Carrier Transicold launched a digital tool to add cargo visibility at Intermodal Europe as well as a new active Controlled Atmosphere (CA) system to preserve the quality of perishable cargo.
The EverFRESH CA system aims to optimise the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide within a refrigerated container, slowing respiration and the natural ripening of the commodity inside, thus preserving the quality of perishables beyond what refrigeration alone can do.
As the second active system on the market along with one manufactured by Daikin, it generates high-purity nitrogen to more quickly and responsively displace oxygen, rather than relying on respiration alone to gradually reduce oxygen levels.
Jim Taeckens, senior product manager, global container refrigeration, Carrier Transicold, stated: “The active nature of the EverFRESH system can handle a broader range of perishable commodities than modified controlled-atmosphere systems, making it a more versatile choice for many customers.
“Another key benefit of the EverFRESH system’s active technology is that it maintains a positive air pressure within the container, making it far less sensitive to box leakage than other types of systems.”
A previous version of the system struggled in the market, largely due to the high costs associated with components and associated controls, but technological improvements mean the active system is now more affordable.
“It is also much less complex and easier to service than competitive systems,” added Traeckens.
Key components are a sensor package, nitrogen membrane separator, air compressor and air filters. In use, the compressor pulls fresh air into the system, which then removes water vapour from the compressed air stream before it enters the membrane separator.
The hollow-fibre media of the separator extracts oxygen and captures carbon dioxide, discharging concentrated nitrogen into the container. If supplemental oxygen is needed, the membrane can be bypassed.
The EverFRESH system can independently maintain oxygen at user-selected levels between 3-17% and carbon dioxide at between 2-19%.
Optional ethylene absorbers can be added for perishables where elevated levels of the hormone are a concern.
All EverFRESH systems have pre-trip inspection routines that test the membrane and compressor to make sure they are functioning normally prior to use.
The new system will be available in early 2020 for Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE refrigeration systems equipped with the Micro-Link 5 controller option.
The company also offers the XtendFRESH CA system, a modified system that uses a scrubber to remove carbon dioxide and ethylene from atmospheres within a container.
At Intermodal Europe, the manufacturer also introduced the TripLINK digital tool, which remotely connects customers with shipment information and intelligence in an effort to improve visibility and efficiency of both reefer and the cargo.
The system securely monitors and analyses refrigeration machinery and cargo health globally 24 hours a day. The TripLINK software module is hosted in a secure cloud infrastructure that can be accessed via smart phone, PC or tablet.
It receives information that is wirelessly transmitted from a telematics hardware module sitting inside the refrigerated container unit and connected to the micro controller.
Willy Yeo, director of marketing at Carrier Transicold, said: “The TripLINK tool empowers customers to make more informed decisions for fleet operations based on key operational parameters and its in-built data analytics capabilities, which provides a time and cost saving benefit.”
Information provided to the tool’s users includes parameters such as set temperature, box temperature, in-range status, reefer operating mode and ambient temperature.
It also provides critical and non-critical alarm codes, their descriptions and specific calls to action. Container status data can also be exported into PDF or Excel files for analysis.
An optional feature of the digital tool is the TripWISE system that performs critical run-time diagnostics in the background while the refrigeration unit is in operation, reducing the need for Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI) tests,
This can bring savings to reefer owners through lower operating expenses, high throughput and decreased idle time.
The tool can be factory installed and is also compatible with existing units in service, providing they have the Micro-Link 3 controller.