Cool By Carrier

A key link in the chain of life

Respect for the cold chain is crucial to ensure goods are delivered in optimal condition to customers. It requires expertise that only a specialist can provide. Carrier Transicold is dedicated to maintaining your cold chain and maximizing cost efficiency, while limiting environmental impact.

Before Loading

Clean the Equipment
  • Especially the inner side: walls, roof and floor
Pre-Cool The Body
  • Heat ingresses the trailer body through products, open doors and trailer floor, sides and roof.
  • When not in use try to park in the shade.
Check the Condition of Strip Curtains
  • To limit the flow of cold air to the outside, they have to be:
    • not too old
    • with a proper length down to the floor

During Loading

Respect Correct Temperature
  • Product should always be loaded at the correct temperature and from a refrigerated loading bay.
Respect Airflow
  • Do not obstruct the evaporator with the loaded goods. Make sure that air circulation is not impeded.
  • Beware of orientation of pallets that should allow airflow to the rear of the body, through and under the load.
  • Do not load up to the ceiling that will cause short cycling.
Separate Goods
  • Do not mix refrigerated and dry goods in the same compartment.
  • The second compartment cannot be cooled by a fan from the first compartment for hygiene reason

After Loading

Shut Down Unit when Opening Doors
  • Cold air is heavier than hot air. Opening doors with no curtains leads warmer air to replace cooler air.
  • Operating unit when doors are opened may result in frost and increase energy consumption
The Right Setting for Transport Temperature
  • During loading, check the internal temperature of the goods to be transported.
  • The below information is an extract from ATP Handbook 2011. It is given for reference purposes only, and may be overridden on the transporter or the consignee’s advice. More detailed information may be obtained from your Carrier Transicold distributor.

Frozen Foodstuffs

Ice and ice cream
Frozen or quick (deep)-frozen fish, fish products, molluscs and crustaceans and all other quick (deep)-frozen foodstuffs
All frozen foodstuff (except butter)

Chilled Foodstuffs

On melting ice or at temperature of melting ice
Untreated fish, molluscs and crustaceans (except for live fish, live molluscs and live crustaceans)
Either at +2°C or at temperature indicated on the label and/or on the transport document
Minced meat (and any preparations thereof)
Red offal (and any preparations thereof)
Game (other than large game), poultry (and any preparations thereof) and rabbits
Either at +6°C or at temperature indicated on the label and/or on the transport documents
Meat products (except for fully treated by salting, smoking, drying, or sterilization)
Pasteurized milk, fresh dairy products (yoghurt, kefir, cream and fresh cheese*)
Ready cooked foodstuffs (meat, fish, vegetables)
Ready to eat prepared raw vegetables (which have been diced, sliced or otherwise size reducted, but excluding those which have only been washed, peeled or simply cut in half) and vegetables products
Fishs products (except for product fully trated by salting, smoking, drying, or sterilization) not listed above
Raw milk (when milk is collected from the farm for immediate processing, the temperature may rise during carriage to +10°C)
Red meat (and any preparations thereof) and large game (other than red offal)

Keeping your cold chain cost effective is a major challenge. While on the road, it’s important to minimize energy consumption while maintaining performance.

Prepare Transportation

  • Make sure boxes are undamaged to avoid cool air to seep out quickly and have the motor run more frequently.
  • Use partition walls to cool loads individually and enable return packaging to be kept aside.

Make the Best Usage of your Refrigeration Unit

  • Use the built-in standby to reduce energy consumption when parked, or during loading and unloading.
  • Use the control system to select the setting adapted to the load transported.

Maintain the Unit

  • Perform preventive maintenance before entering busy periods and intensive usage to ensure your equipment is ready.
  • Regularly maintain your refrigeration unit following the number of running hours to avoid breakdown and allow for adjustments.

Carrier Transicold offers a wide range of solutions to preserve freshness, ensure safety during transport and enhance the overall appearance and quality of food and beverage retail.

Carrier Transicold is your Cold Chain Partner throughout the Cold Chain

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