MaxiTRANS has announced the market release of the evolution of its Maxi-CUBE Classic Refrigerated Van, which was previewed at the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show.
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,”
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.
In addition, MaxiTRANS has re-engineered the floor module for increased internal aperture without compromising on tare weight or Maxi-CUBE’s renowned strength and durability. “The internal height, with the exception of our lead model, has been increased by 25mm, which means customers can fit more in and be more productive with each load,” said Kevin.
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.
Additionally, the Maxi-CUBE Classic Lead model features our proven rack & pinion rollback system for fast and reliable loading & unloading. For added durability, the body is lifted off the rollers when left in the forward position, which helps to extend roller life.
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.”