Thus, Galician Cold Laboratory becomes the only official station in the north of Spain certified for undertaking the tests included in the International ATP Agreement, fulfilling the regulations that guarantee the suitability of the new prototypes of vehicles or check the ones in use.
During their life cycle, the vehicles for the transport of perishable goods must be subject to strict controls either by the OCA (inspection authorities) or even by the periodical technical inspection of vehicles itself. The Cold Laboratory undertakes the needed tests to review the state of the containers of regulated temperature needed for their certification, so that they can be installed in the vehicles with all the guarantees. Once in the roads, these vehicles must undertake another inspection in six years, and then every three years. When they are 21, the vehicles must come back to the laboratory to verify the correct state of the containers containing the perishable goods. Furthermore, imported vehicles with more than six years old must undertake the same test.
One of the most positive elements of the completion of the laboratory is that from manufacturers to lorry drivers will take advantage of it, since either the tests or the periodical inspections can be undertaken in the premises of SyC-Applus in Espíritu Santo. Not only results this in the efficiency and quality of the temperature control systems of the vehicles but also in the comfort of the users. As well as avoiding the travel costs in case they had to go to Madrid, they can also save the costs of maintenance and stay, since owing to the complexity of the tests the laboratory controls usually last for two or three days. In addition, the objective is also to benefit with the same advantages to the professionals from the bordering communities. In fact, although the first vehicle to be tested in the Galician Cold Laboratory comes from our community, the second one that is going to enter in our premises comes from Asturias.
Galician Cold Laboratory settled within the highest quality and cutting-edge standards in the field of the control systems for vehicles for the transport of perishable goods, whose main aim is to guarantee that the cold chain will be maintained and thus, hygiene, security and quality so that they reach the consumers in the best conditions possible.
The system consists of a test camera of 26 metres length in which the insulating capacity of the isotherm units is analyzed, including from the climate control systems of the space to the cooling of the engines, the wind resistance and the insulating capacity of the isothermal vehicles. Furthermore, the laboratory implemented a technological system that allows the automation in the data capture and the results. This also will streamline procedures to issue the ATP Certificate and the test records on a more reduced term.