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Carrier Transicold Enhances Solara Heating Unit for Trailers

Date: 03 May 2018

Engineered to protect temperature-sensitive products transported by trailer or rail through sub-freezing ambient conditions, Carrier Transicold’s Solara heating unit now features the APX control system, providing improved functionality. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

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Using a Z482 2-cylinder diesel engine, compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 standard, the Solara unit can generate 50,000 BTU/hour of heating at 0 degrees Fahrenheit ambient to protect against the freezing of sensitive commodities such as produce, beverages, flowers, plants, paints and chemicals, pharmaceuticals and more.

“The addition of the APX controller means Solara unit users now enjoy the same advantages found with our trailer refrigeration system controls,” said Patrick McDonald, product manager, trailer products, Carrier Transicold. “The modular APX system combines control intelligence, temperature control and system reliability with amazingly simple operation.”

The APX controller has an easy-to-read, full-information dashboard-style display and is preloaded with Carrier Transciold’s programmable IntelliSet software to easily create heating parameters for different commodities. With the APX controller, the DataLink data recorder is now integral to the Solara unit, and a USB port makes for easy data downloading and uploading of information to the controller. Built-in diagnostics simplify service and troubleshooting for technicians.

Options for the Solara unit include:
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    <li>DataTrak software, which enables remote communications via telematics</li>
    <li>Flush-mount and surface-mount control panels, providing optional control placement on the outside or inside of the trailer</li>
    <li>Fuel-level sensors</li>
    <li>An open-door indicator</li>
    <li>Shutdown switches</li>
</ul>
Users can choose from fuel tank options ranging from 30 gallons to up to 120 gallons.