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Dennis Eagle

Challenge

We worked with Europe’s largest refuse collection vehicle manufacturer, Dennis Eagle to bring to life the canopy of their latest refuse vehicle. The canopy is a key piece of metalwork which sits at the rear of the vehicle, protecting the operational systems that lift and empty the units. Dennis Eagle approached Universal Wolf as a business built on trust with the right attitude and expertise, to join their supply chain. As the world leader in the design and manufacture of refuse collection vehicles, Dennis Eagle needed a supplier that could both keep pace with their requirements and deliver consistently high-quality products.

A Better, Smarter Solution

We worked with Midlands-based Dennis Eagle on the canopy of its refuse vehicles. Firstly, we took the product through our unique New Product Introduction (NPI) process. Our NPI process ensured the product would be fully optimised for cost-effective production and assembly. We worked in an open and collaborative way to make sure that we at Universal Wolf and the team at Dennis Eagle were clear on the product build and requirements, and that the design was fully optimised for scalable manufacture.

All the components involved in the manufacture went through the industry-standard Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) prior to entering production. The standardised approval process helps to ensure fit, form and functionality in line with supplier requirements, throughout the manufacturing process. We took a systematic and proactive approach to project management to ensure every milestone was met, and the project was delivered on time and to Dennis Eagle’s exact specifications.

Impact

Our collaboration enabled Dennis Eagle to scale the manufacture of the refuse vehicle canopy to their requirements. The process from onboarding to the finished delivery of the product was smooth, on time and met all product specifications. The high quality of the manufactured metalwork enabled Dennis Eagle to send the product direct to line-side without a goods-in inspection. Our efficiency and expertise built a strong relationship of trust with Dennis Eagle and led to an ongoing partnership with Europe’s largest refuse collection vehicle manufacturer.