The Nantwich-based operator made the decision after a year-long trial on 12 standard-length trailers and ten longer semi-trailers, which revealed the potential for improved safety and efficiency.
The trial was organised by local Michelin dealer Quinton Tyres.
Paul Brimelow, fleet engineer for Boughey’s parent company NWF Group, says: “We initially looked at the system for its ringfencing and tracking functionality; we have a lot of dropped trailers and knowing where each one is, and when it was last used, is increasingly important for maintenance scheduling.
“Plus, we saw an opportunity for the tyre pressure monitoring system within Effitrailer to help protect us against roadside breakdowns. We’re already meticulous about fleet maintenance, which made this harder to justify to our management team. However, Quinton Tyres analysed five years worth of our trailer breakdown data and associated costs – concluding we could unlock further savings.”
Unlike other operators using Effitrailer, Boughey has appointed Quinton Tyres to manage all tyre-related data from the telematics system and it is working to agreed critical path reporting standards.
The tyre dealer is monitoring pressure and heat sensor readings across Boughey’s trailer fleet, and has tailored alerts to suit the operator’s 130psi standard trailer tyre inflation pressures.
Real-time pressure alerts mean Quinton no longer has to carry out quarterly pressure checks across the fleet –helping to offset the cost of Effitrailer.
The system will be installed across all trailers – mostly tri-axle trailers from Tiger – by the end of July.