Monday, February 10, 2020

Walking Floor Trailers Have Evolved from Shunt and Grunt to Sophisticated Rollerbed Reefers

First Refrigerated Option Featuring Self Load Capability Deployed
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UK – Walking floor trailers are traditionally associated with the loading of really awkward freight, such as huge granite slabs which can be dropped onto the trailer and shunted forwards or backwards mechanically. Of late however systems have become more refined with sophisticated rollerbed technology shifting all manner of packages such as standard air cargo bins and pallets.

Now, prompted by a request from global perishable cargo specialists, Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), trailer manufacturer Gray & Adams has engineered another innovative first for the UK, a refrigerated trailer with such an automated loading and unloading system.

The first rollerbed floor system was introduced to the UK by Joloda, a premier designer and manufacturer of loading systems in the UK, 25 years ago. The manual rollerbed system used for air cargo transport, was developed by adding powered driven rollers, making this system fully automatic and is now fitted to over 200 vehicles, all with largely that same purpose.

Gray & Adams supplied PML with such air freight trailer manual loading equipment 5 years ago, giving proof that its products possess the hard-wearing durability required of the industry. As PML’s cargo is held in air freight containers, the rollerbed method which transfers the cargo via a series of drive rollers that are built into the floor, is the only system available for use in this specialist area of the freight transport industry. Andrew Brown, Sales Director (Doncaster) at Gray & Adams said,

“This project ideally suits the Gray & Adams development team, one of the few manufacturers in the UK to have the design skills and engineering expertise to develop this trailer to meet current operating guidelines whilst also considering potential future legislation developments and highlighting our continued focus on, and dedication to, industry-leading innovation.”

With remote operation integral to the design, the new reefer trailer has been developed to allow safe and efficient operation where personnel are not able to access the interior of the trailer throughout the loading process. Additionally, staff can accurately and safely control the speed of discharge from the control panel, and further engineering innovations have been built into the electronic and pneumatic controls to complement the refrigerated environment, ensuring maximum product performance and quality for years to come.

Although previously used in factories, Gray & Adams says the new PML trailers see the first time this technology has been applied to a refrigerated trailer. In addition, the new trucks include electronic and pneumatic controls to complement the refrigerated environment and the very latest refrigeration system which produces less carbon emissions. Robert Haynes, Business Development Manager for PML said,

“PML is committed to introducing pioneering new technologies to further enhance the standard of service to its customers. Our relationship with Gray & Adams dates back to five years ago when they were first identified as the preferred supplier to fulfil our requirement for air freight trailer manual loading equipment. Their reputation for innovation and the delivery of ground-breaking technological advances in their field made them the first choice for this project. PML has a busy year ahead with a number of exciting initiatives planned, the investment in new trucks is just the start so watch this space!”