Keeping product at the proper temperature has always been a challenge for fleets. Keeping fuel usage down is a continuing concern. Now, the Federal Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act, which will require stricter oversight of the refrigerated transportation industry, is adding yet another concern for refrigerated fleets.

Helping fleets control operating costs, achieve sustainability goals, and meet emissions regulations are areas where Thermo King, an Ingersoll Rand brand, is focusing attention.

“Fuel usage on reefers makes up a significant portion of a refrigeration transporter’s cost of doing business,” says Doug Lenz, director of product management and marketing. “Thermo King continues to evolve its SB series to improve/reduce fuel consumption, such as the smooth air blower designed in conjunction with Trane, also a brand of Ingersoll Rand.”

Power requirements of the engine’s evaporator blower assembly were reduced up to 24%, Lenz says. “APUs were enhanced to improve overall reliability of the units and potentially save even more fuel,” he adds.