New Foaming Plant Shortens Delivery Times
Jan 28, 2008
The almost 30-year success story of semi-trailer containers with insulated FERRO-PLAST panels continues unabated. Due to the high demand for this top-quality prod-uct for transporting temperature-controlled cargoes, a further production line started operations on the Vreden site in May 2007. The new plant was commissioned within a design and planning period of just one year. This self-developed plant also includes the next technological step in the large-scale series production of entire "one-piece" walls. As has been the case up to now with the segmented production of panels with a metal covering layer, the advantages of a homogeneous foam core for perfect heat insulation are also unequalled in the wall "made in one piece". The new seaming technology used to connect the tried and tested coil coating materials provides ex-pansion compensation for the wall surfaces with changing thermal loads, as it does with the segment panels. This prevents the foam core from becoming detached, thereby ensuring its long-term quality. The direct foaming process - protected at Schmitz Cargobull by the "FERROPLAST ThermoTechnology" trademark - provides the required degree of reliability in the cold chain and long-term value retention based on the know-how accumulated over decades of production and use in insulated trailers.
The planned size and performance data of the plant required the development of so-lutions that differed considerably from previous production technology. The installa-tion work began in January 2007. With the support of the Schmitz Cargobull engi-neering team, the construction partners created a plant of unique dimensions:
The production line covers an area of 2,700 m2 over two levels. The maximum panel size is 15 meters in length, 3.5 meters high and has a wall thickness of 150 millime-tres. These dimensions create enough "reserves" for possible future requirements in different markets. Every five minutes an entire completed wall leaves the production line around-the-clock, with its surfaces fully treated and with the covering metal layer that is impermeable to vapour diffusion providing non-stop precision and top qual-ity.
Our customers have decided: there is nothing better than FERROPLAST its Euro-pean market share and the number one ranking of the S.KO trailer speak for themselves.