Since 1975, Byford Equipment has proven to be a leader in the design and fabrication of tankers made from stainless steel, duplex metals and aluminium for the food, wine and chemicals industries. The specialist manufacturer strives to set industry benchmarks in innovation, quality, productivity and service.
A leading manufacturer of milk collection tankers in Australia, Byford Equipment has delivered more than 130 patented 26m A-doubles which are currently in operation in Victoria and around the country.
Integrated transport department, VicRoads, acknowledged these combinations following the release of the Volumetric Tanker Network for Victoria for the Byford patented 26m 2-2-2 combinations, allowing this design to access 3,000-plus kilometres of Victorian roads at full mass, 74.5 tonnes.
For the tanker industries, this is a game changer as improved mass loads mean fewer trips and increased productivity.
Leading the market as innovators in the tanker niche, Byford Equipment has unveiled a new Gen II dolly designed for the milk and water industries. It brings further performance improvements to its proven and popular road tanker combinations.
An inherent issue with tanker operation is ‘slosh’. With tankers leaving the factories empty and progressively filling, this ‘slosh’ can increase and decrease depending on the loads carried and the progression throughout the farm collection schedule.
When ‘slosh’ is at its worst (around half full) all tankers tend to sway or rock side-to-side. With current tow coupling and dolly connection points being up around the base of the tanker barrel, this side-to-side movement can create ‘dolly steer’ by rocking the tow point from side-to-side while the combination is travelling down the road.
Byford Equipment has incorporated recent rigid drawbar ideas being tested by the Australian Trucking Association and others over the last few years, and reduced the tow coupling height and tow connection point to now be level with the roll centre of the tanker. This allows the tanker to rock and sway while keeping the tow point stationary and not passing the movement onto the dolly and tag trailer.
Byford Equipment has also been able to reduce the centre of gravity of each tanker even further – thanks to the innovative engineering of the Gen II dolly – resulting in improved tanker stability not seen in other tankers, regardless of product carried. It will also result in further improved stability, safer heavy vehicle operation and fewer tanker rollovers.
The first units are out on the road and the drivers are already commenting on how well the combination performs and how good its ‘road manners’ are.
Byford’s selection of milk tankers generally feature side entry man-ways and fail-safe automatic loading/unloading breather systems as standard. These dairy tankers also feature insulated barrels, stainless steel outer skin with mirror or brushed finish, pneumatic fill/CIP valving, internal Clean in Place (CIP) lines, fully welded dished baffles and bulkheads as well as toolbox, air bag suspension, aluminium wheels, LED lighting and JOST Modul landing legs.
Dairy farms and milk factories also benefit from the deployment of these smart vehicles with patented steer axles not tearing up farm tracks and driveways which has led to council support when it comes to route access, particularly Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicle approval.
The Gen II dolly is currently available on the patented Byford 26m combination but will also be rolled out as an option for all Byford A-Doubles combinations in Reference Vehicles 1 & 2 in both the 26m and 30m designs as well as the Byford truck and dog combinations.
BLU Logistics Group is a bulk farm collection transport company that operates throughout New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania a fleet of 60 prime movers and tankers across six depots.
Steven Fraser is one of four Directors of the business and has invested in Byford equipment since 1995.
“We have been using the truck and dog combination since 2018,” he says. “We changed to this combination instead of using the 19m combination mainly because the payload increase was about six tonnes. Other factors that have contributed to us changing to the truck and dog is that they have much better manoeuvrability with tighter turning swept path as well as being a lot easier on roads and farm tracks. With the pumping gear being mounted behind the prime mover cab, this gets the hose reel much closer to the vat room doors making it easier for drivers.”
Byford, according to Steve, are always looking to improve their products while working with his business on specific requirements and how to meet them.
“They are always happy to customise their equipment to suit our needs,” he says. “Byford tankers are very reliable and built to last. Their staff are great to work with and easy to contact. If there are any issues Byford are quick to rectify any problems.”
Steven says the truck and dog also lends itself to future proofing “as the five-axle dog trailer could be used as a B-trailer of a 26m combination if and when PBS permits could be attained.”