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Adlington Welding Supplies

Adlington Welding Supplies

Customer Case Study - ScorpionTrack Fleet

The Company

Established in 1972, Adlington Welding Supplies Ltd has grown to become one of the UK’s leading independent welding suppliers offering a comprehensive range of welding consumables, safety equipment, machines and plant hire to clients across the UK and Europe.

The company operates from five regional depots in Falkirk, Billingham, Pembroke, Scunthorpe, Luton and its Chorley Head Office. Their transport fleet consists of 45 vehicles ranging from Ford Connect and Vauxhall Vivaro vans to specialised HGV lorry mounted cranes. The company retails and hires over 4,500 items of plant including welders, generators, compressors, plasma cutters and power distribution kit.

Adlington Welding Supplies have been suppliers to major construction projects including Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Dome, Canary Wharf, Paddington Station, Channel Tunnel, Trafford Centre, Lowry Arts Centre, Manchester Print Works and London Gateway. The company also supplies engineering businesses servicing off-shore wind and wave power generation and oil sectors.


“16,000 satisfied customers, 44 years’ experience, 6 national depots serving the UK and Mainland Europe”

The Challenge

Adlington Welding Supplies had previously been using a fleet tracking system but were experiencing frequent reliability issues, was difficult to use and displeased with the aftersales support received. With a constantly expanding transport fleet and plant inventory distributed to an growing client base, the company was seeking a Fleet Management system that was reliable, met the diverse live data and reporting needs of four departments, and allowed tiered access to its major hire clients.

“The company was seeking a Fleet Management system that was reliable, met the diverse live data and reporting needs of four departments… and its major hire customers”

The Solution

Adlington Welding Supplies researched and tested the fleet tracking systems of three major providers, and after a short trial, ScorpionTrack Fleet was the only system to meet their varied operational needs and within budget. The company has since installed ScorpionTrack on its transport fleet and mobile plant.
“The ScorpionTrack Fleet system continues to deliver a variety of productivity improvements, cost savings and tools that enable us to deliver an even better service to our customers. The system supports multiple departments in our business and used daily by our Managing Director, Finance Director, Workshop Manager, Hire Manager, Depot Managers and myself as Transport Manager.

In dispatching to, and retrieving plant from our clients, the nearest vehicle tool on the system’s live map enables us to efficiently dispatch plant to the client’s location.

Within the system’s live map, I can draw geofences around each of our plant’s locations in seconds, then set alerts and reports to notify us of precise times at which our hired plant enters and exits each customer site.

Similarly, the system enables us to set tiered access permissions for our major clients too. This has enabled us to extend our service offering beyond just plant hire by allowing major clients ScorpionTrack Fleet system access so they too can manage and monitor the movement of the plant we’ve hired them.

For vehicles on rental, we’re able to provide them with instant (and scheduled) mileage reports.

The ability to ‘group vehicles’, schedule custom reports for different users and assign different levels of access rights means each of our Management Team and customers get the exact info relevant to them as and when they need it. As the system is so easy to navigate and understand, there has been no or minimal training required for each user.

The system also assists our FORS Silver Standard compliance requirements enabling us to report on fuel usage, CO2 emissions, excessive idling and speeding.

Our workshop manager receives weekly reports on plant engine time usage to help us proactively monitor and schedule plant servicing in advance of our 500 hours service intervals.

Our Finance Director receives automatically generated timesheets that tells him everything he needs to know for wages processing – even linking timesheets to locations and journeys. He’s pleased with the labour savings and even more with the cost savings delivered by using the system.

Our Hire Planner has live and scheduled reporting on exactly where our plant is located and how much it’s being used.

ScorpionTrack Fleet is an excellent product and Scorpion Automotive’s customer service is excellent. We would recommend the product to any company operating a fleet of vehicles and machinery.”

Paul Smallwood, Transport Manager


“The system continues to deliver a variety of productivity improvements, cost savings and tools that enable us to deliver an even better service to our customers.”

“… has enabled us to extend our service offering beyond just plant hire by allowing major clients ScorpionTrack Fleet system access so they too can manage and monitor the movement of the plant we’ve hired them.”

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