Refrigerated warehouse on wheels system

Feb. 20, 2013

Demountable Concepts, the manufacturer of removable truck bodies, has released a new refrigerated unit that is being used successfully in Mexico, the company said.

The refrigerated warehouse on wheels system allows operators to deliver temperature critical goods by refrigerated straight-truck in remote markets up to 250 mi. from a distribution center, eliminating the need for cross-docking or regional warehouses.

With the system, pre-loaded, refrigerated or freezer straight truck bodies are line-hauled in multiples via semi-trailer to a regional market, Demountable said. The bodies are demounted in a drop yard and stand on retractable legs. They can then be mounted to straight trucks for local delivery.

The demountable cargo bodies are 100% interchangeable between the specialized semi-trailer chassis and straight trucks.  The bodies are ideal for deliveries to medium and smaller companies who require mixed-pallet or hand-truck-to-store service, the company noted.

System components consist of specialized semi-trailers that can mount and demount multiple straight-truck bodies; straight-truck chassis equipped with a hydraulic lift and locking system to facilitate mounting and demounting bodies; and straight-truck bodies with a unique base frame and integrated retractable legs.

Each body is built to customer specifications with a dedicated fuel tank that powers the refrigeration unit recessed into the top of the body. There’s also a connection for shore power. Both dry and refrigerated bodies can be line-hauled simultaneously on the same trailer and straight-trucks can also be equipped with walk-ramps and lift gates.

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