#Celebrating 10 Years of the Precedent®

Setting the Precedent in Sustainability

2023 marks 10 years since the groundbreaking Thermo King Precedent S-Series reefer units were introduced. The S-Series was the first TRU in the refrigerated transportation industry to achieve both Evergreen CARB and EPA Tier 4 engine compliance. Your trust in us over the last 10 years for CARB-compliant products keeps pushing us to develop sustainable solutions that anticipate your challenges and needs. We are celebrating this exciting anniversary by sharing how we are investing in future-forward solutions that meet your changing needs.

Visit the anniversary web page to learn more about:
  • The history of the Precedent S-Series
  • Thermo King’s commitment to sustainability and innovation
  • Upcoming CARB regulation changes

#Why Know About R-452A?

Thermo King’s commitment to sustainability is a foundational component to our winning strategy, and it extends to the environmental and social impacts of our products, services, operations, and people. We have pledged to lead the industry in delivering change that is impactful, and supportive of our customers’ sustainability commitments while safeguarding their operations by staying ahead of industry regulations. Transitioning our products to a refrigerant with a lower global warming potential (GWP) further demonstrates this commitment.

With that, we are pleased to share that Thermo King has transitioned from an R404A refrigerant to R452A starting with our Single and Multi-Temp Precedent trailer refrigeration units (TRU). Thermo King’s truck units will follow with the new refrigerant later in the year 2022. This changeover not only positions us as the first in the market to make R452A standard on all our trailer units in North America, but also comes one full year earlier then the California Air Resources Board’s requirement that TRUs operate with a refrigerant that has a GWP of 2200 or less. Our transition to R452A will reduce the GWP of our TRUs by nearly 50 percent.

Quick Facts on R452A:
• Class A refrigerant, non-flammable
• No compromise on end user safety
• No compromise on equipment lifetime
• No compromise on cargo load safety

R452A Performance Results
There are no changes to the refrigerant oil and system internal components between units operating on R404A and units operating on R452A. Operating pressures, and efficiency are similar. TXV super heat setting is different between R404 and R452A. TXV replacement is required if a unit is converted from R404A to R452A.
Refrigerant recovery and system evacuation and re‐charge must be done according to the standard Thermo King recommended procedures. Like any other refrigerant R452A cannot be mixed with R404A or other refrigerant, therefore, to avoid cross contamination of recovered refrigerant it is vital that recovery systems including recovery pump and gauge manifolds and related hoses are purged completely prior to being used on any other refrigerant type.

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#Why Thermo King beats EVERYBODY for reefer Telematics

ConnectedSuite is a complete bundle of Thermo King technology designed to deliver information that matters to you.

Refrigeration unit data is invaluable to customer operations – any gap in that flow of data can cause issues. If your fleet has TracKing® hardware that connects to the 3G network, you need to know that this network is scheduled to shutdown in the US on February 22, 2022.

Thermo King is here to assist you with your upgrade from 3G to 4G telematics hardware. We’ve developed a program designed to make the transition as easy as possible so you don’t lose the valuable data connections you depend on.

57008_3G to 4G Upgrade Program


#Thermo King Will Deliver All-Electric, Zero-Emission Solutions for End-to-End Cold Chain by 2023

Global leader in transport refrigeration invests more than $100M into evolve™, its new all-electric portfolio of products for the Americas and EMEA

SWORDS, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Thermo King, a brand of global climate innovator Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), today announced that it will invest more than $100 million over the next three years to deliver a fully electric product in every segment of the cold chain by 2023.

The company’s all-electric portfolio, branded evolve™, will include electric refrigeration solutions for truck, trailer, rail, air and marine transport in the North America, Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. The evolve portfolio aligns with customers’ goals to transition to more sustainable solutions for their fleets, and will help advance Trane Technologies’ 2030 Sustainability Commitments, including its Gigaton Challenge to reduce customer greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion metric tons.

As new products are added to the evolve portfolio, electric solutions will be available in every cold chain segment in EMEA by 2023, and in the Americas by 2025.

“Bold solutions for a more sustainable world are core to our strategy. We continue to innovate to help reduce the carbon footprint of customer operations,” said Paul Camuti, chief technology and sustainability officer for Trane Technologies. “The evolve portfolio builds on our ongoing efforts to help customers reduce environmental impact and meet their sustainability goals as they transition fleets and stay ahead of future regulation.”

The global leader in temperature control solutions already offers fully electric products such as the E-200 for middle and last-mile delivery, and the TE-18 and Athenia™ all-electric HVAC units for public bus transit. Successfully launched in EMEA in 2020, the Advancer trailer unit is 30% more fuel efficient than the market average and can operate on a variety of power sources such as shore power, hybrid, holdover battery and axle generator. In the Americas region, the enhanced electric architecture on the connected Precedent™ trailer unit leverages shore power and will undergo field trials with customers later this year. These innovations will pave the way for all-electric zero-emission trailer refrigeration units in both regions.

“Our expertise in electrification has positioned Thermo King as a trusted partner to respected industry leaders such as Isuzu, Tesco, Mercedes-Benz and technology companies such as ELMS, Gatik and BPW who continue to find new ways to innovate the cold chain,” said Karin De Bondt, president for Thermo King Americas. “Through these strategic partnerships we are able to further our advancements of sustainable power solutions and electrified product offerings that meet customer, regulatory and environmental requirements in our industry and our world.”

Providing electric solutions for buildings, homes and refrigerated transportation is part of Trane Technologies’ overall approach to reducing carbon emissions in the industries it serves, meeting its Gigaton Challenge for a more sustainable future, and supporting net-zero cities.

*The Thermo King evolve™ portfolio will include fully electric products and hybrid products using an internal combustion engine for an emergency backup power source only.

About Thermo King

Thermo King – by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator – is a worldwide leader in sustainable transport temperature control solutions. Thermo King has been providing transport temperature control solutions for a variety of applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, air, shipboard containers, and railway cars since 1938. For more information, visit www.thermoking.com or www.europe.thermoking.com.

About Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies is a global climate innovator. Through our strategic brands Trane and Thermo King, and our environmentally responsible portfolio of products and services, we bring efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes, and transportation. Learn more at tranetechologies.com.

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Source: Trane Technologies

#Thermo King to launch pharmaceutical transport and storage solutions

View PharmaSolutions brochure

Thermo King announced the launch of its Cold Storage Solutions unit intended to meet the unique requirements of global pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines.

Those firms in final-stage clinical trials anticipate they will require strict temperature controls to safeguard their products, down to temperatures as low as minus 70 degrees Celsius. Thermo King’s solutions can enable these companies and their distributors to ensure the efficacy of their products through the entire cold chain, from air transport to marine, rail, trailer, last-mile delivery and at storage points along the way, according to the Swords, Ireland-based company.

“Considering the urgent, global need for a COVID-19 vaccine, the world can’t afford breaks in the cold chain,” Dave Regnery, president of parent company Trane Technologies, said in a release.

Besides launching Cold Storage Solutions, the company noted it has helped customers identify ways to maximize the range of dry ice, which often is used in vaccine transport and storage but has certain limitations. A container using dry ice to keep a product frozen may require re-icing if it sits for an extended length of time or is exposed to extreme ambient weather. — Transport Topics

Upset about idling damaging your engine & DPF?

APU Benefits:  Positive Impact on Tractor

  • Idle reduction REDUCES engine maintenance
  • Low load idling fills the DPF resulting in more frequent regenerations, which results in more frequent professional servicing of the DPF
  • Reduced engine hours INCREASES resale value of tractor

Reducing Downtime

  • Unscheduled DPF maintenance = lost time, lost revenue, unplanned costs
  • Increased truck idle time leads to premature DPF clogging. Additional DPF cleaning $850 – $1500
  • The results are more active regenerations. Active regenerations require more fuel $$$ and increased truck maintenance including dosing valves and NOx sensor failures. Ultimately additional Cost!

Idling Myths: How Much is Enough?
Source:  Cummins, Western Canada

  1. It’s the most inefficient mode – emissions
  2. Fuel contamination of lube oil is high at idle
  3. Cylinder wall wear is accelerated by “wash down”
  4. Short term idling actually “over cools” the engine
  5. Engine life can be reduced by up to 20%
  6. 500 hrs of idling = 64,000 miles of wear
  7. Noise emissions

#Resources to help with bus air conditioning in Michigan

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 17-19 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon
  • August 21-23 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

Michigan Association for Pupil Transport

  • June 25-26 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville


  • September 24-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis

Best Battery APU is a Tripac!

Best for Drivers, Best Savings from reduced idling, Best Spec Help

Comfort –  Nearly double (2X) runtime of other battery APU’s.
Satisfaction –  Help with layover time and parking issues.
Fuel Cost reduced
DPF maintenance costs reduced
Nearly maintenance free. No fluids to change. No belts to tighten or replace.

How do I know if a battery APU makes more sense than an engine APU?

If you’re answer is “YES,” to these (4) questions, Tripac Envidia will make sense for you:
– I get  7 hours of drive time per day.
– I do my 34 Hour Reset at home.
– I’m not predominantly in extremely hot climates.
– I use microwave, refrigerator, & electronics moderately.

The Envidia Introduction

Why worry about the uncertainty of your vendor no longer being  there?  Why accept the frustration caused by vendors without bona-fide service locations, parts, manuals or a proper warranty process. Why aggravate your drivers and your people that support them with a product that doesn’t perform the way it is supposed to. Thermo King delivers industry-leading runtime, but also the cooling performance to keep your drivers comfortable nearly anywhere, anytime.  And world-class service wherever you go.

Call us for help with specifications, or for an immediate install. Come see us in Louisville at Mid-America Truck Show!


Temperature Monitoring Begins with the Basics






#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.