Johnsons Aggregate and Recycling is rolling out the latest generation of wheel safety technology across its fleet of eight-wheel tippers, improving the efficiency as well as health and safety of its operation.
The Ilkeston-based firm is in the process of installing the in-motion wheel loss detection system from Wheely-Safe, which combines brake and hub temperature monitoring with an intelligent tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on 25 of its Scania trucks.
Its fleet will use Wheely-Safe’s external TPMS sensors, which replace the valve cap and auto-pair with an in-cab solar receiver.
These are fitted alongside a pair of wheel loss sensors and brackets on each wheel which transmit an in-motion alert to a solar-powered receiver in the cab, should the wheel nuts start to loosen. The same sensor also monitors heat and can quickly identify a temperature abnormality from the brakes or hub.
The company’s drivers will also be equipped with Pressure Checkers to get accurate readings without the hassle of connecting a pressure gauge to the valve.
Mick Glenny, Transport Manager at the company, which turns domestic waste into incinerator bottom ash aggregate via two of its own recycling facilities, said: “We’re doing a lot of off-road work and delivering into incinerator facilities – you do get a lot of hub overheating. The fact that the system monitors any abnormality in that area is a huge benefit to us.
“With the data the technology provides, we should be able to identify the cause of any issues too which will help us ensure similar problems don’t arise again.”