Carrier Transicold’s thinner intermodal reefer

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The new Carrier Transicold Vector 1550 domestic intermodal refrigeration system is a third thinner than a traditional transportation refrigeration unit in the U.S. – freeing up 7% more cargo space.

In other words, a domestic intermodal container equipped with the Vector 1550 can accommodate an extra row of pallets, resulting in cube loads that are normally associated with 53-foot over-the-road trailers.

The unit is as much as 570 lb. lighter than a competitive standard-size refrigeration system, and about 200 lb. lighter than a competitive slim-profile design, the company says.

Efficiency has hardly been sacrificed. The Vector 1550’s lower engine run speeds produce as much as 27% more cooling per hour per rpm, Carrier Transicold says.

The unit leverages E-Drive technology, which features a high-output generator that’s directly coupled to a diesel engine to power an all-electric refrigeration system. Intelligent controls will automatically turn individual components like compressors and fans on and off when needed. That, the company says, leads to fewer running hours, extending component life.

Traditional service items like vibrasorbers, clutches, shaft seals, alternators, drive belts and pulleys are eliminated.

An integrated electric standby enables the unit to be plugged into a power source when parked, eliminating emissions and noise while still delivering the unit’s full rated refrigeration capacity.

The vector 1550 can be coupled with Carrier Transicold’s eSolutions telematics system, too.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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