The van in these photos is used to transport drinks at ambient temperature and a smaller quantity of refrigerated drinks too. Because the application is so special, the racking solution had to be special too. The Syncro team designed and installed special shelves that extend for the whole length of the van from the rear doors to the side door, and a special open compartment for the refrigerated storage box.
Because this van carries drinks for human consumption, its interior must be maintained in perfectly hygienic conditions. This means preventing dents and scratches where dirt could accumulate and making sure that damp and spillages cannot lead to mould. The van’s doors and walls have therefore been protected from floor to roof with custom-made painted steel panels, while the floor itself has been covered by a robust plywood floor liner with an attractive marble-look surface.
The drinks are transported in plastic crates or cardboard boxes, and come in plastic or glass bottles. Whatever the packaging, however, they must always be kept vertical during transport. The packs are also marked “Fragile” to remind handlers of the need for caution. The van’s racking system needs to carry the packs in an orderly manner and, above all, keep them safe. Sudden movement, tipping over add, worse still, breakage and spillage, must be avoided at all costs. With these needs in mind, and to allow the load to occupy the full height of the van, the Syncro System team installed two raised shelves parallel to the floor, occupying the entire width of the van and extending as far as the side doors. Both are made from marble-look plywood and are secured to the van’s body by means of aluminium bars that run underneath along the walls. Raised metal fences at the front and rear of the shelves stop the cargo falling off.
To carry the cold drinks, the van’s owner decided to install an isothermal box with a refrigeration system powered by the van’s own battery. On one side, this box rests against the van’s left side wheel arch. On the other side and at the front, it is secured by two metal gratings. The wheel arch has been turned into a bench to support the box’s refrigeration and electrical systems.
At the side doors, the floor of the van is fitted with marble-look plywood fences. These protect only the front half of the doorways, leaving a clear, walkable corridor for users to enter and exit the van and access boxes on the raised shelves or on the floor at the bulkhead, between the fences.
The special installation seen on this page clearly illustrates the flexibility of Syncro materials and shows how they can be used to create unique solutions for individual customers. Our installers know exactly how to adapt Syncro System products and have the experience and skill to find the perfect solution and guarantee total customer satisfaction!