Belgium (April 12, 2010) - North America-based RailRunner, N.A., Inc., a developer and marketer of advanced container-based intermodal transport systems, recently launched the Model ReeferPro 100 chassis for temperature-controlled ISO containers. A key feature of the new product is Thermo King's SGSM 3000 genset with the EcoPower Plus option, which provides up to a six day power supply with its 100 gallon fuel tank.
"The performance and fuel-savings benefit the SGSM 3000 genset adds to the new RailRunner 100 is a huge benefit to RailRunner and its customers," said Chris Chartier, general manager at Mass Truck Refrigeration Services, the Massachusetts, U.S.-based Thermo King dealer servicing RailRunner.
"The EcoPower Plus option monitors reefer loads and allows the genset to operate either on 60Hz or 50Hz, depending on the temperatures inside the container. This provides significant fuel savings for the customer - up to 20 percent over the nearest competitor, and in some cases, even higher."
ReeferPro 100 was developed specifically for shippers of produce, frozen or refrigerated foods, pharmaceuticals and other products requiring temperature controlled transportation. Shippers may now take full advantage of the many benefits of shipping via rail due to this convenient, safe, uninterrupted cold chain technology. Ports, inland terminals and shippers no longer need to supply their own power plugs, hazardous fueling capacities and/or gensets for supplying electric power to containers while parked, during road movements, or on rail, simplifying both the supply chain and backhaul opportunities.
RailRunner's bi-modal ReeferPro 100 chassis provides an air-cushion suspension on rail, especially suitable for sensitive and fragile cargo, up to six-day uninterrupted power supply, and continuous monitoring of fuel supply and GPS location. For modem-equipped containers, ReeferPro can also monitor cargo temperature, humidity and air circulation.
"Essentially, ReeferPro 100 enables a shipper to load a refrigerated container at a farm or food processor and, without requiring any cranes or other expensive lifting equipment, to seamlessly ship by rail and/or road, providing 'door-to-door,' same-box, temperature-controlled service," explained Wolfgang Graaff, RailRunner chief operating officer. "ReeferPro 100 fills an important and unique market need. Its high-security, air-cushioned ride characteristics can serve both domestic and international customers, protecting against product damage and theft. Up to six-days of uninterrupted, monitored cold chain to ISO temperature-controlled 40-foot refrigerated containers - due to Thermo King's SGSM 3000 genset with EcoPower - offers new opportunities in shipping refrigerated cargos to reach both local and long-distance markets.
"Thermo King and its local dealer, Mass Truck Refrigeration Service, Inc., were extraordinarily helpful in all phases of this project," continued Graaff. "Starting from the first contact through providing documentation and help with commissioning the unit, the support has been invaluable. The SGSM 3000 unit and the support from Thermo King have allowed RailRunner to provide a unique solution to the intermodal transportation of refrigerated containers."
Thermo King's genset and fuel tank is side-mounted, provide vertical and horizontal road and rail clearance, and use high-security, tamper-proof enclosures. ReeferPro 100 carries a payload of 45,620 lbs. or 20,200 kg. RailRunner is operating the units in North America and Mexico currently and plans to bring the same solution to Europe and India in the future.
"The EcoPower Plus genset option was first introduced in 2007," said Mike Stark, director of genset sales, Thermo King. "Approximately 95 percent of the Thermo King gensets sold in 2007 and 2008 were equipped with the option, which reduces operational costs, promotes sound environmental stewardship and helps reduce global warming."
More information on Thermo King's SG+ genset series and EcoPower Plus can be found at www.thermoking.com.
RailRunner, N.A., Inc. (www.railrunner.com) is an innovative rail products and services company bringing a new Road-Ready intermodal rail product to shippers worldwide. RailRunner's patented container-carrying bi-modal system is designed to quickly; simply and efficiently shift chassis and container to and from highway to rail and back. The company is privately held and based in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Visit http://www.railrunner.com/technology/reefer_chassis_40.php for specification on the new ReeferPro 100 chassis.
Thermo King is the global leader in solutions for temperature-controlled transport, supplying the world market from 11 production facilities and over 800 distributors world-wide. The company offers a wide range of refrigeration and heating units for vehicles of all sizes, from small vans to large trailers, as well as airborne and ocean-going containers. In addition Thermo King provides heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for passenger buses and railcars.
Thermo King also offers service maintenance programmes and finance solutions, as well as a range of accessories, temperature monitoring, and tracking equipment. For more information on Thermo Kingâ€™s products and services please visit www.thermoking.com.
Thermo King is a business unit of leading diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, a global provider of products, services, and integrated solutions to industries as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, construction and agriculture. Further information on Ingersoll Rand can be found on the companyâ€™s website at www.irco.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.
Pietro Sonza Reorda, Thermo King Corporation
Pietro Sonza Reorda