Speaking in his capacity as a transport insurance representative, Morris says it is a well known fact that if a truck crashes, and in the worst case scenario, injures or kills someone while severely overloaded, the insurance company has the right to deny any claim for damages, and the driver, and also the owner, can end up in jail.
“After all, as they say, ‘the law is the law, is the law’ and we cannot – at any time – condone the breaking of the law on our roads by heavy vehicles – particularly when it compromises safety for all road users,” Morris says.
“Severely overloaded trucks are a definite safety risk in anybody’s book and the days of overloading are long gone across the vast majority of our professional transport operators today.
“The key benefit the C&E legislation has brought our industry is that it makes everybody in the ‘chain’ accountable and liable — from drivers, owners, consignors (ie. farmers), loaders (ie. header operators) and consignees (ie. grain receivers).
“In turn it means the pressure is spread across those who do not abide by the laws, and provides and ‘even playing field’ for law-abiding operators against those who attempt to ‘fleece the system’.”
Mr Morris was responding to a recent story in The Land newspaper stating that “Central West (NSW) truck drivers believed the 2005 harvest was to be a ‘trial and awareness’ year for new grain overloading rules”.
“The reality is that was not the case, and transport operators were well warned beforehand throughout 2005,” Morris says.
Mr Morris highlighted that the RTA conducted many Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) seminars throughout NSW and publicised C&E information in the trade media in 2005, stating that the Road Transport (General) Act 2005 (encompassing C&E laws) would be introduced in September 2005.
Earlier this month, a Toyota Camry was carjacked just before midnight in one of Nigeria’s largest cities. The driver of the vehicle was shot in the process, and the thieves escaped in the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was fitted with EziTrak®. Within minutes, the vehicle was tracked and immobilised some 13 km from where it was stolen.
Using GPS coordinates from the EziTrak® unit, police were able to locate and recover the stolen vehicle. The driver has been discharged from hospital and is recovering well.
So what is EziTrak®? EziTrak® is a monitoring, protection & tracking system which gives car and vehicle owners personalised, self-monitoring with no ongoing back-to-base fees. EziTrak® utilises GPS and GSM technology to give the owner instant tampering notification, control, tracking and emergency alert information over the phone.
With EziTrak®, you are completely in control of the security of your car. Interaction is typically by selecting menu options over the phone (mobile phone or landline). This menu allows you to remotely immobilise the engine, lock and unlock the doors, check on your vehicle anytime, and obtain a status report including location to within 6 metres.
As a Silent Anti-theft system, EziTrak® calls its owner within seconds of a door opening or ignition detection. By selecting an option on your phone, you can instantly immobilise the engine and stop the theft. If the vehicle is towed away, you can track its removal over the phone or via GPS mapping software. Unlike other alarms or immobilising products, EziTrak® does not incur monitoring fees or charges; just a once-off purchase and installation cost.
The only additional requirement is a GSM SIM card from your preferred network provider. EziTrak® has an internal Black Box Recorder logging speed, position, time and date from 1 to 255 hours. This information can be downloaded to a PC and then played back on a moving map display.
A GSM antenna allows EziTrak® to be a truly covert security system. This antenna is compact and can be hidden anywhere on the vehicle. The antenna looks like part of the normal wiring system, so detection by thieves is virtually impossible. Ready to install, EziTrak® is a compact, robust module that keeps power consumption to a minimum. EziTrak® offers you security, control, GPS tracking and emergency notification.
EziTrak® is manufactured in Australia and available worldwide. EziTrak® is available in Nigeria through Nigertrak.
Adelaide based company Reltronics has released a new USB thermometer-Logger – a tiny plug and play USB device which can be added to your PC. It measures the ambient temperature and sends the result to your PC via the built-in USB port. The temperature is displayed in the Windows System Tray (small icon at the right bottom corner of the monitor) and is also presented in the application window as an infinite graphical chart with selectable time base.
The thermometer can be connected directly to any USB port of the PC or via a USB hub or extension cable (supplied). The measurements can be saved into an Excel-compatible data logging file and transferred to other applications. The thermometer features include: absolute accuracy of 0.5° C. relative resolution of 0.05° C, infinite chart display in 5 different time scales (10 min, 1 hour, 6 hours, 1 day, 10 days), selectable temperature units: C or F, selectable sample rate (1, 2, 5, 10 sec.), re-calibrate feature and power from USB.
The USB thermometer-logger package includes: installation software CD for Windows 98/2000/XP, the user’s guide, an extension USB cable and an USB digital thermometer.
Traditional planning and scheduling tools such as manufacturing resource planning (MRP) use cumbersome procedures based upon predefined heuristics. As a result MRP systems aren’t really capable of change in response to demand, or to shifts in material availability or capacities (be them plant or labour).
Predominantly these systems plan materials and capacity separately; one system ignoring the limitations of the other. The end result is a plan that can’t be executed in the real world and this leads to inaccurate production schedules, false delivery dates and some very unhappy customers.
Unlike MRP, APS plans and schedules all facets of an organisation by simultaneously taking in to account available materials AND capacity. The end result is a more realistic supply chain plan which means deadlines met and customer orders fulfilled on time.
APS provides value in specific environments where simpler planning methods can not adequately address the complex trade offs between competing priorities.
For example, APS can pay dividends to enterprises working with one (or more) of these characteristics:
•Requirement to trade off key costs across the supply chain (e.g. Procurement vs. Production vs. Logistics vs. Storage vs. Labour)
•Production intensive environment with multiple facilities, variable routings and recipes
•Asset intensive operations requiring maximum utilisation
•Seasonal behaviour of key drivers (demand, supply, and capacity)
•150 million turnover plus, with a large degree of operational variability
•Highly dynamic sourcing (where to make, make or buy, where to buy, where to ship-from decisions)
If your business features characteristics of this kind read on. If not, APS might be the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to crack nuts.
APS technologies can help a company at three planning levels within the business — strategic, tactical and operational. At a strategic level the system must look at long term success requirements such as infrastructure investment (i.e. demand network design) and market positioning (i.e. domestic / export, services / retail). At a tactical level that same business’ APS must focus upon mid term success requirements, how best to maximise returns within 12 – 18 month time frame (i.e. where to make, what shift patterns to employ, what downtime to schedule). And at a purely operational level the focus is much more immediate, maximising efficiencies in 1 — 6 weeks. (i.e. detailed production schedule, transportation schedule).
APS is not a ‘plug and play’ solution to all your planning and scheduling problems. Whilst the benefits are there to reap there is also a large potential barrier to consider:
The APS model serves as an interpretation layer, sitting between the mathematical solver engines which do the analysis and configuring, and the business. As a result,
APS is heavily reliant on the ability of practitioners to accurately model individual supply chains. Practitioners need to ensure that all material flows and corresponding costs and constraints are available to the system to accurately reflect business behaviour.
If for example, your team is in the habit of overstating capacity to secure a safety margin; your APS plans for scheduling to maximise efficiency will be inhibited. To that extent the system is as good as the information it is fed.
Further, the potentially large amount of data which the APS system may require to function effectively could be more than your existing ERP system can handle. This factor alone may prevent some businesses from ever realising the total benefits of APS.
APS solutions have no boundaries so it’s crucial to clearly define the scope of the challenge – otherwise modelling will be endless and the output useless.
It’s important to recognise that supply chain projects cross functional boundaries so a successful optimisation must ensure that all department parties are equally optimised. The most optimal solution for a business therefore, is one in alignment with supply chain and business goals.
When running a pilot, take a cross section of the business or product portfolio. Aim for a sample that is concise enough to evolve with the pilot but also exercises the most challenging constraints and costs within a supply chain. Analyse the results carefully before proceeding. If the pilot does not make sense then the confusion will only be magnified on a full APS rollout.
This article was written by Shaun Phillips, solutions architect, Infor. Shaun has delivered business benefits, using APS technologies, to companies across Australia, Asia, and Europe for more than 10 years.
While many companies strive to make the most efficient gains through available channels of outsourced supply chain management and logistics, it is an interesting point to note that many tend to overlook their own premises and perhaps are operating with a low level of internal handling efficiency.
It is vital a materials handling system is completely integrated to maintain product flow, and companies should use their contract transport services as a de facto warehousing component.
Smart operators are the companies that have studied the logistics market and have seen positives in utilising transport and freight services to eliminate costly warehousing and quicken truck turnaround times.
Key to this becoming a widespread reality is knowing exactly how to best set up loading and unloading systems to work in synchronicity with transport company services.
Until recently, operations managers have been content to receive stock through an incoming goods dock, store it temporarily while organising transport to its client, and then eventually send it again on another truck.
This has been occurring in virtually every industry including perishables, food and beverage, engineering, mining supply, agricultural and rural, primary industry, retail and consumer, and almost any other industry of which one can think.
But with an optimised materials handling system put in place, smart companies, instead of storing stock on the premises for an indefinite period, rarely have to see their goods.
Instead, they use a clever materials transfer system on their site that instantly moves goods from incoming to outgoing without storage, or they have equipped their transport carrier with appropriate systems to load and unload palletised or non-palletise product and transport it directly to their clients without warehousing.
Firstly, with floor charges per metre continually rising, the elimination of reliance on warehousing is an automatic, and enormous, cost saving.
Reduction in multi handling of stock also reduces time and operating costs and ensures smoother movement of product from manufacturing base or bond store to the customer
In the case of perishables, reduction in supply chain steps can only be of benefit to handlers of product with limited shelf life.
Using its existing product and technologies alongside solution-specific developments, Industrial Conveying Australia is currently developing several turnkey projects for Australian companies undertaking this cultural change.
Among these technologies are:
• Automated transport loading and unloading systems including handling unit loads or complete truck loads.
• Pallet handing systems such as multi-lane palletising equipment, to organise truck loads ready for dispatch.
• Elevators and spiral conveyors for non-palletised goods transfer between different floor levels, powered roller conveyor and lift tables.
For more information contact Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd. on
Supply-Chain Council Chief Technology Officer Joe Francis, an acknowledged world expert o framework-based Business Process Models will hold a seminar to help practitioners learn practices that best service customers.
This seminar will walk participants through a simple, reliable and scalable process for making the link using the SCOR® operations reference framework of metrics, processes, and best practices. Case studies are presented from diverse industries illustrating the power of the approach. The Supply Chain Operations Reference model (SCOR) is a process reference model developed and endorsed by the Supply Chain Council as the cross-industry standard diagnostic tool for supply chain management. SCOR enables users to address, improve and communicate supply chain management practices within and between all interested parties.
Date: Thursday 26 July 2007
Time: 7.30am registration and breakfast 8.00-10.00am seminar
Venue: Sydney Business School Level 14, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Australian supply chain standards association GS1 Australia is the first in the world to introduce an online GS1netTM Validation Engine (VE) following the introduction of the new Global Data Synchronisation NetworkTM (GDSN) standards.
GS1 Australia released its GDSN compliant service, GS1net, earlier this year but it has just introduced the VE and is now working with its supply chain communities on transition to the new platform.
GS1 Australia believes that the validation process will help Australian industry meet the increasing requirements for data accuracy, which is an essential component for successful supply chains.
The GS1net platform will leapfrog global peers by incorporating data validation services as part of the GS1net platform.
The GS1net Validation Engine will provide complete validation of more than 300 retail and industry business rules required by the GS1net platform through a web based portal.
GDSN is an internet-based, interconnected network of data pools with a global registry that enables companies around the world to exchange standardised and synchronised supply chain data with their trading partners.
Leadtec, an Australia leader in b2b e-commerce and GS1 Alliance Partner, was selected by GS1 Australia to develop and host the new GS1net VE functionality.
GS1 Australia COO Mark Fuller says Leadtec was an obvious partner for the GS1net VE project with its data synchronisation and b2b e-commerce expertise.
“GS1 and Leadtec have partnered on projects like the GS1 Community Management Tool and the EANnet Validator past and the GS1net VE is an exciting extension to our partnership.”
Managing Director of Leadtec Scott Needham says Leadtec is excited to be involved in such a groundbreaking project with clear business benefits to Australian supply chain communities.
“The platform has been implemented using an On Demand model allowing for the delivery of powerful functionality while being highly cost effective,” he said.
GS1 Australia is already globally renowned for the widespread adoption of its EANnet® platform for data synchronisation in Australian supply chain communities.
General Manager at GS1 Australia Richard Jones says traditionally EANnet members went through an accreditation process including data validation prior to becoming EANnet ready.
“The new GS1net Validation Engine will ensure that member data is validated with every upload ensuring the highest level of data quality,” Richard said.
Green & Lean Supply Chain Initiatives, hosted & sponsored by AirRoad Group, will be focused on delivering the most up-to-date information in supply chain initiatives on carbon management, benchmarking supply chain performance and cost & carbon considerations in freight distribution.
Reducing Carbon Emission = Reducing Costs
This is a must-attend event aimed at senior executives directly or indirectly involved with supply chain improvements and cost considerations.
Companies and their keynote speakers and topics include:
Display and Storage Techniques (Aust) Pty Ltd has joined forces with the world’s largest supplier of industrial storage equipment, SSI Schaefer, and at the same time secured two industry heavyweights.
Graham Eastick and Martin Bates have joined Display and Storage, to form Schaefer Sydney, SSI Schaefer’s newest distributor. Schaefer Sydney will operate in NSW and the ACT, offering a wide range of industrial storage equipment from one source.
Martin Bates said: “It is very exciting taking on the Schaefer brand in a market like Sydney. Graham Eastick and I will continue the great work done by the Display and Storage team to date bringing significant presence and in turn market share to Schaefer.
“Our customers will enjoy the best value-adding solutions from a team of industry professionals. As we build our team, customer outcomes will be the focus,” he said.
Operating out of its Moorebank premises, Schaefer Sydney claims to have the widest range of stock on hand in NSW, covering industrial pallet racking, hand-loaded shelving, small parts storage systems, multi tier mezzanine floors and a wide range of plastic storage containers – in fact, anything at all to do with storage.
For more information on Schaefer Sydney on (02) 9602 0022.
The nation’s fastest growing industry, transport and logistics, is tackling its ‘blue singlet’ image head-on to attract young Queenslanders into its workforce.Low unemployment, an ageing workforce, and a poor image are among the factors that are making it tougher and tougher for transport and logistics employers to recruit new workers.
Queensland Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations Minister John Mickel said the Queensland Government was working closely with the industry on innovative recruitment techniques and improved career paths, as well as making a massive investment in training under the Queensland Skills Plan.
The latest recruitment tool is a five-minute DVD, "Get your career moving in T&L" that visually captures career opportunities in road, rail, sea, and air transport.
"Many people aren’t aware of the magnitude of the transport and logistics industry and the exciting opportunities it offers for people of all ages and at all stages of their career," Mr Mickel said.
“Unfortunately, there’s still the stereotype of the truck driver in the blue singlet, but a career in transport and logistics covers air, rail, road and sea and includes air traffic controllers, marine engineers and logistics planners.
“The amount of freight moved around the country is expected to double by 2020 and we need to replace and boost the current 112,000 Queenslanders who are working in the industry now.”
Funded by the state government and produced in partnership with the Transport Industry Workforce Advisory Group, the new DVD will be screened in wide range of forums to jobseekers of all ages and backgrounds.
The state government is also working with schools, local communities, training providers and industry on school-to-work training programs for transport and logistics that give young people the pathways they need to progress within the industry.
Mr Mickel said the transport and logistics industry contributed $37.9 billion to the Queensland economy and needed to replace and renew its multifaceted workforce to maintain its performance.
“I’d urge young Queenslanders to check out the opportunities that a career in transport and logistics can offer,” he said.
For more information about the DVD, and career opportunities in transport and logistics, contact Queensland Transport’s Industry Capability Unit on