VFS expands fleet with Vawdrey

Melbourne transport company, Victorian Freight Specialists (VFS), has taken delivery of a drop deck Titeliner from Vawdrey Australia.

The company – headquartered in Dandenong with depots in Truganina, Wodonga and Geelong – specialises in overnight delivery to regional Victoria and Southern New South Wales.

In line with its commitment to use industry leading technology to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of goods, VFS has expanded its fleet with additional Vawdrey Australia trailing equipment.

The latest trailer to join the fleet is a 22-pallet drop deck Titeliner with Auto Lock Deck system and load restraint curtains.

The Auto Lock Deck system, according to Vawdrey Australia Director, Paul Vawdrey, promotes a safer workplace environment through innovative design, building on the same proven locking system as its successful Auto Mezz Deck range.

“The Auto Lock Deck is simple to operate and can save up to 10 minutes for every deck movement,” said Vawdrey.

“To lower the deck, the operator simply selects the unlock function, lifts the deck to disengage the locks and then lowers the deck to the desired position. It ratchets through each of the locking positions on the mezzanine deck posts when lifting to provide a fast and simple method of lifting the deck by forklift.”

The Vawdrey Auto Lock Deck also negates the need for vehicle operators to work beneath a deck or to remove the deck from the vehicle to adjust the deck height, which significantly improves Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) practices.

“Current forklift-compatible mezzanine decks require the deck to be removed from the trailer before they can be adjusted,” he said. “Manually moving the deck support brackets to alter the deck position within the trailer is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous process.”

Supported by a pneumatic cylinder and two springs, the Auto Lock Deck will default to a locked position, which is critical for safety and reliability.

To assist forklift operators, there are simple, colour-coded indicators on the outside and inside of each deck, as well as full-width forklift tyne pockets to accommodate double pallet width tynes for better forklift engagement.

“We have designed the Auto Lock Deck to be as user-friendly as possible to allow for more efficient materials handling and freight tasks,” said Vawdrey.

The Auto Lock Deck also features heavy-duty bolt on guides and quick release airlines that allow the deck to be removed from the trailer with ease, and Duragal Steel mezzanine deck posts are used as a standard on all Vawdrey trailers.

“The Vawdrey Auto Lock Deck is an absolutely essential consideration when investing in modern commercial road transport equipment,” said Vawdrey.

Both VFS and Vawdrey Australia have enjoyed a longstanding partnership.

The new trailer is coupled to VFS’ latest Kenworth T410SAR which is also reported to feature the latest engine technology from PACCAR Australia.

VFS also engages in same-day parcel delivery anywhere in metropolitan Melbourne offering door-to-door pickup and delivery, smartphone scanning technology and consignment tracking.

Over the years VFS has been recognised as a top logistics supplier for prominent businesses including Mitre 10 and Dulux Group.

John Rowe, VFS Chairman, founded the company in 1998 with his colleague, Director – Special Projects, Roland Neef, having previously held senior positions at Linfox, TNT and Ausdoc.