With safety and efficiency in mind, Total Lubricants asked existing haulage contractor Wincanton to help them design six new lubricant carrying trailers which would offer the state of the art flexibility, safety and efficiency that today‘s authorities demand. In turn, Wincanton discussed the proposal with industry experts Lakeland Tankers who have supplied similar trailers to Wincanton previously. Wincanton actually specified Alpeco metering and delivery controls which was a happy coincidence as many years of successful collaboration for these elements saw Lakeland Tankers turn to Aylesbury based Alpeco Limited to supply products to be incorporated on the new trailers.
The requirement was for each trailer to carry 40,000 litres of multiple lube oils with absolute minimum contamination between products. Alpeco supplied a three-pump, three-meter system to deliver heavy gear oils, light oils and engine oils. The three-pump, three meter delivery systems are unique in the UK as they are the first ever to be fitted on such vehicles and interestingly, Aylesbury based Alpeco Limited were the only company who could provide the three-pump, three-meter system using Alpeco’s TE550 measuring system. The system also incorporates a driver operated remote controlled, pneumatic blow-down facility which ensures that the delivery hose is always cleared of product when the delivery cycle is completed. The remote control system allows the operator to start and stop the delivery cycle as well as activate the blow-down from approximately 30 metres distance, especially useful safety features in the unlikely event that an emergency situation arises.