There are many challenges in the transportation world, least of which is trying to get a trailer load of ice cream across the Nullarbor in 40°C temperatures. It’s just one of the many jobs Scully RSV must be prepared for.
“That’s the crux of what we do,” says Scully RSV CEO, Andrew McKenzie. “We are trying to get stuff that needs to be minus 20 across a desert.
“We are often talking about millions of dollars’ worth of product. We just can’t have any uncertainty.”
Scully RSV has been in operation for more than 30 years and is one of Australia’s leading providers of refrigerated transport solutions with utes, trucks and trailers all available on short- or long-term rental. It also offers new and used truck sales, available for up to 16 pallet capacity.
For Andrew, the challenges a of a large country and fluctuating ambient temperatures must be met with the very best in technology.
“This is where we choose to invest,” he says. “Our suppliers must have capability and competency from a technical standpoint and be able to back what they do. We only go with companies that can invest in research and development.”
For Scully RSV, working with these brands to bring the best in technology, safety and innovation to the market is paramount.
Scully RSV, for example, has been using Thermo King units in the manufacturing of its refrigerated trucks for decades, and now are using its products on its trailer fleet. Thermo King’s technically advanced products offer two-way communication and a system so customers can log on remotely and monitor position, speed and most importantly, temperature.
“It’s an extra level of safety and communication because it lets the customer see where their asset is and how it is doing,” says Queensland Thermo King Sales Manager, Colin Apps.
“It’s a massive challenge, considering this country’s conditions, to ensure the cold chain isn’t broken and that the technology and equipment is robust enough.”
Carrier Transicold is another Scully RSV supplier which puts research and development at the forefront of its business model.
The temperature-controlled transport company’s newest offering is the Vector HE 19. The trailer system combines experienced technology with new additions designed to significantly improve performance and efficiency.
Operators benefit from the improved fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, reduced unit weight by 10 per cent and a noise emission lowers by 3 dB(A).
Kelly Geddes, Director of Product & Aftermarket Solutions, Carrier Transicold Australia, adds: “This is a huge step forward for the trailer refrigeration market and the most important refrigeration unit to be launched in the Australia for a decade. The new Vector HE 19 will deliver significant performance advantages for our customers in every area. We’ve combined existing and cutting-edge technology with a host of new features to help operators make a step-change improvement in fleet efficiency and sustainability.”
With the support of companies like Thermo King and Carrier, it isn’t surprising that today Scully has a fleet of more than 1,000 trucks and trailers, with key locations around the country.
It has just opened a new branch in Perth which not only offers access to that more remote area, but also supports those who have a geographically-wide customer base. A second site in Sydney will open in the next few months, as will a new factory in Brisbane.
“Growth has been exponential over the past 12 to 18 months,” Andrew says. “It’s really exciting for us and the customer acceptance has been amazing.”
Andrew explains that Scully RSV doesn’t see itself as just a vehicle rental company, but also as a technology provider who can offer surety through data and data management.
“We are able to offer our customers industry-leading vehicles, but also the data to demonstrate to them that the integrity of the cold chain has been maintained throughout the process.”