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LOGISTICS: Serco Finds Solution for Delivery Challenge on ABI Vehicles


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Serco proved its problem-solving capabilities, with its delivery challenges, recently when tasked by Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) to upgrade a trailer configuration which would cater for their new loading and delivery requirements.

Serco was selected for the task by ABI, based on theirability to provide customized solutions and their reputationof quality service and production performance.

ABI was in the process of transforming their existing loading and delivery operations to rear-accessed, closed body trailers, a demanding task considering the company’s vehicles are predominantly side loaded and labour intensive. Serco’s task was to supply vehicles to meet this requirement.

The Delivery Challenge

The challenge however was to accommodate battery-operated ‘walk behind pallet jacks’ and tail lifts which had to be charged independently from the truck tractor as well asto cater fora long-haul interlink combination comprising oftwo trailers for DC to DC haulage which could also be used individually for satellite DC to end user deliveries with a different truck, whilst re-charging the batteries of the pallet jacks and tail lifts.

Serco Met the Delivery Challenges By:

· Developing a trailer combination which could cater for the optimized payload and volume required so the trailers could be operated as an interlink or as separate trailers. This was achieved by careful weight distribution studies and manufacturing experience.

· Designing the interlink trailers to accommodate tail lifts with a 3 ton capacity to lift cargo as well as the 610kg motorised pallet jacks, both with extended 2.5m platforms, while ensuring sufficient clearances between the linked trailers. This was achieved by working with leading local tail lift suppliers.

· Developing a unique system to charge the tail-lift batteries and ‘walk behind pallet jacks’ while in transitindependently of the truck’s alternator. This would maximise flexibility for ABI who often use external hauliers, so upgrading truck alternators was not an option. This was achieved by using innovative technologies and developing a drive system run off the trailer’s axles to safely charge theapparatus and deliver sufficient amperage for the equipments requirements.

“The final result is a flexible trailer/delivery solution which allows ABI to revolutionise their delivery culture and cure all deliver challenges”, says Tyrone Deyes of Serco.


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