Elddis Transport is using Freeway’s fleet management system to coordinate its workshop activities, helping the company to ensure that its fleet complies with all inspection and maintenance regulations.
Based in the Northeast of England, the transport and distribution company uses Freeway to schedule inspections, servicing, MOTs and repairs for its fleet of 170 vehicles and 330 trailers operating out of five depots, with a workshop at the Consett location.
Freeway is integrated with vehicle spare parts supplier, NETS, which maintains parts on-site at the Consett depot. All imprest stock supplied by NETS is scanned when issued, and the information is imported into the Freeway job cards. Thus every part supplied is linked to a specific job card, enabling Elddis to track which parts went into which vehicle on what date and at what cost.
The depots at Worksop, Heywood, Prudhoe and Haltwhistle record vehicle defects via Freeway and the information is automatically sent to Consett for workshop scheduling.
The whole automated process has enabled Elddis to eliminate the manual task of transcribing information from defect reports onto workshop job cards and purchase orders. It also means that the repair and maintenance history for all vehicles is automatically recorded.
“Through the automation afforded by Freeway’s integration capabilities, we can see what each vehicle has cost us in repairs and maintenance,” said Wayne White, Business Development, Elddis Transport. “Because all the parts data is directly linked to the vehicle, we can see which parts are commonly replaced on each vehicle, and the life of each part.”
Freeway’s Integration with Elddis’ transport management system, Manpack TMS, gives full visibility into which vehicles are in the workshop and which are due to be called in for general maintenance, inspections, testing or defect repairs. This provides transport planners with up to date information about vehicle availability,
“Freeway has made life much easier for us, and has helped us to streamline our fleet maintenance procedures,” added White. “We have more traceability, and we can see exactly what work has been – or is due to be – carried out on which vehicles, and when.”