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John Luffman Operations Optimised by CCS3 & Load 2000
new wave of on-board weighing technology has recently been put to effective use by Tiverton-based John Luffman Trading Ltd (JLT) - a leading contractor specialising in earth moving, groundwork and major civil engineering projects.
Seeking minimal on-site infrastructure for its aggregate loading operations, JLT chose Load 2000 software programme from Derbyshire-based industrial data transfer specialists CCS3 Ltd to transfer load data from wheeled loaders to a central computer for ticket printing and analysis once loading is complete. This software system was partnered with the trade-approved Loadmaster 9000i on-board weighing system and radio telemetry link from RDS Technology.
The telemetry system is in use on two sites in Somerset. Vehicles enter the sites to be loaded with aggregate and once the loading cycle is complete, the job data is automatically transmitted back to the base unit and a weigh ticket printed for the driver to take upon exit. On such a small and self-contained site this set-up avoids time delays at a weighbridge and cuts out unnecessary vehicle movements due to over or under loaded vehicles. It also avoids any expensive infrastructure costs upon moving onto site.
Once tested and approved by Trading Standards officials, the RDS Loadmaster 9000i allows the sale of goods directly from the information gained on the weighing system, negating the need for an on-site weighbridge. Combining this feature with the telemetry modules , JLT have succeeded in making their sites as time-efficient as possible and fully operational with minimal site infrastructure.
Explaining the great improvements made to the site through using on-board weighing in this way, Mr Luffman says, “The telemetry communication functions of the Loadmaster and the Load 2000 software have helped speed up our aggregate distribution operation by cutting down the time our delivery vehicles are on site. By the time vehicles are loaded, the weigh ticket has been printed and they are ready to go.
Such technology has also saved the cost and time involved installing a weighbridge. As a result, the flow of traffic through our site has been greatly improved.”
We find the software easy to use and it helps us to analyse the load data quickly and efficiently. The system is very reliable and the CCS3 & RDS teams are extremely helpful.”
On-Board Weighing for Sugar Provider
A wheeled loader at a remote location of British Sugar has been equipped with an on-board weighing system and a telemetry software package. This system cuts vehicle turnaround time, ensures the accuracy of truck loading and reduces the environmental impact of the operation.
In addition to being the leading supplier of sugar to the UK market. British Sugar is also the largest supplier in the UK of agricultural fertiliser to the landscape and amenity industries.
This dual-success stems from the company's zero-wastage objective and the efforts made to transform any waste product from sugar beet processing into a resalable product. One example is where the soil washed off the beet undergoes a drying and blending process to turn it into a range of Quality topsoils for landscaping and sports turf purposes.
At the company's Wissington plant in Norfolk the topsoil site is located over 2.4km from the central weighbridge and handles over 50,000t of topsoil per year either loaded onto trucks or as a bagged product. This can mean vehicles spending a large amount of time on site and therefore higher haulier rates. In or-der to speed up Site activity and reduce Costs as far as possible, British Sugar has recently invested in a RDS load master 9000i on-board weighing system supplied by RDS South East ltd and the load 2000 telemetry software package from Derbyshire-based CCS3 Ltd for their Volvo 170F wheeled loader.
Given the remote Location of the site and the desire not to jam the current weighbridge, British Sugar opted to have the Loadmaster trade-approved making it legal for the sale of goods direct from the weighing data on the loader. This data is transferred directly from the loader to the corporate Integrated Weighbridge System via a two-way telemetry communication link. This link along with the Load 2000 programme, (both provided by CCS3 Ltd) allows the operator to interface with the central system giving live updates of job status. New jobs are now des-patched to the loader and once complete the load information is transmitted to the central system for recording and invoicing purposes.
The advantages of implementing this system include cutting vehicle turnaround time, thus saving costs on hauliers, ensuring the accuracy of truck loading and reducing the environmental impact of the operation.
The CCS3 Load 2000 system comprises of a rugged in-cab touch-screen computer which hosts the loading/interface software and is connected to an RF wireless transmitter that sends data to the central network hub via an RF wireless router installed at the central site. British Sugar has worked closely with CC Software and RDS Technology to develop the system, ensuring its ease of use and utilising all required software features to their full capability.
Andrew Dear, Area and Beet Supply Manager at British Sugar Topsoil, is impressed with the way the weighing and telemetry operation is working, saying, “This has been a worthwhile Investment and the continual development of the project in partnership with CC Software and RDS is creating a successful system that helps us achieve all of our objectives."
Indeed objectives have been met and exceeded. Mr Dear continues to explain that “Vehicle turnaround time between entry and exit has been halved and hence the company has succeeded in getting better rates from hauliers. Also. rather than sending vehicles out a tonne or two short and having to invoice for less product we are now loading vehicles correctly every time and increasing revenue”
Other advantages of adopting the system included a reduction in fuel costs, fewer vehicle movements around the site due to over or under-loaded trucks, which in tum has improved health and safety practice and personnel have also been saved extra cross-site journeys for updates and load data collection.
The implementation of this advanced weighing data transfer method has already brought clear benefits to British Sugar's Topsoil operations. The advantages so far have been numerous and are making a noticeable difference to the profitability of the company. This will help ensure that British Sugar continues meet its zero-waste objective and reap the benefits thereof.
Dampney’s Weigh With Waste Goes Mobile
A West Country waste contractor is using new GPRS data transfer technology to increase operational efficiency and turn waste products into profit.
Dampney’s Agri Environmental is the contractor for waste sewage with Wessex Water and in order to increase the efficiency and traceability of its operations across the West Country, has recently begun transferring load data to the central office via the mobile Internet.
The waste handling industry is continually looking for ways to turn by-products from the treatment of sewage into a valuable commodity. Dampney’s, based in Bournemouth and with sites including other towns such as Taunton, Wells and Bridgewater, dries the sewage at treatment plants using a polymiser drying agent, which results in a solid sludge product known as ‘cake’. This cake is free from harmful contaminants and rich in phosphates and nitrates that render it excellent for growing crops, especially maize and oil seed rape. Post-drying, it can be sold back to farmers as a cheap and effective fertiliser, recycling the waste and transforming it into a profitable product for Dampney’s.
To increase data collection efficiency from its sites and to cut the drivers’ need to return with paperwork to the main office, Dampney’s have invested in a GPRS data connection from Derbyshire-based CC Software Ltd that would effortlessly transfer the load information from the RDS Loadmaster 8000i on-board weighing systems in their roll-on/roll-off skips supplied by regional distributor RDS South West.
Skips are loaded up at the treatment plant and weight is taken as the skip is mounted on to the truck. Upon completion of the weighing cycle, the data is sent automatically through a modem hidden under the dashboard to the central office via the mobile GPRS signal. The benefit of this set-up is that web access is only needed at the central office and so allows data to be transferred in real time from the cab to anywhere in the country, or indeed the world, where there is a mobile signal, saving the need for manual entry of data. To transfer the data in this way costs about £3 per month per unit (dependent upon frequency and amount of data transmitted) and has allowed Dampney’s to reduce driver error, cut fuel usage, administer customer information centrally and integrate the data directly into the corporate system. The immediate data transfer also allows a faster preparation of invoices, hence improved payment efficiency.
Of this forward-looking application of technology, Transport Manager Daryl Dampney, says “The wireless transfer of data means we can be sure the information we provide to Wessex Water is 100% accurate and also allows us to ensure our customers are completely satisfied with the service they receive from Dampney’s Agri-Envronmental. The knowledge of load and the reliability of the system have allowed us to simplify our operations and ensure product is accounted for and waste recycled into a profitable product.”
As weighing technology continues to advance and as businesses come under pressure to improve load handling operations and data, the ability to transfer information wirelessly between remote sites is becoming an increasingly important aspect of many operations. With such use of the latest wireless technology, Dampney’s Agri Environmental have shown that they are an upwardly mobile company in waste recycling.