LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Featuring next-generation technologies, the new Vector 6600MT hybrid trailer refrigeration unit was introduced here by Carrier Transicold.
It boosts trailer refrigeration system capacity while reducing fuel consumption and emissions, said company representatives.
The Vector 6600MT delivers up to 20 percent greater fuel-efficiency than its predecessor.
The new Vector unit was displayed alongside its single-temperature sibling, the Vector 6500 unit, which was introduced last year.
Twins in almost every way, both Vector units take advantage of Carrier’s exclusive Deltek diesel-electric technology, which features high operating efficiencies, significantly reduced maintenance requirements versus conventional belt-drive systems, and an electric standby option for stationary units. In addition, technological enhancements to system components and operating software and a more efficient system design enable higher performance and greater efficiencies than possible with Carrier’s first-generation hybrid systems.
“These two next-generation units are a dynamic duo, improving on Carrier’s proprietary Deltek technology with enhancements that result in a no-compromise hybrid solution for virtually any trailer application,” said David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management for Carrier Transicold. “Whether your needs are for single-temperature long hauls or multitemperature distribution for the grocery and food service industries, Carrier hybrid technology now offers capacities that are comparable to, or exceed, our industry-leading conventional refrigeration units.”
At 100 degrees ambient and a set-point of 35 degrees, the Vector units deliver 59,000 Btu’s per hour of cooling capacity. For the Vector 6600MT, that’s 15 percent more capacity than the nearest multi-temperature competitor and 9 percent more than Carrier’s original multi-temperature hybrid and conventional multi-temperature unit at the same conditions, the company stated.
At a set-point of -20 degrees, the capacity is as much as 15 percent greater than the conventional unit.
Customers committed to green strategies, such as reducing fuel consumption and emissions, are embracing the Vector’s hybrid technology and especially taking advantage of the electric standby capability. With the refrigeration system’s all-electric architecture, Vector units deliver approximately the same performance on electric standby as they do in diesel operation.
Due to the less efficient add-on nature of standby components in a conventional unit, Vector units can deliver up to 85 percent more cooling capacity in standby mode than a conventional unit in the example above.
“By taking advantage of AC power, fuel is conserved, emissions are eliminated, noise is reduced and operating savings of 40 to 70 percent can be realized,” Kiefer said.
Deltek technology uses its diesel engine exclusively to drive a high-performance 20KVA electric generator that powers an all-electric refrigeration system. The new-generation Vector units take advantage of additional technologies, such as:
• TRU-DEMAND Digital Energy MANagement Device Operating Logic – Enhancements to the operating software allows for optimal performance of system
components to improve capacity and energy efficiency, while reducing fuel consumption.
• Novation Heat Exchanger – Introduced along with these new-generation hybrids is Carrier’s exclusive heat exchanger design. Defined by parallel-flow micro-channels and all-aluminum alloy construction, the Novation condenser coil is more efficient, stronger, more damage-resistant and proportionately lighter than traditional copper-tube and aluminum-fin coils
• Component Efficiencies – Electric motors have been upgraded to new, more efficient designs; this includes the motor sealed inside the unit compressor and motors that power the evaporator fan and condenser fans. Also, with the new-generation Vector units, only one evaporator fan is required instead of two. In addition, the condenser fans take advantage of Carrier Transicold’s exclusive V-Force fan design with vortex suppression blades for greater efficiency and less noise
• Tier 4i Engine – The clean-burning 2.2-liter direct-injection engine surpasses requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4-interim standard
(Tier 4i), has up to 2 percent better fuel efficiency and is quieter than engines used on earlier Carrier trailer units, and
• EcoDrivenSM Features – Independent electric-resistance heating provides precise control when heat is required and also results in a simplified cooling circuit. In the case of the Vector 6600MT, this simplified cooling circuit requires less refrigerant than its predecessor and needs 39 percent less refrigerant than Carrier’s conventional multi-temp unit. The Vector circuit has approximately half the brazed joints and no compressor shaft seal, significantly improving refrigerant containment. Through the elimination of many commonly replaced items, such as belts, there is less waste destined for landfills.
The new Vector units share the same body design as Carrier’s X2 series units, incorporating impact-resistant DuraShell 2 body panels that open all the way to the top for easy access to interior components during service.
“Using a frame size larger than our original hybrid model enables many of the enhancements and allows us to more efficiently move air and dissipate heat without an increase in weight,” Kiefer stated.
For more information about the Vector 6600MT multi-temperature unit or the Vector 6500 single-temperature unit visit www.trucktrailer.carrier.com.
Carrier Transicold provides industry-leading transport temperature control and anti-idling solutions with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, auxiliary power units for heavy-duty trucks and transport air-conditioning systems for buses.
Carrier Transicold is a unit of Carrier Corp. Headquartered in Farmington, Conn.
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