Carrier’s DataLink 2 recorder

For refrigerated haulers who need independent verification of temperatures inside trucks and trailers, or immediate documentation for receivers, Carrier Transicold now offers the DataLink 2 recorder.

For single- or multi-temperature applications, the system uses up to three independent temperature sensors, providing an added layer of verification beyond the refrigeration system’s built-in recording ability. An integral thermal printer lets drivers quickly produce numerical and graphical trip reports for receivers. Data can also be downloaded to a personal computer for electronic logging.

Beyond its primary use, the DataLink 2 recorder also provides advantages as a comprehensive analytical tool when connected to a Carrier refrigeration unit’s control system. Temperature data captured from its own sensors can be correlated against activities recorded by the control system, helping to identify potential sources of temperature excursions.

Setpoint changes, defrost cycles, unit alarms, door openings, and turning off the refrigeration unit can affect temperatures, the company says. The new recorder can capture and report these events alongside temperature data, providing helpful insight into temperature activity inside the truck or trailer.

Designed for plug-and-play simplicity, the DataLink 2 recorder auto-detects which Carrier controller it’s connected to, whether an APX or Advance controller or the standard microprocessor. Setup is done through a ‘soft menu’ system keyed to four buttons located just below the device’s backlit display screen. Two recorder styles are offered: body-mount models that attach to either a truck or trailer cargo area, and an in-dash DIN-mount version for more convenient driver access on straight truck applications.

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.


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