CIWM Business Partner News Round Up

Mick George Selects AMCS System For Growth

Mick George SkipsMick George Ltd has invested in a new business management system from AMCS to support the company’s growth strategy.

The new system will consolidate a number of existing management systems into a single ERP and mobile solution that will run across all the company’s business units including bulk excavation & earthmoving, aggregate supply and waste management.

AMCS will also run a “train the trainer” programme to ensure that all users whether office based on-site or drivers are familiar with the system prior to launch.

“We expect the construction sector to be a high growth market for AMCS over the next few years”

Commenting on the investment Mick George’s Finance Director, Jon Stump, said: “Following a thorough market review we felt that the AMCS solution was best placed to support our ambitious growth plans over the next 5 years.”

“Implementing a single system to manage our transport, materials management and back office activities will enable us to streamline operations, enhance productivity and provide full visibility across the business in real-time.”

AMCS’ Key Account Manager, Pat Murray, said: “Operating a seamless solution across what is a diverse and fast growing business will enable Mick George to quickly realise some significant operational efficiencies, whilst dramatically improving their access to reliable management information.”

“We expect the construction sector to be a high growth market for AMCS over the next few years as companies look to address operational and data issues resulting from multiple systems with poor interfaces.”


Hako Shakes Up Cleaning Machine Sector With New Service Offer

100145The service and maintenance side of the cleaning machine sector is set for a significant shake-up with the launch of a new offer from Hako.

Key to the new offering is the inclusion of non-Hako equipment in a new range of contract options that have been designed to help customers extend the operating life of their machines, reduce downtime and minimise the risk of unexpected breakdowns and associated repair costs.

Heading the restructure is Andy Harling, UK Service Manager at Hako, who explained that the move was the result of changes in important markets such as facilities management, warehousing and logistics and the municipal sector.

“For most organisations in both the public and private sector, cost reduction has been a priority for some time”

“For most organisations in both the public and private sector, cost reduction has been a priority for some time, but now there is also increasing pressure on people’s time and overall efficiency,” he said.

“For larger organisations with a mixed fleet of cleaning machines, organising service schedules and managing breakdown assistance can be a time-consuming process, so by offering a ‘one-stop-shop’ we can help them operate more efficiently.”

The servicing offer is based around three levels of support: Bronze, Gold and Platinum. All three packages deliver regular servicing whilst the Gold package includes full contract maintenance and Platinum consumables such as pads, brushes and squeegees.


Biomass Drying Containers To Launch At Resourcing The Future 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 11.01.49In recognition of the growing importance of biomass energy facilities, GJF Fabrications has developed a range of biomass drying containers for the transport and drying of biomass prior to combustion.

The range will be launched at this year’s Resourcing the Future Conference and Exhibition at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 14 and 15 June.

The containers have an external hot air hose connector and ducting to perforated interior walls to allow hot air at up to 120C to be blown through the biomass whilst in situ. This allows the biomass to be dried to achieve the optimum moisture content for efficient combustion.

Options include perforated walls and floors, and a perforated interior A-Frame in the centre of the container. GPS and RFID devices can be supplied the containers for traceability/tracking, along with security coding and security paint to counter theft.

The container is fitted with a retractable roof, keeping out rain without restricting the outflow of the drying air stream.

An additional application of GJF Biomass Drying Containers is the drying of MRF outputs including RDF, to reduce the moisture content of the payload by up to 25% thus saving logistics costs.

Available capacities range from 15 cubic yards to 50 cubic yards, available in Hooklift, ISO Road plated, ISO Rail plated and ISO Marine plated container configurations.


GAPO Skip Moving Unit Starts Work In Glasgow

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 11.03.39A GAPO skip moving unit has been delivered to Interserve as part of the commissioning stage of the new Viridor Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre. 

The GAPO is needed to move skips inside the new centre during the commissioning stage.

The work area was originally designed for hook lift trucks however a temporary gantry means that the trucks are too large and the GAPO is the perfect solution to keep the commissioning on track.

The unit has proved so manoeuvrable and easy to use that the site are considering keeping it and building it in to the long term operational plans.


Dennis Eagle Extends Services In Southern Region

Dennis Eagle logoRefuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle is to offer customers in the south west an enhanced level of service provision due to the opening of a new depot in Devon.

Based in Ivybridge and conveniently located just off the A38 Devon Expressway, the facility began working with South Hams last year, providing maintenance, MOT and field services for the District Council’s fleet as part of an ongoing contract.

“It has been some time since Dennis Eagle has had a maintenance facility in this region and, until recently, our Merthyr Tydfil depot was the nearest location for many of our customers in the south west”

However, the offering is now being extended to other customers on the south coast and surrounding regions, providing them with access to a faster and more responsive service.

The depot employs six full time members of staff and is headed-up by Area Manager Darrell Tinson, who has a wealth of experience in the sector having previously worked for the Somerset Waste Partnership and Gulliver’s.

Darrell comments: “It has been some time since Dennis Eagle has had a maintenance facility in this region and, until recently, our Merthyr Tydfil depot was the nearest location for many of our customers in the south west.

“However, the company’s presence in this area has grown significantly over recent years, so our Ivybridge depot represents an exciting development and means customers in this part of the country will have easier and more convenient access to our aftermarket services going forward.”


Safer Cycling In Edinburgh City

City of Edinburgh Council is demonstrating its commitment to cyclists and vulnerable road users by installing market leading safety equipment to its waste and recycling collection fleet, comprising over 40 vehicles.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The safety of the public and our operators is a top priority and we are committed to promoting safe cycling in the city.

“We started trialling different types of equipment over a year ago and took the decision to fit Cyclear® and 360 degree CCTV hard disk recording equipment to our waste and recycling collection vehicles.”

Cyclear®, made by British company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS), helps to protect vulnerable road users by detecting passing cyclists and audibly alerting the driver.

The system alerts drivers to the presence of cyclists when the left indicator is activated. An audible speaker also sounds to let cyclists and vulnerable road users know when the vehicle is turning left as a second tier warning. This is coupled with an intelligent sensor arrangement that detects cyclists and alerts drivers if they are being undertaken and the indicator is not in operation.

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