Utility introduces trailer prep package for hybrid reefer units

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. — a manufacturer of dry freight vans, reefers, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers — announced Wednesday, Oct. 3, a new prep package for trailers equipped with hybrid refrigeration units.

With the introduction of hybrid transport refrigeration systems to the industry, Utility says it has taken a leadership role in designing the 3000R refrigerated trailer to match the significant improvements in reliability, performance and life expected with hybrid systems. The company says the new 3000R prep package provides a superior engineered interface between the trailer and the refrigeration system.

“Utility recognized that the interface between the trailer and refrigeration system has an impact in the overall performance and reliability, especially in demanding applications like multitemperature, where heavy forklift traffic, multiple door openings and movable bulkheads make them more prone to damage and wear,” says Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utility Trailer, based in City of Industry, Calif. “The new prep package improves the overall reliability, performance and life associated with hybrid systems.”

Among the newly engineered features specifically designed by Utility for hybrid multitemperature applications is a flush heavy-duty divided aluminum trough that houses refrigeration lines and electrical cables in separate compartments; a full-length grounded copper channel surrounding the high-voltage cable; and a /”-thick trough cover to help protect the high-voltage cable from damage by fork truck masts and shoring bars.