First European Trial of WorldKlass IR Canister™

Fuel Reduction Product on Double Deckers Just back from Dublin where 5 WorldKlass IR Canisters were fitted to Neoplan Skyliner double deck coaches with MAN engines. Five further vehicles will be acting as controls in this free trial. The specific fuel consumption data has been gathered for 9 months in advance of the trial, as WorldKlass insists on good data in order to demonstrate fuel reduction. WorldKlass Technologies CEO and an installation expert where in town to perform the fit-out. A local hose doctor / technician was on hand to assist and get trained in fitting the product. After a bit of learning and tweaking the installation kit, the fifth unit was installed and the vehicle back running within 45 minutes. Checking in a few days later, no issues have been reported. The fuel and distance data will be monitored on a weekly basis and results reported in around 3 months time. The trial installation has shown commitment to getting the product into Europe and a professional approach to establishing a baseline, optimising the installation process and good follow-up. Pics to...

Supply Chain Logistics Conference – Sept 2015

Two weeks on from the Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) Event at Whittlebury Hall beside the UK’s well-known Silverstone racetrack and it’s been busy keeping up with the interest generated. A fitting venue for an event aimed at improving transport and logistics operations. Formula 1 is focussed on getting around the track as quickly as possible and constantly improving and advancing technology for vehicles and engines. F1 fans will be familiar with the fuel reduction, advanced telemetry, updated aerodynamics, and the KERS system that makes F1 cars advanced petrol/electric hybrids. SCL uses much of the above and more to provide more cost effective and sustainable transport of goods. Telematics is the buzzword for up-to-date vehicle, engine and fuel monitoring; vehicles are lighter with more aerodynamic shapes; engines are becoming more fuel efficient (although the priority of emissions reduction is curtailing this); a UK project is developing KERS for trucks. Over and above the “hardware” focus, getting around as efficiently and effectively as possible included advanced load planning, maximising loads out and back, clever warehousing with cross-docking to convert suppliers loads to end-point delivery loads. A theme across the event was how to change and how to co-operate better to make full use of vehicles and warehousing. There is a common consensus that more effective use of resources leads to lower road miles, lower warehousing needs, lower cost and lower environmental impacts. The aim is be more cost-effective and more sustainable, a twin challenge that can help overcome those internal and external barriers to co-operation and change. While organisational strategy can get in the way of collaboration on sharing space in...