Maximizing Hopper Truck Loading Efficiency

Staying competitive in the market place is important to Sid Richardson and our customers. One
way of reducing costs for both of us is to maximize the loading of bulk hopper trucks to the legal
highway limit. Here at Sid Richardson, we constantly monitor the loading efficiency of each
grade at each plant. The performance of our loaders is compared to a calculated value that is
based on the truck cubic capacity and the bulk density of the carbon black.

For the customer, efficient loading will lead to a freight savings on a per pound basis. Shown below is an example.

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For a hopper truck freight rate to a customer’s plant of $4,000
A 2,000 lb. per truck increase in efficiency would result in
A savings of $0.0043 per lb.
Savings on 10,000,000 lbs. per year = $43,000

For Sid Richardson, the savings come in the reduced paperwork and lab testing associated with
each shipment. This is not an insignificant amount.

How do we do it?

The answer lies in extensive training of our shippers and the pride they take in their jobs. It is
primarily through personal work effort that we can accomplish this. It is a true example of Sid
Richardson “Answering the Call” at all levels in the company.

This chart shows our loading efficiency for 2012-2014 by plant. 

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