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Case Studies - Recycling

HomeFreight and LTL

Case Study #1: Turning Scrap into Profit

Valued Partner:

The efficiencies of modern automotive manufacturing not only partner with recycling opportunities but best in class operations bring recycling into their strategic development. This global automotive parts manufacture’s strategic imperatives illustrate clearly its commitment to the environment through better innovative processes. With over 30,000 employees around the world this 8 billion dollar a year company wanted a recycling process that didn’t yet exist.

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Customers Goals:

The manufacturer had put a large emphasis on reclaiming as much scrap value as possible in their operation. So much so that the management of SKU identification, bin coordinates, and logistic coordination with admin and outbound carrier pick-ups was becoming time consuming. Instead of adding people and burdening the current lift truck operators with more tasks this manufacturing company was looking for a company to create an onboard recycling expediting system. Essentially capture all the data associated with weighing, identifying, recording, producing reports and notifying admin personnel and coordinate full trailer pickup…automatically.

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Integrated Solutions:

Utilizing the modular customization available in the SkidWeigh ED5, and its 5.25” LCD touch screen for enhanced intuitive programming capabilities an onboard recycling depot was created. The process begins with entering load identification on the touch screen and selecting a previously standard tare ‘container’ or entering any tare weight known. Then the system weights the recycling scrap, separating its true value from the holding tare container. When complete the system asks the operator to select a trailer to deposit and when done keeps a recorded tally of the weight in those trailers. Eventually when the trailer is full of scrap material and pick up is required all that is needed to expedite is for the operator to push ‘empty’, ‘confirm’ and automatically an email is sent to admin for record and fund recovery and one to the transport carrier for pick up. The system provides individual reporting and notification for up to three separate containers at any given time.

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Integrated Benefits:

  • Ease of Use: The LCD touch screen allows for intuitive icons for operators to press to initiate specific functions of the process. Replaces, pens, pencils, paper and clip boards which are time consumptive and prone to misplacement.
  • Accuracy: No lost files as the security and integrity of the data are always protected. The accuracy is also empirically accurate and free of human error. +/- 1% of lifting capacity of the vehicle.
  • Safety: Less travel to find available floor scales mean less exposure for operators. Operators are more focused on the task of driving the forklift and managing the load safely rather than the distraction of admin duties.
  • R.O.I: The onboard recycling system reduces the need for additional personnel and streamlines the current process for both the forklift operator and admin staff. Total time for a record to be weighed recorded and dumped into the container is less than 35 seconds.
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