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What Is A Load Cell And Why Do We Use Them For Weighing?

Campbellfield, VIC, Australia,  May-31-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — We rely on weighing instruments every day. In our bathrooms and kitchens, in a crowded lift, at the supermarket checkout and at the airport check-in, there are a myriad places where weighing instruments play a key role in our daily lives.

We assume that the huge truck carrying a load of sand has been declared safe and within legal load limits before it hits the highway. As consumers, we rely on the accuracy of weights on any packaged items that we buy, and businesses that produce or distribute products depend on their weighing systems to be reliable and precise.

We probably take weighing instruments for granted – but has anyone taken the time to discover how they work?

Interestingly, the same highly accurate devices are found in the humble bathroom scale as in the highly sophisticated and sensitive weighing systems used in a diversity of industries from pharmaceutical operations to diamond mines. Load cells.

What is a load cell?

In simple terms, a load cell is a transducer which measures weight by converting the force or weight on it into a measurable signal. This signal generally only measures a couple of millivolts and needs to be amplified into a usable format – either analogue or digital. The outputs are proportional to the force or weight applied to the load cells.

There are many different types of load cells which use different operating principles to obtain weight readings including hydraulic load cells, pneumatic load cells and strain gauge load cells. Some are based on fluid pressure, others on elasticity whilst others are based on magnetostriction (otherwise referred to as piezoelectric effect) – and they have all been developed specifically to meet the needs of different applications.

With all the advances in modern electronics, the majority of load cells today are electronic, but non-electric hydraulic and pneumatic load cells are also widely used . The most important aspect of choosing a load cell however, is not whether or not it is electric, but rather whether it is the right design and type for that particular application – and it’s always advisable to consult an experienced supplier so you get an informed recommendation.

Load cells can be categorised loosely into two main areas, tension and compression load cells. A tension cell measures the weight pulling on it whilst a compression cell measures the weight pushing on it – and very often, these two types are used alongside each other in the same application to achieve optimum accuracy.

Why do we use load cells for weight measurement?

Load cells are used across a diversity of weighing applications because they are:

  • Highly accurate
  • Fast and efficient
  • able to withstand repeated use and extreme conditions
  • Virtually impervious to temperature changes so their measurements remain reliable and precise
  • Cost-effective and if serviced and maintained appropriately, will last a long time

Because load cells enable objects and materials to be weighed quickly and easily, it can translate into bottom-line savings. And with the business landscape becoming increasingly competitive and demanding and the regulatory framework more rigorous than ever, operators have to be able to rely on the accuracy and reliability of their weighing systems.

That’s why the choice of load cell is so important. With so many different types available, plus other factors such as fitting, commissioning, ongoing maintenance and calibration to take into consideration, it can be quite a challenge identifying the perfect fit for your weighing needs.

Don’t take a chance, because your choice of load cell is critical. Rather talk to the experts in weighing technology, UltraHawke, and use their experience and expertise to identify your optimum weighing solution. They are an acknowledged market leader in the manufacture and supply of all types of weighing instruments, and they will work out an affordable, efficient and reliable solution that’s specific to your needs. Call them on 03 9357 7470 or visit www.ultrahawke.com.au to see their extensive range of weighbridges, weighbridges for sale, in-motion weighbridges and truck scales.

Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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Podcars at Innotrans Berlin!

The conference, held in conjunction with Innotrans 2012, will present practical solutions for the transportation and urban planning sectors that can lead to a major shift in policy and action to help reverse the growing perils of global warming, redirect use of energy in transportation to solar and other renewable sources and substantially reduce congestion and land use issues associated with cars.

Participants in the conference will be introduced to the world’s top PRT designers through various presentations and working sessions. The event, which will offer many cross-disciplined networking opportunities, features a packed agenda presenting numerous world renowned speakers from six countries. Conference organizers IST and INIST are working closely with KOMPASS, a network of 14 Swedish cities aiming to adopt PRT, the US-based Advanced Transit Association (ATRA), the European ATRA chapter, Lea+Elliot USA and a series of sponsors and manufacturers from Europe, Asia and USA. Notable speakers areHans Josef Fell, member of the Green Party and German Parliament, Rod Diridon, Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair Emeritus of California High Speed Rail Project, Alain Kornhauser, Professor at Princeton University and Chair of ATRA USA,Hans Lindqvist, former member of the EU parliament and chairman of KOMPASS, andStefan Hanna, Deputy Mayor of City of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Hike Metal Announces HIKE30 Series Commercial Patrol Workboat 2011 Expansion Line

Hike Metal, the Preferred Custom Commercial Workboat supplier to the Police, Sheriff and law Enforcement Departments around the world, has announced their 2011 HIKE30 Series Commercial Workboat line expansion. Our HIKE30 Series Workboats are known as the “Workhorse” of the Commercial Boatbuilding Industry “Heavy Duty Workboats”. For 2011, Hike Metal has expanded the HIKE30 Series in 2 ft increments out to 38 ft, and every one of our 30 Series Workboats comes with our 10 year written warranty. We maintain the flexibility to customize to desired lengths.

The different working environments of the variety of law Enforcement Agencies around the world require flexibility in length, and we launched our 2011 HIKE30 Series to meet their demand. Our 25 plus years of time tested and proven precision engineering and production processes for the manufacture of our HIKE30 Series allowed us to standardize our 2 ft increment extended builds. There is quite a difference when you compare the vast patrol, search and rescue conditions in the Florida Keys or along the coasts of the Caribbean and South America to that of the rivers, lakes, bays and harbors of the world, and we know, because we deliver to them all.

Our streamlined and proven Hike Hull with its 18 degree modified V, precision engineered reverse chines, Lift Strakes and its low coefficient of drag is standard on all HIKE30 Series. We manufacture one of the most agile Workboats in the industry, and our precisely engineered Hike combination brings theHIKE30 Series 30 – 38’s up on plane and up to top speeds quickly, just like a Quarter Horse, and in a variety of sea, lake, river and harbor conditions.

The HIKE30 Series 10 year warranty is the Commercial Workboat standard for Hike, and our patented and proven “Harmonic Vibratory Stress Relief Process”; a process performed during the structural welding, that minimizes the inherent weld distortion, cracking and residual hull stress found in conventional boat and shipbuilding manufacturing processes. Our patented process consistently delivers extended service life. Every weld is performed by our highly skilled welders, who are all Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certified.

Our Hike Metal ship and boatbuilding factory manufactures a variety of Workboats outside of the Law Enforcement Industry, which bolster our over-all Custom Commercial Boatbuilding performance. We are also a preferred supplier to the Fire Departments around the world for their Fire-Boats, like the heavy duty 90′ NFPA Type III Fire-Boat recently delivered to the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the 90 ft Custom Class “A” Fire-Boat delivered to the Baltimore City Fire Department. We build many types ofCustom Commercial Work-Boats, such as “Self-Righting” Search and Rescue Boats (SAR) and Hovercraft for the Coast Guard and Custom Jet Boats like the 49” RIB delivered to the Blue Heron Company this July 4 th weekend for their Toberbory and Flower Pot Island tours, they even christened it the “Flower Pot Express”.The Hike Team takes pride in every boat, ship and vessel we build and deliver,and we’re proud to expand our rugged HIKE30 Series work boats to meet the demands of the Law Enforcement Agencies who protect and preserve our water ways around the world, and we provide every bit of personal safety and protection for them in every Workboat we deliver.

Hike Metal specializes in unique and complex high quality projects ranging from Coast Guard self–righting SAR’s, Vessels and Hovercraft, Fire and Police Department Fire Boats and Patrol Boats, Car and Passenger Ferries, Tug, Tow and Pilot Boats, RIB Boats, Fishing, Diving and Research ships. We are Master Ship and Boat builders.

Our modern waterfront shipyard and factory is strategically located on the North shores of Lake Erie, facilitating the complete construction of vessels up to 100 ft under climate controlled cover while enabling a full program of sea trials prior to delivery. Hike has delivered many turn-key custom commercial steel and aluminum boats and ships to governments, municipalities and private sectors around the world, including the USA, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Middle East.

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VisionStat Plus Integrated Obstacle Detection Sensor & Video System

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products, today announced VisionStat™ Plus, an extremely affordable and complete commercial-grade system to prevent backing accidents. VisionStat Plus offers an integrated version of their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System that connects directly with their wired VisionStat Camera System with no additional cabling required.

VisionStat Plus is an advanced safety solution which combines two technologies to aid in the prevention of costly backing accidents. Utilizing a leading-edge obstacle detection sensor system (SenseStat), which is displayed on a backing camera video monitor (VisionStat), the driver is provided both audible and visual information when an obstacle is detected in the rear of the vehicle. The combined features allow for visual confirmation via a CCD camera along with the distance and proximity from any of four (4) sensor zones – the driver sees the exact distance (accurate to 1-inch), to the closest object on the monitor.

SenseStat is the leading-edge obstacle detection system that monitors four 4 zones simultaneously indicating the area closest to an object or person. VisionStat is a rugged easily installable video system available with either a 5.6” or the 7” Color LCD Monitor which is configurable with up to four (4) infrared night vision CCD cameras. VisionStat Plus is the extremely cost-effective result of integrating the SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System directly into the VisionStat Camera System with no additional wiring required.

“Mobile Awareness continues to see an increasing demand among fleets for more flexible, effective and affordable safety systems” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness. “By developing VisionStat Plus we continue our commitment to provide easy-to-install, cost-effective and technically advanced solutions for enhanced vehicle safety.”

In the past, customers would choose between two of the most common blind spot monitoring methods, a backing camera or an obstacle detection system. While each has important advantages, the cost of purchasing and installing two different systems was often prohibitive. By offering an integrated version, the combined safety effects of a VisionStat camera (visual) “Plus” the object detection of a SenseStat sensor (audible alarm) are realized at cost (starting at $675.00) often below other rugged camera systems alone. VisionStat Plus is ideal for all types of single unit vehicle fleets in urban areas where backing safety is often stressed.

Stotsenburg concludes, “There are many advantages to utilizing active backing sensor technology with a reversing camera system. One of the most critical being when the driver is not viewing the video monitor, the audio from the sensor system can bring attention to an unforeseen object or individual behind their vehicle. Ultimately, this added driver awareness will reduce costs and backing accidents.”

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Mobile Awareness, LLC Announced The SE (Sensor Enhancement) Version Of Their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System Family

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products today announced the SE (Sensor Enhancement) version of their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System family – the pioneering brand for preventing backing accidents on commercial vehicles.

SenseStat is an innovative Obstacle Detection Sensor System that simultaneously monitors 4-zones at the rear of a vehicle indicating the area closest to an object. It is extremely accurate (within one inch), highly affordable and intended for use on Commercial, Off-Road, Lift Truck and Construction Vehicles. The SenseStat SE version is a new design improvement which maximizes protection of the sensors, while providing greater mounting flexibility and reliability. These features found on the SE version are further enhanced by a full 3 year limited warranty.

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Installation of SenseStat SE is easy and adaptable to most vehicle configurations, helping to assure the highest performance in rear blind spot detection. The ruggedized mount maximizes performance in harsh environments enhancing both durability and sensor protection. The SenseStat SE can be mounted directly to the vehicle vertically or horizontally, providing a level plane for optimum sensor positioning.

“Mobile Awareness continues to see an increasing demand among commercial fleets for more cost effective and easily installed safety systems” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Director of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness. “To that end, we continue to focus on new product development that offers a lower total cost of ownership such as the SenseStat SE.”

The current models available in the SE version are the Wireless (MA-ODSS-4M17W-SE), Wired Truck & Trailer (MA-ODSS-4M17TT-SE) and the Wired Box Truck (MA-ODSS–4M17BT-SE). Common among them are the ability to simultaneously monitors four (4) zones in real-time, an LED display which indicates the direction or location of an obstacle or person, display blanking until reverse gear is engaged and a unique stop-line adjustment feature. All systems are easily installed in less than 1-hour on most vehicles and include a laminated User Guide (safety instruction card) for easy driver education & reference.

Stotsenburg concludes, “With an estimated installed cost of less than $500 on most vehicles, SenseStat SE provides an impressive ROI for organizations who wish to significantly reduce costs and enhance safety in backing environments.”

About Mobile Awareness
Cleveland, Ohio based Mobile Awareness, LLC™ designs and markets leading-edge, affordable transportation safety products. The company provides integrated accident prevention solutions for commercial transportation professionals with its VisionStat™ Wired & Wireless Vehicle Camera Systems, TireStat™ Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and SenseStat™ Wired & Wireless Obstacle Detection Sensor Systems. For more information, please contact Mobile Awareness, Toll Free: 866-653-5036 or visit www.MobileAwareness.com. Mobile Awareness…Reducing the Total Cost of Safety™

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Integrity Group US Names Distributor for 3 Commercial Vehicle Safety Products

Integrity Group US has been named by Mobile Awareness, LLC™ as a national distributor for three safety products aimed at commercial vehicle fleet operators at airports, the parking industry, health care facilities, hotels/resorts, car rental agencies and universities.

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The three products — TireStat™ TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), VisionStat™ Camera Systems, and SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System, – are designed to improve overall driving safety, while reducing costs.

“The tire monitoring product gives critical data concerning the vehicle’s tire pressure and temperature,” said Jim Newell, Director of Product Sales for Integrity Group US,” while the other two high-tech products make it easier for drivers to monitor through cameras or sensors the areas beside and behind the truck, van or bus as it backs up.”

TireStat TPMS The TireStat TPMS detects overheated, under-inflated, over-inflated and rapid leaking tires before a tire incident occurs. The TireStat sensors install directly on the tire valve stems and transmit the actual tire pressure and temperature to the display wirelessly. Alert levels are easy to set for both pressure and temperature for each tire. The sensors have an anti-theft feature and air can be added without removing the sensors.

“Properly inflated tires increase overall fuel economy, as well as enhance fleet safety,” Newell stated. He explained that a 20 percent under-inflated tire reduces tire life by approximately 25 percent. “This costs money,” he said, “but more importantly, it could lead to possible tire failure and a serious accident.” “The return on investment for adding TireStat TPMS to fleet vehicles could be as quick as 10 months, when you consider the fuel cost savings, tire maintenance/wear costs, reduced downtime, reduced liability/accidents and reduced vehicle wear,” Newell said.

VisionStat Camera Systems The VisionStat Camera Systems can help limit financial loss and legal liability by monitoring and recording events in and around a vehicle and eliminating blind spots to help prevent costly backup accidents.

The color camera system can be configured with up to four infrared night vision CCD cameras for front, side and rear mounting, available in wired or wireless setups. The quality cameras are easy to install, waterproof, rugged in construction and cost effective.

The 5.6” or 7.0” monitor includes built-in controls, automatic turn-signal or reverse views, switching with the direction (“backward,” “left,” or “right”) displayed on the monitor. The cameras are audio enabled so the driver can hear around as well as see around blind spot areas.

SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System The SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System is designed for commercial trucks with trailers, utility vehicles, and buses. The wired or wireless system is activated automatically when reverse gear is engaged. Drivers are alerted to objects behind their vehicles with both an audible and visual indicator (LED display) on the dash-mounted Warning Display Unit.

The four waterproof sensors are easily mounted on the rear of the truck or trailer. All zones are simultaneously displayed in real time, indicating the area closest to an object within one inch.

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PINC Solutions Has Been Named By Food Logistics Magazine Among Its 2008 Top-100 Providers Of Technology Solution And Service To The Food Industry

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective yard management solutions based on real-time asset visibility technology, has been named by Food Logistics Magazine among its 2008 top-100 providers of technology solution and service to the food industry.

The FL100 is an annual listing of top software, hardware and IT service providers that are helping grocery and foodservice manufacturers and distributors gain a competitive logistical advantage. The selection is based on the providers’ proven track record and expertise in providing food companies with technology and services to help them meet their business objectives regardless of their sizes.

“For the second year in a row, we are honored to be included in the FL100 listing,” said Aleks Gollu, CEO of PINC Solutions“To address the common need for better supply chain visibility, we have developed a suite of real-time asset visibility and management products based on a revolutionary RTLS (real-time location system) platform. Building on our core yard management products, we offer additional systems targeting unique challenges such as cold-chain management for the food industry. As a result, our food customers can take advantage of a rich set of features available to all our clients, while enjoying a total yard management solution dedicated to their specific requirements.”

The 100 recipients of the recognition are featured in the cover story of the November/December 2008 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

PINC will be exhibiting its award-winning yard management solution at ProMat 2009, booth #4757, January 12-15 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL. www.promatshow.com.

About Food Logistics
Food Logistics is a publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product throughout all channels of the food supply chain. Food Logistics serves the information needs of food, beverage and consumer packaged goods executives involved in warehousing, transportation and information technology, as well as third-party and refrigerated service providers. On the web at www.foodlogistics.com.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time asset visibility enabled technology solution and service. Its yard management solution, Yard Hound™, is deployed at customer facilities serving manufacturing, retail, wholesale/distribution and transportation sectors. PINC’s clients include Fortune-500 businesses as well as leaders in the SMB segment. By leveraging RFID, MEMS and other wireless sensors and sensor networks technologies, PINC has pioneered the development a unique RTLS platform that requires no capital investment in the infrastructure. The Yard Hound products are designed with a scalable architecture for businesses of any size, and is expandable with modular components as customers’ needs grow. For more information about PINC Solutions and the Yard Hound products, please visit www.pincsolutions.com.

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Freight*Bus The Bus That Delivers!

‘On-Route’ is a radical new urban transportation system concept which would see a Freight*BUS™ optimise the carrying of passengers and freight, thereby tackling the problems of both congestion and pollution.

• The Freight*BUS has been designed with a zero-emission propulsion system able to accommodate either a battery fuel-cell system or small bio gas generator to maintain fully charged batteries. It also features other state-of-the art technologies such as distributed wheel motors and completely new inventions, like ceiling-suspended seating and a patent-protected pallet-less lifting and handling device. The ability to turn in its own length & ‘crab steer’ is great for tight fit bus stops & bus station manoeuvres.

• This avant-garde concept requires a whole new way of thinking about urban transportation systems; stakeholders are invited to help take this model to the next level.

A multi disciplined design specialist has come up with a radical urban transport proposal, called On-Route, which he believes tackles the two biggest problems caused by city-centre transport today; congestion and pollution. Hugh Frost’s Freight*BUS™ www.freight-bus.co.uk is an innovative new design that combines a passenger-carrying bus with that of freight haulage with the minimum of disruption to either service. It can be reconfigured in seconds by the conductor or driver to carry freight and passengers. Furthermore, passenger space & freight space can be easily adjusted to match demand.

Frost’s proposal was submitted to Transport for London (TfL)’s ‘A New Bus for London’ competition,’ which Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched earlier this year. Although the Freight*BUS was not the final winner of the competition, Hugh Frost, designer and concept originator of the On-Route system www.onroutebus.co.uk and the Freight*BUS still wishes to take his idea to the next level and is now looking for stakeholders to help him do this. These could be in the form of bus or commercial vehicle manufacturers who are interested in developing the Freight*BUS from conceptual state into a full-blown prototype; a municipality which would consider trialling the On-Route system, or stakeholder investors, such as venture capitalists that specialise in environmental transportation solutions.

“Taking London as an example, the most optimistic proposals put the average occupancy of its buses at 25%. However, our calculations show that for around four hours a day, their utilisation drops to as low as 20%,” Frost says. “Despite this, city authorities are tasked with increasing the numbers of vehicles, routes and service frequency to supposedly reduce congestion and improve services. My idea is to put our cities’ buses to good use by using them to provide an alternative city freight system at times of low passenger capacity utilisation. This could reduce the numbers of freight vehicles on city roads by as much as 30%. By using the buses to carry freight in the evening and overnight, the utilisation of these vehicles would be maximised, offering maximum return on investment (ROI) and substantially increased revenue from the vehicles. However, in order to fulfil this dual role, the entire concept of buses, as we know them today, needs to be revisualised.”

With this in the mind, the Freight*Bus has been designed to allow varying combinations of passenger & freight space to match demand. In full passenger configuration, it provides seating for up to 90 passengers – that’s 43 more than the bendy-bus and standing room for a further 40 passengers. With standing room only on the lower deck, it could accommodate 150 people with 52 seated. Meanwhile, in its full freight configuration the Freight*BUS is designed to accommodate 35 freight pods (equivalent to 35 europallets).

Loaded with other State-of-the-Art Technology

The Freight*BUS combines a number of completely new ideas, patents for which have already been applied, combined with leading-edge technology that is already proven in automotive applications or is undergoing extensive on-road trials.

The design of Freight*BUS will readily accommodate battery or fuel cell technology. The 200mm deep space in the main floor of the bus will house batteries or fuel cells and the accompanying hydrogen storage tanks (if required). Indeed, it is envisaged that when fuel cell technology is affordable, that the fleet could be easily switched to this propulsion system, while keeping the drive motors and control systems in place. Similarly, its re-configurable interior design could even be broadly applied to existing vehicles built with combustion engines. However, it is the designer’s view that the latest and emerging advances in battery technology will make the re-fit and the use of hydrogen and fuel cells unnecessary. Freight*BUS would also feature the very latest in other emission-saving technology , such as distributed wheel motors which can be as much as 50% more efficient that central motors.

With the latest battery technology, an 80% recharge is possible in around 1 minute. This could be done at bus stations or other major stops, with a recharge point built into key bus stops. These 1 minute recharges do not seriously affect battery life and can be performed within the duration of a standard stop. Alternatively, in the short term, the electric drive & battery storage system could be ‘hybridised’ with a small, efficient, clean burning LPG fuelled, 2 litre generator to top up batteries on the move. Adopting the all battery concept will enable off peak green energy to be stored in the vast reservoir of battery energy that would be created by large fleets of the Freight*Bus.

In respect of carriage versatility, seating is suspended from the ceiling and can be configured for almost any combination of passenger & freight space between these limits. This is achieved by designing the seating to be folded away. In fact, each 2 person seat (on both decks) can be folded into the ceiling in seconds. Seats are fixed to the ceiling through special anti-vibration mounts to improve ride quality. In terms of the vehicle’s freight-carrying capabilities, a pallet-less lifting & handling device is key to easy loading/unloading. Indeed, a crucial part of the interior design is a compact, low cost pod handling system, which has patent protection.

Route Consolidation

When looking at the idea of consolidation in relation to bus routes and passenger transport, Frost quickly realised that not only were there opportunities to improve bus routing & linking with other transport services and types using consolidation principals, but that there is an even bigger opportunity to use the buses for freight as well as passenger movement that would reduce the numbers of goods vehicles on city roads (especially light goods vans which are responsible for 15% of all UK carbon emissions from all forms of transportation) by as much as 50%. He remarks: “We looked at passenger & freight systems end to end and concluded that there is sufficient overlap to be able to build on and integrate existing infrastructure of both passenger & freight systems. However, it will be necessary to develop consolidation centres and cross-docks for freight movement, and hubs for passenger and freight delivery and collection. Many of these elements already exist and can be linked into existing infrastructure such as bus/rail stations & depots; haulage/sorting depots etc. Hubs would also be located at major bus stops, and concentrations of retail, commercial & light industrial units.

Frost points to studies which have already been carried out in London showing that the implementation of alternative freight systems, including the use of ‘Consolidation Centres’ in city areas can give exceptional results. One such study found a 68% reduction in construction vehicles entering the City of London for the project, an average journey time reduction of 2 hours, a circa 75% reduction of CO2 emissions, and a 10% reduction in local distribution journey times. The On-Route Bus supports the existing aims of the London Freight Plan as set out of in the Mayor of London’s existing Transport Strategy.

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Braidwood Associates Has Teamed Up With Heart Of Midlothian Football Club To Make A Special Donation To Busoga College Mwiri, In Jinja, Uganda

Braidwood Associates, Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering Services, team up with Heart of Midlothian Football Club to provide soccer strips to Busoga College Mwiri, in Jinja, Uganda

Braidwood Associates, leading independent Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering Services consultancy, has linked up with the African school through the Graduate Transportation Modeller, Grant K. Rugarama. Grant went to the school as a child and wanted to give something back to his homeland. The Ugandan was quick to identify a link with his own heroes, the current Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo and midfielder David Obua. The Hearts manager was formerly manager of the Ugandan team and David Obua is one of the country’s best players.

Hearts star Obua said: “I heard of Grant’s plan and I thought it was a great idea. Both the manager and I were happy to help him with a donation of full team kit for his school. His company Braidwood Associates came to the club and we were happy to help. In Uganda things can be difficult in certain areas in terms of sporting equipment and sports clothing and I have no doubt that the children at Grant’s former school will be delighted with the gift.”

Richard Braidwood, managing director, Braidwood Associates, said: “We have worked in most corners of the world advising on traffic management and infrastructure projectsand when Grant asked if there was something we could do to help his former school I was happy to help. We obviously both know what a big club Hearts is and when we approached the club to agree this deal both Csaba and David were very keen to help us promote the agreement. Grant has contributed a lot to Braidwood Associates and this seemed a great way to help him meet his heroes while also helping his former school.”

Braidwood Associates has supplied $2000 worth of Hearts soccer strips to the school.

About Braidwood Associates
Braidwood Associates is a leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy focused within the transport sector. Through carefully managed growth and by providing high quality deliverables to clients, Braidwood Associates has become established as market leaders in providing microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy services in the global market place within the last three years.

With a wide range of traffic simulation software knowledge, traffic modelling experience, dedicated professional resources and proven project experience in varying sizes of traffic studies, Braidwood Associates brings together over 20 years experience in the microsimulation traffic modelling industry.

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