Great Dane showcases new features for trailers, truck bodies at Distribution Solutions Conference

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

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

For the ultimate interior protection, Great Dane’s patented 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.

The Everest roof system is constructed of lightweight features connected through a bonded process that delivers durability and optimal thermal efficiency. An aluminum roof sheet is supported by extruded aluminum roof bows and is secured to the top rail using a rolled-edge design to seal the perimeter against moisture intrusion.

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

The Everest is available with multiple side door heights, widths and locations. Great Dane’s unique 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, ensuring that the efficient dual-compression seals prevent air loss around the total perimeter of the door.

Great Dane and ASA Electronics have introduced a small 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. The camera adds 8½ 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 patented wireless auto-pairing technology requires no wired connector when hooking the truck to the trailer. Wireless technology allows video and audio from the paired camera to be played through the in-cab monitor. With this system, drivers have a safer rear view.

Great Dane and Grote have for years partnered to offer lighting technologies that optimize illumination and safer workspaces for drivers. Grote exterior perimeter lights feature the latest LED technology to create a safe and productive workplace. Perimeter lights are made with TIR lens optics to maximize efficiency of the LEDs and ensure every lumen possible is projected in the workspace in and around the trailer.

Grote 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 when someone enters the area.

Also at the DSC, Great Dane showcased two refrigerated truck bodies.

Truck body models on display are engineered to address increasing food safety regulatory changes with a focus on thermal efficiency and long-term durability. Great Dane’s refrigerated truck bodies incorporate refrigerated trailer and truck body technology from Great Dane and Johnson Truck Bodies to ensure safe and efficient delivery of temperature-sensitive products.

Great Dane’s Blizzard fiberglass composite truck body provides a durable and reliable solution for a wide sector of applications, including last-mile deliveries. The high-pressure foam insulation system produces panels with the highest thermal performance rating in the industry. The result is a significant reduction in energy use to keep products at required temperatures. The Blizzard is an innovative, lightweight truck body that delivers maximum payload and operational savings.

Its smooth, white fiberglass interior and exterior surfaces are corrosion-free and durable. Walls and ceilings are lined with .090-inch fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP). Every seam is glassed and sealed by 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.

The Blizzard requires 26% less energy for temperature control thanks to its superior thermal performance. The high thermal efficiency creates the ideal conditions for Johnson All-Electric (AE) Cold Plate refrigeration systems. The AE Series includes traditional, free-hanging cold plates and cold plate blower systems with automatic defrost that deliver reliability, low maintenance, and long system life. The AE Series serves a variety of markets and satisfies a number of temperature-controlled applications and delivery requirements.

Great Dane’s Guardian Reach-In refrigerated truck body strikes the perfect balance between light weight and maximum thermal efficiency. It is designed using the latest in fiberglass composite construction, which provides great flexibility for transporting food with different temperature requirements.

The Guardian can be designed with multi-temp zones (deep frozen, medium, and dry freight goods) in a single vehicle from under 10,000-lb gross vehicle weight (GVW) to 26,000-lb GVW. The Guardian’s construction and durability allows fleet owners to decrease total cost of ownership by moving the same truck body to multiple chassis.

Designed with ergonomics in mind, the low ground-to-floor height also helps reduce injuries. 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.

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