by Fred Hendricks
Tom Pfeifer is a self-taught engineer who moved up the ranks at E-Z Pack of Galion, Ohio, a manufacturer of refuse trucks. Tom had a natural aptitude in building things as a result of understanding how they worked.
“I’ve always had a natural inclination in knowing how things work. With that awareness, I would draw mechanical equipment with great detail. After years of experience working on several projects at E-Z Pack, Vice President of Engineering Bill Herpich made me engineer of the front loader project. I was challenged with engineering a front-loading refuse truck that would outperform competition,” Tom elaborated.
As an employee of E-Z Pack, Tom made all the drawings for a two-piece loading arm called FLHC7535 and released it for production.
Tom had been confined to the Galion operation, and needed to learn more about the competition’s strengths and weaknesses. Before Tom could engineer a superior refuse truck, he was joined by Tom Williams from the sales department. This team traveled extensively to study the array of refuse trucks on the market.
“Early front-loading refuse trucks had patented over-the-cab (OTC) two-piece arms that pivoted from the top front corners of the refuse box. E-Z Pack launched a single-arm design that pivoted from the front base of the refuse box. This design improved the lift action. More importantly, it reduced the weight, which allowed for a greater payload,” Tom said.
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