Great Dane showcased two refrigerated truck bodies at the 2016 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference in Tampa, FL, Oct. 17-19.
The truck body models on display are engineered to address increasing food safety regulatory changes with a focus on thermal efficiency and long-term durability, according to the company. “Great Dane’s refrigerated truck bodies incorporate industry-leading refrigerated trailer and truck body technology from Great Dane and Johnson Truck Bodies to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of temperature-sensitive products,” the company said.
Great Dane said its Blizzard fiberglass composite truck body provides “a durable and reliable solution for a wide sector of applications, including last-mile deliveries,” according to the company. The walls and ceilings are lined with .090” fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). Every seam is glassed and sealed by experienced technicians to lock out moisture. The framework for wall and roof panels is made of welded steel that is completely covered in foam insulation and fiberglass. The fiberglass exterior blocks heat from penetrating the truck body because it does not conduct heat and there are no seams or rivets for heat or moisture to pass through.
Great Dane’s Guardian Reach-In refrigerated truck body uses the latest in fiberglass composite construction, which provides flexibility for transporting food with different temperature requirements, the company said.
The Guardian can be designed with multi-temp zones (deep frozen, medium, and dry freight goods) in a single vehicle from under 10,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) to 26,000 GVW. The Guardian’s construction and durability allows fleet owners to decrease their total cost of ownership by moving the same truck body to multiple chassis, which reduces the cost associated with replacing the entire unit.
The Guardian is available with a number of refrigerated systems, including traditional diesel, engine driven, or Johnson AE Cold Plate systems, which are exempt from CARB/ARB regulation in California.