Thursday 20th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Fridge units help improve running costs

Holmfirth-based Longley Farm has taken delivery of two DAF 45s fitted with Thermo King V-500 Max refrigeration units. The new V-500 units, supplied by Marshall Thermo King, have been installed to manage early morning dairy produce deliveries. Longley Farm, home for the famous Longley farm yoghurts and other dairy products, is now one of the largest independent dairies in the country.

The two new vehicles join Longley Farm’s total fleet of 18 temperature-controlled vehicles, delivering throughout the UK from Longley’s depot in Holmfirth.

The Thermo King V-500 Max is powered by the vehicle’s engine and its direct drive refrigeration offers a number of advantages over diesel powered fridge units. Designed with two-piece split units for fresh, frozen and deep frozen application on medium-sized trucks and vans, the V-500 has lower fuel consumption and running costs which optimises performance, and lower noise levels, particularly in steady state conditions where there is virtually no noise.

Mike Wilson, transport engineer for Longley Farm, says: “Early morning deliveries are no longer a problem with the new V-500 refrigeration units. The units run off the engine, so when the truck stops, the noise stops. We are making on average 30 deliveries a day, so efficient pull-down and recovery times are very important, so far the new Thermo King refrigeration units are performing extremely well.”