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Carrier says new Vector 1550 maximizes intermodal cargo efficiency

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Carrier Transicold’s thin-profile Vector 1550 refrigeration unit, consumes less space on the front of an intermodal container, allowing more cargo area inside for greater freight-hauling efficiencies. (Courtesy: CARRIER TRANSICOLD)

ATHENS, Ga. — Carrier Transicold said late last month that 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. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

“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 U.S.,” said Patrick McDonald, trailer product manager, Carrier Transicold.

McDonald said 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, 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 takes advantage of 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 a uniquely 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, precisely when needed. As a result, components run fewer hours and last longer than traditional counterparts.

McDonald said the simplified, clean refrigeration architecture eliminates most of the serviceable items found in conventional mechanical transport refrigeration systems – traditional parts, such as vibrasorbers, clutches, shaft seals, alternators, drive belts and pulleys that require routine maintenance.

As with other units in Carrier Transicold’s Vector platform, the Vector 1550 unit 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,” McDonald said. “The Vector system provides the unit’s full rated refrigeration capacity when on standby, unlike some add-on standby systems that add weight and complexity, without delivering full capacity.

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, visit www.transicold.carrier.com.

 

 

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems delivers 8 millionth engine brake

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İn the late 1980s trucking industry interest in the product began to increase significantly and a shift was made to OEM factory installations. (Courtesy: JACOBS BRAKE SYSTEMS)

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a worldwide manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, recently celebrated the delivery of its 8 millionth engine brake.

This milestone delivery comes less than two years after Jacobs shipped its seven millionth brake, and nearly 60 years after the company’s first engine brake, invented by Clessie Cummins, was introduced to the trucking industry by Jacobs.

Since the first engine brake was produced, it took Jacobs 31 years to sell its first million engine brakes, which was initially an aftermarket product and sold exclusively in North America.

İn the late 1980s trucking industry interest in the product began to increase significantly and a shift was made to OEM factory installations, according to Steve Ernest, vice president, engineering and business development, who said geographic expansion soon followed and today Jacobs is selling and delivering engine brakes from its locations in North America, China, and Europe to more than 30 customers with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

“This delivery is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the success our customers have enjoyed around the world with Jacobs’ components,” Ernest said. “The next millionth brake shouldn’t be far off as we continue to find new solutions and technologies that will not only continue to enhance braking performance but also help our customers find new and effective ways to improve fuel consumption and reduce harmful emissions.”

Jacobs Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut where is has a design, testing, and manufacturing facility, with support sites in Europe, Japan, and India as well as manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, China, and Brno, Czech Republic.

For more information, visit www.jakebrake.com

 

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FTR reports prelim September trailer orders highest since February

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Trailer production should remain sturdy in September but somewhat off recent months with backlogs expected to drop for the ninth consecutive month, FTR said. (Courtesy: GREAT DANE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR is reporting preliminary trailer orders for September at 19,000 units, the highest since February.

Trailer order activity rebounded from the recent doldrums as some fleets began placing orders for 2020.  Orders were up 81% month-over-month but minus 66% year-over-year. September’s net orders could have been even higher but were negatively affected by fleet cancellations of excess 2019 orders.

Trailer production should remain sturdy in September but somewhat off recent months with backlogs expected to drop for the ninth consecutive month, FTR said, noting that trailer orders for the past 12 months now total 264,000 units.

“This is a decent order amount for September. It indicates fleets are somewhat optimistic about 2020,” said Don Ake, FTR vice president of commercial vehicles. Orders should rise to healthy levels in October, as more large fleets place their 2020 orders. The increase in September orders signals the trailer market is becoming much more stable and should be settling into historic order patterns, after a turbulent couple of years.

“Trailer sales are expected to dip in 2020 after hitting record volumes in 2019. However, the forecast is still for a solid year based on moderate economic and freight growth, which should provide fleets with enough profits to buy new equipment.”

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Netradyne says its Driveri has improved stop sign compliance by 55%

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15 percent of fatalities are from intersection accidents with 15% of these fatalities resulting from stop sign violations. (©2019 FOTOSEARCH)

SAN DIEGO — Netradyne, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology focusing on driver and fleet safety, said Friday its vision-based safety platform, Driveri, has improved stop sign compliance by 55% across its customer base, with some fleets improving over 90%.

The company analyzed their last 10 million stop sign observations to show a 61% improvement for non-stop events and 51% improvement for rolling stops.

Driveri utilizes AI to capture every minute of every driving day to visually recognize and analyze driving events, enabling fleets to not just measure violations, but overall compliance.

To date, the system has recorded over 900 million minutes and 350 million miles of driving, “seeing” events that legacy “trigger-based” systems would not, including stop sign violations that are rarely inertial-based.

Adam Kahn, president of fleet for Netradyne, said improving stop sign safety is especially important knowing that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 percent of vehicle-related fatalities are from intersections with 15% of these fatalities resulting from stop sign violations.

“The very fact that this improvement can be recorded illustrates the power of AI within our industry,” Kahn said. “Just a few years ago, things like rolling stops would have not been captured. Today, our intuitive, deep-learning, vision-based technology allows us to highlight your drivers’ great driving while gaining visibility into other incidents with full context for more productive conversations between fleet managers and drivers.”

Driveri provides fleet managers with a comprehensive view of drivers’ activity through a blend of real-time positive driving notifications and best practice identification, Kahn said.

“This combination of supportive comments along with constructive feedback about risky driving behavior engages drivers in a balanced way that promotes collaborative relationships and ultimately, as the data has shown, safer drivers,” he said.

To learn more about Netradyne and its mapping abilities visit www.netradyne.com.

 

 

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