System identifies low-fuel situation before refrigeration shutdown

A new ultrasonic monitoring option for Carrier Transicold’s Vector and X2 series trailer refrigeration units is designed to alert drivers to a low-fuel situation before a refrigeration shutdown occurs

A new ultrasonic monitoring option for Carrier Transicold’s Vector and X2 series trailer refrigeration units is designed to alert drivers to a low-fuel situation before a refrigeration shutdown occurs.

The FuelCheck monitoring software tracks the fuel level in the units via the DataLink data recorder in the refrigeration unit’s Advance microprocessor control. When in use, the microprocessor continuously monitors the level of diesel in the fuel tank, as sensed by the FuelCheck ultrasonic transducer mounted at the top of the tank.

Ultrasound measurement provides accuracy regardless of the fuel type, Carrier said.

If the fuel level drops below 15% for more than 30 seconds, the refrigeration unit’s LED light bar glows a cautionary yellow to warn the driver, and the control unit’s message center displays “LOW FUEL WARNING.” If the fuel level drops below 10% for more than 60 seconds, the refrigeration system automatically shuts down to prevent loss of prime in the fuel lines.

“The FuelCheck option is a perfect example of how Carrier Transicold applies technology to develop dependable solutions for the everyday challenges fleet operators face,” said David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management. “We expect it to help improve refrigerated operations for drivers and transport managers, while also helping to increase efficiencies and avoid costs associated with unnecessary breakdowns.”

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