Noise regulation has become an issue. Distributing goods to shops in urban areas is becoming increasingly difficult. One key reason for restrictions imposed in most European cities, especially in residential areas, is to accommodate noise-regulating recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as local requirements. To ensure that distribution at night and in early mornings can still take place in urban areas, Container Centralen (CC) has launched a new range of low-noise transport equipment, CC Low Noise.
New CC Low Noise meets PIEK certification. To accommodate the demand for equipment that can enable quiet distribution at retail outlets at night and in the early mornings, Container Centralen (CC) is now launching a new range of low-noise and display-friendly transport items – a rolling ½ pallet, a flower trolley, and a roll container which is ideal for picking and packing. PIEK certifications for the CC Euro Rollcontainer and the CC Euro Rolly are pending.
The CC Rolly and the CC Dolly have also been tested by TNO (a Dutch independent research organization) and the products already meet the standard of 60 dB(A). This means that Container Centralen will be the first company in the world to obtain a PIEK certificate in the category “goods carts” (load carriers)!
The Dutch PIEK standard for quiet technology requires a noise emission of maximum 60 dB(A) for night and early morning deliveries. PIEK is a programme for developing quiet methods of distribution to assist transport operators, producers and retailers meet the stricter noise-level requirements set by local authorities. PIEK’s aims are also in line with WHO’s Night Noise Guidelines for Europe.
The requirements are put in place to ensure that people are able to get a good night’s sleep and are not bothered by noise in general. As most deliveries therefore have to take place during the daytime – the most crowded hours – this often leads to traffic congestion, reduced air quality, and wasted time and money for businesses. However, moving distribution traffic to nights and early mornings is only a viable solution if local residents do not suffer from noise nuisance as a result.
RFID labels and barcodes offer added benefit. As an added benefit, the Low Noise range has RFID labels and barcodes which can further optimise the product flow and help reduce CO2 emissions as a result of more efficient transport. Charles Willemsen, CSO Retail, explains, “We have developed a unique range of rolling units that fulfil a need in the market which is not covered by any other products today. Apart from being stable products of a high quality, they also have a very light weight and low noise levels, and are optimised for automated handling. This means that the products meet international recommendations and legal requirements as well as specific market needs.”
Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive of the UK Noise Abatement Society, said “Quiet out-of-hours deliveries can reduce congestion, cut pollution in local areas, and save businesses time and money. Given the significant health and environmental gains to be made, it is critical to establish feasible and sustainable quiet out-of-hours delivery practices to protect the rights of residents. Doing so will also lessen day-time disturbance and enable quieter deliveries to become accepted as the norm. Introducing quiet delivery practices – and solutions such as quieter roll cages – now, under strict guidelines and independent monitoring, ensures that the public will be protected throughout.’’