CML adds 20 G&A trailers with Vector fridges

Milton Keynes, UK: CML Fulfilment & Logistics, part of Culina, has become one of the latest fleets to take delivery of Carrier Transicold’s Vector HE 19 trailer fridges.

The system reduces fuel consumption by up to 30%, weight by 10% and noise by 3 dB(A) – making it significantly quieter in operation than its predecessor, Carrier says.

Culina’s order is for 20 Vector HE 19 units on 13.6-metre Gray & Adams double-deck trailers for UK supermarket deliveries.

Nineteen of the fridges are for fleet expansion with the 20th trailer featuring a special livery commemorating Culina’s 25th anniversary.

“Carrier Transicold already provides the cooling systems for around 80% of our fleet, so naturally we were confident the new Vector HE 19 unit would match the high standards we’re used to,” said Mark Matkin, group fleet manager, Culina Group.

“The benefits of the new Vector HE 19 unit are huge, both financially and operationally, particularly when you factor in the reduced maintenance requirements.”

Key features include a redesigned evaporator airflow management system that harnesses the Coanda effect to essentially ‘stick’ cool air to the roof inside the trailer. This creates a more efficient airflow, which is particularly beneficial for double deck operations.

Elsewhere, the use of a fully hermetic scroll compressor and economiser helps to deliver a 40% increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, and halving the risk of refrigerant loss. The system is also 19% more efficient when plugged into the electrical grid on standby, meaning operators will see reduced diesel, maintenance and electricity bills, Carrier says.

“Whenever we specify new equipment for the fleet, we’re looking to reduce environmental impact as much as possible. As well as improved fuel efficiency and refrigerant containment, one of the first things we noticed with the Vector HE 19 unit was just how quiet it is; it’s ideal for urban deliveries,” Matkin said.

The new Vector HE 19 units are mounted to an all-new trailer design from Gray & Adams. “Culina has been a valued customer of Gray & Adams since 2001,” said Stuart Martin, sales manager, Gray & Adams.

“This made them the perfect candidate for our new 44-pallet, lifting-deck trailer, which we showcased at the CV Show earlier this year featuring Culina’s celebratory 25th anniversary livery. We look forward to more shared successes with both Culina and Carrier Transicold, and to building this important relationship further,” Martin said.

Key feature of the new fridge is a redesigned evaporator airflow management system that harnesses the Coanda effect to ‘stick’ cool air to the roof inside the trailer


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