JBS Australia recently purchased a new set of Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers to safely transport their premium quality food products. This article first appeared in the August/September issue of Food & Drink Business.
Global protein giant JBS has an impressive footprint in Australia through its JBS Foods Australia division. Ranked second on the Food & Drink Business Australia’s Top 100 Food & Drink Companies report for the fourth year in a row, it is the country’s largest meat processing company as well as largest manufacturer of ham, bacon, salami, and deli meats.
Its transportation division works across the entire business, providing logistical structure, transporting cattle, shipping containers, bulk products in tippers, and palletised refrigerated products.
The JBS fleet includes more than 40 prime movers and more than 100 trailers that travel a combined seven million kilometres per year.
When the company needed new refrigerated B-double trailers, JBS manager of logistics David Wardle approached Schmitz Cargobull’s northern New South Wales and Queensland dealer, The Brown and Hurley Group.
The Brown and Hurley Group key account manager Trevor Cox says Wardle’s contact was the perfect example of the saying, ‘timing is everything’.
“We had the perfect B-double Schmitz Cargobull set ready to go for the JBS fleet. The trailer set had been commissioned for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show and to then be part of our six-week roadshow to celebrate seventy-five years of The Brown and Hurly Group,” Cox says.
Cox explains that food transport requires the highest standard of hygiene, cleanliness and temperature control, and Schmitz Cargobull’s technology sets it apart from its competitors.
“The refrigerated bodies are based on state of art Ferroplast technology, which provide unparalleled thermal efficiencies,” he says.
Key features include:
- NX17 high density polyurethane hard foam insulation;
- highly resistant to corrosion;
- unequalled thermal efficiencies;
- reduced thermal expansion;
- higher penetration resistance;
- greater strength;
- vapour diffusion resistance;
- higher resistance to common chemicals, fungi, microbes, rot, and decay;
- odour neutral;
- physiologically harmless; and
- certified food safe.
The floor is non-slip barley grain pattern, which is fully welded to prevent moisture ingress. “It also gives the box more strength as the walls are welded to the floor,” Cox says.
“It also has recessed load securing hardware. The benefit of this system is that it provides greater internal space and prevents damage occurring to products and packaging,” Cox says.
Schmitz Cargobull’s stacking system called Dost is also part of JBS’ solution.
“Optioned with the Dost vertical double loader system, the double stacking of pallets has never been so easy. The Dost system is extremely user friendly, easy to operate and minimises workplace health and safety issues associated with less advanced system that require time consuming manual handling.”
The vans are equipped with Carrier Fridge units which feature the latest E Solution Telematics.
“JBS have full monitoring visibility and history of the load via computer and mobile phone at all times. The telematics provide live internal van temperature, current outside ambient temperature and fridge unit performance en route.
“Parameters are set, any variations are triggered and sent to the relevant personnel should it be required. This allows total management of food product whilst in transit from factory to receiver,” Cox says.
Another feature is the full-length hinge protection. “This rubber protection system offers a grab handle as well as impact resistance, while the full gasket style seal is one of the key features for the box’s thermal efficiency,” he adds.
Schmitz Cargobull’s proven running gear – suspension, brakes, axles – are German manufactured BPW and covered by a million-kilometre warranty, all of which ensures longevity as well as peace of mind in the harsh Australian conditions.
Additional safety features include the trailers being fitted with side under run intrusion bars, fire extinguisher and – of course – electronic braking system (EBS). The EBS detects what’s occurring with each wheel set.
“It prevents brake locking by predicting and preventing hazardous situations such as roll over, by automatically applying the brakes to particular wheels. Data can be extracted from the system to monitor driver performance such as harsh braking, peddle riding and other issues,” Cox explains.
The chassis of these trailers are constructed of Strenx 700. Strenx 700 is a high strength lower weight steel to ensure minimum tare weight and maximum payload.
“The trailers are finished with the right amount of polished stainless steel, so they look as good as they perform,” says Cox.
- Europe’s leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and truck bodies for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods;
- Opened Australian assembly facility in October 2019 in Noble Park, Victoria;
- Produces around 46,100 trailers annually;
- FY20 global sales of $3 billion; and
- 5700 employees globally.