Dairy company, Arla Foods has unveiled a tanker for the future, which can half the time it takes to collect milk on farm.
The investment in the tankers allows Arla to reduce the amount of time it takes to collect milk on farm by 50 per cent and a specifically designed GPS system automatically logs farm details on arrival.
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The new 32 tonne tankers, which have a 20,500 capacity and are designed to be closer to the ground for added stability and manoeuvrability, will replace Arla’s existing 26 tonne rigid vehicles.
Arla anticipates that in the future it will require only two sizes of vehicles, the new 32 tonne rigid tankers for farms with restricted access and 44 tonne articulated vehicles.
The new tankers, which are slightly shorter than similar vehicles in Arla’s fleet, feature powered hose reels which will reduce manual handling and high speed pumps which can collect up to 50,000 litres an hour, double the current rate.
Commenting on the new tankers to Tachoblog, Gordon Irvine, Arla’s group fleet director said: “It is anticipated that the new tankers will provide a significant improvement in productivity. The new tankers collection system is much quicker, where it would normally take 20 to 30 minutes to pick up milk on farm it is now taking less than 10 minutes, which will result in greater efficiencies when collecting milk.”