Carrier introduces X2-Series trailer refrigeration units

May 1, 2007
CARRIER TRANSICOLD'S next generation of X-Series single-temperature trailer units, the X2-Series, features an updated appearance, improved sound quality,

CARRIER TRANSICOLD'S next generation of X-Series single-temperature trailer units, the X2-Series, features an updated appearance, improved sound quality, and easier serviceability. The X2-Series debuted March 22-24 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

There are four trailer models - 2500A, 2100A, 2100 and 1800 - and two versions for rail/multi-modal applications - 2500R and 2100R. The number relates to cooling capability, “A” designates a unit with an advanced microprocessor controller (which includes a multi-lingual MessageCenter display, built-in data recorder, advanced pre-trip and pinpoint diagnostics), and “R” indicates a rail/multi-modal unit.

At a setpoint of 35°F at 100°F ambient, the 2500A and 2500R have a cooling capacity of 66,000 British thermal units per hour (BTU/h); the 2100A, 2100R and 2100 deliver 64,000 BTU/h; the 1800 provides 51,000 BTU/h.

The X2-Series's doors are made of an advanced material that provides considerably enhanced impact strength, light resistance, thermal stability and heat resistance, along with improved sound quality. A redesigned grille has wider openings to reduce airflow resistance.

X2-Series models are the only refrigeration units with hinged side doors that open all the way to the top, providing total access with the flip of a single latch on each side door. The front panels swing open from the center with a single latch release. There is a large control box with a tilted display that is easier to read. All of which simplifies maintenance because of the better accessibility.

Like the X Series, the new units have a combination of a high-performance six-cylinder compressor and a fuel-efficient 2.2-liter direct injection engine. The new X2-Series are white with a black grille, trim, and latches.

Carrier adds bling

Nothing finishes off the look of a rig like the bold look of chrome. Carrier Transicold now offers several ways to add bling to refrigeration and auxiliary power units (APUs) with the mirror finish that only chrome can bring.

For the ComfortPro APU, Carrier dealers now offer two aftermarket chrome kits — a smooth chrome finish and a diamond-plate finish. Available either dealer-installed or do-it-yourself, the ComfortPro Chrome customization kits include a set of adhesive-backed exterior panels, and both take only minutes to install. Kit CP100 has flat panels made of chrome-plated 430 stainless steel, and Kit CP200 has chrome-plated aluminum panels with a tread pattern that perfectly matches the ComfortPro APU's access panels.

Carrier's standard single-temperature units in the new X2-Series are white with a black grille, trim and latches. An optional package includes chrome latches for the access panels and a bright chrome grille that nicely contrasts with the unit's black trim. The chrome package is an option available when ordering any unit in the X2-Series, featuring a modern appearance, reduced sound output, and exceptional serviceability access.

New telematics providers

As the trucking industry makes greater use of GPS services and telematics for fleet management, practical new uses are being employed for refrigeration equipment. A new third-party protocol for Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit controllers is expanding the universe of telematics providers that offer services compatible with Carrier equipment.

As of March 2007, the growing list of telematics providers offering services compatible with Carrier's DataTrak protocol includes:

  • Qualcomm Inc
  • StarTrak LLC
  • Terion Inc
  • PAR Logistics Management Systems
  • Satamatics Ltd
  • InterLink Logistics Technologies

DataTrak is a software upgrade for Carrier's truck and trailer unit controllers that allows microprocessor information to be extracted via the providers' telematics systems. “Through the DataTrak protocol, we've made it easy for telematics providers to access our units and, in turn, we've given the fleets more flexibility and options,” said Mark Fragnito, Carrier Transicold's product manager for electronics. Fragnito said that Carrier Transicold has a lengthy track record of interfacing with telematics equipment through the rail industry where unattended operation is the norm for refrigerated cars.

“Use of telematics for refrigerated fleets can help avert load loss by assuring units have enough fuel, are set correctly, and running properly throughout a trip,” he said. “They can remotely control tasks such as starting the unit, selecting temperature setpoints, adjusting temperature during deliveries, or running diagnostic routines. And remote data transmission also simplifies centralized recordkeeping for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) monitoring.”

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