Vector™ 1350 Launch Rounds Out Carrier Transicold’s Trailer Range
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, November 7, 2013
The new Vector™ 1350 unit from Carrier Transicold, delivering a capacity of 12,700 watts, is optimised for long haul transportation and rounds out the Vector range, now comprised of three specialised refrigeration units designed to suit a multitude of customer applications. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers and is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Vector 1350 unit maximises payload and reliability while minimising fuel consumption and system downtime, all within a lightweight package that optimises capacity to maintain temperature over long distances. The 1.1 litre engine, driven by a new control, reduces fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent over Carrier Transicold’s Maxima unit, under the new upcoming CEN Partial Load regulation test protocol, and drives both a compressor and a generator to power the ventilation system. Three electric fans significantly improve system reliability by reducing the number of belts needed compared to belt-driven units.
The Vector 1350 unit joins the established Vector range, which includes the 14,800 watt Vector 1550 and the 18,800 watt Vector 1950. The Vector 1550 unit delivers excellent pull-down and temperature control to transport a variety of perishable and temperature-sensitive goods for a wide range of logistical applications, while the high capacity Vector 1950 mono- and multi-temperature units provide faster pull-down and the ability to haul larger loads for intensive city deliveries with frequent stops and door openings. Both the Vector 1550 and 1950 units feature Carrier’s E-Drive™ all-electric technology.
“With our comprehensive Vector range, Carrier Transicold offers its customers the right Vector unit for each of their missions, providing specific units for long haul transport or distribution, and under any condition,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold.
As part of the range, the Vector 1350 unit has been designed to provide maximum coldchain protection and optimum total cost of ownership while lowering its carbon footprint. As well, by using a microchannel condenser coil the Vector 1350 unit carries 27 per cent less refrigerant than its predecessor.
Weighing in at just 643 kilograms, the Vector 1350 unit is up to 17 per cent lighter than competitive units, which enables hauliers and own-account operators to carry larger payloads. It also offers a new, userfriendly control interface for easier operation. Key features have dedicated buttons and universal symbols that are easy for operators to understand regardless of language, and help to avoid potentially costly mistakes when choosing the proper temperature settings inside the trailer.
The Vector 1350 unit is designed using proven technology and key components that are widely available. The unit’s design enables easy access to components for faster maintenance and reduced downtime.
“The light weight and simplicity of the Vector 1350 unit makes it the perfect fit for the long-haul transportation of temperature-controlled goods,” said Bertrand Gueguen, president, Carrier Transicold, Truck / Trailer, at a customer launch event in Berlin today.
Carrier Transicold UK and PCL Transport Keep Nation’s Tea Drinkers Topped Up with Milk
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, October 18, 2013
PCL Transport, which delivers enough milk on behalf of Arla Foods each week for 61 million cups of tea, has added 100 temperature controlled units from Carrier Transicold UK to its fleet. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The family-run company’s latest order includes 60 PIEK-certified Vector™1550 City units, which can operate at a noise level below 60 decibels, the equivalent of a normal conversation. This makes PCL the country’s largest operator of Carrier Transicold PIEK-compliant transport refrigeration technology.
“We chose Carrier’s PIEK-certified Vector 1550 City units as both PCL and Arla Foods take environmental responsibility very seriously,” said Shaun Stephenson, director, fleet and compliance, PCL. “The Vector 1550 City unit allows us to minimise the risk of noise disturbance on routes where we deliver to urban and residential areas.”
The Vector 1550 City units adhere to Europe’s most stringent noise abatement standard by reducing the sound emitted by the standard Vector 1550 model by more than 10 decibels, whilst providing the same key advantages of low fuel consumption, impressive reliability and lightweight design. PIEK standards were established in the Netherlands in 2003 to respond to growing concerns from local government and supermarkets, and stipulate that noise levels during night deliveries (from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.) must not surpass 60 decibels.
While the Netherlands paved the way in this field, numerous projects aimed at reducing noise pollution have since come to fruition in other European countries including France, the UK, Spain and Germany. The Vector 1550 City trailer unit is one of three PIEK-compliant models in Carrier Transicold’s range, and was recognised with a John Connell Award by the Noise Abatement Society in 2011.
PCL’s latest order also includes 30 Vector 1550 Extra Low Noise units – which meet a noise emission standard partway between that of the Vector 1550 City model and a standard Vector 1550 unit. All of these latest nose-mounted Vector units operate on new Montracon 13.6m and 10.4m reefers. Ten Supra™1150 refrigeration units, fitted to 26 tonne Renault rigid trucks, complete PCL’s order.
By specifying the Vector 1550 systems, PCL Transport will benefit from Carrier’s patented E-Drive™all-electric technology, which removes a large number of serviceable parts from the refrigeration cycle, substantially reducing maintenance and downtime compared with conventional belt-driven systems. It also allows for extremely precise temperature control +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius.
The Vector 1550 unit builds on the success of previous generations of Vector technology to combine a reduced capacity of 14,800 watts with low fuel consumption. This helps to reduce the total cost of ownership whilst also cutting overall carbon impact by up to 35 per cent compared to conventional systems. The Vector 1550 family also represent some of the lightest trailer refrigeration units on the market, helping to optimise PCL Transport’s payload capacity.
The truck-mounted Supra™systems – developed for distribution environments with multiple door openings, achieve rapid pull-down and accurate temperature control.
“We work on behalf of one of the largest dairies in Europe so maintaining accurate temperature integrity is absolutely essential; it is why we have specified Carrier Transicold units for this significant investment in our fleet. In our opinion, there is no better transport refrigeration equipment on the market,” added Stephenson.
Hoddeson-based PCL Transport runs a fleet of 250 tractor units and rigids, and 250 trailers. The company collectively makes more than 8,000 deliveries nationwide each week, travelling 240,000 km.
For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit www.transicold.carrier.com . Follow Carrier on Twitter: @CarrierGreen.
Carrier Transicold UK Focuses on Efficiency at TCS&D 2013
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, August 29, 2013
Carrier Transicold UK is exhibiting three high-efficiency temperature-controlled units at Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution (TCS&D) 2013, showcasing examples from its extensive range of reefer products for light commercial vehicles, rigid trucks and trailers. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Carrier’s Vector™1550 mono temperature unit, which reduces overall carbon impact by up to 35 per cent compared to conventional trailer systems, is featured on the stand. Weighing just 739kg, it is one of the lightest trailer refrigeration systems on the market, helping to maximise load-carrying capacity.
Fleets specifying a Vector 1550 system on a new trailer benefit from Carrier’s patented E-Drive™all-electric technology, which substantially reduces maintenance and downtime compared with conventional belt-driven systems due to fewer serviceable parts in the refrigeration cycle. It also allows for extremely precise temperature control of +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius.
For the rigid truck market, Carrier Transicold is displaying its new Supra™1150 refrigeration system. Together with the Supra 1050 and 1250 models, it is one of three new high-capacity units that have been added to the Supra range, which have been developed specifically for distribution operations where multiple door openings are an everyday occurrence.
The new Supra series features new fans that increase airflow by 24 per cent for quick temperature recovery and improved air management, whilst the use of a 7mm condenser and a smaller compressor help to deliver optimum fuel efficiency.
These three additions to the Supra line-up ensure Carrier Transicold has an extensive range of systems for rigid trucks with load space volumes of between 30m3and 90m3– with multi-temperature variants available too.
Rounding out the units on display is a Pulsor™400 system, which is ideally suited for multi-drop work in congested urban environments. Key to the Pulsor 400 unit’s performance is its patented E-Drive technology, which has been specially adapted from the Vector all-electric trailer system. This enables the Pulsor unit to deliver impressive reliability thanks to fewer moving parts, whilst also transforming engine power into electricity via a generator. An inverter then regulates the power delivered according to refrigeration needs, whilst a variable speed hermetic compressor delivers constant capacity in all refrigeration phases.
The E-Drive technology allows the Pulsor 400 unit to reach full refrigeration capacity at low engine speeds (1,000 rpm), ensuring it can maintain temperature integrity throughout the delivery cycle. This high and continuous refrigeration capacity at low engine speeds is ideal for vehicles that routinely operate in congested city centres. In contrast, a conventional refrigeration unit’s compressor is connected to the vehicle’s engine and runs at the same speed, only reaching optimum capacity at approximately 2,400 rpm.
For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit the company’s stand (F1) at TCS&D 2013 or log on to www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @CarrierGreen.
Sainsbury’s trials world’s first naturally refrigerated trailer
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, August 29, 2013
- New technology could save over 70,000 tonnes of CO2
- Equivalent to taking over 34,000 cars off the road
Sainsbury’s is trialling the world’s first naturally refrigerated trailer to transport chilled and frozen goods. The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the retailer’s review of its transport refrigeration gas and work to reduce its carbon footprint, which includes converting its stores to natural refrigeration by 2030.
Sainsbury’s was the first UK retailer to commit voluntarily to phasing out harmful HFC refrigerants. It converted its refrigerated depots in 2011 and is on track to switch 250 stores to CO2 refrigerant by 2014 – over 160 stores have already moved to the natural refrigeration system. Currently all new stores are fitted with CO2 as standard and its Haslucks Green Local store in Solihull is also trialling the very first small-scale CO2 refrigeration system, making it Britain’s greenest convenience store.
Nick Davies, Sainsbury’s Head of Transport Operations, said: “The new carbon dioxide technology has much less of an impact on climate change and we hope it will play a big part in helping us reduce our carbon emissions. We will be monitoring its performance closely and if successful, in line with our replacement plan, it could help us save over 70,000 tonnes of CO2 compared to the current refrigerated trailer fleet.”
Sainsbury’s is working with Carrier Transicold in a two year trial of the new HFC-free cooling technology for road transport, using a modified version of Carrier’s NaturaLINE™ refrigeration system, which was initially developed for deep sea containers and completed a rigorous sea trial programme in 2012.
David Appel, President of Carrier Transicold, said: “This is the very first time that our NaturaLINE system has been mounted to a box trailer anywhere in the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to advance Carrier's natural leadership in environmental technologies, by working closely with Sainsbury’s, one of our largest customers in Europe, to test how the concept performs on the road. It’s also much better news for the environment because natural refrigerant CO2 is non-ozone depleting and has a Global Warming Potential of one.”
Sainsbury’s has also recently extended its Dual-Fuel fleet to 51 vehicles saving up to 25 per cent in carbon emissions (over 2,090 tonnes of CO2). The environmentally friendly fleet, now one of the largest in the UK, operates on a combination of diesel and bio-methane, produced from rotting organic material in landfill. Each Dual-Fuel vehicle will save around 41 tonnes of CO2 from being dispersed into the atmosphere each year.
Underpinned by its 20x20 Sustainability Plan, Sainsbury’s aims to reduce its depot to store transport CO2 emissions by 35 per cent by 2020 and achieve an absolute reduction of 50 per cent by 2030, against a 2005 baseline, despite the growth of its business.
Carrier Transicold’s New Vector™ 1950 MT Technology is First Choice for Gregory Distribution
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, August 29, 2013
Gregory Distribution has updated its fleet of temperature controlled vehicles by adding 10 Vector™1950 MT (multi-temperature) refrigeration units provided by Carrier Transicold UK. The new temperature-controlled systems will be used to transport chilled and frozen produce for the logistics company’s contract with Appleby Westward Group, which service convenience stores across South West England. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The new Carrier units are mounted to single-axle Gray & Adams rear steer urban trailers, featuring internal moving longitudinal bulkheads to allow Gregory Distribution to alter the trailers’ compartments, enabling varying payloads of frozen, chilled and ambient goods to be carried.
“When deciding to invest in new equipment for the fleet it is essential we have the best and most reliable technology to ensure temperature integrity at all times. We’d previously run Carrier’s Vector 1850 units and been impressed with their performance, so it seemed an obvious decision to update the fleet with Carrier’s latest units. The Vector 1950 MT units enable us to have precise temperature control to within +/- 0.3 degrees in each compartment, even in the prolonged heatwave we experienced this summer,” said Andy Price, fleet support manager, Gregory Distribution.
Carrier Transicold’s Vector 1950 MT unit was launched at the IAA Show in Hanover in September 2012 and replaces the previous Vector 1850 system, offering a 4 per cent increase in refrigeration capacity for a total of 18,800 watts.
The updated units ensure Gregory Distribution benefits from faster pull-down times and the ability to haul larger loads over longer distances, whilst the Vector 1950 MT unit’s condenser is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, providing improved efficiency.
“Our new trailers will be worked intensively so choosing a brand we can trust is essential. I am confident that these new Vector 1950 MT units will adhere to our strict fleet standards, enabling us to deliver our customer’s produce in optimal condition every time,” adds Price.
The Vector 1950 MT units are equipped with Carrier’s patented E-Drive™all-electric technology, which removes mechanical transmissions found in conventional belt-driven systems and transforms engine power into electricity through a generator. The units also use a microchannel condenser coil which contributes to reducing fuel consumption by approximately 10 per cent per watt delivered; further increasing the efficiency of the Gregory Distribution fleet. These coils enable a compact design that results in a 17 per cent reduction in the unit’s refrigerant charge.
Devon-based Gregory Distribution runs a fleet of more than 500 vehicles from 17 UK sites, collectively travelling more than 40 million miles a year. The company plans to keep the new trailers in operation for up to 10 years. Gregory Distribution offers a broad range of logistics solutions including temperature-sensitive deliveries, ambient distribution of small pallet consignments, full and part load transport, waste transportation and bulk liquid deliveries. Gregory Distribution also provides ambient, chilled and frozen storage, picking and handling services.
For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @CarrierGreen.
Carrier Transicold Keeps Martin Brower UK Cool During Deliveries
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, August 1, 2013
Carrier Transicold UK has secured an order for 30 Vector™ 1950 MT (multi-temperature) units and eight Supra™ 950 MT units from Martin Brower UK. The new equipment will be used to deliver a mixture of ambient, chilled and frozen produce to restaurants nationwide. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The order marks the first of Carrier Transicold’s latest generation Vector 1950 MT systems to enter the Martin Brower fleet, mounted to multi-compartment trailers manufactured by Gray & Adams. They will operate from three distribution centres in Heywood, Hemel Hempstead and Basingstoke, clocking-up more than 4,000 hours of operation on the road per year. When parked at a distribution centre, each unit offers plug-in electric-standby capability.
Compared with the previous generation Vector 1850 MT unit, the latest Vector 1950 MT system offers a 4 per cent increase in refrigeration capacity for a total of 18,800 watts. This ensures faster pull-down and the ability to haul larger loads over long distances, whilst its condenser is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, providing even greater efficiency.
“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Martin Brower. They continue to specify Carrier Transicold units as they know that our technology is well suited to their high fleet utilisation, which demands robust and reliable refrigeration systems,” said Justin Grace, managing director Northern Europe, Carrier Transicold UK.
The Vector 1950 MT unit’s new microchannel coils also contribute to reducing fuel consumption by approximately 10 per cent. The use of microchannel coils enables a compact design that results in a 17 per cent reduction in the unit’s refrigerant charge.
Like its predecessor, all Vector 1950 MT units are equipped with Carrier’s patented E-Drive™ all-electric technology, which remove mechanical transmissions found in conventional belt-driven systems and transforms engine power into electricity through a generator. This power method ensures precise temperature control to within +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius of the set point, for maximum load protection.
Supplied on contract hire by Centurion Truck Rental Ltd, the trailers are joined in the fleet by eight new DAF CF65.250 rigid trucks, each mounted with Gray & Adams refrigerated box bodies and Supra 950 MT units. These vehicles complement a fleet of more than 300 assets and are designed for locations which cannot be accessed by articulated vehicles, such as narrow city streets or shopping precincts with underground unloading areas.
All of these units are covered by Carrier Transicold UK’s Golden Cold® repair and maintenance contracts. This includes all maintenance recommended by Carrier Transicold carried out by manufacturer-trained technicians using genuine replacement parts, plus access to 24-hour emergency assistance throughout the UK.
For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @carriergreen.
Carrier Transicold and Petit Forestier Team Up on a New Demonstrator Vehicle for the Future of Urban Refrigerated Transport
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, July 18, 2013
Refrigerated vehicle rental and contract hire company, Petit Forestier, has teamed up with Carrier Transicold UK and Iveco to build a next generation urban distribution vehicle for the temperature-controlled market. Petit Forestier is making the vehicle available for customer trials over the next 12 months. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The 7.0-tonne gross vehicle weight demonstrator is built on an Iveco Daily 70C17 chassis, mounted with a Lecapitaine multi-compartment body and a Pulsor™600 MT (multi-temperature) refrigeration unit with E-Drive™electric technology.
Petit Forestier has specified the vehicle for fleets delivering temperature-sensitive loads in dense urban areas. The vehicle offers a payload capacity of 3.0 tonnes – comparable with many small rigid trucks.
“The aim of the project has been to develop a concept vehicle using the most innovative transport refrigeration technology, coupled with sleek bodywork and a robust, lightweight, 7.0-tonne chassis. We’re already receiving significant interest in the demonstrator from fleets that need to deliver large loads of perishable or frozen produce in built-up environments,” said Martin Farrand, director, engineering, Petit Forestier.
“The key items on many fleet managers’ shopping lists are payload capacity, cooling capacity, fuel efficiency and temperature integrity. This demonstrator allows us to offer all that, whilst retaining the manoeuvrability and drivability of a light commercial vehicle (LCV).”
The fully-laden Daily chassis can transport a load equivalent to approximately three regular 3.5 tonne vehicles combined. This makes the 7-tonner ideal for even the most demanding LCV applications, whilst allowing fleets to significantly reduce fuel costs and emissions by using one vehicle instead of three.
The Pulsor 600 MT unit uses Carrier’s patented E-Drive technology to deliver impressive reliability thanks to fewer moving parts and fittings. It does this by removing mechanical transmissions found in traditional belt-driven systems and transforming engine power into electricity via a generator. The generator then channels electrical power to an inverter that regulates the power delivered according to refrigeration needs. Finally, a variable speed hermetic compressor operates according to the inverter’s output, delivering constant capacity in all refrigeration phases.
Unlike traditional refrigeration units which use a compressor connected to the vehicle’s engine, and which only reach optimum capacity at approximately 2,400 rpm, the Pulsor unit maintains a high and continuous capacity even at low engine speeds. This makes it ideally suited for multi-drop work in congested urban environments, where approximately 90 per cent of a typical journey is completed with engine speeds below 2,400 rpm – thereby avoiding the potential risk of damage to perishable cargo.
The Pulsor unit can reach the designated set point twice as fast as conventional technology, and is accurate to within +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius of the defined set point.
For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @carriergreen.
Shetland Transport Orders First Carrier Transicold Vector™ 1550 Units
10 May 2013 - Warrington, UK
Lerwick-based Shetland Transport has taken delivery of its first Carrier Transicold Vector™ 1550 trailer refrigeration units. They will be used for temperature-controlled deliveries to and from the Shetland Isles, located 110 miles north of mainland Scotland. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Each of the nine Vector 1550 units have been mounted to tri-axle reefers manufactured by Gray & Adams and join a fleet of 30 trucks and 96 trailers. They will be predominantly used to transport farmed salmon, mussels and white fish from Shetland to destinations across the UK and mainland Europe, returning to the islands with a range of fresh, chilled and frozen produce.
By specifying the Vector 1550 systems, Shetland Transport will benefit from Carrier’s patented E-Drive™all-electric technology, which removes a large number of serviceable parts from the refrigeration cycle, substantially reducing maintenance and downtime compared with conventional belt-driven systems. It also allows for extremely precise temperature control of +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius.
“We’ve chosen Carrier units on a number of our trailers in the past, and they’ve always proven to be incredibly durable and reliable, regardless of the long hours our vehicles spend on the road. We might be one of the remotest hauliers in the UK, but it’s just as important for us to run the latest specification equipment and to keep up-to-speed with legislation. These new trailers and fridges represent significant investment in the fleet,” said Hamish Balfour, managing director, Shetland Transport.
With a demanding workload, Shetland Transport’s distinctive blue, red and white fleet is on the road seven days a week and Balfour is counting on the units’ longevity to provide the service life he desires.
“We will aim to keep these trailers and fridges in service for at least the next 15 years, if not a little longer. After about 10 years of frontline service handling long-distance work, we can switch them over to short-haul distribution to and from our depots in Aberdeen and Glasgow. This ensures we get the most out of every asset in the fleet,” said Balfour.
The Vector 1550 unit builds on the success of the Vector 1850 system – previously specified by Shetland Transport – to combine a reduced capacity of 14,800 watts with low fuel consumption. This helps to reduce the total cost of ownership whilst also cutting overall carbon impact by up to 35 per cent compared to conventional systems. At 739kg, it is also one of the lightest trailer refrigeration units on the market.
Carrier Transicold Introduces New Branding Design on Vector™ and Supra™ Refrigeration Units
Carrier Transicold has unveiled a new branding design for its Vector™ and Supra™ refrigeration units, now featuring the Carrier blue oval logo surrounded by a slim silver oval background. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The new branding replaces the traditional CARRIER white-lettered labelling on truck and trailer refrigeration units throughout Europe. The new logo treatment and placement is designed to enhance the visibility of the Carrier brand on the road, serving as a focal point to express Carrier’s core values of innovation, quality and performance for the cold chain to ensure refrigerated goods are delivered in optimum condition to customers, anytime, anywhere.
“The new branding design on our truck and trailer equipment aims to express Carrier’s longstanding commitment to support refrigerated transport companies in maintaining the highest standard of cold chain protection while minimising the cost of operation and environmental impact,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold.
The logo will be applied to the Vector and Supra ranges, including the latest Vector 1950 unit.
Cooler than an Ice Road Trucker: Carrier Transicold Warms the Heart of Europe’s Largest Ice Manufacturer with Vector™ 1550 Technology
Confidence is running high for the storage and logistics arm of The Ice Co°, one of Europe’s largest ice manufacturers, following the specification of its first four Carrier Transicold Vector™ 1550 transport refrigeration units with E-Drive™ all-electric technology. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Vector 1550 units, which are all fitted to bespoke tri-axle trailers from Schmitz Cargobull and sporting the familiar catchy slogans of The Ice Co°, came as a result of an initial meeting with Carrier Transicold at the IAA Show in Hannover in September 2012.
“The right technology is clearly essential, but you can never underestimate the value of good service and the confidence you need to have in the service provider,” said Trevor Hudson, managing director, The Ice Co° Storage & Logistics. “It was clear when we met the Carrier Transicold team, and subsequently its service partner in Maltby, which will maintain the units, that they were passionate about both their technology and working with our company. In short, they bowled us over, and that kind of enthusiasm goes a long way to instilling trust.”
In addition to the refrigeration units and Golden Cold®maintenance contracts, Carrier Transicold is providing The Ice Co° with its dual view trailer bulkhead-mounted digital temperature display, which features a reverse image option to enable drivers to view temperature readings through their rear view mirror whilst on the road. This equipment also provides an instant cooling cycle status and warning alarm notifications.
Based in West Yorkshire, The Ice Co° Storage & Logistics operates a third party logistics service from three cold stores across the UK, predominantly managing deliveries into major retail distribution centres nationwide as well as groupage work for wholesalers and catering companies.
The mono-temperature Vector 1550 units present the ideal solution for the company by delivering faster temperature pull-down, reaching the desired set point up to 25 per cent faster compared to conventional technology, and also offering low fuel consumption – reducing the unit’s overall carbon impact by up to 35 per cent compared to more traditional systems.
The new Vector 1550 units represent the first order from Carrier Transicold to join The Ice Co°’s fleet of 24 trucks and 46 refrigerated trailers. According to Hudson, in addition to the robust technology, the provision of a strong service network and good customer service are what really helped make the sale.
“With previous suppliers, we have experienced issues with service; however, having looked at the network and level of expertise Carrier Transicold has in place, we have confidence that the Golden Cold repair and maintenance contracts will restore our faith,” added Hudson.
Counting on longevity, The Ice Co° plans to operate its new trailers for an initial five-year period before carrying out planned chassis and bodywork refurbishment and sending them back into frontline operation for a similar length of time.
Scott Dargan, operations director, Carrier Transicold, commented, “In combination with Golden Cold maintenance contracts, we are providing The Ice Co° with access to our online management service, My Fleet, which provides real-time support.
“We will also perform temperature calibrations to the customer’s precise requirements and carry out operator training to ensure equipment efficiency and reliability levels are optimised,” added Dargan. “It was pointed out to us from day one by
the customer that the purchase of refrigeration equipment is heavily driven by service support so, clearly, our overriding objective is to ensure that the package selected is the best possible fit for their operations.”
For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit www.transicold.carrier.com.
In it for the Long Haul: Freshlinc Specifies Carrier Vector® 1850 Technology for its First Extended Length Semitrailers
WARRINGTON, United Kingdom, January 2, 2013
Freshlinc is expanding its fleet and chilled load capacity with the introduction of its first four 14.6m refrigerated semitrailers fitted with Vector®1850 multi-temperature technology from Carrier Transicold. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
According to Freshlinc’s fleet engineer, Andy Marchant, Carrier Transicold is “always at the forefront of the industry,” and the Vector 1850 unit is the natural choice to complement the four new extended length trailers joining the fleet.
“In our ambition to drive down road miles, we were keen to take part in the trial of extended length trailers and, naturally, it was Carrier we turned to ensure the temperature integrity of the additional load space this offers,” said Marchant. “When you are seeking further efficiencies in transport operations you have to look closely at the equipment you are running and assess the long-term value and potential to deliver those all-important savings – be it fuel consumption, CO2emissions or road miles.
“Carrier never fails to impress with consistently reliable, leading-edge technology, backed-up by competitive service contracts. It is therefore no coincidence that 80 per cent of our fleet is already operating with Carrier Transicold refrigeration units,” he added.
The new extended length trailers – which are licenced as part of a government trial – are expected to help fleets cut vehicle movements by transporting more goods per trailer load. This will, in turn, take vehicles off the road, reducing fuel usage and minimising exhaust emissions.
To accommodate the additional trailer length, Carrier Transicold UK installed an extended wiring loom that connects the nose-mounted unit to a series of evaporators and temperature sensors.
All four Vector 1850 MT units have been supplied with Carrier’s Golden Cold®repair and maintenance agreements, which provide nationwide breakdown cover for total peace of mind. All scheduled maintenance will be carried out by Carrier Transicold Lincolnshire, based in Spalding, which has supported the Freshlinc operation for many years.
“Avoiding unexpected downtime is key for us and, particularly when we are looking at consolidating larger loads onto higher volume trailers, this is clearly more important than ever before,” said Marchant. “The assistance we get from Carrier Transicold Lincolnshire working alongside our operation is exceptional – long may it continue.”
The four new extended length trailers, supplied by Gray & Adams, are expected to remain on the Freshlinc fleet for six years.
Carrier reports that an additional 50 Vector 1850 units are also being provided for new standard length refrigerated trailers joining the Freshlinc fleet of 300 semitrailers and 180 tractor units in the coming weeks. These will also be supplied with Golden Cold contracts.
For more information on the Vector 1850 unit and other products and services from Carrier Transicold, visit www.transicold.carrier.com