Optrak4 for Forestry is an industry specific version of Optrak4 for the delivery of felled timber to sawmills, railheads and pulpmills.
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The Forestry industry has a unique set of requirements based around the road network it uses. This includes roads that do not exist as part of digitised map repositories and official roads with access restrictions designated by government bodies, such as in Scotland where many roads are restricted to timber trucks, as documented in the Agreed Routes Map (ARM).
A major problem with running large agri-business processing facilities, such as pulp-mills and saw-mills, is that they will have many in-bound deliveries per day – possibly hundreds – and queues can occur. If 100 vehicles per day each have to queue 15 minutes at a mill, that is 25 hours lost time – approximately 2 vehicles worth. But for mills even 15 minutes would be a major improvement on current queuing levels.
Different timber products require different vehicle configurations – skeleton frame vehicles for longer lengths, enclosed vehicles for brushwood, self-loading vehicles where there is not a crane in the forest. Different vehicles are required even for the same site, which will be producing quite different products – for example long lengths, brushwood and stumps.
Forestry operations tend to make significant use of specialist forestry haulage companies. These can vary from large operations with 10s or even 100s of trucks to small family businesses with perhaps only one or two vehicles. Each haulier will have a different home base and it is important to use them, as much as possible, in areas close to that base.
Optrak4 is able to combine external digitised road networks with the internal forestry road. It is even possible to maintain the forestry roads entirely within Optrak4’s map database, including the different road classifications to be superimposed on the road network, ensuring Optrak4 plans will use the right roads.
Optrak4 allows you to put a limit on the number of vehicles planned to arrive at a site – both mill sites and forest sites. The arrival schedule can be plotted on a chart to quickly view the position.
Optrak4 also handles the different vehicle types and ensures that the right vehicle is used for the right product when collecting/depositing.
Optrak4 can easily take into account multiple home bases for the vehicles and the optimiser will, as far as possible, allocate work in the haulier’s home area. This has several benefits: it lowers the hauliers operating costs – enabling them to offer a better price; it gives them longer operating shift time – when they can be usefully hauling timber; and overall, it is far more ecologically and carbon efficient due to the reduction in empty running mileage.