#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.
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
October 2-3 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
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Thermo King unit alarms are easy to spot and understand. If alarms are present, the ALARM ICON will show up on the controller and an indication will be present on the status light. Some Thermo King units will indicate the type of alarm, and some require you to check a code sheet for information, which can be found on our website.
Do a simple Thermo King PRETRIP TEST. From the display, press the MENU KEY, and then press the UP or DOWN KEY to start a PRETRIP TEST. If the unit is not running, a full pretrip will be initiated, which will take approximately 20 minutes. If the unit is running, a running pretrip will be performed. When all pretrip tests are complete, the results are reported as PASS, CHECK, or FAIL. If the result is CHECK or FAIL, the unit will report the accompanying alarm codes to direct a technician to the cause of the problem.
The Michigan Public Transit Association is a non-profit statewide association incorporated in 1977 under Section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code. First organized in 1974, the membership ranges from the largest urban public transit system providers in Michigan to a majority of the smaller rural demand-response systems. Geographically membership is distributed throughout the state, from southeast Michigan to the western-most point of our Upper Peninsula.
The association offices have been located in East Lansing since October, 1999. Close to Michigan State University and nearby the State Capitol. Much of MPTA advocacy involves working closely with Michigan’s Executive and Legislative branches and the Michigan Department of Transportation. They are also an advocate for our members on issues dealing with the federal branch of government.
Resale values represent a concrete price that is actually paid for a refrigerated trailer in the used market. The residual value of a trailer is the value the trailer is expected to retain over a period of time. The residual value is used by trailer dealers, banks and finance companies to establish leasing programs and manage their risks. For customers, high residual values translate to lower lease payments and higher returns when reselling.
LONG TERM OWNERSHIP COSTS
Resale value is only a part of what makes up the higher overall life cycle value of a Thermo King unit. Fuel efficiency, extended life engineering and components, reduced maintenance and repair costs, and secondary market user preferences drive the total resale value premium. Initial purchasers of Thermo King units benefit from lower lease payments and a trailer worth more money in years to come.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Thermo King’s PrecedentTM models are engineered to continue to deliver the superior resale value that customers have come
to expect from Thermo King. The Precedent trailer S-Series units deliver over 20% fuel savings versus prior models, and each component is engineered for extended life with lower maintenance costs. The Precedent S-Series redefines resale values by offering the only true evergreen unit not requiring a DPF for CARB compliance after 7 years. The Precedent S-Series sets the new standard in high resale value and low total cost of ownership.