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Iveco, VWS, Ona product, Carval

Huntingdon-based Williams Transport has taken delivery of its first new Iveco Stralis Hi-Way.

Andy Williams, director at Williams Transport, reports it is “performing very well” and “beating everything else in the fleet on fuel”.

The Stralis 6x2 twin-steer is operating on heavy-duty work with a moving floor trailer, transporting waste paper and compost primarily within the south east – including journeys on the M25 and into central London.

Williams says: “We have a dedicated driver for every vehicle we operate and the driver is very happy with the Stralis; I don’t think I’d get him out of it!”

Williams Transport operates a 65-strong fleet and plans to run the Stralis Hi-Way for six years, covering up to 140,000km a year. It will be serviced by the firm’s in-house workshop, using factory-spec Iveco Origin spare parts delivered on either a same or next-day basis by dealer Guest Truck & Van in Cambridge.

Fitted with long-range fuel tanks, the Iveco is powered by an EEV-rated FPT Industrial 10.3 litre Cursor 10 engine, which is capable of producing up to 460 hp between 1,550 and 2,100 rev/min, plus 2,100 Nm of torque between 1,050 and 1,550 rev/min.

Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) is expanding its product range to include the Apollo range of axle weighbridges, offering slow speed and portable weighing solutions for fleet operators and enforcement agencies.

Manufactured in Britain by VWS the Apollo system claims to be the ‘next generation’ of in-motion and static axle-by-axle weighing.

Julian Glasspole, managing director at VWS said: “With an accuracy of within 1% our Apollo Axle Weighing System is hard to beat plus it is easy to install and cost effective.  A linked database facility means that our customers can store vehicle registrations against vehicle types to ensure the weight doesn’t exceed legal requirements.”

The Apollo ‘Ground Squeezer’ portable in-motion weighbridge comprises two robust and easy to set up weighing platforms linked by Bluetooth to a battery powered indicator.  Accurate to within 2% it can weigh up to 16 axles at any one time and up to 30,000 kg per axle. It can fit into the back of a car, making it suitable for operators who can’t install a fixed weighbridge or wish to use the equipment at multiple sites or difficult to reach areas. Weight records can be transferred to a laptop or PC with a USB memory stick.

Sustainable lights made from recycled drinks bottles will soon go on the market following a study led by Nottingham Trent University.

In collaboration with Spanish firm Ona Product, researchers developed a new lighting system, housed in a recycled PET casing.

The design uses ultra-low watt light emitting diodes (LEDs) which consume about seven times less energy than traditional incandescent lights.

The product will be manufactured by Ona Product initially for domestic and commercial purposes, with ambitions for it to be used for street lighting.

Researchers took the novel approach of using recycled PET for its casing – which amounts to 80% of the materials used in the product - as tests showed it has a lower environmental impact than aluminium. It was also found to withstand the heat emitted by LEDs comfortably and conducted light well.

Professor Daizhong Su, head of Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering Centre of the university’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment led the research. He said: “We were determined to raise the bar and create a new range of lighting with a very low environmental impact and found that PET, because it is so widely recycled and because of its optical, thermal and UV properties, was the ideal material in which to house LEDs.”

The product will be sold initially in Sweden from the summer and is expected to be rolled out to other Scandinavian countries with short daylight hours before the rest of Europe.

MVV Environment, specialist in energy from waste processing plants, has selected HR software from Carval Computing. Carval’s HR Unity will cover staff at UK sites at Devonport Dockyard, in Plymouth, Devon and Ridham Dock, near Sittingbourne in Kent. Carval is also supplying Employee Self-Service capabilities. The new HR software will streamline operations, replacing a manual paper-based system.

Gerran McCrea, development manager at MVV Environment, said: “We looked at a number of systems and chose Carval for its clarity and simplicity of use. It has a lot of excellent features, such as dashboard display.  It does everything we wanted without over complicating matters.”

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