Thermo King showcases products at MATS

Thermo King is celebrating a 75-year legacy of innovation at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville KY. The company is showcasing several new customer-driven systems and services at the show, including:

•TriPac Evolution auxiliary power unit (APU), which meets Tier IV Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final regulations requirements while leveraging new patented technology to drive unit performance, efficiency, and user productivity.

•Truck T-80 Series truck temperature control unit, an EPA- and California Air Resources Board (CARB)-compliant addition to the T-Series truck range of systems that reduces fuel and maintenance costs while providing reliability.

•PrimAir air management systems that optimize transport refrigeration unit (TRU) performance by providing even temperature distribution within the trailer.

•The new CargoLink wireless fuel sensor, which provides improved fuel level monitoring.

Thermo King is the first and only APU manufacturer to receive CARB certification for the diesel particulate filter on its 2013 less-than-25-horsepower TriPac Evolution engine. Thermo King is also among the first transport APU manufacturers to receive EPA and CARB certification for its TriPac.

The updated TriPac Evolution has software that can be customized to enhance the customer’s operating profile. This APU also features an extended maintenance interval of 1,500 hours, an updated flash-loadable control system, and improved service access for easier maintenance. The TriPac Evolution offers virtually unlimited heating and cooling power. The Evolution includes a new control system to accurately diagnose issues, if needed.

The T-80 Series truck temperature control platform lowers fuel costs by up to 20%. It incorporates an EPA/CARB-compliant engine, QuickTemp Control, and enhanced drive belt systems that reduce run time and simplify maintenance. SmartPower electric standby reduces operating costs by up to 75%. The QuickTemp Control, which is standard on all models except T-580R, is exclusive to Thermo King refrigeration units.

The Precedent is the new trailer temperature control platform, built from the ground up to deliver double-digit fuel savings, best-in-class performance, and lower life cycle costs while providing regulatory compliance and peace of mind for refrigerated trailer fleets. It features a completely new platform for the trailer market designed to be fully compliant with the new EPA Tier IV final regulations.

The Precedent S-600 is a greater-than-25-horsepower single-temperature unit considered Ultra-Low-Emission In-Use Performance Standard (ULETRU) by CARB. The Precedent C-600 is a less-than-25-horsepower single-temperature unit with an allowed useful life in California of seven years prior to modification of the unit to meet ULETRU in-use standards.

PrimAir management systems optimize TRU performance by providing even temperature distribution within the trailer. PrimAir chutes feature industry-leading material strength to minimize damage during loading. Return air bulkheads (RABH) provide the highest efficiency of any one-piece RABH in the industry.

CargoLink, an enhancement to the existing CargoLink wireless system that can be used to manage door position, provides improved fuel level monitoring, minimizes installation time, and eliminates wire failure. The sensor, which is scheduled to be available in June 2013, features an enclosure designed to IP69K standards to survive harsh use. The sensor also features a signal range of 500 feet.

The fuel sensor provides greater accuracy than conventional float-based systems for better fuel monitoring. This system addresses fuel loss events through smart monitoring, which enables the system to distinguish between normal usage and fuel loss.

When used with TracKing telematics, the CargoLink sensor provides fast reporting on fuel loss events, even when the refrigeration unit is off. Because the system is wireless, it can be quickly installed. The sensor can be replaced or upgraded without removing the fuel tank. Future sensors are planned for the CargoLink platform.

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