Thermo King launches temperature control trailer platform

Aug. 9, 2012
New regulation-compliant truck, trailer and APU solutions deliver significant fuel savings, industry-leading performance, lower life cycle costs and peace of mind

Thermo King is launching the Precedent, a new trailer temperature control platform, built from the ground up to deliver double-digit fuel savings, best-in-class performance and lower life cycle costs, while providing regulatory compliance and peace of mind for trailer owners and operators.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will also offer a full range of truck and auxiliary power unit (APU) solutions compliant with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier IV final regulations for engine emissions. These units will set new industry standards in both fuel efficiency and emissions control.

Leaders from Thermo King will share this leading-edge range of solutions at an event on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Thermo King headquarters in Bloomington, Minn.

"Building on a long history of state-of-the-art engineering, we called on our global development teams to create breakthrough solutions that add value while providing regulatory compliance," said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King North America. "The innovative Precedent platform and new truck and APU solutions provide our customers with the peace of mind that they have met regulatory requirements while delivering leading performance, significant fuel savings and lower life cycle costs—all tested under real world conditions."


The Precedent features a completely new platform for the trailer market designed to be fully compliant with the new EPA Tier IV final regulations. These units provide the industry's most sustainable solutions and a complete range of options for any customer, including:

  • The S-600, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower single temperature unit with an evergreen engine for use in California
  • The S-700, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower high capacity single temperature unit with an evergreen engine for use in California
  • The C-600, which is a less-than-25 horsepower single-temperature unit with an allowed useful life in California of seven years

The Precedent platform features a new Diesel Direct Electric architecture to deliver optimum efficiencies, temperature control and double digit fuel savings across real-world applications.

The Precedent S-series features a cutting-edge fuel injection system that delivers optimal fuel injection at exactly the right time to control particulate matter emissions within the engine cylinders. This makes the Precedent S-series engine run more cleanly and eliminates the need for an expensive, high maintenance after-treatment system like a diesel particulate filter.

Both the C-Series and S-series offer a variety of maintenance programs - through the nationwide Thermo King network of more than 200 dealers - to help customers keep their units running at optimal performance.

New Thermo King Solutions Available in 2013

Thermo King leaders will also unveil new regulation-compliant solutions available in 2013 on Aug. 9, including T-Series enhancements and the TriPac™ Evolution APU:

T-Series 2013 enhancements – Thermo King T-Series truck refrigeration units will achieve compliance with EPA Tier IV final regulations and be available in the first quarter of 2013. Compliance will be achieved through a combination of technologies including new engines and an electronic throttling valve (ETV) to deliver improved pulldown and fuel efficiency.

Testing demonstrates that the ETV saves up to 30 percent in fuel, reaches setpoint up to 50 percent faster and runs the engine up to 17 percent less - translating to significant operational and environmental savings for fleets throughout the life of the unit. The full T-Series range will be offered in 2013 with new model names, including T-580R, T-680R, T-880R, T-1080R, T-680S, T-880S, T-1080S, and T-1080S Spectrum multi-temperature units.

TriPac Evolution APU - The TriPac Evolution APU will lower overall truck fuel consumption, reduce emissions and provide driver comfort. This solution, which can be ordered after Jan. 1, 2013, for shipment in the second quarter of 2013, meets Tier IV EPA final regulations requirements while leveraging new patented technology to drive unit performance, efficiency and user productivity.

Responding to customer feedback, the updated TriPac is the industry's only solution featuring software that can be customized to enhance the customer's operating profile. This APU also features an extended maintenance interval of 1,500 hours, a new flash-loadable control system and improved service access for easier maintenance.

About the Program (Full Agenda at End of Release)

At the event, Doug Lenz, director of product management and marketing for Thermo King, will discuss the Jan. 1, 2013, EPA Tier 4 final emission standards and California Air Resource Board Requirements (CARB) for transport refrigeration units. The EPA Tier IV final regulations do not affect refrigerated trucks and trailers that are currently in service, so Lenz will describe how Thermo King dealers are working with operators to strategically plan their approach to these regulations when making purchasing decisions about new equipment.

After Lenz's discussion, Thermo King product managers will describe the new solutions, how each was developed to provide value-added compliance with regulatory changes and the features and benefits each offers. Presenters will include: Tom Kampf, trailer product manager - Precedent platform, Scott Bates, truck product manager - T-Series 2013 enhancements, and Paul Barbaro, APU product manager - the TriPac Evolution APU.

Other Thermo King leaders will address critical industry topics and provide recommendations to further improve operational efficiencies while staying compliant.

Joe Cretella, director of intelligent services for Thermo King, will discuss advanced communications solutions that are enabling customers to optimize energy and operational efficiency through improved diagnostics. Thermo King will introduce one of the industry's first dual-mode cellular/WiFi monitoring solutions in fourth quarter 2012. The company provides the only telematics device that is factory installed and supported.

Leonard "Bud" Rodowick, manager of fleet performance at Thermo King, will address how Thermo King is helping customers to efficiently and effectively manage precise temperature control to extend cargo shelf life and meet new Food Safety Modernization Act compliance requirements and updated guidelines for the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system, the universally recognized and accepted method for food safety assurance.

Martin Duffy, vice president of sales and market development for Thermo King, will report how advancements in transport refrigeration unit reliability and control technology can translate into significant fuel savings opportunities, without compromising load integrity.

Real-world Product Testing – Brandon Pugh, president, Thermo King Northwest, Inc., will share customer feedback from Precedent field tests. He will also discuss how customers are innovatively meeting regulatory changes.

The event will also include an all-employee photo with local community leaders, recognizing the 74-year legacy of industry innovation by Thermo King employees. This will include the team that has developed the game-changing solutions featured at the event. Attendees will visit a roadshow trailer that features the new Precedent solutions and describes the research and development commitment behind each development. Attendees also will be able to view the new APU and T-Series enhancements at the event.

Media are invited to attend all or portions of the program; RSVP to Joan Schimml

8:00-8:10 a.m. Welcome – Ray Pittard

8 10-8:30 a.m. Emissions Regulations – EPA and CARB - Doug Lenz

8:30-9:00 a.m. APU Solution – Paul Barbaro

9:00-9:30 a.m. Truck Solution – Scott Bates

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45-10:45 a.m. Trailer Solution and Development Process – Tom Kampf, David Price and Joe Cretella

10:45-11:15 a.m. Customer Perspectives – Brandon Pugh

11:15-11:35 a.m. Telematics for Effective Temperature Control Management – Joe Cretella

11:35-11:55 a.m. Meeting Food Safety Requirements – Leonard "Bud" Rodowick

11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Optimizing Fuel Efficiency in Refrigerated Transportation– Martin Duffy

12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. All-Employee Celebration with Photo and Ice Cream

1:30-3:30 p.m. Roadshow Trailer with Product Managers and One-on-One Interviews with Ray Pittard and Doug Lenz. Attendees also will be able to view the new APU and T-Series enhancements at the event.

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