Carrier Transicold has solidified its position as the exclusive supplier of transport refrigeration equipment to major Australian supermarket chain Coles with an order of 235 Vector 1950 multi-temperature (MT) units with patented E-Drive all-electric technology, the largest known order of refrigerated trailers in Australia. Carrier Transicold, which operates in Australia as Carrier Transicold Australia, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
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Coles currently operates a 170-unit strong, 100 percent Carrier fleet in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. With this order, a mix of two- and three-compartment Vector 1950 MT systems will be installed on Maxitrans refrigerated trailers, to be split between Coles distribution centres in Sydney and Perth.
“The Vector 1950 MT system gives operators the power to consolidate deliveries, making fleets more efficient and able to cope with frequent door openings,” said Kelly Geddes, manager, marketing, Carrier Transicold Australia. “We are pleased to continue as the exclusive transport refrigeration supplier to Coles, providing exceptional product performance and reliability backed by first class customer service.”
As part of the order, Coles selected a fully comprehensive contract maintenance agreement for the expected lifecycle of the units, which will help to ensure maximum fleet availability at all times.
The Carrier-powered refrigerated trailers will be in service year-round, delivering chilled, ambient and frozen produce to Coles’ stores across New South Wales and Western Australia. With plans to keep the trailers in service for 10 years, it is expected they will average approximately 2,250 running hours annually.
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Vector 1950 MT units offer a high refrigeration capacity of up to 18,200 watts, ensuring precise temperature control within each of the trailers’ compartments. Powered by high volume electric fans, the host unit can provide up to 5,700 m3 per hour of airflow to protect the load with even air distribution and an unparalleled pull-down time – making it ideal for intensive distribution cycles with multiple door openings.
The patented E-Drive technology built into the Vector system uses electricity to power the refrigeration system and can simultaneously heat and cool the different load spaces as required, ensuring maximum performance across several compartments. The technology also removes 17 serviceable parts from the unit, which increases reliability and trailer uptime.
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