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Remote Reefer Control

Posted: October 30, 2014

 

Carrier Transicold’s new APX remote panels add convenience and efficiency for refrigerated transport operations by placing controls in locations more easily accessible to operators.

The remote panels are available in two configurations: flush-mount, designed for mounting inside the trailer near the rear doors; and surface-mount for use on trailer exteriors.

Flush-mount panels are said to be especially useful at distribution centers, where personnel can configure the refrigeration unit control by walking into the trailer from a loading dock. Surface-mount panels provide similar practicality and are typically mounted near the front of the trailer, opposite the main unit control located behind the driver, providing safer curbside access for the operator when the rig is parked along a traffic corridor.

The new APX remote panels provide the same control functionality as the main APX control display common to Carrier Transicold’s current X4 and Vector series trailer refrigeration units.

The remote panels include the same dashboard display – a large, backlit screen, flanked by labelled control buttons and menu keys. Operators can view all the refrigeration unit data and settings on the remote panel display. They can also select preset ‘IntelliSet’ configurations or perform other functions, such as manually changing temperature set points and toggling between continuous and stop/start modes. They can also use the panels to turn the refrigeration unit on and off, defrost the unit, or run a pre-trip diagnostic routine.

Said to be easy to install, the new remote panels incorporate the same plug-and-play control architecture of Carrier’s latest units by using CAN-bus communications protocols. This makes installation much simpler and reliable since it requires only four wires. APX remote panels can be specified as part of new equipment purchases or can be added to units already in the field.

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