Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies touts RouteMax for cold plates

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Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies and International Truck and Engine Corp. have jointly launched RouteMax, which is designed to keep cold plates working longer on every food and beverage delivery, helping to keep products cold or frozen with all-electric refrigeration. RouteMax is a self-powered extended-route cold plate refrigeration system used exclusively in Johnson Premier Refrigerated Bodies.

The company says it charges cold plates to provide an efficient way to maintain a cool temperature inside the truck body. A traditional cold plate refrigeration system requires overnight plug-in to refreeze the salt brine, but with RouteMax, the plates also are recharged during the route by a condensing unit that quickly restores the body’s internal temperature and removes heat from the cold plates.

The power to charge the condensing unit comes from International’s Diamond Logic PowerPack 3 – described by the truck maker as the industry’s first OEM factory-installed 3,000-watt AC power solution. PowerPack 3, designed to offer fully integrated on-demand power, is available on International DuraStar and WorkStar truck models.

The system, which reduces CO2 emissions, has a 15-year lifespan and is virtually maintenance-free, according to the companies; while traditional cold plate systems hold the body’s temperature during daily delivery runs of 10 to 12 hours, RouteMax solution is designed for runs of 16 to 20 hours.

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