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Carrier Vector HE 19 set to launch in Brisbane – 2019 BTS Preview

  • Posted on Wednesday 15th, May 2019.

Following exhaustive testing spanning two long, hot Aussie summers, Carrier Transicold is now ready to promote its leading-edge Vector HE 19 reefer unit at the forthcoming Brisbane Truck Show.

Carrier Transicold will showcase what it describes as its flagship next-generation temperature-controlled trailer system – the Vector® HE 19 (High Efficiency) – for the first time in Australia at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

Its new, ultra-modern design is claimed to deliver a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 30 per cent, a 10 per cent saving in weight, 3 dB(A) reduction in noise and up to 15 per cent savings on maintenance costs compared with its predecessor.

Carrier Transicold is a division of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

“This is a huge step forward for trailer refrigeration and the most important refrigeration unit to be launched by Carrier Transicold in Australia for a decade,” says Kelly Geddes, Marketing Manager, Carrier Transicold Australia.
“The new Vector HE 19 will deliver significant performance advantages for our customers in every area. We’ve combined existing, cutting-edge technology with a host of new features to help operators make a step-change improvement in fleet efficiency and sustainability.”

The Vector HE 19 features Carrier Transicold’s patented all-electric E-Drive™ technology. This means the unit is powered by AC electricity generated by the diesel engine while in transit and also when plugged into mains power while stationary.

Importantly, the hermetically sealed compressor is reported to be superior at retaining refrigerant compared to mechanically driven compressors which over time are prone to refrigerant leakage past the drive shaft seal.

Other boosts to efficiency and reliability are said to come from the absence of drive belts that are an integral part of mechanically powered units.

“A new multi-speed engine design helps deliver up to a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared to the existing Vector 1950 unit,” Kelly continues.

This has been independently verified using the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the Association Technic Energy Environment (ATEE) partial load fuel burn standards.

“At the same time, the oil drain interval for the unit’s engine is doubled when compared to its predecessor.”

Kelly goes on to say that the Vector HE 19’s use of a hermetically sealed scroll compressor and economiser helps to deliver a 40 per cent increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, while reducing the chance of refrigerant escape by 50 per cent.

“The system is also 19 per cent more efficient when plugged into the electrical grid on standby, meaning operators will see reduced diesel and maintenance costs and lower electricity bills.”

An important feature of the new unit is a heavily redesigned evaporator airflow management system, which is said to harness the ‘Coanda Effect.’

This is an aeronautical term that describes the additional lift created during take-off by the airflow hugging the top surface of an aircraft’s wing due to its diversion by an extended slat at the leading edge and extended flaps at the trailing edge.

“In a fridge van sense, this essentially ‘sticks’ cool air to the ceiling of the trailer, thus creating a much more efficient airflow which helps maintain consistency of the set-point temperature throughout the trailer’s interior,” Kelly explains.

“When combined with Carrier Transicold’s new advanced APX™ control system using CAN BUS and electronic remote expansion valves, the Vector HE 19 unit returns levels of refrigeration efficiency not seen before in a trailer system.”

The units have been extensively tested for both reliability and performance around the world and right here in Australia’s harsh summer conditions.

In fact, Sydney-based temperature-controlled transporter, FoodBoss, has been trialling two Carrier Vector HE 19 units in the outback over the past two summers.

According to FoodBoss General Manager, Ian Gibson, the units have been performing admirably under some of the most hostile conditions this country has to offer.

“We do regular food service deliveries from Sydney to the far west of New South Wales, places like Cobar and Walgett, where in the middle of summer ambient temperatures can climb as high as 50 degrees Celsius,” Ian explains.

“And we have three to four lengthy back door openings each trip. There are no docks at the places we deliver so the driver uses a pallet jack to move the pallets to the doorway for removal by fork lift. This means a lot of cold air escapes which requires the units to work hard to pull the temperature down again.

“The dual-zone Vector HE 19 unit has been consistently pulling the freezer temp down to -18 and the chiller to +2 within an hour of closing the door after each delivery which is a pretty good effort under these adverse conditions.”

Another important feature for Ian is that the cooling capacity of the Vector HE 19 is the same whether running on diesel during transit or mains electricity on standby at the depot.

“We load the trailers up to 24 hours before departure so it’s vital that the temperature is pulled down quickly after loading. These units on standby are operating just as efficiently as when running on diesel power.

“While it’s still reasonably early days, we’ve had no real issues with the two trial units and in general the people at Carrier Transicold do a great job of supporting their products.

“Having efficient and reliable fridge units that are well supported by the manufacturer is paramount in this business.”

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