Great Dane introduces new trailer safety features at IFDA

At the 2016 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference, Great Dane announced it introduced new features on its trailers to improve the safety of drivers, pedestrians and the food transported in Everest refrigerated trailers.

“The Great Dane Everest reefer features the most advanced void-free insulation foaming process, premium liners and modular panel construction,” according to the company. “There is no wood in the trailer. These features provide industry-leading thermal efficiency and a safer, more sanitary cargo container.”

For interior protection, Great Dane said its ThermoGuard liner helps maintain insulation performance for the life of the trailer. Made with a proprietary barrier layer, ThermoGuard reduces cooling run time, helps maintain excess cooling capacity and reduces fuel consumption, so cargo will stay at the right temperature, according to the company.

In addition, the company said the floor design protects cargo from underneath and helps ensure proper temperatures. The 16,000-lb.-rated aluminum duct floor is welded to seal out moisture, and the composite floor sills are engineered for durability and defense against moisture intrusion.

The Everest is available with multiple side door heights, widths and locations. Great Dane’s blade lock side door design holds the door securely closed so cold air stays in. The blade lock exerts constant pressure along the full height of the door, the company added.

Great Dane and ASA Electronics have introduced the industry’s smallest wireless camera system powered by wireless auto-pairing technology. The rear-mounted camera features an embedded microphone and gives drivers increased awareness of the action behind their rigs on the road, in parking lots and during docking maneuvers.

Drivers see detailed images for a minimum of 22 feet behind the trailer with this system. Additionally, the camera adds eight and a half feet of visibility in each lane adjacent to the trailer, creating a path of rearward sight that is a full 26 feet wide.

ASA’s wireless auto-pairing technology requires no wired connector when hooking the truck to the trailer, according to the company. The wireless technology allows the video and audio from the paired camera to be played through the in-cab monitor.

Great Dane and Grote said they have for years partnered to provide lighting technologies, and Grote’s perimeter lights are made with TIR lens optics “to maximize the efficiency of the LEDs and ensure every lumen possible is projected in the workspace in and around the trailer,” the company said.

Grote said its motion sensor dome lights have a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that shuts off the light to save energy when no one is working around it, and then automatically turns on when movement is detected. “It creates a safer workspace that provides light as needed immediately when someone enters the area,” the company added.

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