Johnson offers BlizzardLT truck body

Johnson offers BlizzardLT truck body

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, Great Dane’s wholly owned subsidiary, has a new standard truck body line-up including the BlizzardLT, a truck body model that addresses delivery requirements of many temperature-controlled applications across a variety of markets.

The BlizzardLT with Johnson’s all-electric refrigeration technology is the transport technology of choice for Family Tree Produce of Southern California, because of its thermal efficiency, and smooth, rivet-free walls for ease of cleaning, maintenance, and applying graphics. Furthermore, Johnson’s energy saving all-electric refrigeration technology has helped Family Tree expand business in California.

R David Figueroa, vice-president, operations and procurement for Family Tree, said, “We have been able to gain or strengthen business, such as resorts, hotels, schools, universities, and theme parks, because of the noise-free and emission-free technology. In addition, other benefits for the Blizzard are the very updated appearance, ease of cleaning, maintenance and applying our large graphics, as well as the exceptional image and improved temperature control.”

Food distribution in Southern California, especially produce, is a demanding job requiring close monitoring of temperatures and cold chain management practices. For Family Tree, the BlizzardLT with Johnson’s EMX Series, all-electric refrigeration technology means eliminating refrigeration units that consume diesel fuel and no more turning off units to comply with noise abatement rulings in some loading and unloading areas. With the Blizzard unit, the company is assured constant, quiet temperature control for product delivery needs and route conditions—without the use of diesel-powered refrigeration units.

The BlizzardLT composite truck body with EMX Series all-electric refrigeration provides maximum flexibility for food distributors looking to stay compliant with state idling laws while reducing operating costs. In California, the Johnson all-electric refrigeration systems are exempt from the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) regulations imposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) because they use electricity instead of diesel fuel to operate.

Johnson’s ElectriMax all-electric refrigeration system is powered by electricity and functions more like a traditional diesel-powered refrigeration system. The ElectriMax system has evolved over the past several years and is being reintroduced as the EMX Series for longer routes, extreme climates, and demanding delivery applications.

The EMX Series features a new Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) for a broader set of control parameters for functions such as defrost, compressor operation, and temperature management. A reporting function provides data on compressor operation and indicators that help technicians with system troubleshooting. The low-voltage DC circuitry results in fewer safety issues and increased system reliability during grid plug-in, and exclusive use of DC fans has increased reliability of the condenser and evaporator operation.

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