Due to the rather low capacity of commercial vehicles, one of the priorities of a van equipment manufacturer is: combine high strenght and capacity and very low weight.
Low weight means fuel savings, increased capacity, lower stress for the vehicle.
This objective is achieved by Syncro system by the combined use of two important tools:
Sophisticated materials and Special design
Syncro system is made of high strenght steel, plastics materials, aluminum and wood.
The wood used for floors, wheelhouse covers and partitions is multi-layer beech wood panels.
These panels consist of several layers of wood bonded together using non-hygroscopic phenolic adhesives. This type of adhesive is utilized in yacht building as it does not absorb liquids rendering the wood resistant against rain, oil spills, petrol etc. As beech has a very low specific weight the floor is light. The surface can be treated with a hard and thick resin which not only protects the wood, but gives it an anti-slip finish. It is non-toxic resin with a grade of fire resistance and easy to clean. The most important feature of this type of material is the resin finish on the top face. As this resin is far more resistant than wood it notably increases floor life.
Close up of wood suface
Workbench in 25 mm. plywood
The floors, wheelhouse covers and partitions are fabricated from 2 mm + 1,8mm knurled checkplate aluminium. This is a hard annealed alloy with a hardness and mechanical strength superior to crude aluminium guaranteeing an excellent mechanical protection with a reduced weight.
1,5 mm hard alloy sheet both sides have a protective coating using an anodic process. The use of hard alloy gives greater mechanical protection than traditional crude aluminium of the same thickness. This anodising surface treatment makes cleaning easy and is pleasing in its appearance. Aluminium lining panels on average are 30% lighter than pre-painted panels.
Aluminium is used for all dividers, in shelvings and drawers.
Many Syncro System components are built using a mix of aluminium and steel.
The cabinets have the doors made of aluminium.
Wheel arch covers have the front lower corner and the sync bar in aluminium (see red dot in the picture).
The use of aluminium allows weight savings up to 30%, without losing strength.
Many accessories are made of aluminium
Wherever this is possible, THE SMART Syncro design removes the excess material.
This can be noticed in the body of a chest of drawers: the back and bottom are cut in order to decrease the weight.
This technology, combined with the particular construction of the chest of drawers, enables weight reductions of 30%
The intelligent Syncro design is used for frames for plastic boxes, too.