• TCS&D Awards 2018 Dates: Thursday 13th September, Midland Hotel, Manchester #weregoingback


Leading manufacturer of refrigerated bodies Paneltex is exhibiting an impressive line-up of refrigerated bodywork at this year’s TCS&D Show in September, demonstrating three temperature controlled bodies on its stand, comprising of two light commercial vehicles and a 10ft ISO refrigerated shipping container. Completing the Paneltex showing at TCS&D will also be one of the first Paneltex bodied 18tonne rigid trucks that will be displayed on the Iveco stand and now available as part of Iveco’s recently launched DriveAway ready-bodied truck programme.

Following the recent accreditation of Paneltex by Ford to its exacting QVM status, the first vehicle on display on the Paneltex stand will be a Paneltex Somers Ford Transit L3H3 van with a brand new fold-back freezer door, which not only follows the lines of the vehicle, but is also capable of maintaining a temperature within the vehicle of -25°C.

Designed for transporting frozen goods with a maximum of 20 door openings during any eight-hour period, this Paneltex conversion is specified with a GAH Rapier R301F low-temperature refrigeration unit. Also fitted is a Somers Direct Air Condensor moulding, as well as a Seven Telematics Transcan 2 temperature recorder and printer.

The particular design of refrigerated panel van is part of the award winning range of bodies manufactured by Paneltex at its specialist factory in Norwich. For the past 4 consecutive years, Paneltex has been successful in winning the ‘Refrigerated Panel Van of the Year’ Award at the annual TCS&D Awards Evening that is run in conjunction with the show that is being held this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Alongside the Ford Transit will be a 7.2 tonne Iveco Daily featuring a 16ft Paneltex refrigerated box body for increased payload. Designed for operation between -18° C and +4° C, the box body is compliant with ATP Class C standards.

Refrigeration is provided by a Carrier Pulsor 500 e-Drive electric refrigeration system incorporating 3 phase standby. Access to the body is either by triple rear insulated doors that can open 270° or by a pallet width nearside door that can open 180°. Internally, the Paneltex body features a movable insulated bulkhead including a thermostatic control fan kit and temperature recording is through a Seven Telematics TranScan system with integral printer.

Completing the line-up on the Paneltex stand will be an impressive 10ft ISO refrigerated shipping container, lined and insulated by Paneltex with 150 mm thick insulation. This particular container is designed to carry frozen food to offshore flotels and accommodation vessels for workers on offshore oil rigs. Manufactured to accommodate standard Euro pallets, it also has a GRP – moulded access door behind the standard container doors.

Refrigeration comes from a GAH system, with single phase standby, as well as a eutectic system inside the container. This refrigeration system is capable of maintaining a temperature of -25° C with a long hold over time so that it can go out to sea without any power and still hold temperature. Externally the container is fitted with a heavy duty steel framework, with steel louvres and baffles to prevent water ingress and also to allow airflow to the fridge. It is also fitted with a data logger temperature recorder, PIR interior lights and a marine grade external paint finish to protect against salt water corrosion.

Finally, on the Iveco stand, there will be an Iveco 18tonne Eurocargo rigid truck that is specified with Paneltex refrigerated bodywork and a Carrier Transicold engine-less refrigeration unit as standard as this can run entirely on hydro-electric power generated by the Iveco’s ultraclean Euro VI engine.



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