UK fleet invests in refrigerated fleet

From the October 2017 issue.

UK-based fleet Stewarts of Tayside has taken delivery of six new 13.6m Gray & Adams temperature-controlled trailers fitted with Carrier Vector 1550 refrigeration units.

On the new units, Stewarts of Tayside specified Carrier Transicold’s updated tracking, telematics and fleet management system, Foretrack.

According to Carrier, Foretrack now includes two-way communication functionality – giving transport managers the ability to remotely alter the set point or operation mode as well as initiate defrosts and pre-trip checks, and clear alarms from a connected device anywhere in the world.

“The ability to remotely monitor temperatures and make any required changes is an ideal way of guaranteeing cold chain integrity, and it takes the pressure off our drivers,” said Jim Winn, Distribution Manager, Stewarts of Tayside.

“The fact that Carrier Transicold has developed this functionality was a welcome addition, improving what is already a great system.”

Amongst a variety of new features, Foretrack can access Google Maps for tracking functionality, providing improved accuracy and coverage. It can also generate improved operational reports, providing rapid analysis of a refrigerated fleet’s performance.

“Having remote access to our fleet data, coupled with the instant performance report capability, has completely changed the way we operate. I can’t remember how we worked without Foretrack to be honest,” said Winn.

“We’re a 24-7 operation and the freshness of our produce is critical, so having such a reliable fleet management system is vitally important.”

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