International Sugar Journal

An investigation into sugarcane vehicle loading with respect to influences on overall transport efficiency [Full subscriber]

The sugarcane transfer system involves the movement of sugarcane from the field to the mill. This includes transport, loading, trans-loading and off-loading and can amount to more than 25% of the total production cost of sugarcane. An efficient system comprises a balance of high quality operations with respect to safety, accurate loading, reduced cycle time, optimal fuel usage, reduced roadside losses, reduced sugarcane damage and increased off-loading efficiencies. This study was directed towards the management of loose sugarcane grab-loader operations due to the sheer number of these operations in many countries, including South Africa. The characteristics of vehicle consignments, in…

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