- Where do the eutectic plates go and how many go into each container?
The eutectic plates are inserted into the support guides located inside the top part of the container.
These guides can hold two parallel plates for 450L and 450 L VAN models, and 4 plates for the 700L, 800L, ISOPALET 1100L and ISOPALET 800L models.
The 1760L model has room for two plates designed especially for this model, and they are also inserted into the top part in order to assist air flow, given that cold air is heavier and tends to sink, pushing the warmer air up.
- Where do the divider trays go in a container?
Tatoma insulated and temperature-controlled containers are designed with a number of support guides for the placement of trays or drawers. In the case of the 450L and 450L VAN, three support guides offer the ability to create up to four different compartments, and four support guides in the other models allow up to five compartments.
- How do you open and close the container door?
Our containers have a totally airtight seal, which is why the lever has to be pulled somewhat firmly in order to create a vacuum. This will ensure the preservation of the products housed inside.
In the case of models with a capacity greater than the 450L, there is a handle to make the closing operation more comfortable.
- Can it be picked up with a pallet truck?
Tatoma insulated and temperature-controlled containers are suitable for use with a hand pallet truck, order picker or powdered pallet truck. The only time they cannot be handled this way is if they have Silentblock damper feet, as the forks will not fit.
- How many eutectic plates do you need to put into each container?
The use of more or fewer plates depends on two factors:
- The outdoor temperaturer.
- The times the door is opened during a delivery run.
Under very hot conditions, such as in summer, at least 2–3 plates should be used for fresh products and 4 plates for frozen. Under more favourable conditions, such as in winter, the number of plates can be reduced.
- Can the plates be used for both fresh and frozen products?
Grupo Tatoma has two different types of eutectic plates, depending on whether they are for use with fresh or frozen products.:
- Fresh eutectic plate +4ºC
- Frozen eutectic plate -21ºC
- How do the plates need to be prepared before inserting into the container?
In order to work correctly, the plates should be frozen for 24 hours.
- In the case of positive cold plates (for fresh products), they should be frozen for 24 hours at a temperature of -18ºC.
- Negative cold plates (for frozen products) need to be frozen for 24 hours at a temperature of -30ºC.
For this reason, if you use the container daily, you should have two sets of plates, one for use and the other being frozen for use the next day.
- How long can the temperature be kept constant in a container using plates?
The duration of the action of the plates is also conditioned by factors such as the outdoor temperature and the times the door of the container is opened during a delivery run. According to our studies and certifications, this tends to be eight hours. But depending on the conditions, it can last up to ten hours under favourable conditions or fall to six hours under unfavourable conditions.
- How should the container be lifted and anchored to a van?
The 450L VAN model insulated container is designed to provide maximum anchoring inside the vehicle thanks to its Silentblock damper feet and a new superior design fitted with wider handles for the placement of straps.
- What is ATP certification?
The ATP, Accord Transport Perrisable – the French short form of the Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for such Carriage – was signed in Geneva on 1 September 1970 for the purpose of guaranteeing end consumers that their food would be delivered under the appropriate conditions of hygiene. This agreement is considered a set of technical and health standards that specify how perishable foodstuffs must be transported, specifying the requisites that must be met by the special vehicles used for their transport, and setting out the control procedures needed to ensure their compliance.
These are foods that need controlled temperatures for their transport. It should be pointed out that only those foodstuffs contained in the agreement are considered perishable, and that maximum temperatures are also set out.
- What products are included in the ATP?
- Ice cream -20ºC.
- Frozen or quick (deep)-frozen fish, fish products, molluscs and crustaceans -18ºC.
- All other quick (deep)-frozen foodstuffs -18ºC.
- Frozen butter -10ºC.
- All other frozen foodstuffs -12ºC.
- Red offal +3ºC.
- Butter +6ºC.
- Game products (other than large game) + 4ºC.
- Milk in tankers +4ºC.
- Industrial milk +6ºC.
- Refrigerated dairy products +4ºC.
- Untreated fish, molluscs and crustaceans on melting ice or at temperature of melting ice.
- Meat products (other than red offal and fully treated preserved meat products) +7ºC.
- Poultry and rabbit +4ºC.
Ready cooked foodstuffs are not considered perishable foodstuffs according to the ATP, so are exempt from the requirement to transport them in ATP-certified vehicles.
- How long will it take to receive the ATP certificate once I purchase the container?
Once you purchase the container, the process of issuing the original certificate will take some time. It will arrive by post and it may take about one month.
- Can I travel outside of Spain with my ATP certificate?
Yes. The ATP certificate is also valid in European Union member countries.
- How often do I need to renew the certificate?
The initial inspection is done by the manufacturer for new containers and certification is valid for six years. After this time, an inspection is required every three years.
- And after I buy a container, how can I have it maintained or repaired?
ATP certification renewals are also conducted by Tatoma, with a complete inspection of your container.
This inspection is certified by an accredited entity (TÜV), which renews the validity of the containers for three years and cancelling their expiry.
The RESTYLING maintenance of containers consists of the following operations:
- Replacement of bases.
- Replacement of the four corner angles.
- Replacement of lateral reinforcement.
- Replacement of the two lower corners.
- Replacement of the lower U channel (profile) on the door.
- Replacement of door equipment (handles, locks, U channels, etc.).
- Replacement of the four caster wheels.
- Replacement of rivets.
- Container exterior repainting.
- Respraying of all galvanized metal pieces.
- Repair of dents with filler.
- Incorporation of a tag onto each container.
- RFID management of containers.
- Interior cleaning.