Carrier’s Cool Technology Re-ignites Relationship with Scottish Fleet
WARRINGTON, England, February 11, 2014
Family-run haulage firm Robert Burns Limited has called on the expertise of Carrier Transicold UK to help transport cargoes of fresh meat and perishables with an order for six Vector™ 1950 MT (multi-temperature) systems. 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 Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Carrier Transicold’s new Vector 1950 MT unit offers a four per cent increase in refrigeration capacity, up to 18,800 watts. This results in faster pull-down times and the ability to haul larger loads over long distances. Its condenser is smaller and lighter than the previous model, providing improved efficiency.
“We considered our options carefully before placing this latest order. We didn’t want to simply replace like for like.” said Andrew Burns, fleet engineer, Robert Burns Limited. “We haven’t specified a Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit for more than a decade, but we’ve recently had a lot of experience with Carrier systems on trailers we’ve hired. This was enough to convince us of the Vector unit’s impressive performance and reliability.”
The latest Vector 1950 MT units use a microchannel condenser coil that contributes to reducing fuel consumption by approximately 10 per cent per watt delivered. These coils enable a compact design that results in a 17 per cent reduction in the unit’s refrigerant charge.
The new units are equipped with Carrier Transicold’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. This power method ensures precise temperature control to within +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius of the set point for maximum load protection.
“Our vehicles travel thousands of miles every week transporting fresh and frozen meat all over the U.K. Maintaining temperature integrity is at the forefront of our minds, and our recent experience with the Vector-equipped trailers has been first class. We’re confident these new Carrier units will do the job for us.” Burns said.
Robert Burns Limited operates a modern fleet comprising a mixture of Volvo and Scania 6-by-2 tractor units and plans to keep the new trailers in operation for six years. The six new Vector units are mounted to tri-axle Gray & Adams multi-compartment trailers and join a fleet of 38 trucks and 50 trailers, delivering temperature-sensitive loads across the U.K. from the company’s Broxburn base outside Edinburgh, Scotland.
Pulsor™ Units’ Rapid Pull-Down Speed of Utmost Importance for Priority Transport
WARRINGTON, England, Jan. 27, 2014
Priority Transport, a dedicated European express logistics specialist, has expanded its fleet with the delivery of three new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, each mounted with Carrier Transicold Pulsor™ 400 MT (multi-temperature) refrigeration units. Since the units entered operation, the Exeter-based business has benefited from the Pulsor unit’s pull-down speed, reaching the set point twice as fast as conventional refrigeration 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 Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Patented E-Drive™ technology, which has been specially adapted from Carrier’s Vector™ all-electric trailer system, is key to the Pulsor 400 unit’s performance. This enables it to deliver impressive reliability due 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 Pulsor 400 MT unit can 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 ideally suited to Priority Transport, because the company’s fleet routinely operates in congested city centres across Europe. 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.
“We already specify Carrier Transicold fridge systems on our trucks, so we had no hesitation in adopting Carrier’s latest Pulsor technology at the lighter end of our fleet. So far, the new Pulsor units have really impressed us; mechanically, they haven’t missed a beat, and the pull-down speed saves us significant time,” said Steve Brown, managing director, Priority Transport.
“Ensuring temperature integrity is critical, so we’re prepared to invest in the very best refrigeration equipment. With the Pulsor units, even our smallest delivery vehicles have the ability to simultaneously cool and heat multiple compartments varying between -30 and 30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees and 86 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s why customers trust us to transport their most precious cargoes across the continent,” Brown added.
Priority Transport was established in 1995 and focuses on the dedicated distribution and collection of all types of freight to and from any European country using a fleet of dedicated vehicles.
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.
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