Refrigeratedtransporter 4479 Carrier Transicold Vector 1550 Domestic Intermodal Unit Cropped Main

Carrier Transicold introduces thinner intermodal reefer unit

Sept. 30, 2019
Carrier Transicold's new Vector 1550 domestic intermodal refrigeration system features a thin profile.

Carrier Transicold says its new Vector 1550 domestic intermodal refrigeration system features a thin profile, enabling greater capacity utilization within a standard 53-foot North American intermodal container.

As a result, up to 7% more cargo can be carried for greater shipping efficiency over rail and highway, the company maintained.

“With the Vector 1550 unit, Carrier Transicold engineered a space-efficient transport refrigeration system that fits within a trim envelope that is a third thinner than a traditional transport refrigeration unit in the US,” said Patrick McDonald, trailer product manager for Carrier Transicold.

The Vector 1550 unit allows a domestic intermodal refrigerated container to accommodate an extra row of pallets, resulting in cube loads similar to 53-foot, over-the-road trailers. The thin-profile Vector 1550 unit also reduces total weight by as much as 570 pounds compared to competitive standard-size refrigeration systems, Carrier said, and by 200 pounds compared to competitive slim-profile designs.

“Compared to its competitive counterpart, the Vector 1550 unit is thinner and lighter, while also being a high-efficiency performer with lower engine run speeds, producing as much as 27% more cooling per hour per RPM,” McDonald said.

As part of Carrier Transicold’s Vector family, the Vector 1550 unit utilizes E-Drive technology. Unlike conventional mechanical transport refrigeration units, those with E-Drive technology use a high-output generator direct-coupled to a diesel engine to power an all-electric refrigeration system. Using intelligent controls, the system can automatically turn on and off individual components, such as the compressor and fans, running only what it needs, when needed.

As a result, components run fewer hours and last longer than traditional counterparts, the company claimed.

The simplified, clean refrigeration architecture eliminates many serviceable items in conventional mechanical transport refrigeration systems, including vibrasorbers, clutches, shaft seals, alternators, drive belts and pulleys that require routine maintenance.

As with other units in the Vector platform, the 1550 offers integrated electric standby, enabling the unit to be plugged into a power source when parked. This eliminates emissions and noise from the refrigeration unit engine, conserves fuel and reduces operating costs, Carrier said. The Vector system provides the unit’s full rated refrigeration capacity when on standby.

The Vector 1550 system also can be coupled with Carrier Transicold’s eSolutions telematics system for remote monitoring of system operation and container temperatures, generation of automatic “proof of temperature” compliance reports to maintain food safety standards, and providing enhanced control features, such as remote software updates and data downloads.

For more information on the Vector 1550, locate an expert in Carrier Transicold’s North America dealer network at

About the Author

Informa Commercial Vehicle Staff

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...

Fleet Industry Benchmarks: How does your fleet stack up?

Discover how your fleet compares to industry benchmarks and gain insights from a 2024 Benchmarking Report on maintenance spend, turnaround time, and more. Join us to identify ...

Build a Tolling Program to Manage Toll Fees and Risks

Fleets looking to effectively manage their operational costs should consider their tolling costs. Download the PrePass whitepaper, “Build a Tolling Program to Manage Toll Fees...

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...