Trans-Bridge Freight adds its first Vector fridge

Manchester, UK: Pharmaceutical and healthcare distributor Trans-Bridge Freight Services has taken its first Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 MT (multi-temperature) fridge.

A long-standing Carrier Transicold customer, Trans-Bridge Freight Services operates 11 temperature-controlled trailers from two depots in Manchester and Antrim, nine of which are Carrier cooled.

The new unit is mounted to a new Gray & Adams 13.6-metre trailer, which replaces an older trailer with one of the first Carrier fridges the company acquired some seven years ago.

“Our introduction to Carrier came when we bought some secondhand trailers mounted with Vector 1850s,” said Brian Anderton, director, Trans-Bridge Freight Services.

“We were suitably impressed with their performance and reliability, so it has been an easy decision to specify Carrier systems to replace them. Working in the pharmaceutical sector, being able to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability is very important, so the excellent environmental credentials of the new Vector were a huge factor in our decision.”

The Vector HE 19 has Carrier’s E-Drive all-electric technology combined with a new multi-speed engine design that reduces fuel consumption. The system’s fully hermetic scroll compressor and economiser also means the Vector HE 19 unit delivers a significant increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, while reducing the chance of refrigerant and CO2 escape.

The Carrier Vectro fridge is mounted to a new Gray & Adams trailer, which replaces an older trailer with one of the first Carrier fridges Trans-Bridge acquired some seven years ago

It also operates 3 dB(A) quieter than the legacy Vector 1950 unit. Trans-Bridge Freight Services expects to save approximately 15% on maintenance costs with the new fridges.

“Though sustainability is extremely important, temperature control in the pharmaceutical sector is paramount. Around 80% of the products we transport need to be maintained in a tightly controlled ambient environment, so the precise set point control we get with Carrier’s products is vital. Combine that with the superb aftersales support we receive from both Carrier Transicold Manchester and Northern Ireland, and every box is ticked,” Anderton said. The new fridge has Carrier Transicold’s BluEdge maintenance package which includes emergency call out repairs.

On the road five to six days a week, the new trailer joins eight others based out of the company’s Manchester headquarters. Expected to be in operation for eight years, it will facilitate collections from pharmaceutical customer sites, making onward deliveries to the Trans-Bridge Antrim facility in Northern Ireland, via the Scottish port of Cairnryan.

The Northern Ireland operation features more of a mixed temperature-controlled fleet comprised of two trailers, two rigid trucks and three vans. Mostly Carrier-cooled, these work on multi-drop delivery routes across Ireland.

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