Malcolm Logistics, a Division of the Malcolm Group and independent provider of third-party logistics services, has ordered 41 Class A swap bodies from trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturers Cartwright.
Cartwright engineers have been working in partnership with Malcolm Logistics for the past 12 months, designing and testing to create a product that caters to their customers’ operational requirements.
The swap body is the first of its kind in that it combines three cargo control systems specifically designed for different types of operation – one load restraint system for timberdeck products, another for roll cages (which is built into the curtains), and a third for a roof-mounted track system to control groupage.
The resulting design is a higher rated swap body than normal and runs at a gross weight of 34,500 kilos, with a tare weight of 5680 kilos, achieving higher operating weight with a low tare weight to maximise payload.
The swap bodies also meet current rail code requirements and are UIC approved by Network Rail. As they can run up to a gross combination weight of 48 tonnes (compared to the road legal limit of 44 tonnes), they are also future-proofed should legislation change.
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