The 2015 Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Show (TCS&D) has taken place. Billed as the largest yet by show organisers, it is the only UK tradeshow dedicated to the storage and distribution of temperature-controlled products. Although there was a lack of visitors at the show whilst we attended, there was plenty to see.
New Trailers On The Scene
The most eye-catching new products on display at the show had to be the host of new trailers being launched to the market.
Schmitz Cargobull used TCS&D 2015 for the UK premiere of its multi-temperature S.KO COOL EXECUTIVE fridge trailer.
The S.KO COOL EXECUTIVE is Schmitz Cargobull’s top-of-the-range temperature controlled trailer, exclusively featuring its own-brand temperature controlled refrigeration unit. The launch of the multi-temp system follows the 2014 domestic launch of the mono-temp model in the UK.
Paul Avery, Managing Director, Schmitz Cargobull UK, said: “The S.KO COOL EXECUTIVE is the very latest in reefer technology and we’re delighted to bring the fridge of the future to the market. We’re now truly a one-stop shop for fleets looking for the latest in temperature controlled technology and trailers.”
Built in Vreden, Germany, the S.KO COOL EXECUTIVE incorporates Schmitz Cargobull’s unique roof evaporator, which has an ultra-compact design to provide maximum interior load capacity. Evaporator efficiency means Schmitz Cargobull’s engineers have reduced the number of cooling ribs required to control the temperature, leading to up to 50% fewer defrosting cycles.
The S.KO COOL EXECUTIVE incorporates Schmitz Cargobull’s integrated TrailerConnect temperature and mapping telematics package. This allows the recording and monitoring of all temperature data, door opening times and other pieces of vital information, in real time. This can be used to demonstrate that goods have been kept at the specified set point during transit, protecting the cold chain at all times.
Krone also used the show to launch their new dry liner box trailer.
The premium quality, Code XL certified trailer is one of Krone Trailers’ own chassis designs from the Huckepack (Rail) trailer range. The 102mm neck chassis on the new Dry Liner is expected to provide outstanding rigidity and durability.
The new trailer also comes with the Krone KTL and subsequent powder-coating finish with a 10 year anti-corrosion warranty to all treated parts.
Manufactured in Herzlake, Germany, the Dry Liner is designed to work in UK, Ireland and European markets.
“We are excited about the new Dry Liner” commented Krone Sales Manager Jason Chipchase. “This is a fantastic addition to the market. Structural bodywork certification (EN12642 Code XL) allows operators to form-fit loads which is key to maintaining fast, efficient and compliant strapless loading. Code EN12642 Code XL is a critical requirement to ensure the long term operational acceptance of today’s trailers and hence Krone offers this as standard.
“Furthermore, low cost of ownership over the long term is a key benefit: high quality components, on-line parts availability and round-the-clock support are also standard with Krone. In addition, due to the trailer’s mainland European compliance and exportability the residual value remains high, all of which makes the Dry Liner a great choice.”
Gray & Adams unveiled a ground-breaking lifting-deck urban semi-trailer.
The 11m tri-axle trailer has been specifically built to service a Morrisons store in Norfolk with restricted access. The extra carrying capacity offered by the second deck will allow the retailer to eliminate one delivery per day, saving the fuel and associated costs of a 250-mile round trip, as well as reducing carbon emissions.
Underlining the increasing popularity of shorter semi-trailers for urban distribution, the company also exhibited a 10.5m single-deck variant with command steer axle, ThermoKing Spectrum multi-temperature refrigeration and Dhollandia power closure tail-lift.
Gray & Adams General Sales Manager Andrew Brown confirmed: “We’ve seen strong demand over the last 12 months from operators commissioning urban trailers for high street deliveries and given the flexibility and efficiencies that short trailers offer, there’s every reason to expect the growth to continue. Gray & Adams leads the market in this segment, not least because our production capabilities mean we are best-placed to manufacture equipment which is invariably highly bespoke.”
Cartwright used the event to launch a new triple-temperature double deck trailer.
Targeting major supermarket chains, the new trailer is unique in offering a moving deck in a triple-temperature trailer. Like its regular double-deck trailers, the new triple-temperature model offers a direct drive hydraulic moving deck and high lift suspension for loading and unloading.
Air flow within the trailer has been optimised for all three compartments to provide an even temperature distribution when loaded.
It also incorporates an aerodynamic sloping front rather than a block front, without compromising capacity or performance of the three temperature zones. The aerodynamic shape improves fuel efficiency and roll stability.
Cartwright Technical Director Lionel Curtis explained: “Currently supermarkets generally run tri-temp trailers with a single or fixed double deck. We have taken what we believe is the unprecedented step of launching a triple temperature trailer with a moving deck.
“We are excited that the new tri-temp trailer with a lifting deck will offer supermarkets the capacity for the first time to have one single journey to a store with all three temperatures.
“We are confident the tri-temp will generate serious interest from the major supermarkets and help us to achieve our objective of building market share in this sector and ultimately becoming a major player.”
Transdek UK also exhibited its latest chilled DUET Wedge trailer.
The company showcased a high specification multi-temperature version of its fixed double deck Wedge, which is fitted with a Thermo King SLXe Spectrum refrigeration unit and three S3 remote evaporator units.
The innovative trailer has been configured to offer three different temperature zones that can operate independently to allow maximum load flexibility.
“Whether chilled, frozen or ambient products require transportation the DUET range offers a high degree of flexibility for retailers and suppliers running mixed grocery delivery with significantly improved load carrying capabilities,” said Head of Trailer Design at Transdek UK.
“With our in-house engineering capabilities we can develop bespoke double deck trailer configurations with specifications to meet customers’ requirements for high efficiency and cost effective distribution.”
More Than Just Haulage
It wasn’t just the haulage area that was in the spotlight at the show, a variety of other new products were also on display.
Yale Europe Materials Handling and distribution partner, Briggs Equipment, put the focus on materials handling solutions for the perishable goods supply chain. Their spotlight was on Yale’s new MR series cold reach truck.
From its heavy-duty construction to its high-specification, cold-resistant cabling and waterproofed electrics, the cold store reach truck is purpose-designed to cope with extreme temperature fluctuations, condensation and ice. Meanwhile, drivers remain warm and comfortable in the enclosed, insulated cab fitted with an efficient heating and ventilation system and full suspension seat.
Les Knight, Yale Regional Sales Director at Briggs Equipment, said: “Perishable goods is a growth market so we are taking this opportunity to showcase with Yale the cold store MR series, which raises the benchmark for materials handling in chilled and frozen goods warehouses.
“Long service intervals, commonality of components with other lift trucks in the Yale range and ease of access helps keep regular servicing costs down to ensure maximum equipment uptime. All in all, the cold store MR offers class-leading performance in one of the harshest logistics environments with low lifetime costs.”
Also new, Dawsonrentals were showcasing their updated High Capacity Store (HCS), which now includes the option to maintain temperatures down to -20ºC.
The new, innovative HCS is capable of handling up to 20 pallets stocked to head height, deemed the maximum safe height for free standing storage. Not only that, but after exhaustive testing it also includes a forklift compatible, quick access door.
Finally, Hubbard Products and Dearman were on hand to talk about their revolutionary, zero-emission liquid air engines.
These transport refrigeration units use liquid nitrogen to generate zero-emission power and cooling.
At the heart of the zero-emission transport refrigeration system is a Dearman Engine, which is powered by the rapid expansion of liquid nitrogen.
In the system, liquid nitrogen is pumped through a heat exchanger inside the truck, where it acts like a heat sink, chilling the compartment and providing two thirds of the cooling. The nitrogen – now a gas, but still quite cold – is fed into the Dearman engine where it mixes with warm water and expands rapidly, generating power. This power is used to drive a conventional refrigeration cycle, which cools the compartment further and provides the final third of required cooling.
The system offers operational benefits to the end user due to its use of a very cold working fluid (-196C), including high fuel efficiency and rapid cool-down rates.
In addition to being entirely zero-emission and delivering long-term CO2 savings, when produced at commercial scale, the system will cost the same amount to purchase as an existing diesel system and will have a low whole-life cost of ownership. It will enable transport refrigeration end users to respond to regulatory and societal pressures to reduce emissions without economic or operational compromise.
The technology will be entering commercial field trials in late 2015, with extended trials to commence in 2016.