Chiltern Cold Storage reap benefits of Carrier Transicold Xarios 350 truck refrigeration systems

Chiltern Cold Storage, specialist in temperature controlled warehousing and distribution, is reaping the benefits of increased performance, fuel efficiency and service support following the specification of Carrier Transicold Xarios 350 truck refrigeration systems.

Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Corp., a business unit of United

Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The Xarios 350 units have been specified on a fleet of five new 3.5 tonne

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, which have entered operation with Cambridgeshire-

based Chiltern Cold Storage. The order, which comprises three mono temperature

and two multi-temperature systems, marks a change in supplier as the company

sought better service support for its growing dedicated courier business across

the UK and Europe.

"We ask two things of a supplier," said Paul Jackson, managing director of

Chiltern Cold Storage. "A reliable service network that can provide rapid

assistance and technology that can fulfil the demands of our business. Direct

experience with our truck fleet has shown that Carrier Transicold can deliver on

both fronts simultaneously."

The Xarios 350 is one of Carrier Transicold's best-selling direct drive

systems and is designed for the transportation of refrigerated or frozen goods

in medium-sized delivery vehicles with a load volume of up to 32 cubic metres.

It offers excellent temperature recovery, and its sleek evaporator allows goods

to be loaded to within 200 millimetres of the roof.

"We have seen a marked improvement since taking delivery of the new vans,

notably in the speed of temperature pull-down. Where previous systems have taken

over an hour and a half to pull down to the desired temperature, we are now

reaching our set point in just 30 minutes. This is having a positive impact on

fuel efficiency due to reduced engine running time," said Jackson.

The five Sprinter vans operate seven days a week and are expected to cover

an estimated 120,000 miles annually, with frequent trips onto the Continent.

They will be used as part of the company's dedicated temperature controlled

courier service in which loads, such as pharmaceuticals, can value up to


The vehicles will remain on the fleet for three years and are supported by

a GoldenCold fixed cost maintenance contract. This includes all maintenance

recommended by Carrier Transicold, carried out by manufacturer-trained

technicians using genuine replacement parts, plus 24-hour breakdown assistance

throughout the UK and Europe.

Chiltern Cold Storage's decision to replace its existing van fleet with

light commercial vans featuring the Xarios 350 follows the proven performance of

Carrier Transicold temperature controlled systems across a fleet of 21 trucks

and 14 trailers.

"We are hard task-masters but also believe you get what you pay for. Our

business is at the top of its game, and we expect from our suppliers exactly

what our customers expect from us: the best service in the industry. And we

certainly get that from Carrier Transicold," concluded Jackson.