Bloomington, Minn., June 29, 2011 - Marten Transport, which specializes in protective service transportation of foods, chemicals and other products, has combined customer feedback, common sense solutions and innovative systems to incorporate improvements expected to lower refrigeration hours by 10 percent, reduce idle time to 2 percent and save millions of gallons of fuel.
In recognition of the Marten Transport commitment to energy and operational efficiency, the company has earned the Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award. Thermo King is a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.
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"Today, many of our customers want to meet green performance levels that demonstrate a corporate commitment to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a lower carbon footprint," said Randy Marten, president of Marten Transport. "Our customers have been very pleased that we've provided a way for them to meet these goals while reducing their transport costs at the same time."
The company's fuel savings initiatives began in 2007 with the installation of auxiliary power units (APUs) which have now been installed on their entire fleet. The APUs made it possible to reduce idle time to 2 percent.
Marten Transport wanted to increase efficiency throughout their fleet of approximately 4,300 company-owned trailers. They selected a temperature control system that provides exacting temperature visibility and control, which has minimized fuel consumption and overall engine hours and, peripherally, reduced maintenance costs.
Prior to incorporating the new solutions, leaders at Marten Transport worked with customers to test in-transit product integrity at different set points in order to gauge the impact on products and to determine the fuel savings potential. The results proved to customers that frozen products could be transported at substantially lower cost without impacting product integrity when set at -1 degree F rather than -10 degrees F.
This approach enables Marten Transport to save their customers money while providing a more stable cooling environment for customersâ€™ products. Maintaining sub-zero temperatures while reducing refrigeration demands by only 9 degrees allows a dramatic reduction in the number of defrost cycles required. With 4,300 refrigerated units, the net impact of the temperature change has been significant.
Marten Transport began sharing the results of these tests across its entire network of frozen shippers to improve the fuel savings for all parties involved and to provide substantial benefit to the environment. Leaders at Marten Transport are committed to using creative solutions like these to maintain the long-term partnerships with customers that ultimately drive sustainability in the transportation industry.
Innovative Solutions Update Fleet
Marten Transport was the first major fleet to see the value in operating APU units on their tractors and one of the first large fleets to be completely outfitted with the units. "It does not matter if fuel is $2 or $4 per gallon, we are using less fuel, reducing our carbon footprint and helping the environment," said Marten.
"Marten Transport has always been a leader in new technology," said Martin Duffy, vice president, sales and market development for Thermo King. "Their leaders continuously identify innovative ways to incorporate the latest technology to address real-world challenges. Because they expect nothing but the best from an execution and management standpoint, it allows them more flexibility on the creative front."
Marten Transport's idle percentage has averaged 1.7 percent over the past 90 days. This equates to a monthly savings of $560,000 versus a comparable non-APU fleet of their size. Company leaders are also seeing a weekly savings of around $20,000 for managing idle percentage versus the industry average on APU-equipped fleets. These additional savings are due to the company's overall execution and commitment to idle management.
Marten Transport continues to increase energy and operational efficiency today through the use of pre-cooling units, greater temperature control and fresh thinking about in-transit cargo temperature requirements.
Marten Transport's new SB 230 refrigeration units are equipped with:
About Marten Transport
Marten Transport, Ltd., with headquarters in Mondovi, Wis., strives to be the premium supplier of time- and temperature-sensitive transportation services to customers nationwide. Marten serves customers with more demanding delivery deadlines, as well as those who ship products requiring modern temperature controlled trailers to protect goods.
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. Thermo King manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 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