DB Schenker Turn to OTR for Tyre Management
- 11 April 2009
- Company & Industry News
The problem facing Schenker and OTR was the diversity of the 4 terminal sites. As DB Schenker's National Terminal Manager Matthew Whitnall said: "We are not tyre experts - our core business is rail and road integrated network solutions - but we had a tyre problem. It was not only expensive but frustrating trying to find the right tyres and compounds to suit vehicles on each site." Which is where OTR came in.
Spending time at each location, OTR quickly built up a background of bespoke information before introducing TotalTyreLogic - OTR's tyre management system - to Schenker's.
Paul Aykroyd, OTR Sales Manager, said: "Our objective was to reduce on-site tyre costs and improve performance at each site. The customer wanted to see if there was value in using premium brand tyres over budget ones so we looked very closely at each site, each vehicle and how they were operated."
DB Schenker also required ‘emergency response' that was comprehensive, reliable and, above all, quick to respond.
OTR's TotalTyreLogic system is bespoke. Working with the customer, almost as an extension to their team, OTR prepared a tyre management programme that is designed to suit - data driven from information collected from each vehicle onsite.
Paul Aykroyd continued: "Some of the DB Schenker sites are highly abrasive due to the extreme laden weights of the machines (up to 100 tonnes), tight turning circles and paved surfaces. All these contribute to severe and often uneven wear rates. But we understand and are experienced in freight tyre management and so have set up a programme specifically for Schenker."
The programme actioned for DB Schenker includes monthly tyre inspections to monitor wear rates and damage plus the development of a tyre history database to give full fleet visibility. Through data generated onsite, OTR are able to provide professional, clear recommendations for extracting the best value from Shenker's working tyres, developing timely and corrective strategies to help maintain evenness of wear throughout the lifetime of their tyres.
In addition, TotalTyreLogic provides DB Schenker with online information - complete tyre history and fleet visibility, stock control to allow adequate cover for emergencies and tyre data that allows for planned stock replacement giving total budgeting control.
Matthew Whitnall concluded: "We are now feeling the benefits of the effective management of our rubber assets. Working as closely as we do with OTR has given us the confidence to delegate tyre responsibility to them, allowing us to concentrate on what we do best."
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