Sims Metal is the world’s leading electronics and metal recycling company. With an annual turnover exceeding £5bn and hundreds of sites across the world, Sims category leadership has seen them nominated as one of the global Top 100 most sustainable corporations.
Operating from 40 metal recycling sites in the UK and processing 2 million tonnes of scrap metal, Sims leads the way in technology development to achieve higher recycling and recovery rates.
PIN is the leading provider of digital tracking solutions for RoRo and skip operations. The PIN system harnesses low-power technology to track both waste containers and vehicles in real-time, addressing the long-term waste industry problem of poor operational visibility.
PIN & Sims Metal
Sims are in the process of rolling out the PIN system across their RoRo operations. Transport Manager, Matt Bumford explains:
“We service thousands of customers across our 40 UK locations and visibility of our container fleet has always been a problem. We didn’t know exactly how many containers we had and we knew that our operating system showed an incomplete picture of container location.
“Not only were we consistently purchasing new containers, we didn’t have an accurate view of our work in progress or how frequently containers were serviced at customer sites. We had been actively seeking a solution for some time and came across PIN last year.
“PIN delivers the visibility we need. We know exactly where our containers are, how much inventory we have at our depots and at each customer. We can identify and action slow movers and move containers around our network proactively to ensure we have the capacity to respond quickly to customer demand.
“The system is easy to use and surprisingly fast to deploy.
“PIN’s integrated transport visibility will also add value. We can see how long each service at customer takes to complete and how long our vehicles spend in depot. The system generates alerts when journeys take longer than expected or vehicles go off route.
“We trialled the system at our Hartlepool depot and could quickly see the value. We are now in the process of a national rollout and will have real time visibility of our entire RoRo operation by the end of the year.
We look forward to working with PIN as the system continues to develop”