Torque Logistics’ new satellite vehicle tracking and real-time vehicle diagnostics system from Isotrak, is reducing fleet fuel usage and has exceeded the anticipated saving expected. Using the system, the supply chain logistics operator is achieving important efficiency improvements that help enhance client service, while improving kilometres per litre across its mixed fleet.
Torque’s new system includes Isotrak’s unique CANBus module that allows real-time monitoring and capture of key performance indicators to help focus on events such as harsh braking, rapid acceleration and engine idling. Maintaining security within the supply chain is of great importance and Isotrak assists with this using live tracking and zone alerts.
"We are a very progressive company, offering the best possible supply chain logistics services to our clients. Our investment in the Isotrak system is helping our approach to how we run the business and deliver on our client promises. So far we have seen a big improvement in fuel usage, delivery performance and driving styles – the savings in fuel clearly illustrate what we’re achieving with it. Isotrak also provides us with live information that helps with monitoring and managing driver hours and mileage," says David Bernard, National Transport Manager at Torque.
Isotrak’s CANBus module is a contactless device that retrieves accurate engine management and driving style data from vehicles. It is a non-intrusive device that overcomes the need to connect directly to the Engine Management System. It enables Torque to manage drivers dynamically and generate management reports that help to improve driving styles suitable for all kinds of roads.
Driver debriefs can be rated and improved performance compared with previous results after training has taken place. Also, Torque’s fleet management team can provide the appropriate training to meet the performance requirements of the driver, which also has a cost benefit.
Torque operates a substantial fleet of vehicles, which delivers hanging garments, boxed goods and pallets throughout the UK. Its fleet ranges from courier vans and 7.5 tonne light goods vehicles through to 14 metre trailers. This fleet flexibility enables Torque to deliver to a warehouse or directly to a high street store, in either hanging or boxed state.
From single delivery to e-fulfilment distribution, Torque offers tailor-made solutions designed to meet the specific requirements of each client. The company can also time delivery schedules to within a 15-minute window, allowing maximum efficiency on receipt of goods.
As an independent company with a turnover of £60 million and with sites across the UK providing over 1.5 million square feet of warehousing capacity, Torque operates globally for clients ranging from large and famous high street names to small internet retailers. Current Torque clients include: British women’s active wear brand Sweaty Betty; luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer Pringle of Scotland; business work wear retailer TM Lewin; and leading hair piece specialist Daxbourne International.