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Published: March 1, 2019

Cold chain logistics operators depend on quality equipment to run temperature sensitive goods across the country, especially when carting perishable commodities that demand precise cargo conditions. With its trailer building experience and refrigerated transport expertise, Vawdrey Australia is renowned for supplying the commercial road transport industry with Iceliner freezer vans that emphasise efficiency, reliability and productivity.

With quality insulation and solid trailer design, Vawdrey’s Iceliner can hold cargo temperatures as low as -28˚, which is ideal for fleet operators moving perishable commodities across great distances. To ensure that the refrigeration units operate at peak energy efficiency, and to keep frozen and chilled goods at the right temperatures, the Iceliner has fibreglass and foam sidewall panels that come in varying dimensions and temperature control ratings.

The Iceliner typically features a full-length, lightweight steel chassis, complete with full-width skid plate and galvanised crossmembers. Its rear frame gives the trailer added strength and durability for heavy-duty applications without affecting payload.

The Iceliner comes fitted with an aluminium rub rail fully welded to the floor and new exterior side rails, top and bottom. These serve to strengthen the integrity of the walls and are fully laminated to the floor, roof and front wall. Compared to the old rails, these aluminium ones take four to five kilograms per metre off the overall tare weight.  

The trailer floor is Vawdrey’s standard distribution knurled aluminium, a non-slip surface that improves airflow and reduces the risk of personal injury due to wet or slippery floors. To maximise carrying capacity inside the trailer, Vawdrey can fit a double loader track along each side so that forklift operators can lay additional pallets. The driver can remove the bars and stow them in a compartment box when they are not required, offering fleet operators flexibility to adjust cargo on any journey.

Efficient trailer design also provides opportunities for fleets to participate in the Performance-Based standards (PBS) scheme. One way that Vawdrey can optimise the Iceliner for productivity under the PBS scheme is to overhaul its axles. By implementing a quad axle system, superior weight distribution enables vehicle operators to load trailers with higher allowable weight, which could maximise payload potential.

Vawdrey continues to innovate and refine its refrigerated transport offerings, tweaking Iceliner specifications to accommodate the needs of fleet operators throughout the country. As consumer demand for chilled and frozen goods rises, the commercial road transport industry grows alongside it by investing in efficient, sturdy equipment to get the job done.

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