How to make your international transport perform at 100%

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International transport and logistics companies know that performance is key. Just like any other business, it all starts with being well trained and well prepared. Especially, when it comes to international transport and things like border formalities. Does the driver know the route, and did he or she have a good night sleep? Are the transported goods in line with the classification? Has all paperwork been done by the time the truck trailer combination arrives at the border?

To ensure that the import or export permit is available; the end-user certificate, the invoice for the goods, and a fax with the order. A lot of frustration and time is saved when an international transport company is well prepared.

Avoid road incidents

So far everything for your international transport is under control. The total supply chain is run by human beings who must rely on solid technical equipment. You don’t want any incidents caused by bad wiring or brakes. When the journey begins, the fleet manager can inform the customer that the cargo is ‘en-route’. However, sometimes things do not work out as planned. For example, maybe one of the trailer tyres has a slow leak and the driver nor the fleet manager are aware of this.

You can avoid this, by checking the tyre pressure using TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), which can be seen by both driver and fleet manager. It can happen that drivers only see the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) and don’t spend that little extra time checking the tyre pressure before they head off. A fleet manager can then make a more rational decision to schedule an extra stop and inform the customer that the goods are still moving. Remember, safety is more important than anything!

KPI and hidden costs

Tyre management and TPMS go hand in hand if you take your trailer maintenance seriously. Of course, managers always look at KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) that drive cost and service performance. Fuel related costs are just one of them, but having proper maintenance on all trailers is another. If you are currently managing this yourself, just take a moment to measure the time you spend on planning your regular maintenance, annual road worthiness inspections, and tyre management. Plus, figuring out how this all will fit into the daily schedule of each trailer.

If you think you could use some help with your fleet management and maintenance planning to streamline your business, you should talk to TIP Trailer Services.

Focus on core business

TIP Trailer Services provides trailer leasing, rental, maintenance and repair as well as other value added solutions to transportation and logistics customers across Europe. We supply you with products and services from seventy locations in Europe spread over sixteen countries.

Our services include a wide variety of products and services ranging from specifying and sourcing of equipment to lease and rental, daily operations, maintenance and repair as well as the buying and selling of used assets. In our one-stop-shop all your needs are managed by a single point of contact. Combine our value-added services to create your own trailer-made solution!

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Road safety: can your trailer follow your split-second response?

Road safety: can your trailer follow your split-second response?

Road safety is a big issue for any transport and logistics company. Although the amount of accidents with truck and trailers are still lower than road accidents with other vehicles, once a heavily loaded truck and trailer combination is involved in a crash, the damage is more severe.
Also, if the cargo is partially lost on the highway, it can take many hours to clean up the mess. The sight of a truck trailer combination that has lost control can also cause damage to the transport and logistics branche in general.

Luckily, road accidents numbers in the EU are declining, thanks to an ambitious Road Safety Programme from the European Commission, which aims to reduce road accidents and road deaths in Europe between 2011 and 2020. The programme sets out a mix of initiatives, at European and at national level, focusing on improving vehicle safety, the safety of infrastructure, and road users’ behaviour.

Busy roads demand more prudence

Despite all these regulations and telematics technology, the job of a truck driver is not getting easier. Recent figures in The Netherlands showed a sudden increase of road deaths caused by people driving the fast ‘cycling’ e-bikes without wearing a safety helmet. This new type of road user is something to be aware of. Luckily, this summer, new regulations will be put in place that makes wearing a safety helmet on any new e-bike, mandatory.

No matter how fast your response time is, in the case of an unexpected situation, the technical state of a truck and trailer is most important. The combination must follow your actions in a split second to guarantee a safe maneuver or stop. Yearly MOT’s and qualitative maintenance to the trailer help to avoid technical failures.

Ensuring solid fleet management, every trailer you own will be kept in the best possible condition, using innovative solutions like predictive maintenance. Although your trailer is TIP top checked, never forget the important ‘Check before you drive’ list before you hit the road!

Road Safety: Check in your truck

  • Good visibility for driver through cab windows and mirrors. All required mirrors fitted and adjusted
    correctly.
  • Driving controls, seat and driver safety belt adjusted correctly.
  • Windscreen washer, wipers, demister and horn operating correctly.
  • Tachograph calibrated with correct hours. Speed limiter plaque displayed.
  • All instruments, gauges and other warning devices operating correctly (including ABS/EBS in-cab warning lights).
  • No air leaks or pressure drop.
  • Check TPMS (if installed)

Road Safety: External stand still vehicle checks

  • Vehicle sitting square, and not leaning to one side.
  • Tax, insurance and transport discs (if applicable) present and valid. Number plates clearly visible.
  • Wheels in good condition and secure. Tyres undamaged with correct inflation and tread depth.
  • All lights, reflectors and markings fitted, clean and in good condition.
  • Exhaust secure with no excess noise or smoke.
  • Air & electrical suzie’s and connectors fitted correctly (inc. ABS / EBS cable).
  • Vehicle access, steps, catwalk or drawbar coupling in good condition.
  • Vehicle body, wings, guards (side and rear), curtains and straps, and doors and tail lift in good condition.
  • Fifth wheel located and locked correctly, landing legs and handle in correct position.
  • Trailer park brake operating correctly.
  • Air suspension correctly set.
  • Engine oil, water, windscreen washer reservoir, and fuel levels checked, and no leaks.

Road Safety: Check on trailer park or depot

  • Steering and brakes operating correctly.
  • Loads secured and weight distributed correctly.
  • Check on the road
  • Tachograph, speedometer and speed limiter operating correctly.
  • ABS/EBS warning lights off

Sources

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/pdf/truck_driver_check_list_en.pdf
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/pdf/observatory/trends_figures.pdf
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/specialist/statistics/index_en.htm

TIP previews two new added value initiatives at CV Show

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Continuing with its long-term support of the CV Show, TIP Trailer Services will be previewing two new initiatives at this year’s show. TIP is introducing !inspect and FleetRemote for the first time here in the UK.

!inspect is an App using the camera of mobile devices which enables logistics professionals to visually report the condition of trailers to a central administrative system. The application integrates to a website where colleagues can then view, save and print reports complete with individual notes. The !inspect application is ideal for sharing the condition of equipment, including damage, and each report can contain up to 20 photos.

At the CV Show, TIP is offering visitors to their stand a free 180 day trial that will enable users to fully evaluate the considerable benefits of using !inspect such as cost and efficiency savings through damage reporting.

FleetRemote is a software platform that uses enriched data from the Electronic Braking System to enable transport operators to not only monitor trailer performance and usage but to report on critical failures before they occur by predicting when they will happen.

A key function of FleetRemote is the tracking of brake performance; the system has the potential to offer brake performance monitoring and assessment in order to support transport operators’ statutory maintenance and roadworthiness requirements.

FleetRemote can be used in conjunction with devices such as iTAP, a unique and innovative product that uses Wi-Fi technology to offload data from a trailer to the system, in addition to reporting aspects of trailer performance to the vehicle driver via its mobile device app. Users can view safety critical warnings such as air leaks, enabling transport operators to continually assess the health and roadworthiness of their equipment and take pre-emptive action in order to prolong the life of components, prevent breakdowns and ensure safety.

The system is TCAN compliant, using the latest protocol for EBS data exchange and is a joint development of TIP Trailer Services and Knorr-Bremse.

More info: http://www.cvshow.com

Meet TIP Tanker Services at the CV Show 2016 in NEC Birmingham

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The CV Show 2016; or the Commercial Vehicle Show 2016 is without a doubt, Britain’s largest transport and logistics event. For all transport and logistic operators, the CV Show 2016 is the place to be. With a broad audience of 20,000 visitors, the CV Show caters for all sorts of requirements for trucks, vans, and all types of trailers. Naturally, TIP Tanker Services will be present at the CV Show 2016.

What to expect from TIP Tanker Services?

At stand 5C71, you will find TIP Tanker Services. The team will demonstrate one of the new six compartment petroleum tankers. This type of tanker allows for a number of delivery options, commonly used to carry different grades of gasoline. An efficient way to carry all products needed in just one trip. On stand 5C71, you will discover why TIP Tanker Services is UK’s leading tanker services provider. The six compartment petroleum tanker at CV is available to purchase directly after the show, because it’s not just a show, but also a place to do business!

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What to expect at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2016?

If you are looking to do business, the CV Show is the best place to be. At the CV show, every three out of four visitors has buying power. There are fleet owners, senior managers or engineers, most of which have purchasing responsibility, which is encouraging if you are an exhibitor. The CV show is also perfect for visitors to be able to network, meet new business contacts, and learn about new opportunities. The Commercial Vehicle Show differs from other expo’s; in Birmingham you will not find any time-consuming seminars. In fact, it’s all about faceto-face time, and that guarantees you the best personal seminar you can get !

More info

CV Show 2016

http://www.cvshow.com

NEC Birmingham 26-28 April 2016

TIP previews two new added value initiatives at CV Show

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Continuing with its long-term support of the CV Show, TIP Trailer Services will be previewing two new initiatives at this year’s show. TIP is introducing !inspect and FleetRemote for the first time here in the UK.

!inspect is an App using the camera of mobile devices which enables logistics professionals to visually report the condition of trailers to a central administrative system. The application integrates to a website where colleagues can then view, save and print reports complete with individual notes. The !inspect application is ideal for sharing the condition of equipment, including damage, and each report can contain up to 20 photos.

At the CV Show, TIP is offering visitors to their stand a free 180 day trial that will enable users to fully evaluate the considerable benefits of using !inspect such as cost and efficiency savings through damage reporting.

FleetRemote is a software platform that uses enriched data from the Electronic Braking System to enable transport operators to not only monitor trailer performance and usage but to report on critical failures before they occur by predicting when they will happen.

A key function of FleetRemote is the tracking of brake performance; the system has the potential to offer brake performance monitoring and assessment in order to support transport operators’ statutory maintenance and roadworthiness requirements.

FleetRemote can be used in conjunction with devices such as iTAP, a unique and innovative product that uses Wi-Fi technology to offload data from a trailer to the system, in addition to reporting aspects of trailer performance to the vehicle driver via its mobile device app. Users can view safety critical warnings such as air leaks, enabling transport operators to continually assess the health and roadworthiness of their equipment and take pre-emptive action in order to prolong the life of components, prevent breakdowns and ensure safety.

The system is TCAN compliant, using the latest protocol for EBS data exchange and is a joint development of TIP Trailer Services and Knorr-Bremse.

TIP Trailer Services Help Create a New Industry Specification

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The ‘Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’ (DVSA) is a UK government sponsored body that has responsibility to improve the UKs road safety by setting driving and vehicle roadworthiness standards. The DVSA wanted to update their Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness (GTMR) to allow the inclusion for UK vehicle and trailer operators to utilise braking data obtained from Electronic Brake Performance Monitoring Systems (EBPMS) to demonstrate brake performance instead of having to undertake regular costly laden brake roller tests.

TIP Trailer Services were among several industry ‘experts’ such as Knorr-Bremse, WABCO and Haldex that were asked to assist the DVSA and together this working group created an UK specification for EBPMS.

As part of TIP Trailer Services comprehensive product offering we will be looking to further develop iTap and FleetRemote to provide our UK customer base with an alternative brake roller test solution that meets this new EBPMS industry specification.

About the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

What we do
DVSA improves road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards. DVSA also provides a range of licensing, testing, education and enforcement services.

Responsibilities
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency is responsible for:
• improving driving skills by setting standards for driving, riding and training and testing people to those standards
• regulating standards of driving and riding instructors and making sure they’re approved to provide the right types of training
• regulating the MOT scheme so that garages keep up the right standards to keep vehicles safe on the roads
• making sure commercial vehicle operators, their drivers and their vehicles meet roadworthiness standards and follow safety rules
• approving the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses that lorry, bus and coach drivers have to take to stay driving legally
• providing advice, information and education for motorists to help keep all road users safe

Priorities
In 2015 to 2016, DVSA main priorities are to:
• move all MOT garages to using the new MOT testing service
• complete the practical test phase of the research on possible improvements to the practical car driving test
• carry out 95% of lorry, bus and coach annual tests at non-DVSA sites
• make efficiency savings of £9 million
• keep our ‘Customer Service Excellence’ accreditation
• make sure the take-up of our digital services is at least 90%
Access The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency information

Jobs and contracts

To pool or not to pool? That’s the question.

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In every segment of the transportation and logistics industry the same question comes back all the time. Should we benefit from looking at our equipment in a smarter way? Quite a few of our customers are asking also this question to us. “Can we setup a dedicated pool to increase flexibility and consequently improve utilization?”

Additionally, it is generally acknowledged that the one of the largest commodities transported globally is….…air. One would assume that finding alternative cargos to fill up these empty spaces should be not a big problem, but this is in only true to a limited extend. Constantly changing supply chain models and different demand patterns make it difficult to set up structural processes to increase asset utilization. Shifts from air to ocean transport, road to rail, remote manufacturing, near shoring, and home delivery are all trends that make our industry ever so interesting but difficult to predict. If you add to that the changing patterns of trade flows due to economic development and higher peak demand we have the puzzle complete.

Many retail companies on the other hand do realize that on time delivery (at any given moment dictated by the customer) is a very good formula to survive in their competitive landscape. Or even better stay ahead of the game. One could even argue that the core business of these companies is logistics rather than retail. This trend has placed more and more pressure on the logistics and transportation companies. Their customers’ demands result in stricter deadlines, shorter contracts, higher peaks and more volatile demand.

Forecasting

We do a great deal of forecasting where we always face unforeseen elements messing up our predictions. Forecasting is in my view only valuable if you take into account more than one future scenario. It all comes down as a company to be flexible enough to adjust your course based on new insights. In other words: Is your firm flexible enough? If the answer to this question is no, a pooling concept can play an important role in changing this.

So, from an asset management perspective pooling is a very logical move towards increasing flexibility. Yet, there are some pros and cons attached to it. I don’t think the advantages of pooling need any further explanation. The challenges on the other hand of setting up a pool should not be neglected.

Pooling

Pooling requires a great amount of investment. In order to create insights into the different equipment flows, it is essential to have the rights systems to make this visible. Additionally platforms need to be created to bring supply and demand together. Last but not least a proper communication setup is necessary to create awareness and alignment of needs and allow the pool setup to change as soon as market conditions change (and believe me, they will). Taking into account the challenges but also the opportunities equipment pooling brings along, one should carefully assess if the pool concept is desired.

An important question to answer is: how do I value equipment availability?

  1. Do I see this as a means to deliver a certain services to my customer? So part of my standard operating procedures and unique selling point? Simply stating: “I win from my competitors because I have better processes in place.” or
  2. Do I see this as a vital element to continuously create value for my customer? In other words, am I making sure that my customers get the best quality out there even if that means I lose my competitive edge of equipment availability?

Operational excellence

If your answer is mostly steered towards the first one, the decision about pooling is more an operational excellence theme rather than a strategic one. The probability of making a pooling concept a success is much lower than if you lean more towards answer number two. Operational excellence in many cases means finding improvements to your current processes whereas setting up a pool concept requires a completely different mindset and more drastic changes to the organization.

If you are able to find the true drivers for your company why a pool setup is desired, you are probably better equipped to make the right decision, find the right partners, and get the required internal and external support for it.

I think we all know examples of the sharing economy which have been extremely successful. It will just be a matter of time before this concept is fully embraced in the transport equipment industry as well. The setup and design of equipment pools at TIP is our bread and butter, so needless to say we fully embrace this concept and we are constantly looking at new ideas, customers and partners who would like to go the extra mile with us.

TIP’s ‘Fat Bottomed Boys’ ride off into Europe again for charity

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Following the enormous success of their first two charity bike rides, TIP’s ‘ Fat Bottomed Boys ‘are once again hitting the road in May this year. The inaugural trip from TIP HQ in Manchester to Amsterdam was followed in 2015 by an epic trip from the HQ to Galway on the West coast of Ireland.

This year it’s a 350km jaunt around Belgium starting at TIP’s European Roadside facility in Hasselt, incorporating Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges before finishing three days later at the Atomium in Brussels.

TIP’s ‘ Fat Bottomed Boys ‘ ride off into Europe again for charity

According to the FBB Ride sponsor and organiser, TIP Trailer Services Managing Director Mike Furnival, “Once more we are fortunate to have a great team of customers, colleagues and suppliers to complete a challenging route in order to raise money for two deserving charities.

This year’s donations will be divided between the Donna Louise Trust in Stoke on Trent, who care for terminally ill children and the Douglas MacMillan Hospice in providing essential care for cancer patients.

“We’ve donated more than £60,000 from our two previous rides and would like to push this total close to £100,000 if possible this year. We’ve had a fantastic initial response from TIP’s staff, customers and suppliers to support our target.. We truly appreciate everyone’s support.

As in previous years, donations to the two charities can be made via the website link at

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/fatbottomboysbikebelgium.com

Predictive maintenance is the future

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Predictive maintenance is the future

Over the years, we’ve seen trailers grow up and change. They’ve got bigger, stronger, fitter and more … social! Yes, today’s trailers are increasingly capable to talk to us. They have become digitally native, enabling real-time connection to on-board sensors and electronic systems. This is ‘The Internet of Things’ and if you want to stay in front of the competition, you’d better start using it. Start collecting and listening to trailer data. This enables you to be alerted to tyre pressure, overloads or cooling temperature. Of course, we can use this trailer telematics to check also on driving speed, driving behaviour and fuel consumption. To be connected with your trailer fleet, gives you great advantages. Such as predicting the future.

 

Big Data on wheels

Your trailer is no longer just lorry-driven, it is also increasingly data-driven. When we merge all trailer data with information about the mileage of a trailer, its age, and the regularly scheduled maintenance, we are able to predict the future. Or to make it more scientific; we can create a forecast to avoid potential malfunctions inside your trailer fleet. With ‘Predictive Maintenance’, you gain maximum control of your trailer’s condition and of your future costs.

Imagine being able to know how many kilometres are left in critical equipment such as brakes, tyres before replacement. Imagine being able to rotate your fleet to reduce repair frequency across all trailers, or level-load your maintenance workshops, or plan ahead to position a trailer where you will get best execution for certain types or repairs. Imagine being able to correlate root causes to identify why specific trailers seem to need higher maintenance.

 

Predict your trailer’s technical incidents

Regular maintenance is a crucial element in cost control. Unplanned maintenance work can jeopardise an entire operation. Preventative maintenance aimed at reducing those unplanned interventions, the scourge of asset uptime and cost control, by planning ahead and periodic inspections and replacements. But what if you could predict the probability of having technical incidents? What if you could leverage real-time monitoring to plan maintenance “just-in-time”, reducing further downtime and direct expenses while increasing availability and efficiency?

 

Predictive maintenance

When we merge all trailer data with information about the mileage of a trailer, its age, and the regularly scheduled maintenance, we are able to predict the future of your trailer. Or to make it more scientific; we can create a forecast to avoid potential malfunctions inside your trailer fleet. With Predictive maintenance, you gain maximum control of your trailer’s condition and your future costs.

 

The right trailer, for the right job

With Predictive maintenance, fleet managers can choose the right trailer for the right job, without being surprised somewhere down the road. Predictive maintenance assures your trailer fleet is always in the best condition. If you need preventive or predictive trailer maintenance; you know that TIP Trailer Services always examines a trailer thoroughly. We control brakes, air system, air pressure, tyres, the electric circuit, damage on the chassis, walls, ceiling, doors, locks and so on. The TIP technical experts in the TIP workshops look after your trailers as if they were their own.

 

Predictive maintenance at predictable costs

Predictive maintenance services, whether they are performed in one of our many European workshops or off-site through our ever growing fleet of fully-equipped mobile workshops, are performed by fully qualified and certified technicians. This enables us to provide you with the most appropriate service without ever compromising on reliability, security or serenity.

 

Step into the future

For transport and logistics companies that want to stay ahead of the competition, it’s important to embrace innovation. With a perfectly maintained trailer fleet, you will give drivers the best assets to work with. That helps to keep them motivated and to stay with you. In the end, quality always wins. Predictive maintenance is the next step to optimising your business. Why wait for the future if you can predict it?

 

 

This movie from IBM illustrates the power and the financial benefit of Predictive maintenance.

Connect your trailer to the Internet of Things.

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Connect your trailer to the Internet of Things.

Sometimes it seems as if the whole world around you is turning into geeks: smart people that embrace new technologies. But before you know it, you are also part of this movement, also known as the “Internet of Things”. This whole digital revolution started of course with the Internet; that holds, as we speak, about 50 petabytes of information. Just to give you an idea; one petabyte is 1,024 terabytes. And one terabyte can hold about 500 hours of videos, 17,000 hours of music and 310,000 pictures. So yes, it holds a lot of data.

IPv6
All computers that use the Internet are connected to a unique IP (Internet Protocol) address; series of mostly nine numbers. However, with one billion websites and almost 3,5 billion people online, the numbers ran out and we needed to find another way to create new IP addresses. The geeks created a new Internet IP address protocol; IPv6. With this IPv6 technology, we are now able to label and connect every little or large thing (like a trailer!) with the Internet.

Google Nest
You may ask: ‘How can this ‘Internet of Things’ have an impact on my life or my business?’ Let’s take a look at Google; they have indexed all data on the Internet, they have mapped the world, taken pictures of your street, remember your Internet browsing behaviour and now Google enters our home with a smart device called ‘Nest’. This device controls the temperature in your house, simply by monitoring if you are in the house, or not. Google Nest is a proven concept that can save a lot of wasted energy. Just by hanging on the wall, measuring in-house activity, it takes care of your home temperature automation. This clever use of sensors in your home thermostat is just one example how data can be measured, and used to adjust a setting or to indicate that replacing is needed.

Connect your trailer to the Internet

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TIP, Transport and The Internet of Things aka TIoT

If you run a modern transport and logistics company, you will, sooner or later, get involved with ‘The Internet of Things’. Trailers connected to the Internet and monitored by fleet managers used to be a ‘nice to have’ feature. Today, it is the best way to go forward with your business. It helps you to guide your driver to the best route, to find another pick-up address that just came in or to locate an empty trailer. To make this connection work, you install simple sensors and a modem on each of your trailers. This transforms your trailer from a rolling lorry into a valuable data generating asset. By reading the information that comes ‘live’ from your trailer, you can start using this data for further business improvements and save money.

Trailer maintenance
Imagine; you can now connect your trailer with your maintenance schedule. If you merge this data, you will have an overview of which trailer needs what sort of maintenance. Is it MOT or must you change the tyres? Use the trailer’s live data with existing planning data, and you will have a whole new way of fleet management. You are even able to predict incidents, and take action based on the life span data of each item that needs replacement. With ‘The Internet of Things’, you can eliminate road incident surprises caused by a lack of maintenance.

Connect with TIP

Would you like to know how you can connect your trailer or trailer fleet to the Internet? Can you not afford to stand still due to maintenance issues? The TIP Trailer Services team is very connected with the latest technology and enthusiastic to share insight and experience with you.

Connect with TIP Trailer Services to run your transport business in the most efficient and most connected way. Press the button to get started! info@tipeurope.com