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Yours truly at SCL 2015, Innovation Stand, showing WorldKlass IR Canisters for Truck and Reefer

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 vehicles and warehouses, technology innovations for fuel reduction can be more readily adopted if they make good business sense.
The KERS project is one of a number at the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, a collaboration between Heriot-Watt and Cambridge Universities and organizations in the freight and logistics sectors to achieve deep reductions in CO2 emissions. By capturing and reusing braking energy, KERS is expected to reduce energy consumption by 20-30%. Combining it with active rear steering is envisaged as the key to using larger vehicle in an urban environment to get overall saving of 40-50% compared to smaller vehicles. One to watch as the technology is proven and cost is determined.
Proven technology and cost effectiveness are two of the key criteria I look at for fuel efficiency. They fit within level of investment, return on investment and overall risk. To assess financial return it’s useful to see the technology deployed in your own operational scenario, rather than based on manufacturers’ data. That’s something else I look for.
At the SCL Event, I presented the WorldKlass Infrared Canister(TM), which reduces engine fuel consumption and well worth a look with savings of 5 to 15%. Other aspects of this product that got me excited were the ease of retrofit and the offer of an introductory free trial in Europe. With a simple installation in the fuel line, it’s straightforward to perform a before and after comparison of performance. Case studies have been done already on whole fleets of Trucks and Reefers, giving confidence that savings in the region of 10% are possible. It gives me confidence to invest in taking this product to Europe after 5 years of proving itself in the USA. To find out more about WorldKlass Infrared Canister(TM), visit the web pages and contact us for copies of the above case studies.
Happy trucking,
Jim Stout
CEO ScreeTech