TransAm’s energy efficiency recognized by Thermo King

TransAm’s energy efficiency recognized by Thermo King

At the awards ceremony are (from left) Dwayne Cowan, director, western region, Thermo King; Russ McElliott, president of TransAm Trucking; and Martin Duffy, vice-president of sales and market development for Thermo King.

Innovative, sustainable solutions are enabling TransAm Trucking Inc to generate double-digit fuel savings, help ensure regulatory compliance, and reduce over-the-road costs.
TransAm operates a refrigerated transport fleet of more than 1,400 tractors and 2,400-plus trailers from its headquarters in Olathe KS.
Thermo King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, presented TransAm with the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” in recognition of its commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability.
TransAm recently chose new systems for upgrading the firm’s fleet, including the Precedent S-600, a new trailer temperature control platform that enables them to achieve double-digit fuel savings, extend maintenance cycles, monitor predictive component replacement, and maximize unit life cycle. This is all while complying with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier IV final regulations and California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements.
The company also selected the TriPac Evolution auxiliary power unit (APU) that lowers overall truck fuel consumption and reduces emissions while providing driver comfort. The TriPac Evolution APU is an EPA Tier IV final emissions standard compliant unit.
TransAm also incorporated ultra-sonic fuel sensors to increase fuel-level-reading accuracy, trailer door switches to track door opening and closings, and CARB-compliant trailer skirting. These systems coordinate with an existing telematics fleet management system used to reduce run-time, tracking door openings, and provide real-time temperature data.
The firm implemented an intelligent route system program to reduce the number of out-of-route miles generated by manual trip planning. With the reduction in unnecessary miles, TransAm’s drivers complete trips and are dispatched on other loads more quickly. TransAm drivers are also provided with a fuel solution that locates the most economical fuel locations along the driver’s route and calculates the optimal amount of fuel to purchase at each location.
TransAm recently purchased 1,050 Kenworth T660 and T770 tractors featuring the Paccar MX engine. This engine meets the EPA’s 2010 diesel engine emissions regulations and uses selective catalytic reduction to allow the engine to function at higher and more optimal combustion temperatures.
Also recently adopted was the use of aerodynamic trailer side skirts, which offer a 7% savings in fuel costs, and TransAm implemented a system to provide real-time temperature readings every five minutes.
The company incorporates load optimization technology that instantly matches the optimum load to the best truck. This software analyzes data including load origin and destination, transit time, empty miles, the driver’s driving hours available and home time needs and determines the best truck for each load to ensure on-time pickup and delivery.
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