of fines from the air stream before the air is recycled. Water nozzles are designed to specifically control airborne dust instead of wetting the material as it lays on the ground, which often creates mud that can be smeared on the surface and left behind. Once dried, this residue can further contribute to re-entrainment of particulate matter into the air or be washed down the storm drain after a rain event.

TYMCO Model 600
TYMCO Model 600 on display at National EPA event in Washington, D.C.

In addition to water, our engineers take several other aspects into account when designing for better dust control, such as air flow direction and velocity, to remove as much dust as possible before the air reaches the dust separator.

Dustless Sweeping Technology

The TYMCO Model DST-4® and Model DST-6® not only remove dirt, dust, and debris from the sweeping surface, they also utilize filters, which capture particles as small as 0.3 microns. TYMCO’s patented filtration system enables these sweepers to be equally efficient in wet or dry conditions, so you don’t have to avoid puddles and leave debris behind. Our DST System when coupled with our Regenerative Air System produces the most technologically advanced street sweeper available today. Both our Model DST-4 and Model DST-6 set the performance standard for particulate matter removal.

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TYMCO Model DST-6 on display at National EPA event in Washington, D.C.

Alternative Fuel

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

The CNG option is available as a dedicated unit, where both the sweeper and the truck chassis are CNG powered on the Model 600, Model HSP, and Model 500x.

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Manufacturing Materials

Building the #1 Regenerative Air Sweeper includes considering the environmental footprint of the materials that go into their creation. Our continued goal is to reduce or restrict environmentally damaging substances. Using recyclable materials reduces the amount of waste going into landfills and provides opportunities for a useful life beyond being part of a TYMCO sweeper.

  • We use low VOC acrylic paints and powder coat processes.
  • We use recyclable plastics to make it easier to recycle as much of our sweeper as possible when it has reached the end of its useful life.
  • We use reprocessed polyethylene for abrasion liners throughout the sweeper.
  • Our engineers continue to make efforts to use reprocessed materials when possible.

Manufacturing Facilities

TYMCO’s manufacturing facilities truly reflect our culture and drive, to not only keep things simple, but also be as efficient as possible. For example, we recycle paper, paperboard, and metals that are used throughout our manufacturing facilities and offices. We also reuse and recycle packaging materials. TYMCO invested in an onsite CNG fueling station for testing, development, and operation of alternative fuel sweepers.

Aerial view of Tymco Compound