Carrier Transicold helps out MoD 22 July 2010

Transport refrigeration solutions provider, Carrier Transicold UK, has completed a project to supply Carrier Oasis 350 Nordic temperature controlled equipment for use in 14 Bulk Medical Storage Facilities built by Anteon for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Designed to help medics save lives in military theatres around the world, each Bulk Medical Storage Facility (BMSF) is built to operate in extreme temperatures, storing blood products in a volume equivalent to a small hospital blood bank, together with the secure storage of controlled drugs and pharmaceutical products.

The Oasis 350 truck refrigeration system represents the only range of truck refrigeration systems in the world certified to pull down and operate in ambient temperatures of more than 50°C. It is typically sold to road transport fleets delivering ambient, chilled and frozen goods in very hot climates, such as the Middle East.

It also has the ability to cool and heat. This capability ensures the temperature inside the facility is kept at either a constant UK ambient equivalent of 20°C, or at medical refrigerated temperatures of 4°C as pre selected by the operator. These temperatures can be maintained consistently even when external temperatures range between 58°C and -26°C. This controlled environment allows separate internal freezers, refrigerators and storage equipment to maintain medical material at deep frozen, chilled and ambient temperatures without placing a strain on individual systems.

"Carrier's experience in building temperature controlled systems for extreme ambient temperatures made them the perfect supplier," reveals Phil Ackers, BMSF programme manager at Peterborough-based Anteon. "During our first meeting they immediately offered to assist us with building and proving a prototype and have provided excellent support ever since."

John Challen

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