Trends are clear, today’s consumer values convenience, wholesome food and just-in-time delivery. More fresh and chilled products are being ordered in smaller quantities. No more simple pallet in/pallet out operations: the cold chain must become as flexible as possible. It's key to address these challenges
to keep costs under control:
Minimising downtime and having access to the right technology.
Maximising space whilst retaining flexibility.
Keeping workers and equipment warm enough to keep efficiency high.
Chilled (ambient temperature down to 0°C) or frozen (below 0°) operations require lean, efficient solutions that minimise waste of space, resources and time, while also ensuring reliability in these demanding environments. We have a long history and experience working in low-temperature operations, offering as standard a full range of vehicles and solutions for chilled operations as well as dedicated cold store solutions.
For temperatures down to -30°C
Our complete truck range is designed to work effectively down to 0°C without modification. However, for temperatures down to -30°C most trucks will need to be adapted with specific features such as cold store oil, anti-slip platforms, heated batteries or can be equipped with a dedicated cold store cabin for more comfort and productivity like on our reach trucks.
Dedicated cold store specifications & add-ons for each model
Toyota's hand pallet trucks, order pickers, reach trucks and Very-Narrow-Aisle trucks (VNA), as well as counterbalanced trucks can be fully engineered for cold store use. Some trucks require little modification, for example, Toyota BT Levio pallet trucks and BT Staxio stacker trucks simply need low-temperature hydraulic oil – in all other respects they are pre-engineered for cold stores with fully sealed components. All cold store machines are clearly defined by the snowflake symbol. This helps drive down costs by reducing the risk of trucks being incorrectly used. Service contract are tailored to your needs.
Cold store operations are one of the toughest material handling challenges. Sub-zero temperatures may affect your trucks’ battery capacity, electronics, lubrication, bodywork and drivers’ ability to operate the truck. Efficiency and uptime are crucial in frozen storage of perishable goods (such as fish, meat, fruit, dairy, etc). Therefore, to prevent breakdown and repair costs, dedicated cold store trucks are highly recommended. Depending on the model, the trucks are fitted with the necessary components (cold store oil, stainless steel axles, cold store platform, …) to keep productivity high in cold environments.
To find out which trucks and specs fit in your cold operations, contact us to get more information or order a site survey.
Our trucks and solutions are used in virtually every sector & environment. You can choose from a wide offer of material handling equipment, including manual and automated trucks, all built according to the high-quality standards of the Toyota Production System. But also different energy solutions, several types of racking that fit your goods and available space, and service tailored to your needs covering a wide network within Europe.
Condensation is one of the biggest technical challenges for your cold store operation. When going from a cold to an ambient zone, moisture will form all over the truck, which can freeze to ice when going in the cold again, damaging the truck’s components. That’s why we recommend having a chilled room outside the cold store area to minimise condensation on trucks and loads. Or to stay outside the cold area until the truck is dry before entering again. Another alternative is to stay in the cold store as long as possible: li-ion batteries for cold store allow operators to drive and charge in cold store for a long period.
Besides proper clothing and training for the operators who have to work in temperatures as low as -30°C, fully enclosed cabins with heaters are also available. These will keep them warm and healthy, helping them to stay productive throughout the shift. In combination with the lithium-ion battery with heater, the truck can also be charged within the cold store area during breaks. Offering high efficiency, while eliminating the need for battery exchange and condensation problems.
Both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries can operate in cold store. But did you know that lead-acid batteries lose a significant amount of energy when operating within a cold store environment? Lithium-ion batteries on the other hand lose little to no battery performance within the cold store and have an energy efficiency that is up to 30% higher than lead-acid. This allows for a longer running time, and in combination with the ability to charge within the cold store thanks to our battery heater solution, the trucks are able to perform continuously throughout the shift. Having the truck always within the cold environment prevents condensation issues that occur when entering and exiting a cold store frequently.
The use of space in cold environments is extremely important as refrigerated air is expensive. Particularly in cold rooms with temperatures as low as -30°C, the space should be filled as efficiently as possible. Shuttle racking solutions and/or mobile racking are good ways to maximise the use of space whilst keeping throughput high.
World-leading food producer Döhler needed a solution to store thousands of pallets with food in cold store. Toyota Material Handling therefore supplied a racking and shuttle solution that fit their cold store perfectly thanks to its efficient use of space.
Foster Fast Food was looking for a space-saving solution to efficiently handle and store their frozen, chilled and ambient goods. Having already Toyota trucks in operation, they returned to Toyota Material Handling for a cold store VNA truck and narrow-aisle pallet racking.