Flowers are as delicate as they seem. Composed of around 70-95% of water, temperature control is a major concern to keep optimum freshness of these live products.
The temperature control starts right from the production stage. As soon as the flower is being cut, it is stored in a cold room between 2-4°C for one night in buckets of water. This allows the flower to gorge itself with water and maintain its humidity level.
It is then recommended to keep the flowers around 4-6°C until it is being delivered and displayed at home.
The transport phase is critical. Flowers don't like temperature variations and the temperature inside the box needs to stay as accurate as possible.
The right level of humidity is also vital during transport. A low level will imply loss of quality while too much humidity can bring to the development of botrytis and mold.
The Vector 1550 refrigeration unit is featuring the E-Drive® technology that removes mechanical parts transforming engine power into electricity. This technology allows fleet operators to benefit from:
Constant cold for a long haul transport
Flexibility thanks to hybrid combination
The Vector 1550 is powered by an ECO-DRIVE 25C, meaning that the unit can be running in 2 modes according to the need.
1) Engineless mode while driving
The ECO-DRIVE power module is driven by a hydro pump connected to the truck’s engine power take-off (PTO). The hydraulic system drives a generator that delivers electrical power to the host Carrier Transicold unit, without any requirement for the refrigeration unit to use its own diesel engine.
2) Powered by Diesel engine during deliveries and stops
To maintain a constant temperature control even while delivering, the unit can run automatically in Diesel mode to allow autonomy of the refrigeration system.
The truck showcased in the video above is an engineless Combination Truck composed of 2 ICELAND undermount units powered by an ECO-DRIVE 25C.
The ICELAND unit offers a constant airflow up to 3900 m3/h – allowing moisture extraction to minimize the risk of botrytis and mold.
The ECO-DRIVE transforms the truck's engine power into electricity to run the refrigeration unit. This enables a sharp temperature control with +/- 0.8°C accuracy.