Perth-based soft fruit and swede producer Stewarts of Tayside is taking advantage of Carrier Transicold’s updated tracking, telematics and fleet management system, Foretrack, after specifying the system on six new temperature-controlled trailers with Vector 1550 refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold, which operates in the UK as Carrier Transicold (UK) Limited, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
Key to securing the order was Carrier Transicold’s ongoing development of the Foretrack system, which now includes two-way communication functionality – giving transport managers the ability to remotely alter the set point or operation mode as well as initiate defrosts and pre-trip checks, and clear alarms from a connected device anywhere in the world.
“The ability to remotely monitor temperatures and make any required changes is an ideal way of guaranteeing cold chain integrity, and it takes the pressure off our drivers,” said Jim Winn, distribution manager, Stewarts of Tayside. “The fact that Carrier Transicold has developed this functionality was a welcomed addition, improving what is already a great system.”
Amongst a variety of new features, Foretrack accesses Google Maps for tracking functionality, providing improved accuracy and coverage. It also boasts a refreshed web portal and a new mobile app on both iOS and Android devices, allowing users access to the upgraded system from anywhere in the world. Foretrack can also generate improved operational reports, providing rapid analysis of a refrigerated fleet’s performance.
“Having remote access to our fleet data, coupled with the instant performance report capability, has completely changed the way we operateI can’t remember how we worked without Foretrack to be honest,” continued Winn. “We’re a 24/7 operation and the freshness of our produce is critical, so having such a reliable fleet management system is vitally important.”
Stewarts of Tayside is a prime example of how the Foretrack system can help improve productivity and efficiency. Its experience with the system and regular feedback has helped Carrier Transicold to develop the functionality that is continuing to improve cold chain integrity for its customers.
The six new Vector 1550 units were specified on 13.6-metre Gray & Adams trailers and form part of a 27-strong, 100 per cent Carrier-cooled trailer fleet. The customer will also specify Foretrack with its next batch of 10 trailers with Vector 1550 units.
Founded in 1975, Stewarts of Tayside operates across the UK with its refrigerated trailer fleet on the road 24/7, and each asset traveling up to 160,000 kilometres per year.