Deakin surveys supply chain and logistics industry

The Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) at Deakin University is keen to hear from the supply chain and logistics industry about pallet usage.
“Researchers at CSCL are hoping to establish a regular Australian pallet survey about user requirements and usage patterns nation-wide,” said Dr Hermione Parsons, Director of CSCL.
“We found that Australian information on pallet usage is not readily available, and we have nothing in Australia that compares with the US Pallet Survey, for example,” she added.
“Pallets may not seem a very glamorous topic for research but they are crucial to Australian supply chains.
“We are hoping to pick up on trends such as ‘less-than-pallet-load’ requirements, as freight becomes much more granular, and the trends in requirements for pallet tracking.”
The Australian Trucking Association is encouraging its members, as well as other key industry manufacturing and transport and logistics peak bodies, to take the anonymous five-minute online questionnaire.

Inland Rail funding could be spent on shipping, says MUA

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has stated that it feels that some of the money earmarked for the $8.4 billion Melbourne-to-Brisbane Inland Rail project could be better spent on investment in Australia’s coastal shipping sector.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said that while the MUA agrees Australia should be trying to get trucks off the roads, the sea offers the best alternative.
“Port infrastructure already exists in Australia and coastal shipping leaves the lowest carbon footprint when it comes to moving goods around our coast,” Crumlin said.
“This package from the Government looks a lot like pork-barrelling by the Coalition to protect their inland seats through regional Victoria, NSW and Queensland as they desperately try to stave off the threat from One Nation and other parties.”
“A strong domestic shipping fleet makes absolute sense from a national security, fuel security, and environmental standpoint,” Crumlin added.

UPS turns delivery truck into drone launcher

US-based postal service UPS has fitted out an electric truck with a drone launch pad to test drone-assisted delivery.
For the never-before-tried feat, a drone flew autonomously out of the roof of one of the postal company’s iconic brown delivery trucks, carrying a package to its nearby destination.
News site CNET reports that UPS carried out the test on Monday 20 February in Tampa, Florida.
The truck and drone were both developed by electric vehicle–maker Workhorse.
The drone was loaded with its cargo and exited the truck through a retractable roof. It then followed a predetermined autonomous route while the driver continued to another destination to make another delivery. The drone then found the truck at its new destination and docked itself back on its charging dock on the roof.
“When people ask, ‘When did drones begin entering the delivery space?’ I think it’ll be Monday. It should signal a huge change,” Steve Burns, founder and CEO of Workhorse, said ahead of the test.
By cutting down on the number of stops needed by delivery trucks, the drone technology could help save time and fuel. The model is being considered for rural work, where delivery destinations are often spaced far apart. UPS stated that by trimming just one mile (1.6 km) per driver per day would save the company up to $65 million per year, while also delivering environmental benefits.
Due to legal restrictions around flying objects dictated by the Federal Aviation Administration, it will be a while yet before delivery drones are allowed outside of controlled tests. That said, Burns believes the drone-and-truck technology built by Workhorse could be available as soon as this year.
“We’re studying and understanding the opportunities that this will provide for us,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability. “So we will continue to look toward the future.
“It really moves us into understanding how the technology can assist our service providers. This will not replace our service providers.”
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WABCO demonstrates leading safety tech at Tata's Truck Racing Championship

WABCO, a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, will demonstrate the high performance of its industry-leading technologies on the race track.
For the thid year in a row, WABCO will serve as the Braking Technology Partner for Tata Motors’ T1 PRIMA Racing Championship 2016 at the Buddh International Formula 1 Circuit in Greater Noida, India.
WABCO will again provide all competing race teams and their twelve, state-of-the-art Tata Motors’ PRIMA Model 4038.S trucks with a range of innovative safety and efficiency technologies. The 2016 Championship features race trucks that are lighter, accelerate faster, and reach a higher top speed of 130 kilometres per hour (more than 80 miles per hour) compared to last year’s event.
Tata Motors equips its PRIMA race trucks as well as production trucks with WABCO’s industry-leading braking systems to optimize the vehicles’ safety and stability performance on the race track -and on India’s roads in everyday traffic. In October 2015, the Indian government mandated medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles to be equipped with Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS).
“We are thrilled to demonstrate industry-leading safety and efficiency technologies at Tata Motors’ world-class truck racing Championship,” said Mr Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“We are honored that Tata Motors, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles, equips its PRIMA trucks and other state-of-the-art vehicles with WABCO products and systems.”
“As India continues to upgrade the safety and efficiency technologies on trucks and buses, WABCO is there to support OEMS and fleet operatos with industry-leading technologies and technical services,” said Mr P Kaniappan, Vice President, WABCO India.
“Furthermore we are proud to serve commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in India through WABCO’s local product development, advanced engineering and world-class manufacturing capabilities.”

Caltex looks to the sun in outback diesel supply world-first

Supply 24-hour access to diesel in remote parts of Western Australia's Pilbara region has become much more feasible with the construction of what is believed to be the world's fully-transportable solar-powered retail fuel outlets. 

Caltex Australia's sites at Tom Price and Onslow, both more than 1300km from Perth, are not connected to mains power, instead relying on the abundant solar energy of the region and on-site battery storage technology.

The Australian company is pioneering the environmentally-friendly initiative to further extend the reach of its National Truck Network -the largest truck refuelling network in Australia, comprising 200 dedicated truck stops and 300 truck-friendly sites across the country.

Caltex Network Development Manager for Western Australia Leon Calvetti said diesel customers  d-driving between remote locations across the state were benefitting from the availability of the  fuel whenever they needed it.

“The biggest challenge of supplying fuel in remote parts of Australia isn’t getting fuel there – after all, we have fuel storage at the site and a great logistics team able to make regular deliveries,” Mr Calvetti said.

“The obstacle is powering the pumps so the fuel can get into the customer’s tank – it’s very expensive and inefficient to run a generator when there are only a handful of customers every day.

“It’s also difficult to locate staff in the middle of the Pilbara many hours’ drive from the nearest major town.

“By creating what we believe are the world’s first fully solar-powered fuel facilities, we can efficiently provide diesel in some of the most remote locations of Australia.

“The other benefit of these sites will come when, at some stage in the future, there is no longer the same demand in that area – if that happens we can simply relocate the entire facility to a new part of the country, as everything on the site is easily transportable by truck.

“The whole design is tailored to Australian conditions, given the abundant sun and the long distances between service stations.”

Mr Calvetti said that, unlike many fuel outlets in rural Australia, the innovative Caltex sites could offer diesel 24 hours a day via a card payment system.

“These sites offer the same high-quality diesel available elsewhere across our national network and customers can access it at any time,” Mr Calvetti said.

“But in such remote locations, with only a limited number of customers driving past, don’t expect all the typical services available at other Caltex sites.

“While these no-frills facilities won’t provide a pie, a can of soft drink or ice creams, they will help keep drivers of heavy transport and four-wheel-drive vehicles supplied with the diesel they need to get to the next town for a well-earned rest.”

WABCO INDIA Renews Commitment to Tata Motors’ T1 PRIMA Truck Racing Championship for Third Year in a Row

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, announced today that it has renewed its commitment to Tata Motors’ T1 PRIMA Truck Racing Championship in 2016 for the third year in a row. 

WABCO will continue to serve as the official Braking Technology Partner to India’s premier truck racing event, introduced in 2014.

Tata Motors will host Season 3 of its Championship on March 20, 2016 at the internationally renowned Buddh International Formula 1 Circuit in Greater Noida, India.

For the first time in its history, the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship will feature two races called “Super Class” specifically with drivers from India to help promote the profession of truck driving in the country.

In addition, the racing event will continue to showcase experienced international drivers as part of two “Pro Class” races representing six teams and twelve of Tata Motors’ state-of-the-art PRIMA Model 4038.S trucks.

As in previous years, WABCO will provide all competing trucks with a range of innovative products drawn from its portfolio of industry-leading safety and efficiency technologies, including WABCO’s high-performance air management system and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) in addition to high-output, modular compressor technology, advanced air actuation systems, Integrated Pedal Unit (IPU) and other braking components.  

“Over the past 50 years WABCO has provided industry-leading safety and efficiency technologies to Tata Motors, India’s market leader in commercial vehicles,” said Mr. P. Kaniappan, Vice President, WABCO INDIA.

“We joined Tata Motors from Day 1 when the company launched India’s premier truck racing event. Today, WABCO continues to proudly serve as the Championship’s official Braking Technology Partner. We are excited to demonstrate the high performance of our products in one of the most challenging operating environments for heavy duty trucks – on the race track.”

“WABCO has been a trusted partner to Tata Motors for decades,” said Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Limited.

 “We greatly value WABCO’s world-class engineering capabilities and advanced technologies that help to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of Tata trucks on both the race track and on roads across India.”

WABCO was the first company to introduce ABS to the global commercial vehicles industry with more than 17 million systems sold worldwide to-date.

ABS significantly improves the stability and steerability of commercial vehicles even in the most extreme of braking conditions.

WABCO ABS ensures balanced braking and reduces stopping distance of commercial vehicles, which is a paramount safety factor in both race and everyday traffic environments.

In addition, WABCO’s innovative high-output compressor technologies and air processing systems improve the efficiency of vehicles.

WICET truck loses its load

An investigation is underway after a truck bound for the WICET project flipped it trailer, spilling its entire load.

The Observer reports that workers at Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal spent several hours cleaning up the mess on the old Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd after the trailer flipped at around 11am.

According to witnesses, workers from engineering contractor BMD raced to the scene.

A spokeswoman for the $3 billion WICET project said an internal investigation would resume today.

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New Generation Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stacker Truck

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Ammonium nitrate truck accident

A truck carrying ammonium nitrate crashed about 60km west of Coolgardie in Western Australia last night, closing a section of the Great Eastern Highway.

The driver lost control of the truck on the highway near Pumping Station Road at about 2.15 am.

A police spokesperson said ammonium nitrate had spilled onto the road, The West Australian reported.

The road was closed in both directions and is not expected to be reopened until later this afternoon.

The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.

Earlier this year two men died and another was injured after a crash which saw a truck carrying ammonium nitrate catch fire in Western Australia.

Ammonium nitrate is a fertiliser that is highly flammable.

It is commonly used in the mining industry as an additive to explosives.


Salt truck roll over leaves man injured

A man spent more than half an hour trapped in his truck yesterday after it rolled in Port Hedland, spilling 40 tonnes of salt onto the road.

The 67-year-old unnamed driver suffered injuries to his head and hands and was taken to hospital after being freed by emergency workers, The West Australian reported.

The truck tipped while entering the Port Hedland Port Authority facility on Gilbert Street.

The truck was reportedly carrying around 40 tonnes of industrial grade salt from Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt project.

A man who was standing close by when the accident happened knocked out the truck's windscreen to give the driver some air.

"The driver was unconscious when we first got there," the man, who did not wish to be named, said.

"There was a bit of blood in the truck and after we got the first window out we heard a few groans, so we started talking to him and he was asking where he was.

"He was very dazed and he couldn't really comprehend where he was or what was happening."


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