The family business Duis Transport from Zaandijk specializes in the transportation of cocoa and cocoa-related products. With a fleet of eight trucks, Duis maintains crucial lines between cocoa processing manufacturers and their customers. Van Eck plays a leading role in the logistics with its extensive experience in implementing smart loading systems.
Over five years ago, Duis used a trailer from Van Eck for this work for the first time. “Initially, we worked with sliding tarpaulin trailers. But to save time in this work, a trailer with fixed walls and with roller tracks turned out to be a better idea,” says Wim Duis who runs the company together with his brother Pieter Duis. That’s how this Van Eck customer came to own an Eckcellent trailer equipped with hydraulic roller conveyors, to load and unload pallets quickly.
Finest Example of Customisation and Implementation of Automatic Loading and Unloading Systems
The trailer was excellent, but for the trailer now purchased, Duis preferred roller conveyors that are operated electrically. “The electric version is significantly stronger. The whole system responds better and the trailer is lighter too!” Duis had a second roller conveyor system installed, a so-called slipchain system. Van Eck has delivered on the best solution upon Duis’s request in working with select supplier of these systems ensuring the loaded pallets are tightly connected to each other in the longitudinal direction of the trailer. “The result is an optimally loaded trailer that is also safer,” says Duis.
In order to also make the best possible use of the axle loads, Duis opts for a TD steering system, in which the first and third trailer axles are steered. Those axles have an axle spacing of more than 1.81 meters between them, which allows them to carry more weight. “As a result, we never run into problems with the axle loads and we also have a trailer that maneuvers optimally and whose tires last considerably longer,” says Duis, who sees this as a fine example of customization by Van Eck.
“But the real reason we chose Van Eck again is the after sales. Van Eck listens carefully to the customer. Not only when they sell the trailer, but also afterwards. That is very important to us and was the decisive factor in our decision to continue working with this supplier,” says Wim Duis.
The new trailer from Van Eck will make five daily trips in North Holland. “So five loading and unloading operations in one day. In this way, we transport 150 tonnes of cocoa product for our customer every day, which is 900 tonnes a week. Loading and unloading takes about two minutes each time. It shows that Van Eck gets full confidence to play a crucial role in our daily logistics operation.”
About the Product Range of Van Eck Trailers
Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck offers precise and high-quality vehicles by listening to its customers with sustainability as the driving force. Today, Van Eck’s product range consists of 5 categories, respectively, Eckstreme, Eco Co2mbi, Eckcellent, Eckspress, and Eckspert Series.
Eckstreme: Firstly introduced in 2003, Van Eck Twin Deck Trailers enables 40% CO2 emissions decrease by providing 60% more loading capacity. With Twin Deck trailer, Van Eck acquired the Top 3 in Trailer Innovation 2005 Awards.
Eco Co2mbi: Producing its first Long Heavy Vehicle (LHV) in 2004, Van Eck’s Ecko Co2mbi series enables sustainable transport by decreasing CO2 emissions by 40%. Within Ecko Co2mbi Series, Van Eck can build any LHV Combination, including LHV’s with twin deck.
Eckspress: Eckspress Series Aircargo Vehicles is the reliable solution for aircargo and airline companies by offering Roller Conveyor System that enables safe and reliable road freight services and has double deck system to increase load factor.
Eckcellent: Eckcellent Series Distribution Vehicles offers tailor-made transport solutions for your day and night operations. Eckcellent Series are built with reinforced upperstructure for long product-life cycle.
Eckspert: The introduction of airport equipment under the Eckspert series was made in 2003. With Van Eck’s Eckspert series, Van Eck design and manufacture very special vehicles that completely address the very special transport challenge of its customers.