T. Quality has cited the strength of its long-standing working relationship with Fraikin as key to the successful delivery of a project involving commercial vehicle bodybuilder Paneltex, 10 new trucks and an all-new design for the company’s traditional split-load rigid bodies.
Mounted to three 7.5-tonne, five 15-tonne and two 18-tonne DAF LFs, the new bodies have been totally re-engineered to improve fleet efficiency and driver safety. Representing a mixture of replacement vehicles and new additions, the trucks will be delivered throughout 2021 as part of the company’s latest seven-year, full-service contract hire agreement with Fraikin.
Graham Kay, National Logistics and Safety Manager at T. Quality, says: “We knew we needed to address a number of issues with our existing truck design, so we turned to Fraikin to make that happen. With more than 20-years working together, I was confident they would find the perfect solution, and they didn’t disappoint.”
A major part of the re-design brief was to swap the position of the refrigerated and ambient compartments, providing the Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit at the front of the vehicle direct access to the freezer section. The new layout removes the need for the extensive internal piping that previously connected the two, something that had caused maintenance issues and costly downtime.