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Waste facilities across Canada that are looking for ways to processes trucks quicker and reduce costs are automating their entry stations. Waste is big business and the industry is going high tech. Th...


Waste facilities across Canada that are looking for ways to processes trucks quicker and reduce costs are automating their entry stations. Waste is big business and the industry is going high tech. This trend includes landfills. Lineups at landfill gates and weigh stations are common as trucks arrive to dump their waste, some in several locations. The processing of these trucks requires time and manpower.

Automated Access Solutions has developed a new entry system designed specifically to relieve the pressure and congestion at entry and exit stations. The entry stations process trucks quicker with less labor, generating significant savings for the landfill. The benefits to the landfill are shorter lines, reduced labor costs, extended hours of operation and increased operating efficiency. The benefits for the hauler are more time for extra trips, less fuel usage (as waiting times are significantly reduced), and lower operating costs.

All these benefits result in more profits for the landfill and the hauler.

AAS entry stations come standard with an easy-to-read computer display and audio instructions. This is a primary reason why the entry station can process a weighing transaction in less than 30 seconds. (If RFID technologies are used, trucks can be processed in less than 15 seconds!)

AAS’s software, called “MatreX,” integrates with the customer’s existing software in the scale house where it compliments the existing system (and was designed not to replace existing systems). Using the elimination of labor costs, the Return on Investment (ROI) is estimated at 8.5 months for one entry station.

Real-time reporting is available in MatreX. There are two models of entry station: cash-based and cash-less. Fast Credit Card Processing is available in both models. Waste facilities can add another revenue stream to their operation by processing commercial trucks for cash payment, credit card payment or pre-paid accounts; ‘eScale’ tickets, scale tickets can be mailed to the hauling company. Security cameras can be added to take snapshots of the vehicles and store the pictures along with the transactions. Perhaps the greatest benefit for very busy entry stations is that remote diagnostics and remote monitoring are available, thus reducing downtime.

Precision Distributions Canada Inc. has become the Canadian distributor for Automated Access Solutions’ automated entry stations. Precision Distribution, part of Precision Scale of Edmonton, has installed several systems in Edmonton and is in the process of installing systems in Ontario and Quebec through its distribution network and local service providers. Precision was looking for new and innovation ways to support our customers; the company had automated Waste Management Inc. facilities in Edmonton and understood the saving that could be achieved through automation using RFID.

Truckers like it, especially with the voice prompts. Precision integrated the AAS entry station to the existing scale equipment at the scale house in a major waste facility in Edmonton. Precision was the first company in Canada to gain accreditation from Measurement Canada allowing its technicians to certify a scale “Legal for Trade” — a designation that’s nation-wide.

Jerry Gunn is President of Precision Distribution Canada Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta. Contact Jerry at jgunn@precisionscale.com


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