Girvan, Scotland: P&C Hamilton has taken its first Vector1550 fridge unit from Carrier Transicold UK. P&C Hamilton uses Vector systems on most of its 24-trailers.
Phillip Hamilton, partner, P&C Hamilton says Carrier’s all-electric Vector technology has work well for the company. “ We see the Vector 1550 unit as a natural step forward as we look to further reduce fuel consumption.
“This unit is one of the lightest trailer refrigeration systems on the market and allows us to reduce the unladen weight of the trailer. This means we can maximise the volume of goods carried, which is a clear advantage,” Hamilton added.
The Vector 1550 unit builds on the success of the powerful Vector 1850 unit by combining a smaller capacity of 14,800 watts with low fuel consumption. This suits Hamilton’s mono-temperature operations for European deliveries.
The refrigeration unit is mounted on a bespoke Gray & Adams tri-axle trailer that contains Euro Rails, a new addition to the trailer fleet, to transport of raw meat and carcasses, a feature particularly favoured by retail and wholesale customers in Germany.
“Being able to operate across EU borders is a necessity for this trailer, so we specified it to meet the Class C ATP standard to operate with a set point between +12 and 20 degrees Celsius,” Hamilton say.
The Vector 1550 unit’s smaller, 1.5-litre diesel engine delivers lower fuel consumption using the patented combination of a hermetic compressor with an economiser. The lower fuel consumption reduces the Vector 1550 unit’s overall carbon impact by up to 35% compared to conventional systems.
P&C Hamilton operates 20 trucks and 24 trailers. Last November, the company was voted Top Chilled Distribution Company 2012 at the Transport News Scottish Rewards.