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Temperature Monitoring Begins with the Basics

Posted on October 5, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

#Essentials for Transport Temperature Monitoring and Verifying.

Transport Temperature monitoring, and specifically — your ability to verify the temperature inside your trailer or truck body during transport — is not a new topic.  It is a normal part of discussions about both unit specifications and maintenance.   The final compliance date of the implementation of F.S.M.A. (Food Safety Modernization Act) in April of 2018 for shippers and carriers has not lessened the importance any of us are putting on this, although this kind of regulation is also not new in the U.S. (see footnote below).

 

#Things your telematics vendor doesn’t tell you:

Sensors that are used for transport temperature monitoring—reliable, low cost components with no recurring costs—are at the beginning of the process.  Thermo King units have two main categories of these air temperature sensors which we describe as either Service Watch or Cargo Watch sensors.

  • Service Watch sensors include Discharge Air and Return Air Sensors, and can include Spare Sensors. These monitor air temps that come into and back out of Thermo King units.
  • Cargo Watch sensors get mounted in trailers and truck bodies. These monitor actual air temperatures of the locations where they are mounted.  Data from both Service Watch and Cargo Watch sensors gets logged and stored in your unit’s microprocessor, along with other data being monitored about the machine.

As long as your unit’s clock is set correctly and kept updated with your service program, you have the ability to monitor and verify temperatures—using just these basics.

 

#Anatomy of Accessing and Using data.

Transport temperature monitoring sensors capture the data.  The two common ways to access and use your temperature data are via downloads and via telematics systems.

  • Download data via USB port (or cable for units before 2011), and use Wintrac software to analyze, display, and manage your data—and have no recurring subscription costs.
  • Use telematics and internet based applications for both automatic access and data management—which requires recurring subscription costs.

 

Thermo King’s industry leading Connected Solutions platform  offers you 3 telematics options:

  • Trac-King, the only O.E.M. sourced system.
  • 3rd Party Gateway, a value-added interface tool.
  • Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device, using our free ap in your ap store.

 

#Where to find the origins of Transport Food Safety Regulations.

Federal regulation in the area of transport food safety in the U.S. is not a new topic.  Transport temperature sensors capture the information you need.  When did the legal/regulatory aspect of this become so important?  Although F.S.M.A. implementation occurred in April of 2018, we’ve had a long track record in the U.S. with this:  It follows the Sanitary Food Transportation Act by the F.D.A.  in 2005;  the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act in 2002;  the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 where the F.D.A. was involved in safeguard and prevention with the transport of unsanitary meat.

#Resources to help with bus air conditioning in Michigan

Posted on June 22, 2018

Lack of service support, discontinued products, and poor system specs that don’t last buses in-service lives are the top three reasons our customers are unhappy with their current systems.

We will eliminate all of these issues for you.  We are located in both the Grand Rapids and Detroit market areas, with 12 mobile trucks and 26 professional technicians.  You can count on Thermo King quality,  performance,  and longevity because Thermo King is the leading brand globally and can be trusted to build the right products and  to support  them over the long run.  We will get your specs right based on your specific needs including your expected in-service life cycle and the environment  your buses operate in.

Thermo King does the basics with support incredibly well.  That means not only that we are here in Michigan with you to help you, but also that a complete set of documents is available for you.  Operators quick reference guides.  Maintenance manuals.  Parts manuals.  And Diagnostic and training manuals.

Thermo King also offers the latest with emerging technologies including all-electric models, solar panel and power management options, and new earth-friendly refrigerants to reduce global warming impact.

Contact us anytime for service, parts, or sales help at www.thermokingmichigan.com.    Find us on M.S.B.O. (Michigan Schools Business Officials).  We are members of the Michigan Association for Pupil Transport and the Michigan Public Transit Association.  We have good working relationships with all of Michigan’s bus dealers, and have experience with installations on International™,  Bluebird™,  Thomas™, and most transit bodies in the 14’ to 40’ range.

Come see us at this seasons bus industry events, including:

Michigan Public Transit Association

  • June 18-20 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon
  • August 22-24 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

Michigan Association for Pupil Transport

  • June 25-28 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

Buscon

  • October 2-3 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis

Proven Bus Air Conditioning /Fuel Fired Heaters for your Gasoline-fueled Bus?

Posted on April 20, 2018

Thermo King Michigan has bus hvac and fuel fired heaters for your gasoline-fueled buses. Thermo King Michigan is the only OEM bus hvac source located here in Michigan with you. Let us help you reduce your costs, and get excellent temperature control performance for your passengers.

Contact us to eliminate tractor idling

Posted on January 15, 2018

Thermo King Michigan has many effective ways to eliminate your tractor idling. Engine based or battery based APU’s, fuel fired heaters, or a better way to approach your maintenance.

Contact us for a customized solution for your fleet:

Tractor Idling solutions webpage
Tractor Idling solutions contact:
616-878-4900 Option 3 (Sales)

For Maintenance support contact our Service department:
616-878-4900 Option 2 (Service)