Refrigerated Vehicles For Analytical Testing Company

CoolKit is helping to ensure the food on our supermarkets shelves is safe – thanks to their work with client ALS Laboratories (UK) Ltd.

ALS collect samples for analytical testing from a range of food manufacturers and have been using CoolKit as their sole supplier of refrigerated vehicles for around 12 months.

What We Did

Interior

Hygienic GRP interior surface with a textured anti-slip floor

Insulation

Insulated lining kit at 50mm throughout the conversion to suit chiller temperature

Refrigeration

Powerful refrigeration unit to maintain chiller temperature 0°C to + 5°C

“We have contracts with food manufacturers and suppliers and use the refrigerated vans to collect samples for microbiological, chemistry and molecular analysis. We collect from countless locations across the UK, delivering samples back to our nine food testing laboratories. It is vitally important to maintain the cold chain between the point of the sample being picked up to delivery back to the laboratory. Samples typically need to be kept between 1-5 degrees and any degradation of the samples can affect the final results. CoolKit do an excellent job and offer a professional service. It doesn’t matter whether you're ordering one van or twenty vehicles. Nothing is too much trouble for the highly skilled team.”
Susan Pratt, ALS Laboratories (UK) Ltd

Last year they purchased 24 vehicles, primarily Renault Trafic vans, from Burnley-based CoolKit.

Rather than a standard resin gel coated floor which allows the crates of samples to slide around the floor, CoolKit installed a GRP sheet floor which has a higher slip resistance, but not too gritted to damage the containers.

Susan Pratt, UK Logistics Manager, at ALS: “We have contracts with food manufacturers and suppliers and use the refrigerated vans to collect samples for microbiological, chemistry and molecular analysis. We collect from countless locations across the UK, delivering samples back to our nine food testing laboratories.

“It is vitally important to maintain the cold chain between the point of the sample being picked up to delivery back to the laboratory. Samples typically need to be kept between 1-5 degrees and any degradation of the samples can affect the final results.

Their fleet of 90 vehicles collect samples of food for human consumption from factories, abattoirs and artisan manufacturers. Each van has a number of collection points on the route and the vehicles are customised to meet ALS’ specification and are delivered complete with the ALS logo and sign-writing.

Susan added: “CoolKit has sourced a bespoke flooring for us that’s hygienic and easy to clean. Rather than having trays and boxes sliding around in the back it has given us a more stable load area.”

ALS vans are also fitted with trackers – to monitor driver behaviour, for safety of both the load and the drivers and to track the location of each vehicle.

“CoolKit do an excellent job and offer a professional service,” says Susan. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re ordering one van or twenty vehicles. Nothing is too much trouble for the highly skilled team.”

CoolKit continuously monitor changing vehicle weights and fuel efficiencies to ensure their customers are operating the best vehicle for the job.

Mark Beaton, Sales Specialist, said: “It’s great to work with the team at ALS and supply a well-known and respected company with their fleet of refrigerated vehicles. We want to ensure that we meet the customers’ needs and exceed their expectations, find solutions to real problems and deliver vehicles on time or ahead of schedule.”

 

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