Carrier Transicold Marks 50 Years of Transport Refrigeration Innovation

Date: 28 April 2020
Carrier Transicold Marks 50 Years of Transport Refrigeration Innovation

This month, Carrier Transicold will commemorate 50 years of innovative transport refrigeration systems, which continue to revolutionize the global transport of perishables. Today, there are more than 1 million Carrier Transicold refrigeration units installed, helping to preserve, protect and extend the global supply of food and pharmaceuticals over the ocean, road and rail.

“For half a century, Carrier Transicold has been a global leader in transport refrigeration supporting the safe transport of food, medicine and other perishables worldwide,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “Building on a strong legacy, Carrier Transicold is well positioned for the future with a broad portfolio of products and services that meet customer needs and address increasing transport refrigeration demand as the global population grows, ages and urbanizes.”

Carrier Transicold was created in 1970 when Carrier acquired Transicold Co. and combined it with its Special Products Division, which pioneered ocean-going container refrigeration in 1968. Carrier also had experience in truck refrigeration applications dating back to 1940. Today, Carrier Transicold supports a sustainable cold chain through container refrigeration, truck and trailer refrigeration, and an expansive parts and service network.

Nearly 80% of seaborne perishable cargo moves by refrigerated containers, and the majority of those containers are efficiently temperature controlled by Carrier Transicold systems. In its history, Carrier Transicold has sold more than 1.3 million front-wall container refrigeration units and developed innovations to improve cargo protection, environmental sustainability, performance and efficiency, including:

  • The PrimeLINE ONE unit that provides the benefits of the industry’s best-selling container refrigeration system, the PrimeLINE unit, through a streamlined assembly process that can provide optimized lead times, based on the location.
  • The NaturaLINE unit that utilizes the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (CO2) with an ultra-low Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1.
  • The EverFRESH and XtendFRESH active and modified controlled-atmosphere systems that extend the shelf life of perishables.

The over-the-road and rail segment delivers solutions that allow for precise control of temperature and humidity, preserving all types of cargo during transport. Solutions in the broad range of product offerings for truck and trailer include:

  • The Vector HE 19 next-generation temperature-controlled trailer system, which reduces fuel consumption up to 30%, creates a 10% savings in weight, reduces noise by 3 dB(A) and offers up to 15% savings on maintenance costs compared to previous units.
  • The Supra S6-S9 next-generation diesel-powered truck units designed for performance and reliability for small to large-sized trucks in North America.
  • The ComfortPro diesel and electric auxiliary power units that deliver a comfortable, homelike cab experience for drivers.

Carrier Transicold also provides parts and related service support through a global network of dealers, service providers and parts depots. The company continues to innovate by introducing products that reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency, while maintaining the reliability it has been recognized for over the past 50 years.

In addition to its innovative lineup of transport refrigeration solutions and aftermarket support, Carrier Transicold technology plays a leading role in the global effort to reduce food loss and waste, and the resultant greenhouse gas emissions. The company has piloted projects to demonstrate the viability and efficiency of the cold chain, including one project that showed an investment in the cold chain – specifically pre-cooling and transport refrigeration equipment – can reduce food loss by 76% and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2E) by 16%. As well, since 2017 Carrier Transicold has contributed $600,000 to Feeding America, for the purchase and installation of truck and trailer refrigeration units for member food banks in 17 states. Carrier Transicold also supports the French Federation of Food Banks through donations of refrigeration units for the safe and reliable transport of perishable goods. The F.F.B.A. provides the equivalent of roughly 226 million meals for up to 2 million people every year in France.

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