Carrier Transicold debuts thin-profile Vector HE 19 unit


Carrier Transicold says its sleek new high-efficiency Vector HE 19 unit delivers the greatest cooling and freezing capacities of any domestic intermodal container refrigeration system in its thin-profile class.

“The Vector HE 19 unit is trim and high performing, delivering more BTUs of cooling per hour per RPM than any model in the thin-profile class — as much as 36 percent more efficient than its competition,” says Bill Maddox, senior manager, product management, Carrier Transicold. “With its modern new design, the Vector HE 19 unit delivers 16 percent greater deep-frozen capacity and 20 percent more refrigeration capacity than its class competitor.”

The Vector HE 19 unit is Carrier Transicold’s first North American transport refrigeration system to use the next-generation refrigerant R-452A exclusively. Developed for lower environmental impact, R-452A has a global warming potential about half that of the refrigerant traditionally used in transport applications.

About 40 percent thinner than a traditional intermodal refrigeration unit, the Vector HE 19 unit is especially well-suited for 53-ft. domestic intermodal containers because it optimizes space utilization within, improving shipping efficiency over rail and highway. Up to 7 percent more cargo can be carried — 15 pallet rows, rather than 14, the company says.


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As with other models in the Vector platform, the new unit features patented E-Drive technology developed by Carrier Transicold. With E-Drive technology, a high-output generator is direct-coupled to a diesel engine to power a uniquely all-electric refrigeration system. Intelligent controls automatically activate individual components, such as the compressor and fans, running only what it needs, precisely when needed, so components run less and last longer than traditional counterparts, Carrier Transicold says.

The simplified refrigeration architecture eliminates many routine-maintenance parts used in conventional transport refrigeration units, such as vibrasorbers, clutches, shaft seals, alternators, drive belts and pulleys.

The Vector HE 19 unit has integrated electric standby, enabling the unit to be plugged into a power source when parked, eliminating emissions and noise from the refrigeration unit engine, conserving fuel and reducing operating costs. Carrier Transicold says E-Drive technology delivers the unit’s full rated refrigeration capacity when on standby, unlike add-on standby systems that add weight and complexity without delivering full capacity.

The Vector HE 19 unit can be coupled with Carrier Transicold’s eSolutions telematics system for remote monitoring of system operation and container temperatures and for enhanced capabilities, such as remote software updates, data downloads and system diagnostics.

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