At Intermodal Europe 2013, Carrier Transicold commemorated the 45th anniversary of the invention and production of its first “picture frame” container refrigeration system while looking ahead to its next milestone, the production of its one millionth unit.
Carrier’s original front-wall container refrigeration system was produced in 1968 and became the industry standard. With its flat, square frame, that first self-contained system fit compactly on the front wall of a corrugated steel insulated shipping box, giving rise to the nickname “picture frame” unit. The design quickly defined the shape of generations of marine refrigeration systems to come. It took Carrier 25 years to reach the 100,000-unit plateau. With steady growth in the container industry over the past 20 years, Carrier’s output increased tenfold, onto the present course to producing its one-millionth unit.
The steady growth of Carrier’s container refrigeration business is virtually a mirror image of the rise in containerized refrigerated trade through the decades.
“Today, 52% of world seaborne trade is delivered efficiently and economically by container vessel, and 65% of refrigerated products are transported in containers, the majority of which are efficiently and reliably temperature-controlled by Carrier Transicold systems,” said David Appel, president of Carrier Transicold. “On any given day, the value of cargo delivered by Carrier Transicold units alone is valued at $6 billion.”
At Intermodal Europe, the company showcased a variety of new technologies including:
•NaturaLINE natural refrigerant container unit—Launching a new age of efficient and environmentally sustainable transport refrigeration, the world’s first natural refrigerant-based container system is now commercially available.
•XtendFRESH atmosphere control—This modular system simultaneously manages oxygen and carbon dioxide within a container to precise levels while also removing ethylene, helping control produce quality, and prevent ripening before the cargo reaches its destination.
•QUEST II power saving mode—A refrigeration system control software, the QUEST II algorithm can reduce energy required to cool certain perishables by up to 65% while reducing ship emissions related to power generation.
For more information, access www.carrier.com/container.