The trailers are equipped with Carrier’s Vector 1550 refrigeration units and the ability to specify the updated Foretrack system was key to the order, says the operator.
Foretrack now features two-way communication functionality, giving fleet managers the ability to remotely alter the set point or operation mode as well as initiate defrosts and pre-trip checks, and clear alarms from a connected device anywhere in the world.
“The ability to remotely monitor temperatures and make any required changes is an ideal way of guaranteeing cold chain integrity, and it takes the pressure off our drivers,” says Jim Winn, distribution manager at Stewarts of Tayside.
“The fact that Carrier Transicold has developed this functionality was a welcome addition, improving what is already a great system.”
Foretrack uses Google Maps for tracking functionality, giving improved accuracy and coverage. It also has a refreshed web portal and a new mobile app on both iOS and Android devices, allowing users to access the upgraded system from anywhere in the world.
The new solution can also generate improved operational reports, providing rapid analysis of a refrigerated fleet’s performance.
“Having remote access to our fleet data, coupled with the instant performance report capability, has completely changed the way we operate,” says Winn.
“I can’t remember how we worked without Foretrack to be honest,” continued Winn. “We’re a 24/7 operation and the freshness of our produce is critical, so having such a reliable fleet management system is vitally important.”
The six new Vector 1550 units are on 13.6-metre Gray & Adams trailers and form part of a 27-strong, 100% Carrier-cooled trailer fleet. Stewarts will be specifying Foretrack for its next order of 10 trailers, also with Vector 1550 units.