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On-board trailer telematics protect cold distribution
Fleet Managers at Edwards Transport will have proof of maintaining a cold distribution chain for its refrigerated vehicles with in-built trailer telematics.
Shropshire-based Edwards Transport has taken delivery of 20 new Schmitz Cargobull S.KO COOL refrigerated trailers that will give the haulier unparalleled insight and control over its chilled distribution operations through telematics.
The new reefers replace older assets and increase Schmitz Cargobull’s share of the 50-strong temperature controlled trailer fleet to more than 70%. A major benefit to Edwards Transport is the integrated TrailerConnect temperature and mapping telematics package which has been specified on the trailers. It marks the first time Edwards Transport has utilised such a comprehensive system, having previously only employed a basic tracking function.
TrailerConnect will allow Edwards Transport to record and monitor all temperature data, door opening times and other pieces of vital information in real time. This can be used to demonstrate that goods have been kept at the specified set point during transit, protecting the cold chain at all times.
The system also bolsters fleet security by constantly tracking the trailer’s location, with the telematics unit and sensors fitted in secure areas to protect against tampering. It is programmed to relay all warnings to the operator via a text message or an email.
Built in Vreden, Germany, Edwards Transport’s new trailers are also equipped with Schmitz Cargobull’s innovative features for improved cleaning and reduced noise refrigeration units, an important factor for Edwards Transport since the company’s depot and new cold storage facility is located in close proximity to a residential area.
Commenting on the delivery o the new trailers, Mark Edwards of Edwards Transport said, “To ensure our growth we have invested heavily in our business over the past months; we have expanded our site and opened our own cold storage facility with a specific focus on dairy products. With their advanced technology, low running costs and high residual value our new Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers will play a key part in supporting our ongoing expansion plans,” concludes Edwards.