Arla picks Transdek lifts for giant dairy development

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Arla Foods has chosen Transdek to install six loading and lifting systems at sites across the UK, including two tailor-made 6.5-tonne double deck lifts at its fresh milk dairy at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

The Aylesbury development is creating a £150m milk processing facility that will process one billion litres of milk annually.

Arla has also developed a combination trailer which incorporates a 19,000-litre capacity raw milk tanker and refrigerated container deck into a single unit.

Some 20 of the 44-tonne combination trailers will have taken to the UK’s roads by the end of the year.

The 6.5T hydraulic lifts, which hold up to 28 of Arla’s tetratainers (small roll containers used to transport milk), have been designed to specifically accommodate the new trailer and complement the site’s aesthetics. The bespoke lifts are fully insulated and 1.7-metres taller than a standard unit to match existing dock levellers at the facility, and to accommodate a 80mm composite sectional door, which retracts into the roof.

Paul Cheetham, logistics project facilitator at Arla, said: “We are particularly impressed with the simple one-day installation, along with the loading speed and efficiency of the Transdek lifts. With its unique features the lifts are the ideal loading solution for our own innovative combination trailers, which set new standards for the industry.”

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