The company provides quality testing for all major milk buyers in the UK, such as Dairy Crest, Arla Foods, Wiseman and First Milk, and also runs national statutory testing programmes on behalf of DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency.
NML operates a 100% Mercedes Sprinter 3.5-tonne refrigerated panel van fleet consisting mainly of dual compartment, ambient/chilled bodied vehicles, although the latest addition to the fleet is a standard Mercedes Sprinter panel van with a 300-litre chiller cabinet installed.
The business has now standardised to Seven Telematics for all temperature monitoring and tracking equipment. TranScan 2 data loggers and Cool Track remote tracking from Seven Telematics were retrofitted to eight of the existing NML fleet. The remaining 11 vehicles in the fleet have been progressively replaced this year by new vehicles and again all of these latest fleet additions are fitted with TranScan 2 and Cool Track.
“We require that samples are transported below 8°C and we decided that, by specifying Seven Telematics exclusively, this would give us the best, and most reliable, temperature monitoring and tracking systems currently on the market,” said Steve Nicol, transport manager at National Milk Laboratories.