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Cool to the core

  • From the July 2019 issue.
Cool to the core

With a low tare weight and thermal efficiency performance that is claimed to comfortably eclipse the competition, the new Cold Core MSC refrigerated trailer range by Bruce Rock Engineering is poised to provide worthwhile efficiency gains to operators in the temperature-controlled transport realm.

The general consensus is that Australia stands out as having among the harshest operating conditions for heavy commercial vehicles on the planet.

Taking this hypothesis one step further, it could be fairly asserted that the country’s largest and most western state plays host to every environmental extreme (except perhaps for snow) that this wide brown land has to offer.
Vast distances, high ambient temperatures, plenty of unsealed outback roads – WA has it all, and then some. And when it comes to transporting perishable goods, particularly of the chilled and frozen variety, all of these factors conspire to make life far from easy for the transporter. 

Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE), has earnt a rock-solid reputation for producing a wide range of trailers for the agricultural, mining, construction and general freight sectors.

With a talented team of engineers that have mastered the art of designing light tare weight trailers that are suitably robust to handle the extreme conditions of WA, or any other state for that matter, BRE has now added another string to its bow in the form of its newly released Cold Core MSC range of refrigerated trailers.

BRE is the sole Australian distributor for Wabash National, North America’s largest trailer manufacturer, and the new Cold Core MSC range is the result of a partnership between the two companies.

It combines Wabash National’s Moulded Structural Composite (MSC) panel technology with BRE’s Aussie designed and built chassis, with the trailers produced at BRE’s WA premises.

According to BRE, this collaboration of expertise has delivered refrigerated trailers that are aesthetically pleasing, strong yet light, while possessing the best thermal efficiency available to the Australian market.

The new range, officially unveiled at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show in May, is said to be capable of maintaining temperatures as low as minus 30°C.

Proudly built in Australia, the Cold Core MSC range of semi-trailers includes full-length chassis for road train compatibility. The chassis are engineered and manufactured to BRE’s exacting standards. 

The semi-trailers come in sizes starting from 22 pallet capacity all the way through to 28 pallet capacity, the latter being a Performance-Based Standards approved quad-axle configuration.

Similarly, roll-back lead trailers for B-train combinations range in length to enable either 10- or 12-pallet capacities.

BRE points out that the relatively light tare weights of the trailers enable higher load carrying capacities.

In fact, the company says a 22-pallet road train spec Cold Core unit, as displayed at the Brisbane Truck Show (BTS) in fully operational trim, tares at a remarkably light 8780kg.

According to BRE, thermal performance testing recently undertaken by Supercool in Brisbane to AS4982 standards on the 45’ (22 pallet) van displayed at the BTS has revealed a coefficient of insulative effectiveness or K Value of 0.44 W/m2K. 

This is claimed to be the best thermal efficiency result ever achieved by an Australian manufactured fridge van.

“Many Australian freight operators are familiar with the Wabash name and the benefits that weight reductions in its products can have in increasing their load capacity,” said Bruce Rock Engineering Managing Director, Damion Verhoogt.

“We are now able to bring the same reliability, temperature control and weight performance to this new refrigerated trailer, with outstanding build quality, a comprehensive options list and smooth gloss sides that Australian operators demand.

“The Cold Core MSC will be a game-changer with 25 per cent better thermal efficiency than the Wabash conventional Arctic Lite reefer. This gain is increased to 50 per cent better than some rivals, which is based on field test data, not just theory,” Verhoogt said.

The Cold Core MSC range comes with an extensive list of standard and optional features including:

•  A full range of axle and suspension options;
•  STRENX ultra high tensile auto fabricated chassis;
•  Electronic braking system (EBS);
•  Double loader options;
•  Multi-temp zone options;
•  Hella lights and dangerous goods (DG) compliant wiring;
•  One-piece moulded structural floor, roof, sides and front wall with gloss gel coat finish;
•  Fully bonded construction - no rivets;
•  Roof and floor insulation thickness of 100mm;
•  Side wall insulation thickness of 40mm;
•  Stainless steel rear frame and docking bumper;
•  Standard barn doors with stainless hardware or optional overhead roller door.

All Cold Core MSC trailers will be available with different combinations of equipment and accessories such as tool boxes, water tanks, long range fuel tanks and Alcoa aluminium wheels.

“BRE combines premium materials and components with stringent quality controls to ensure high-quality products that deliver sustained profitability for our clients,” said Verhoogt. “The Cold Core MSC range continues this philosophy of combining global technology, research and development with Australian knowledge and expertise to bring to market a refrigerated trailer that has superior thermal efficiency, uses less fuel and reduces operating costs.”

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