Optimizing transport solutions




Refrigerated, meat-hanging

As the first European company to specialise entirely in the design and manufacture of refrigerated bodies for heavy goods vehicles - for more than 66 years - and recognised throughout the industry for the high quality, longevity and first-rate performances of its products, CHEREAU is esteemed thanks to a policy of continuous innovation and its tailor-made, sustainable vehicles - for the benefit of the most exacting carriers.

From abattoirs to meat cutting and processing plants, specific methods of transport must be used to "carry" quarters of meat under the best possible conditions. Loads are no longer placed on the floor, but instead hung from the roof, with specific systems for each type of meat. The necessary compatibility between the abattoirs' networks and those of transport vehicles calls for sophisticated on-board distribution and connection devices. The distribution of quarters of meat to butchers requires other, even more specialised, means of carrying and handling.





Refrigerated semi-trailers are specific in that their permissible overall width is 2,600 mm. As a specialist bodywork manufacturer, CHEREAU has developed a specific chassis which is wider than a traditional chassis and guarantees exemplary road holding whatever the nature of the goods carried. As with all CHEREAU products, the chassis guarantees quality and adaptability to the customer's specific needs. There is also a wide choice of axles, braking systems and rears. A recessed version of the chassis offers the benefit of 50 mm additional usable height.



Semi-trailers designed for transporting hanging meat are one of CHEREAU's great specialities. They are an entirely specific equipment, with a roof, side walls and floor specially designed for this kind of activity. All the components have the necessary reinforcement to bear loads suspended from the roof, which can exceed 22 tonnes. It is not unusual for customers to use this type of vehicle configuration for over 12 years (ATP renewal for using tunnels).


Routinely used for carrying pig carcasses, our tubular hanging rail is available in 2 diameters: 50/60 mm (Euro rail) or 40/49 mm. Each tube (a total of 5 in general) is supported by extruded aluminium arms with locking sliders, which enable the quarters of meat to be held in place, in order to restrict movement during transport. They are equipped with a fall protection system for the loading / unloading phases. The hooks used for this hanging system are DIN 250 (sliding) hooks with 50/60 mm tubes or diabolo (rolling) hooks for 40/49 mm tubes. For mixed rail / pallet use, CHEREAU has developed various devices for storing the hooks in the roof. This hanging system is compatible with abattoirs' networks and the LEVIAND hydraulic gantry.




For heavy loads (oxen or cows), the bi-rail hanging system remains the favourite. Thanks to its principle of two parallel rails with moulded aluminium supports, the bi-rail system ensures that hooks roll smoothly, making it easier to work during loading/unloading phases. It is fully compatible with abattoirs' networks and the LEVIAND hydraulic gantry, and carcass handling times are very short.



Another hanging mechanism, known as the "slide" system, is the most compact on the market. Made from 50 mm thick C-shaped aluminium profiles bolted directly to the inside of the roof, this hanging system uses sliding mushroom head hooks. This hanging system design is not compatible with abattoirs' networks, so moving quarters from the abattoir to the semi-trailer requires human intervention or robotic handling. This hanging system is frequently used for transporting lamb.



Thanks to a connection pole, quarters of meat are transferred almost automatically from the abattoir network to the body of the semi-trailer. This pole and the on-board hanging rail system in the semi-trailer are linked using a connector. These connectors differ depending on the hanging system model. CHEREAU has developed a removable and interchangeable connector in order to be as versatile as possible. In order to evenly distribute the numerous quarters of meat within the body, tubular and bi-rail hanging systems can be used with single outlet or inter-rail switch plates.



Unloading a carcass from a vehicle is a difficult, or even dangerous, operation when it is carried out using a step ladder. LEVIAND is an on-board hydraulic gantry with a capacity of 600 - 1200 Kg. Made entirely from stainless steel, it is connected to the semi-trailer's hanging system network with multiple outlets. In compliance with the (EC) machinery directive, this safety equipment is recognised by CARSAT organisations, which may help co-finance its acquisition.


Rear lights are frequently damaged during manoeuvres and backing up to docks, and this poses a real road safety problem. Given the frequency of this problem, CHEREAU has developed Flex-C LED, an extremely robust patented rear light system, which retracts when it comes into contact with an obstacle. It is equipped with LED technology, whose usable life is significantly longer than that of traditional bulbs.



CHEREAU's reservoir is specially designed to sit behind the leg stands on a semi-trailer chassis and allows a pallet carrier to be fitted. It has a capacity of 250 litres and lasts for more than 80 hours, which is sufficient for long distance operations. 

This unique reservoir has a filling opening on each side, protected by a lockable cap, and a standard anti-siphoning device. The direct reading gauge located on its left side (right side, as an option) is also compatible with the electric fuel level measuring devices for refrigeration units.



The Bumper-C, patented by CHEREAU, is the "ultimate weapon" for protecting the rear of your vehicle when backing up to docks. With an innovative design, it absorbs the energy of an impact and acts as a shock absorber. The Bumper-C allows lifting and lowering manoeuvres to be carried out by the vehicle at a dock without any risk of shearing or distortion. The Bumper-C is acclaimed by carriers, who manage considerable savings on maintenance and repairs to the rear frames of their vehicles. It is fitted on more than 90% of CHEREAU's chassis.



The RearDetect-C reversing radar is the perfect solution for backing up to docks in complete safety. This system detects obstacles, provides an audible warning during a manoeuvre and automatically stops the vehicle. Thanks to its 3 sensors, the radar detects an obstacle within 3 metres of the rear of the vehicle. When the obstacle is located at a specific distance (preset between 30 and 100 cm), the system automatically applies the vehicle's brakes until it comes to a standstill, without any action on the part of the driver.



A refrigerated body must be both powerful and robust. CHEREAU bodies benefit from a design that combines excellent insulation with specific assemblies, offering the highest performance level on the market and strength that has become the industry benchmark.

For long distance transport, CHEREAU produces bodies with super-insulated thick side walls with an internal width of 2,470 mm, the internal height of which is maximised thanks to the chassis underride, which enables them to remain within the overall height limit of four metres.



INOGAM bodies with hinged doors can be fitted with an integrated CHEREAU anti-theft system. Based on a "drawer" type padlock, it is inaccessible to tools generally used to break in to trucks (bolt cutters, grinders, crowbars, etc.). It is also protected against impacts and spray.



With a very strong steel design, the CHEREAU pallet carrier holds 36 pallets measuring 80x120. Located within the chassis wheelbase, it is spray-proof (water, sand, salt, etc.). With its retractable doors on the top, it offers easy access for handling pallets. It can be adapted for UK pallets (100x120) and is available in a fully open "basket" version, it is equipped with an anti-theft device.