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Thermo King reefer units put more cargo capacity, sustainability on track for CP

March 14, 2018
Learn about CP choosing Thermo King SLXi units in the largest, single domestic refrigerated container order in Canadian history.

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) has selected Thermo King’s SLXi-DRC units to fulfill its largest, single domestic refrigerated container (DRC) order in Canadian history. CP is the first customer in North America to purchase the SLXi-DRC unit in North America from Thermo King, a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

These SLXi-DRC units have a slim profile, which increases cargo capacity by providing room for an extra pallet row of cargo space in the container. The SLXi-DRC also uses next-generation, lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, R-452A, helping companies like CP and Thermo King meet sustainability goals.

“At CP, it is important that we use equipment that is both efficient and reliable to best serve our customers,” said Jonathan Wahba, CP vice-president, sales and marketing, Intermodal and Automotive. “By introducing the new Thermo King SLXi-DRC units to our fleet and to our CP TempPro service offering, we can offer highly reliable, innovative and sustainable refrigeration options to our customers.”

“We presented the SLXi-DRC refrigeration unit last year as a concept to our North America DRC rail customers, and we received a great response,” said Dane Taival, vice-president and general manager, Thermo King North America. “The ability to add an additional pallet row of cargo per container translates to increased profit for our customers.”

CP and Thermo King collaborated on a four-month field test of the new SLXi-DRC unit to verify performance of the technology in the rugged environment and climate of Canada’s railways.

“We installed the unit on a six-year-old CP container and tested performance on a variety of loads—from fresh, to frozen, to pharmaceuticals, and on temperature extremes of –15 to 65 degrees F,” said Don Bradd, vice-president and general manager, Thermo King Eastern Canada. “Performance downloads were taken regularly, and our partners at CP recorded fuel levels before and after every trip. Internal box temperatures were always well below targets, and fuel economy, quality and reliability were all proven with the SLXi-DRC unit.”

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