Supertrucks has just custom-engineered a high-specification individual glass rack system to meet the requirements of its German export customer for maximum operational versatility and efficiency.
This customer specified its new Iveco Daily long wheelbase, high-roof van with a large 4,465mm long x 2,600mm high external rack. And, this very large external rack had to mounted so that the overall vehicle height did not exceed 3,200mm.
To meet this request Supertrucks, the UK’s largest specialist glass transport equipment manufacturer, used its specially designed, low-mount, bottom rack mountings to bring the overall height down to 3,200mm. Like most Supertrucks external glass carrying racks this one is installed without the need to drill the side panels of the van and comes with a 100,000 mile/3year warranty.
In addition to low overall height the customer also specified a number of optional safety and efficiency boosting options. These included the use of light grey rubber mounting surfaces to prevent marking white UPVC window frames during transit.
Also the rack has been specified with Supertrucks’ patented System 2 security poles. These versatile load retaining poles can safely and quickly clamp both sheet glass and window frames. A further option for the rack was the wider (1700mm) carrying ledge, which can be folded up to reduce overall vehicle width when the rack is not in use.
Other options included anodised finish for the all-alloy lightweight rack, the Supertrucks’ GLASS STOP!, which prevents glass sliding forward in sudden deceleration and, for access to the roof rack, an integrated ladder incorporated at the rear of the rack. The Supertrucks near full-length, full-width roof rack is fitted with a central walkway for improved operator safety.
The Supertrucks’ lightweight, all-alloy glass rack fitted to this export vehicle, which is being supplied to Germany, one of the world’s most demanding export markets for glass carrying vehicles, incorporates a unique range of features, including:-
- it is not only fully compliant with all relevant European regulations, but also has internationally recognised German TUV certification
- an inclinometer, to indicate whether it is safe to load/unload
- rubber base blocks, incorporating side reflectors, to provide better in-transit load protection and improve vehicle visibility
- reflective white safety markers, to effectively define the rack edges front and rear in poor visibility
- pole rest, to provide convenient, safe storage for securing poles during load handling
Peter Wright, Supertrucks chairman, explains, “This latest export order reflects our growing presence in markets outside of the UK. As this order shows Supertucks is able to meet the most specific and demanding requirements for custom-engineered glass carrying vehicles. This expertise comes from over 30 years’ experience in the glass transport business and considerable investment in the latest design and manufacturing technology.”