Stanton Systems Cleans Up the Big Iron With Monster Wash

Wed May 23, 2012 - Northeast Edition
Jennifer Rupp

Stanton Systems uses the Monster Wash on a Cat 773.
Stanton Systems uses the Monster Wash on a Cat 773.

Over the past 20 years, Stanton Systems of Ivyland, Pa., has developed a number of power washing systems to accommodate everything from tractor trailers to military tanks. Its latest invention is the Monster Wash — aimed at off-highway and mine trucks — which guarantees a complete undercarriage cleansing in less than 30 seconds.

“A couple of years ago, I was contacted by a construction company who needed a way to wash large dump trucks,” explained Dennis Stanton, owner of Stanton Systems. Though Stanton didn’t have a solution readily at hand, he accepted the challenge of designing one and thus, the Monster Wash was born.

The first Monster Wash installation was for Flatiron Inc. in Calaveras Dam, Calif., in 2011. The construction company was replacing the dam there and wanted the ability to wash their trucks on site. The Monster Truck Wash is now a permanent fixture there. The largest Monster Wash is able to wash machines weighing up to 680 tons (617 t).

“The Monster Wash gets all of the mud off underneath the vehicles and allows the maintenance crew to see the parts that may need attention,” noted Stanton. “This is the number 1 benefit.”

Another benefit of removing mud with the Monster Wash is that the mud will not build up and prevent the mechanical systems from dissipating heat as they’re intended to.

“Furthermore, performing a manual wash every week or two can require up to three workers for an 8-hour period. This takes a truck off-line for an entire shift and results in lost productivity,” continued Stanton. “The Monster Wash can clean a vehicle in just 30 seconds to 1 minute.”

The Monster Wash can be installed on a permanent site, such as a mine, or it can be used portably for large road construction projects. The system takes about two days to install, and a day to remove.

Stanton Systems has built its reputation working with companies like Perini and Clark & Turner. Its washes have been installed at a number of large construction sites all over the world. To date, Stanton has upwards of 300 units in operation globally.

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