Uptime key for Fowler Welch in 56-reefer Schmitz order22 February 2018

Food distribution business Fowler Welch has taken delivery of 56 Schmitz Cargobull reefers as part of a replacement programme for its 780-strong fleet.

The new assets will be in operation seven days a week, working from its nine depots, transporting ambient, fresh and frozen payloads across the UK.

Fowler Welch has used Schmitz Cargobull trailers since 2010, relying on their high quality build for demanding multi-drop work.

“Our trailers are used very intensively and travel thousands of miles a year in all weather conditions, so we need them to be as tough as possible,” says Paul Allera, head of fleet.

“We know we can rely on Schmitz Cargobull trailers to get the job done with minimal downtime and repairs. That means trailer availability in the fleet is high, so we can provide a high level of customer service and competitive rates.”

The new trailers have a greater internal width that allows Fowler Welch the flexibility to transport different loads in one trailer, including flower cages and supermarket pallets.

Additional buffer protection under the rear doors helps drivers when they reverse up to narrow supermarket loading bays, and a multifunctional PIEK floor allows for low-noise loading and unloading when making urban deliveries.

The units also feature the latest generation Schmitz Universal Sliding Interface (SUSI) rail, which allows the coupling plate to be moved beyond the width of the trailer to make it easier to connect electrical and pneumatic couplings.

Once the connection is complete, the coupling plate is returned to the normal sliding operation within the swing clearance to reduce strain on the connecting lines. By sliding the coupling plate beyond the width of the trailer, the operator can stand on the ground and not have to go between the truck and trailer on a catwalk.

Laura Cork

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