- Rail Ready solutions for boxcar and intermodal with options for additional battery life and telematics to remotely monitor and track units unveiled at 28th Annual Intermodal Association of North America Expo -
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 11, 2010 - Thermo King rail customers are asking for solutions that help track unattended cargo, are environmentally conscious and contribute to lower operating costs.
Thermo King, a business unit of Ingersoll Rand, is introducing SB-210RR+ and SB-310RR+ refrigerated rail units on Nov. 13-16 at the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company developed the refrigerated rail units for optimized reliability, performance, fuel efficiency and cargo protection.
In addition, longer battery life, 65-amp powerful alternators, electronic door switches and protection packages help to safeguard the refrigeration units from damage in transit.
The larger SB-310RR+ refrigerated rail unit contains a specially-tuned engine and additional BTU capacity than the SB-210RR+ unit. Option packages allow for upgraded alternators, improved telematics and, depending on the package, either noise dampening technology or curb-side exhaust extenders.
Both Rail Ready units rely on an Electronic Throttling Valve (ETV) which uses a microprocessor to help trailers get to optimum temperature faster while conserving fuel. The ETV eliminates temperature spikes for extended product life and helps provide worry-free operation for long-distance, unattended travel. They also include a rail specific heavy duty fuel processor system to help increase performance and prevent breakdowns. Sensors also monitor fuel levels and reduce cost call charges.
"Thermo King has been designing custom rail products for customers since 1948 and it continues to offer temperature controlled transportation solutions across all rail market segments," said Doug Lenz, director of global product management for Thermo King. "We incorporate environmental requirements and regulations into the new solutions we develop, while keeping our customers feedback and needs at the forefront."
Increased unattended transit only escalates the importance of monitoring and tracking units remotely. TracKing telematics - offered as part of the options package - monitors everything typically visible from the ground including whether the unit is on or off, if doors are open or closed, fuel levels, alarm codes and temperature. It also can be used to ensure that the unit isn't running too early and unnecessary money is being spent on cooling before it is really needed. Rail Ready units support remote two-way communications from third party providers as well as the Thermo King TracKing temperature management system.
Thermo King will unveil SB-310RR+ and SB-210RR+ rail units at the annual IANA Intermodal Expo:
When:  Nov. 13th-16th,2010
Where   Booth #911, Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Conference Website: www.intermodal.org
Hosted by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), the 28th annual IANA Intermodal Expo is the intermodal freight transportation industry's largest event. It attracts thousands of the top transportation and logistics professionals from around the world.
As an environmental steward, Thermo King offers industry leading products and solutions to help businesses reduce energy consumption and costs and decrease harmful emissions. The company understands the refrigerated rail business and provides quality rail products designed to maximize customer confidence and meet or exceed industry standards for transporting temperature sensitive cargo.
About Thermo king
Thermo King, a business of Ingersoll Rand - the world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments, 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, visit www.thermoking.com.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands- including Club Car®, Hussmann®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.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.
Joan Schimml, Ingersoll Rand