NEW AND IM­PROVED Maxi-CUBE CLAS­SIC VAN

Max­iTRANS HAS AN­NOUNCED THE MAR­KET RE­LEASE OF THE EVO­LU­TION OF ITS Maxi-CUBE CLAS­SIC RE­FRIG­ER­ATED VAN.

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Set­ting a new bench­mark for re­frig­er­ated trail­ers, the new Maxi-CUBE Clas­sic in­cludes sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments over the pre­vi­ous de­sign in­clud­ing an op­ti­mised tare weight and a lead­ing K-value achieved via a range of ther­mal ef­fi­ciency up­grades. “Through the use of com­pos­ite ma­te­rial and im­prove­ments in mod­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques, we have been able to fur­ther op­ti­mise the way we build the trailer, al­low­ing us to in­crease the amount of in­su­la­tion, while also re­duc­ing the trailer’s tare weight,” said Kevin Man­field, Gen­eral Man­ager; Prod­ucts and Mar­kets at Max­iTRANS. “We’ve been able to re­duce the tare weight by up to 250kg on a stan­dard 22 pal­let reefer, pro­vid­ing bet­ter pay­load and im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency, fur­ther re­duc­ing the whole of life cost of the trailer.” “The Clas­sic em­ploys Maxi-CUBE’s unique in-house ure­thane foam process, this process im­proves ther­mal per­for­mance by pro­duc­ing cor­rectly-sized pan­els with­out the need to cut or de­stroy im­por­tant sur­face cells. We have also im­proved ther­mal breaks, which means in­sert­ing a ma­te­rial with low ther­mal con­duc­tiv­ity be­tween in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal ma­te­ri­als to re­duce the ther­mal path be­tween in­side and out­side tem­per­a­tures, to bet­ter as­sist with keep­ing the cold air in­side the trailer. The in­clu­sion of a fully moulded door seal, in­creased in­su­la­tion via a re­designed front wall and floor mod­ule, as well as fi­bre­glass dress cap­pings in the in­te­rior cor­ners, fur­ther add to the ther­mal ad­van­tages,” said Kevin. In­de­pen­dent test­ing has shown that im­prove­ments made to the new Clas­sic have re­sulted in a ther­mal ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous model of

up to 5% on a stan­dard 22 pal­let reefer, trans­lat­ing to im­proved per­for­mance, in­tegrity of car­ried prod­uct and fuel ef­fi­ciency for own­ers. An up­date to a light­weight full width skid plate en­ables driv­ers to un­hook the trailer at side­ways an­gles rather than straight on and has helped to re­duce the Clas­sic’s over­all tare weight. The mod­u­lar de­sign of the skid plate also means that it can be eas­ily re­paired or re­placed if dam­aged, with­out hav­ing to re­move and af­fect the in­tegrity of the trailer floor. “The new skid plate de­sign is the re­sult of ex­ten­sive Fi­nite El­e­ment Anal­y­sis (FEA), ac­cel­er­ated fa­tigue and in-field test­ing, each of which have rig­or­ously tested the strength and re­li­a­bil­ity of the de­sign,” said Kevin. Adding that it’s an­other rea­son why you can count on Maxi-CUBE for out­stand­ing re­li­a­bil­ity. The Maxi-CUBE Clas­sic boasts a num­ber of other up­grades in­clud­ing a re­in­forced floor and rear frame, cou­pled with stain­less steel rear cor­ner cast­ings. Both are in­cluded to al­low the trailer to bet­ter with­stand im­pact dur­ing dock­ing. The in­clu­sion of many mod­u­lar com­po­nents al­lows them to be eas­ily re­moved or re­placed if dam­aged, max­imis­ing up­time for own­ers. Also in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign is a full length chas­sis from bumper to skid plate, of­fer­ing greater strength over al­ter­na­tives. A num­ber of up­grades have been in­cluded with safety in mind, in­clud­ing brighter in­ter­nal LED light­ing for greater vis­i­bil­ity when load­ing and un­load­ing, as well as a re­design of the dou­ble loader bars. “The new dou­ble loader bars are now 50% lighter over the pre­vi­ous de­sign, mak­ing them eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre into po­si­tion, which as­sists with bet­ter Work Health & Safety. What’s more, we’ve also been able to in­crease the load rat­ing from 500kg to 670kg per pal­let space,” said Kevin. Kevin says, “The new Maxi-CUBE Clas­sic is avail­able now to or­der in Am­bi­ent, Reefer, Freezer, Chiller and Hi-Cube Reefer models. The new Clas­sic is avail­able at no ad­di­tional cost over the pre­vi­ous stan­dard Maxi-CUBE Clas­sic model, so now has never been a bet­ter time to con­tact the Max­iTRANS Dealer Net­work and take ad­van­tage of all the ben­e­fits that the new Maxi-CUBE Clas­sic has to of­fer.”

Right: Re­in­forced floor and rear frame cor­ner cast­ings as­sist to bet­ter with­stand im­pact dur­ing dock­ing.

Above: A full width skid plate pre­vents snags when cou­pling at dif­fer­ent an­gles, de­liv­er­ing out­stand­ing re­li­a­bil­ity.

Be­low: Up­grades to the new Maxi-CUBE Clas­sic have re­sulted in a ther­mal ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous model of up to 5% on a stan­dard 22 pal­let reefer.

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