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How To Find A Refrigerated Truck You Can Trust?

Refrigerated Transport-What should you look for in a refrigerated truck to create the best conditions for effective transportation of fresh and frozen goods.

Floral Refrigerated Truck fleet with Advanced Temperature Control refrigeration systems
Refrigerated transportation of goods can be a complex process. When you are dealing with the transport of perishable goods such as food or temperature sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals, you need to ensure the products arrive on time and in the best condition. During transit, the product needs to remain in a stable condition to ensure its freshness. Choosing the most reliable and efficient refrigerated truck unit for effective delivery of goods at a controlled temperature is crucial to your business operation.

Besides finding the right refrigerated truck and a reliable driver, there are other factors to consider. When it comes to perishable goods and refrigerated shipping, there is no acceptable margin of error when it comes to safe delivery:

●   Pay attention to the impact of insulation on the interior dimensions

A refrigerated truck might measure 23 feet depending on the doors, insulation package, and features specific to the truck. Therefore, for a vehicle that can accommodate a forklift pallet loading, or can handle two side-by-side pallets inside the box, a five-inch insulation wall might not work. It is important to ensure there is proper insulation at all times.

●   Choosing the right door system

The door system you choose makes the difference between a contract that loses money and making an effective delivery.  Some people will want roll-up doors because of the ease of use. However, that may translate to temperature control problems or higher operating costs especially if the unit is not properly fitted and well-insulated.

Insulated cargo area on a refrigerated van using Advanced Temperature Control refrigeration systems

Depending on the product being transported, the refrigeration truck may require special equipment like hangers for meat or storage compartments for pharmaceuticals.  Dividers and curtains, particularly the fully adjustable curtains are recommended, as they save on fuel and help to maintain an optimal temperature during transportation and throughout the day.

   Curtains, Dividers and Hangers

For those transporting split cargo’s, the divider boards for freezer and chiller mats come in handy. They are useful since each of the boards have different purposes. One side of the door system would be ideal for loading or unloading each temperature unit separately.

Why ATC Offers the Best Truck Refrigeration Services

ATC has been in business for over 25 years. Our specialty lies in the manufacture and engineering of direct drive mobile refrigeration and heating solutions that ensure  safe and efficient delivery of your frozen and fresh products.

Our state-of-the-art truck refrigeration products are continuously updated to meet the needs of our extensive market in the USA and Canada. Through our dealer network, we also offer installation and on-going service support. At ATC, we give our clients peace of mind and confidence that supports all your mobile refrigeration and heating needs. 

Master Upfitter for refrigerated sprinter van

Finding the right Master Upfitter to convert your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into a refrigerated Sprinter Van can be a difficult task if you are not sure where to begin. The certification programs for Master Upfitters is an intense process that requires real dedication from those involved. That is because a Master Upfitter is an expert in their specific trade, having committed themselves to keeping up with Mercedes Benz most current upfitting regulatory standards.

What is involved in obtaining a Master Upfitter Certification?

A Master Upfitter is an expert in their specific trade or specialty, which means time, effort, and dedication are needed to achieve that certification status. Becoming an expert in your trade involves gaining a critical understanding of the field which is gained through hands-on experience in that specific trade. In order for an upfitter to build safely on a refrigerated van, like a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, they must have the most up to date knowledge on reefers to deliver the best solutions.
Mercedes Benz certified Master Upfitter for refrigerated Sprinters vans
For example, being familiar with the 360-degree interior of a soon to be refrigerated sprinter van is very important. This is because an upfitter needs to know if you require shelving units or partitions to keep your reefer as organized as possible. From there they must recognize the most efficient way to upfit your sprinter van to deliver a top-notch integrated refrigeration system. These are just some of the solutions that a Master Upfitter can do to help your business grow. Keeping your refrigerated sprinter van organized with the most energy-efficient integrated refrigeration system will save your business time and money.

The Mercedes-Benz Refrigerated Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz offers some of the best worker lineup cargo vans available, their Sprinter vans feature dual-stage diesel engines and excellent cargo volume. This is the perfect combination needed to begin investing in your custom-made refrigerated sprinter van. Mercedes-Benz is best known for their reliability and their cargo vans are designed with spacious interior standing height and a best in its’ class payload.
Their sprinter vans are built to last and considered one of the most advanced commercial vans for high-performance and excellent fuel savings. They are built to withstand the toughest operating conditions and are made with optional 4 wheel drive. All these features offered by the Mercedes-Benz cargo vans are excellent reasons to custom make yours into a high-performing, long-lasting refrigerated sprinter van.
In order to have the best quality upfit for your sprinter van make sure that a certified Master Upfitter has been consulted. They are experts in their trade, having committed time to getting certified through the proper Mercedes-Benz Master Upfitters Program.

Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Refrigeration Solutions

If you are looking for the best place to custom make your refrigerated sprinter van, then consider ATC Transport Refrigeration Solutions. They have a wealth of experience in truck and van refrigeration units, custom jobs, and fleet management. They also deliver excellence in van and rooftop systems and can transform your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or Metris into a powerful refrigerated sprinter van. ATC has decades of exceptional service in designing and custom fitting powerful mobile refrigeration units. If all you need for your Mercedes-Benz sprinter van is a simple, yet reliable refrigeration solution, then ATC can meet all your needs.

ATC and Master Upfitters

ATC is a certified Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Master Upfitter which means ongoing commitment to current practices for body and equipment guidelines. In order to deliver the highest quality in refrigeration solutions, upfitter’s are committed to self-certification in the Mercedes-Benz Master Upfitter Program.

Benefits of Master Upfitters

ATC has been providing high-performance in truck and van refrigeration units for decades. Since they are a certified Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Master Upfitter, they offer combined knowledge of their industry and the Master Upfitter program. Essentially, you can gain an amazing amount of refrigeration solutions because of the combined expertise of ATC and their members of the certified Master Upfitters program.
Whether you need a refrigeration solution for your floral business or want to upgrade your current unit, finding the right experts to help will make all the difference. If you are looking to expand your business while saving time and money, consider bringing your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to ATC for a custom refrigeration upfit. There you will have access to refrigeration solutions from the experts at ATC as well as the expansive network of Master Upfitters.

A Brief History of Van Refrigeration

It’s hard to imagine life as we know it today without delivery vehicles and in particular the compact refrigerated van. Before the emergence of mobile refrigeration, ancient cultures used to cut ice from frozen lakes, ponds, and glaciers to meet their refrigeration needs. Today’s growing demand for inner city delivery of refrigerated products has solidified the importance of the compact van and ATC’s products for van refrigeration.

The Early Days


During the early days of mobile refrigeration, perishable freight was transported using the railroad. In the mid 1800’s the Massachusetts Western Railroad company was attempting different ways of keeping cattle meat from spoiling by transforming rail cars and trailers into ice boxes. Several methods were attempted like filling trailers with ice, which ended up causing discoloration to the meats. It was not until 1851 that the Northern Railroad Company developed the first insulated boxcar, however, it was only able to function in colder weather and climates. These limitations motivated other railroad companies and farmers to develop a more functional ice boxcar that could be used through all terrains for transport.
Refrigerated rail cars were first patented in 1873 to support the growing beef industry

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In 1877 an inventor, Gustavus Swift brought forth the idea of cooling an entire car by having the air circulate through the boxcar and through the ice itself. In 1878, Andrew Chase developed a well insulated, ice based trailer with a ventilation system. He placed the ice in the roof compartment and this method allowed the chilled air to flow down, keeping the whole boxcar cool. Both methods of ice based mobile refrigeration were adopted and brought success to companies like the Union Stock Yard and Chicago Slaughterhouse. In addition to transporting to local areas, they were able to transport meats across the country without worrying about spoilage.

The Growth of Mobile Refrigeration

The ice being used in the early days was cut out of bodies of water and had to be quickly transported, but other discoveries were being introduced in order to lessen the burden of collecting ice. Different cooling methods, like dry ice, were being implemented, which expanded companies that specialized in transporting perishable freight because they were able to send their products across the state. These methods especially took off when the combustible engine in automobiles took center stage.

Eventually, by the 1940’s ice based transport methods began getting replaced by mechanical refrigeration systems. This brought rise to the first manufacturer to develop mechanical mobile refrigeration, U.S. Thermo Control Company. By WWII the methods for refrigerated transport were adopted by ships and airplanes. This made it possible to transport frozen goods as well as medical supplies, like blood for transfusions. Afterward, van refrigeration and truck refrigeration, also referred to as reefers, helped spread the growth of the frozen foods industry.

Van refrigeration spread as its’ popularity grew among transport, farming, and food companies who sought more efficient and faster ways to sell their goods. They no longer had to rely solely on railways and trailer/boxcar refrigeration, especially with the advent of the interstate highway system. Van refrigeration and other reefers at this time continued to experiment with different cooling methods, some utilizing evaporated liquid gas while others used coolant systems.

Maintaining Temperatures

The cooling mechanisms used since the early days have continued to improve because the importance of maintaining temperatures is vital. Without proper cooling and temperature control, meat would spoil, ice cream would melt, fruits and vegetables would rot, flowers would wilt, even medical supplies would be compromised. Regardless of what kind of freight is being transported, you want to ensure that proper insulation and ventilation methods are used for van refrigeration. This means having ready access to temperature control systems before, during, and after transport. Maintaining proper temperature control is especially important when considering the distances that the freight will have to go, whether it be for local or international transport.

Contact Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Refrigeration

 ATC Truck Refrigeration specializes in proper temperature solutions, customized reefers and van refrigeration units. Our systems are designed to perform and built to last and feature an InCab control to set and monitor the cargo area temperature. The refrigerated solutions offered will meet all your needs whether you are transporting frozen entrees, tropical plants, or beer, wine, and other beverages. Contact us for more information on our systems.

Which Truck Refrigeration Solution is Right for you?

Finding the right truck refrigeration solution can be difficult if you are not sure which reefer will provide you with the most benefits. Direct drive refrigeration units are not only easier to use, they are environmentally friendly and more cost effective than the alternatives. ATC reefers are excellent for delivering products that may include fresh produce, flowers, dairy products, frozen food, pharmaceuticals and other temperature sensitive freight.

Choosing the most practical refrigeration solution depends on the size of the vehicle and what it will be transporting.The right truck refrigeration solution can be installed on your van, truck, or trailer using either of the two most common methods, nose mounted or roof mounted condensers. Both systems have the customary in-box evaporators for easy maintenance access. All ATC systems feature digital temperature controls inside the cab area for monitoring and controlling temperatures during transport.

There are several factors that come into play when considering which unit will meet your needs. Once the following factors are taken into account, choosing the most practical refrigeration solution can be determined.

  • The size of the Van, Truck or Trailer
  • The amount of insulation your vehicle has,
  • The required temperature of products during transport,
  • The average temperature outside, and
  • The number of door openings in a delivery day. 

Truck Refrigeration solutions

Nose Mounted Units
Nose mounted means the refrigeration unit is installed on the outside of the box, on the front wall.
Typically used for medium-large sized delivery boxed trucks and trailers to support a variety of applications.
Nose mounted truck refrigeration means the unit is installed on the outside of the box, on the front wall. This configuration is used for medium-large sized delivery trucks and trailers to support a variety of applications.
Roof Mounted Units
Roof mounted refrigeration units are ideally used for small, medium or large vans.
Low profile aerodynamic condensers with optional roof mounted electric standby.
Rooftop mounted truck refrigeration means the unit is installed on the roof of the box. These compact, low profile units are ideal for Vans.

Choosing a refrigeration system that fits your needs for reliability does not mean the process has to be extremely complicated. You want a refrigeration system that will save you on your up front purchase cost as well as ongoing operating cost. ATC features units that are cost effective with lower cost replacement parts and easy to service.

Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Truck Refrigeration

If you are not sure where to look or have questions about what kind of unit you need, contact Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Truck Refrigeration. ATC has over two and half decades of experience in providing updated truck refrigeration products that will meet your needs in today’s competitive delivery markets. If you want low maintenance, cost effective, reliable refrigeration systems check out the products that ATC has to offer.
Whether you are transporting floral products or frozen meats, ATC can customize your refrigeration system to suit your needs. On top of providing customized installation, we offer top notch customer service support for questions or further assistance with your fleet of refrigerated trucks.

Commercial Refrigeration Growth Forecast

Need a #RefrigeratedTruck or Van for perishable delivery? Advanced Temperature Control can help. For all your #TransportRefrigeration needs, Visit our website , email a request for info at sales@ata.ca or call us at 1-800-295-4156. 

Refrigeration is the process of removing excess heat from space and transferring the same to the environment. It is well known that spoilage of food, beverages and many other substances is reduced at a lower temperature. Thus in order to preserve many types of perishable products from spoilage and keep them fresh for a longer duration, commercial refrigeration system is used where the temperature is maintained at a level much below than that of its surroundings.

Commercial refrigeration system market is segmented on the basis of application in food& beverage production, food & beverage retail, food & beverage distribution and food storage & service industry where refrigeration system are used for commercial purposes. Refrigeration system is extensively used in grocery stores, super markets, convenience stores and specialty food stores. Food service industry on the other hand includes restaurants and cafeteria. Customization of refrigeration system as per the customers demand is a key trend in the global commercial refrigeration system market. Expanding food retail chains mostly in tier II and tier I cities in developing regions is significantly driving growth in commercial refrigeration system market.  

Read more about Future Market Insights for the Growth and Forecast of Commercial Refrigeration system Market for 2014-2020 at the link below.

Commercial Refrigeration System Market Growth and Forecast 2014-2020

 

Corporate video and testimonials

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ATC manufactures 7 Transport Refrigeration systems for Rooftop and Nose mount applications
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Testimonials
ATC Ontario Dealer Aircon Services & Reefer Sales
Aircon Sales and Reefer Sales
President Dave Chilvers
ATC Refrigeration Customer Big Country Raw
Big Country Raw
Owners Rob & Geraldine Brouwer
ATC Refrigeration Customer Rosa Flora
Rosa Flora Ltd
Operations Mgr Ralph DeBeor

Refrigerated Vehicles Date Back to 1949

Humans have refrigerated food for centuries. Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans placed large amounts of snow into caves and storage pits to keep food longer. In the 1800’s, frozen ice blocks were carried around in the back of wagons and sold to people and businesses to preserve food. The first successful mechanically refrigerated trucks were introduced by the ice cream industry in about 1925.

It wasn’t until 1949 that Frederick McKinley Jones
invented an automatic roof-mounted refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars, to make sure food stayed fresh. Jones was inspired to invent the system after talking with a truck driver who lost his whole cargo of chicken because he couldn’t reach his destination before the ice melted. 

Refrigerated Van and Trucks were originally designed to carry perishable freight and are the reason we enjoy fresh food every day, but did you know these vehicles are also used to carry arctic animals safely from their homes to zoo’s, protect paintings and art from significant damage by ensuring low temperature and humidity; nurseries and florists to ensure cut flowers would last longer; bakeries, medical supplies  and a morbid application to preserve human bodies in the morgue. 
Read more on
 The History and Impact of Refrigeration and The-hazards-of-food-safety-temperatures.html

What is a Refrigerated or Reefer Truck

What’s Refrigeration? It’s a process of moving heat from one location to another in controlled conditions. The work of heat transport is traditionally driven by mechanical work, but can also be driven by heat, electricity and by other means. Refrigeration is a Closed System that requires keeping an item below room temperature by storing the item in a system or substance designed to cool or freeze. The most common form of refrigeration is provided by systems (i.e. refrigerators) that use a refrigerant chemical to remove heat from items stored inside the system. 

What is a Refrigerated Truck?  Reefer Trucks as they are known, are Van and Trucks that include a refrigeration unit on the cargo area to maintain specific climates for temperature-sensitive loads. 

Main Components of a Refrigeration System?

Compressor – is mounted to the vehicle engine with a compressor mounting bracket and is driven by the vehicles belt drive system. Refrigerant enters the compressor as a low temperature, low pressure gas. The compressor compresses the refrigerant and changes it to a high temperature, high pressure gas. 

Refrigerated Trucks - The Compressor compresses the refrigerant and changes it to a high temperature, high pressure gas

Condenser – Rooftop or Nose Mounted it receives the high temperature, high pressure refrigerant from the compressor and through the process of heat exchange, assisted by the condenser fan motor, changes the state of the refrigerant to a high temperature liquid. This change of state takes place when the air circulating around the tubing and fins of the condenser coil, cools the refrigerant.

Refrigerated Trucks - The Condenser assisted by the condenser fan motor, changes the state of the refrigerant to a high temperature liquid.

Evaporator – is located in the cargo area of the vehicle. The liquid refrigerant entering the evaporator via the expansion valve is thermostatically controlled to change state from a liquid to a low pressure, low temperature gas. The refrigerant now absorbs the heat from the cargo area by passing air over the evaporator coil assisted by the evaporator fan motor. At this point the refrigerant is refereed to as a “saturated mixture” in the evaporator coil. When this process is complete, the gas returns to the compressor as a low temperature, low pressure gas and this entire process is repeated until the desired temperature is reached.

Refrigerated Trucks - The Evaporator change the state of the refrigerant from a liquid to a low pressure, low temperature gas.

 

From Wikipedia – Refrigeration has had a large impact on industry, lifestyle, agriculture and settlement patterns. The idea of preserving food dates back to the ancient Roman and Chinese empires. However, refrigeration technology has rapidly evolved in the last century, from ice harvesting to temperature-controlled rail cars. The introduction of refrigerated rail cars contributed to the westward expansion of the United States, allowing settlement in areas that were not on main transport channels such as rivers, harbors, or valley trails. In most developed countries, cities are heavily dependent upon refrigeration in supermarkets, in order to obtain their food for daily consumption. 

ATC is a certified Mercedes Benz Sprinter Master Upfitter

ATC is a Mercedes Benz Vans certified Master Upfitter.

Dear Arctic Traveler(Canada) Ltd.,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome you to the all-new MasterUpfitter program!
We thank you for taking the time to apply, and for your commitment to self-certification practices including the Body and Equipment Guidelines. 

As a qualified MasterUpfitter, you are entitled to:

  • VIP technical support from our fully staffed Upfitter Management team
  • Enhanced access and exposure to the dealer network with your MasterUpfitter profile
  • Your solutions featured on the Upfitters & Body Builders section of our corporate websites
  • Additional “Invitation-Only” Opportunities such as: conferences, seminars, trade shows and other Daimler Vans events

With your new status, you have received a renewed certificate, available for download through the portal. Please be on the lookout for a second email with information on setting up your account and a complete onboarding kit to come later in the year.

Sincerely,
The MasterUpfitter Management Team
Mercedes Benz Vans