Latin America’s largest shipping company, Chile-based CSAV, is the first major line to adopt Carrier Transicold’s new eAutoFresh’ system for shipping produce between North and South America. The system features an innovative on-demand ventilation option designed for produce-shipping container refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Corp., a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The eAutoFresh’ system is an energy-efficient alternative to the common practice of continuously ventilating refrigerated containers to address cargo respiration. For certain high-respiring perishable commodities, it can also extend shelf-life and enable shipping over longer routes.
The eAutoFresh system replaces the manual vent on any EliteLINE’, ThinLINE’, PrimeLINE’ or StreamLINE’ unit equipped with a MicroLink’ ML2i or ML3 controller. In use, the eAutoFresh system’s carbon dioxide (CO2) sensor monitors container atmosphere and automatically opens the vent when CO2 levels rise above a preset point.
‘Ventilating only on demand means the refrigeration system works less, thereby saving energy while protecting product quality,’ explained James Taeckens, senior product manager, Carrier. ‘It’s part of our green suite of environmentally sound solutions.’
CSAV is already utilizing the new system, having purchased 4,500 EliteLINE units, including 1,000 with the eAutoFresh system installed, 2,500 prepped for field installation of the eAutoFresh system and 1,000 with Carrier EverFresh’ controlled-atmosphere systems. The EverFresh systems enable CSAV to maintain product integrity over longer duration routes to the Pacific Rim and Europe. CSAV rigorously field tested the units with eAutoFresh systems and purchased them to handle exporting snow peas, asparagus and avocados in the South America / North America trade lanes.
The eAutoFresh system supports CSAV’s commitment to superior quality and customer service through technologies that reliably transport products worldwide.
Shipping lines such as CSAV can also take advantage of another unique feature of the eAutoFresh system: the added flexibility in equipment utilization that comes from being able to easily transfer the eAutoFresh system hardware between container units that have the appropriate controller software drivers installed.
For more information about the eAutoFresh on-demand ventilation system, turn to the experts at Carrier Transicold or visit www.container.carrier.com.