Mitsubishi Truck Reefer

MTTE tabs Orbcomm for ‘next-gen’ reefer program

Sept. 22, 2022
European equipment provider to install Orbcomm’s temperature-monitoring solution on its new all-electric transport refrigeration units.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Transport Europe (MTTE) recently selected Orbcomm to supply telematics for its standard-fit program outfitting refrigerated trailers in Europe.

The companies revealed the arrangement at the 2022 IAA Transportation show in Germany.

“We are excited to launch a strategic OEM partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Transport Europe, the pioneer in fully electric transport refrigeration, and join forces to provide customers with the next generation in temperature monitoring solutions for the European market,” said Christian Allred, Orbcomm’s executive vice president of international sales.

“Together, we will help customers make great strides in optimizing their transport operations through real-time visibility and deep data insights about every aspect of their refrigerated fleet.”

MTTE will install Orbcomm's next-generation temperature monitoring solution on its new, all-electric reefer units, which are designed to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, lower maintenance costs, and fulfill the requirements of last-mile driving, the companies said. MTTE customers can start accessing a wealth of location and operational status data from their reefer trailers immediately through the Orbcomm platform with no aftermarket installation required, reducing their total cost of ownership. Maintenance crews can leverage reefer usage data, automated alerts, alarms and remote control to allow for quick corrective action to stay on top of reefer health, improve maintenance scheduling, and reduce the risk of costly, on-the-road breakdowns.

By integrating data more efficiently with multiple new interfaces, MTTE customers can enable faster, real-time temperature monitoring, improve fuel efficiency, achieve compliance and reduce their environmental footprint. With Orbcomm’s telematics solution, MTTE customers can optimize asset utilization and overall fleet performance, while taking advantage of analytics to support data-driven decisions.

In addition, MTTE will offer Orbcomm’s legacy and next-generation temperature monitoring solutions as aftermarket options to retrofit select reefer models in the field, enabling seamless integration with the Orbcomm platform, the companies added. MTTE plans to expand Orbcomm’s solution to work with additional reefer models in the coming months.

MTTE customers who carry a mixed fleet from different reefer manufacturers will benefit from Orbcomm’s comprehensive reefer monitoring, which covers a large variety of makes and models. Orbcomm’s integrated platform also enables customers with multiple asset types, including trucks, vehicles, dry vans, and refrigerated trailers, to view all their data about cargo temperature, load availability, workflow, and drivers’ hours through a single pane of glass for maximum efficiency.

“Orbcomm’s ability to provide a best-in-class telematics solution for our refrigerated trailers enables us to seamlessly deliver the benefits of their advanced technology to a broader base of our European customers,” said Björn Reckhorn, managing director at MTTE. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Orbcomm as we continue to look for new ways to expand our standard-fit program with their powerful reefer solution.”

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