NewCold is installing an Automated Truck (Un)Loading (ATU/ATL) system for double-deck trailers at its Corby site scheduled to open in autumn.
The system was originally designed in 2017 for its first Wakefield deepfreeze storage facility. The ATU/ATL bridges the gap between the deep-frozen production or storage environment and NewCold’s 44-pallet double-deck trailers.
Accordingly, as soon as the product leaves the production line at minus 22 degrees, it is automatically loaded through a sliding door at the back of the 60-pallet-capacity pod, which itself is pre-cooled to the same temperature. From here the pallets are automatically transferred into the double-deck trailer, docked to the front of the pod.
Meanwhile, three electric-powered refrigeration systems hold the temperature at a constant minus 25 degrees.
With loading completed in five minutes, every deep-frozen package or pallet remains at a constant set temperature of minus 22 to minus 25 degrees. At no time during its journey from the production line to completed loading in the trailer does any pallet need to be exposed to an ambient environment or touched by an operative.
The same process is reversed when the load reaches the NewCold warehouse where automatic unloading capability unloads the trailer, again in approximately five minutes, directly into a frozen storage facility.