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Temples talks road train tipper efficiencies

  • Posted on Monday 23rd, September 2019.

Since 1959 Perth-based business, Temples, has been engaged in a range of transport tasks including live poultry and stock feed haulage. In recent times the company has turned to Bailey’s Body Builders to supply high productivity road train tipper combinations with pneumatic discharge capabilities.

The Temples Transport story began when Jim Temple won a contract to transport grain for the WA Barley Board, purchasing his first truck, an International with 120,000 miles on the clock, for 500 pounds.

In 1963, Diamond Ice (later to become Ingham’s) established a feed mill in Wanneroo to supply bulk pelletised feed for poultry farms. Temples won the contract and purchased a number of eight-tonne pneumatic trucks to do the work.
Based on the success of supplying poultry feed for Diamond Ice, in 1964 Temples commenced catching and transporting live poultry to the company’s processing plant.

In 1971 transporting containers to and from the Fremantle port was limited to one container per vehicle.
Ever the innovator, Jim Temple could see no reason why two 20-foot (TEU) containers couldn’t be transported at a time with different vehicle configurations.

He became the first operator in WA to license 8x4 rigid truck and two-axle (later four-axle) dog trailer combinations for this purpose.

Temples was also among the first to licence 40-foot semi-trailers to enable two TEUs to be carried per trip.
These solutions resulted in vastly increased productivity and significantly reduced downtime for Temples’ clients.

According to Temples’ Managing Director, Scott Formston, the company has been availing the services of Bailey’s for the best part of three years after noticing the quality and innovative designs of its trailer builds, initially those used to transport live chickens.

“We know another operator doing live chicken haulage who bought some Bailey’s trailers and we were very impressed with the design and build quality,” said Formston.

“So we engaged Bailey’s to do some fabrication work for us and it all went from there.

“We’ve been with them for a couple of years now and I have to say we are very impressed with the quality of workmanship they put into every trailer they build.

“There’s been a strong bond fostered between our companies too, and we’re happy to say Bailey’s is our sole trailer builder and fabricator at this point in time.

“Bailey’s is a private family-owned Western Australian company the same as Temples,” he said – adding that both businesses have amassed a considerable amount of expertise over the years of their respective operations. “Because it’s a family business the knowledge they’ve built up has stayed in the business, and if we have an issue we can speak directly with the owners of the business which is how we like to operate.” 

Bailey’s Body Builders, which notches 30 years in business in November this year, was founded in the same year Temples celebrated its 30th anniversary in 1989.

The company was started by David and Beverley Bailey, with their son John having been involved in the business for around 25 years.

While Bailey’s undertakes a range of fabrication and trailer building work, according to John Bailey grain tippers with pneumatic bulk discharge systems are a specialty of the company.

“We are one of only a handful of manufacturers in the country that build trailers with these capabilities,” said Bailey.

The most recent order placed by Temples in January 2019 was for two pocket road train combinations, with the first delivered in June 2019.

They consist of a tri-axle lead and a six-axle dog trailer with a massive combined payload capacity of approximately 65 tonnes of stock feed, which is delivered to poultry and pig farms across the greater Perth district.

The configuration was chosen by Temples with the aims of modernising its current fleet of tipper trailers and to enhance efficiencies in the company’s stock feed delivery operation.

The trailers are equipped with Fuwa K-Hitch unitised disc brake axles and KT airbag suspension as well as Air Brake Corporation EBS (electronic braking) kits.

The lead trailer is fitted with a Cummins engine which drives a Walinga blower with an airlock. This equipment is neatly packaged between the chassis rails forward of the tri-axle group.

The combinations also have three weighing systems, each of which serves a different purpose.

The Cleral is a complete combination including prime mover airbag weighing system with a hand-held wireless remote.
Then there’s WABCO’s Smartboard interface working in tandem with the Electronic Braking System (EBS) to provide an accurate weight read.

Also, an Accuweigh load cell weighing system is used to determine the exact weight of each delivery. 

According to Bailey, the load cell weighing system was fitted in a way that was rather unique.

“With innovative and dynamic thinking we were able to achieve something not many others had before,” he said – explaining that while the concept of grain tippers with pneumatic bulk discharge is not new, installing Temples’ choice of Fuwa K-Hitch KT airbag suspension required a number of modifications to the original design.

He added that in addition to the pneumatic bulk discharge and combination of weighing systems, another feature unique to these trailers are sectional doors inside the bin that are a requirement of Temples.

Also conforming to Temples’ specific requirements are three new Bailey’s livestock trailers used for live chicken transport and Bailey’s has also revamped several of Temples’ existing trailers.

Bailey notes that one of the most important requirements in recent years is to design and built equipment with low tare weight that is able carry significant payloads. “This is epitomised by the latest pocket road train tipper combination with pneumatic bulk discharge we recently built for Temples,” he said.

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