Every cargo has unique transport requirements. For example, some items require temperature-controlled transportation, often referred to as cold storage or refrigerated transportation, to maintain their quality. Flowers, pharmaceuticals, and perishable products like milk, fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat are a few examples of products that require refrigerated transport. Usually, such products are transported in refrigerated trucks or vans. However, because each product has unique temperature requirements, there's hardly a one-type-for-all option when it comes to refrigerated trucks and vans.
Therefore, here are the standard types of refrigerated trucks and vans to help you choose the best for your cargo.
Generally, refrigerated trucks contain a refrigeration system. However, as the name implies, insulation-only trucks don't have one. Instead, they rely on a robust insulation system. The storage section for the cargo is fitted with insulation materials like polystyrene that maintain a steady temperature by preventing thermal bridging once the products are sealed. They are perfect for transporting products like flowers that need a steady temperature, especially if you are moving them over a considerably long distance.
Chiller Conversion Trucks
Chiller conversion trucks still rely on insulation systems. However, unlike their insulation-only counterparts, these trucks have a refrigeration system. Therefore, aside from keeping the heat outside the truck, they can also keep temperatures effectively low, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it's worth noting that chiller conversion trucks do not keep temperatures below zero. Therefore, they are only ideal for cargo that doesn't call for below-zero temperatures. For instance, you can transport flowers, dairy items, chilled meat, and even pharmaceuticals with these trucks. And since they are highly flexible, you can transport several products.
Semi And Full Freezer Trucks
As the name implies, semi-freezer and full-freezer trucks allow you to transport cargo that requires below-zero storage temperatures. The main difference between semi-freezer trucks and their chiller counterparts is that the former comes with better insulation and a higher refrigeration capacity. In addition, most semi-freezer trucks have a quick-defrost or reverse cycle defrost system. That means you won't need to invest in a defrost heater.
However, if you are after full-fledged freezing, full-freezer trucks are your best bet. They offer the best of everything, including the best insulation and refrigeration capacity. In addition, the sidewalls, doors, and back entryways of these trucks are supported with thick and heat-resistant materials to keep the cargo frozen at extremely low temperatures. Like their semi-freezer counterparts, full-freezer trucks also have quick-defrost or reverse cycle defrost capabilities. In addition, some options have hot gas defrost functionalities.
For more information, contact a refrigerated transport service in your area.