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Thermo King presents fuel-savings technologies


Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Doug Lenz, director of transport product management at Thermo King, demonstrates one of Thermo King’s new solutions to help customers do more with limited resources by spending less money and delivering higher quality goods to customers. (The Trucker: DOROTHY COX)
Doug Lenz, director of transport product management at Thermo King, demonstrates one of Thermo King’s new solutions to help customers do more with limited resources by spending less money and delivering higher quality goods to customers. (The Trucker: DOROTHY COX)

As transporters continue to face a number of significant challenges in their operations, a key issue top of mind with most companies is the price of diesel fuel — which has continued to rise this year.

At the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Thermo  King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, unveiled three new solutions to help address rising fuel costs.

Doug Lenz, director of transport product management at Thermo King, announced three new solutions to help customers do more with limited resources by spending less money and delivering higher quality goods to customers.

Thermo King built the new and innovative solutions around the specific needs of its customers to help them be successful at maximizing uptime, improving efficiency and reducing costs. While the new product innovations are designed to improve fuel efficiency, they also deliver additional environmental improvements due to a reduction in diesel emission.

Thermo King also was proud to donate one of its TriPace APUs to David Acosta, the winner of this year’s “Back on the Road” contest announced at MATS. “Back on the Road” honors a trucker who has triumphed over his or her unfortunate circumstances. In addition to the TriPace APU, prizes include a 2007 Volvo VNL 780 truck, insurance, fuel cards and other goods and services as well as a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express.

 In addition to announcing the new products, April Braun, aftermarket marketing director at Thermo King, presented: “10 Easy Ways to Save Money Now,” which highlights simple steps fleet owner-operators can take to put more money in their pockets by increasing the operational efficiency and sustainability of their fleets.

New products introduced by Thermo King at MATS 2011 included:

• The Thermo King electronic throttling valve (ETV) — A new throttling valve that enhances Thermo King T-Series single-temp truck units with scroll compressors, including the T-600, T-800 and T-1000, optimizing energy and operational efficiency while improving product quality on delivery. The ETV allows cargo to remain fresh longer because the box temperature recovers to set point faster after each door opening.

The ETV also helps owners and operators save time and fuel with a quick pull down, which cools the truck faster, saving time on the front end of trips and efficiently maintaining temperature. The ETV increases engine off time, which also saves money by stretching calendar time between service intervals. These savings allow the ETV to quickly pay for itself.

• V-520 RT and the V-520 RT MAX — New roofline application cooling solutions for light commercial vans offering capacities 50 percent greater than can be found in similar units that are currently available. The V-520 RT units are built on the proven technology of the V-520 nose-mount application for small trucks which was introduced in October 2009.

The new units feature a low profile condenser that measures less than 7.5 inches above the roof to minimize risk of damage. Key features include: reliable temperature management allowing customers to optimize energy and operational efficiency while ensuring high product quality; the SmartPower electric standby to save fuel and reduce emissions; superior pull down capability to reach set point quickly after a stop; and very low refrigerant requirement of only 4.5 pounds, which provides a more sustainable solution and is better for the environment.

Responding to customer feedback requesting more solutions to help owner-operators reduce fuel spend, lower operating costs and simplify driver involvement with refrigeration units, Thermo King announced the new SB-30 series refrigeration units, including:

• An enhanced fuel filtration system which is expected to save the average 500-vehicle fleet $100,000 in annual fuel-related maintenance expenses

• A new SR-3 controller which allows data transfer directly from the trailer via a built-in USB flash drive port, saving the average fleet as much as 180 hours of in-service time versus traditional data transfer, and

• A new ultrasonic fuel sensor for more accurate fuel readings, reducing out-of-fuel shutdowns and decreasing load loss claims.

 Forthcoming SB-30 series enhancements in June will include:

• A unique new evaporator blower assembly expected to lower fuel costs up to 7 percent while reducing required run time, and

• Integrated wireless technology which provides options for customers to track and control their refrigerated fleets via Thermo King or third-party telematics. 

Dorothy Cox of The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at dlcox@thetrucker.com.

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