Supermarket chain checks out latest refrigeration units

North of England-based supermarket chain Booths has specified a pair of Vector1950 MT (multi-temperature) refrigeration units from Carrier Transicold for two new semi-trailers joining its 25-strong fleet.
With a growing network of 29 stores, the family-run retailer opted for the highest-capacity Vector temperature-controlled system, which offers control to within +/- 0.3 degrees in each of the trailers' multiple compartments. Mounted to tri-axle, double-deck Cartwright trailers, both units have been equipped with Carrier's patented E-Drive all-electric technology, which removes the mechanical transmissions found in conventional belt-driven refrigeration systems and turns engine power into electricity through a generator. Built with microchannel condenser coils, the Vector 1950 MT unit's condenser is also smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the 1850, and is more efficient. The unit also offers faster pull-down and the ability to haul larger loads over long distances. "Our trailers are on the road up to 19 hours per day, seven days a week, so we need a refrigeration system designed to handle high utilisation," says Brian Broadley, distribution manager at Booths. "So far the Vector 1950 MT units fit the bill perfectly."

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