Cold chain solutions provider, LoadLok, is ramping up its efforts to deliver gains in fuel consumption and greater flexibility for customers.
Since the late 1990s, the company has carved itself a niche in refrigerated transport by diligently finding ways to ease pressure on a sector where profits and margins have been increasingly squeezed.
With this approach in mind, Loadlok made headway for cold chain customers by allowing them to diversify the types of cargo they can transport in one trailer.
The popular IsoLok Frigowall and the IsoLok Tempwall product ranges continue to prove popular in the Multitemp market.
Supplying its temperature separation solutions to OEMs, bodybuilders and directly to fleet operators, IsoLok Multitemp solutions have helped to rescale the conditioned compartment to a minimum.
The business claims its insulation performance and compartment closure is market leading, saving users, in some cases, over 40 per cent on energy consumption.
The reduced size of the conditioned compartment enables them to transport dry or cooled products in the remaining space, increasing flexibility and load efficiency according to Sean Spelman, LoadLok Head of Product & Technology.
“Regardless of the differences in temperatures, the number of stops, or the flexibility requirements of our customers – we can offer a solution that fits best. We have the widest range in ‘Fixed’ and ‘Removeable’ solutions that excel in insulation values, durability, ergonomy, with the minimum loading height restriction in the market,” he said.
Market demands, to the degree they can be correlated during the COVID disruption, vary greatly.
LoadLok’s product offering, however, goes beyond its standard solutions.
If the end-user needs specific requirements which are not in the product line, LoadLok is able to customise or develop custom-designed solutions, tailored to the specific needs of its customers.
“For a German supermarket chain our R&D and manufacturing teams worked closely with the customer to develop a customised IsoLok Tempwall,” said Spelman.
“The customer has two conditioned compartments in their vehicles separated by a fixed longitudinal wall. To close both compartments with maximum insulating performance, combined with easy and light user operation, we developed the IsoLok Tempwall60 Autostow solution, split in line with the location of the vehicle’s longitudinal divider. Such was the success of the solution that it has now become the industry standard in supermarket distribution.”
Another growing market is the transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutics according to Spelman.
“Such products demand the highest levels of temperature control. Combining excellent temperature performance with the short open/close times needed to minimise temperature variation, together with easy, light, ergonomic operation, we developed the IsoLok Frigowall Pharma for one such pharmaceutical customer,” he said.
“The addition of a manual flap instead of open air-vents ensures a sealed vacuum is maintained within the conditioned compartment until its release when the wall needs to be opened”.