Friday, May 29, 2020

British Engineering Firm Revolutionises LGV Bodies with Recycled Bottle Products

Formula 1 Technology Gives Extra Capacity Whilst Remaining Green
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UK – So Formula 1 has finally come to the commercial delivery sector. Penso is a company formed in the best British engineering tradition and has been directing its efforts to produce innovative products since 2000, mostly in the automotive sector with companies like Mercedes Benz. Now, focusing on a glaring gap in the LGV market the Coventry headquartered outfit has come up with an obvious way to increase the payload of last mile delivery vehicles.

Directors at the company have a wealth of manufacturing experience between them working in both F1 and Indy car and a simple switch to carbon fibre technology has resulted in both a unique, lighter body shape, and seen 5,000 plastic bottles recycled to make each one! The revolution however hasn’t happened overnight, it took a decade of research and a £10 million plus investment to bring to fruition.

The result however is spectacular, the range of ultra-lightweight bodies for 3.5-tonne commercial vehicles is not just significantly lighter, the makers claim a chassis fitted with their Blue Ocean Home Delivery Pod body can deliver a payload by weight up to 50% greater than a standard body truck meaning three delivery rounds can theoretically be turned into two.

There are two different body types so far both designed to fit a 3.5 tonne Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. The Blue Ocean e-Grocery Pod features a triple compartment temperature-controlled pod for grocery home deliveries, offering the ability to carry 140 totes versus an industry standard of between 110 and 120. The Blue Ocean e-Delivery Pod is an ultra-lightweight Luton van, offering 19 m3 of load space and an interior height clearance of 2.4 metres.

With equal funding from the company matched by the government via the Advance Propulsion Centre (APC) and Innovate UK, Penso was able to develop a flexible automated robot assembly line housed in a brand new 50,000 square foot facility in Coventry which can produce a finished body every 42 minutes from those press formed plastic bottles.

Penso says the bodies are not only an affordable alternative to those currently on the market but they come with an unparalleled 10-year structural warranty offering cost-saving potential for home dnelivery fleets. And after that decade long guarantee 95% of the product can once again be recycled, a factor which looms larger every year for all companies as the need to prove their green credentials to customers gets ever more important.