Thermo King Showcases New SLX Trailer Refrigeration Unit
(Minneapolis - March 27, 2008) - Thermo King is proud to showcase its new SLX trailer refrigeration unit at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The SLX line was recently launched in Europe and brings customers improved performance, reduced environmental impact and a lower cost of ownership. The company is showing the new unit at Mid-America to gauge customer interest and gather feedback on the new technology.
"All our product innovations are driven by what our customers want. We are confident that no other diesel driven system matches the reliability and fuel economy of the new range. It is simply the most advanced product of its kind in the market today," says Bill Roxby, marketing manager, Thermo King Europe.
The SLX design team significantly upsized the refrigeration components that relate to performance, which means that engine operating speeds have been reduced with no loss in performance. Slower engine speeds give a quieter engine, which uses less fuel and prolongs the life of moving parts to increase reliability. To ensure that the SLX was the most dependable unit in the marketplace, Thermo King designed a rigorous testing program including years of non-stop endurance runs, customer field trials and accelerated life testing. In the furthest corners of the globe, the units were run at temperatures ranging from 50Â°C to -35Â°C and were exposed to dust, salt, shock and vibration. The development and testing of the unit took four years, and Thermo King is so confident in its reliability that it is providing a full 24 month factory warranty on each unit.
At the research stage, customers highlighted difficulties in training drivers to use equipment correctly. For this reason, Thermo King equipped each model of the SLX range with its SmartReefer2 (SR-2) controller. Reducing fuel consumption was a key concern of the design team, who carefully assessed where savings could be made without compromising performance. Their work has delivered a phenomenal 20 percent reduction over the SL range, which itself is recognized as the benchmark in fuel economy. "Our customers are increasingly working to establish their own environmental credentials. The new SLX range will enable them to demonstrate reduced carbon emissions to their shareholders, their customers and the public. And the benefits aren't only environmental | rising oil costs have made it a concern for all businesses to cut fuel consumption. We have taken the most robust and proven features from our highly regarded SL range and improved on them to reach new levels of reliability and performance. We are committed to evolution not revolution," notes Roxby.
Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries. For more information, access the Thermo King web site at www.thermoking.com
Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm
Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures
transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications,
including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway
cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts
distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global
dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.
Mike O'Brien, Thermo King Corporation
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