Last month Van Eck delivered the 14th Chick Thermo Transporter to Fraport AG, Frankfurt. The Chick Thermo Transporter is intended for transporting live chicks from the aircraft to the animal facility at the airport.
Fraport AG is the biggest handler of airfreight at Frankfurt airport. In 1997 Van Eck developed the first Chick Thermo Transporter for Fraport. In recent years the vehicle has been further developed with the aim of transporting day-old chicks under perfect conditions at the airport and increasing the sustainability of the vehicle. In the development Van Eck has used its expertise in the area of airfreight and day-old chick transport.
A great deal of expertise can be seen in the transport of live chicks. It is essential that the body temperature of the chicks is kept at the right level and that the chicks get sufficient oxygen. By using advanced technologies such as extra fans, a filtration system and a specially designed blower ceiling it is possible to get an optimum oxygen level in the cargo compartment. This limits the loss of chicks during transport as far as possible.
This type of vehicle can also be used for goods such as computer chips and other temperature-sensitive products because of the readily controllable temperature and suspension.
By using the technique of independent wheel suspension (as in double-deck trailers) the life was also greatly improved and the tyres last five times longer. The cargo that can be carried with this vehicle is 5.000 kg, or in other words 1 airfreight pallet which is 3.180mm long.