Arla Foods has unveiled a tanker which it says can half the time it takes to collect milk from the farm.
The new tanker, which is slightly shorter than similar vehicles in Arla’s fleet, has a GPS system that automatically logs farm details on arrival. Powered hose reels are designed to reduce manual handling, while high speed pumps can collect up to 50,000 litres an hour, double the current rate.
The 32 tonne tankers, which have a 20,500 capacity and are designed to be closer to the ground for added stability and manoeuvrability, will replace Arla’s existing 26 tonne rigid vehicles.
Arla reckons that in the future it will require only two sizes of vehicles, the 32 tonne rigid tankers for farms with restricted access and 44 tonne articulated vehicles.
Gordon Irvine, Arla’s group fleet director said: “The new tankers collection system is much quicker, where it would normally take 20 to 30 minutes to pick up milk on farm it is now taking less than ten minutes.”