RouteMax takes ‘cool’
to an efficient degree
Oct 4, 2007 8:58 AM
International Truck and Engine Corp, a Navistar company, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, a Carlisle company, are jointly launching a "cool" new product called RouteMax that will provide a new alternative to refrigerated transportation. Together they have developed technology that keeps food and beverage shipments cool—as efficiently as possible—while in transit on International DuraStar trucks.
RouteMax is a self-powered, extended-route cold plate refrigeration system used exclusively in Johnson truck bodies. It charges devices called "cold plates"—coated steel plates with tubing that contains a salt-brine solution—to maintain a cool temperature efficiently inside the truck body.
A traditional cold plate refrigeration system requires overnight plug-in to refreeze the salt brine. With RouteMax, the plates are also 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 Diamond Logic PowerPack 3, an OEM factory-installed 3,000-watt AC power system. PowerPack 3 offers fully integrated, on-demand power. It is available on International DuraStar and International WorkStar models.
Truck body temperature can be monitored remotely from a password-protected Internet site thanks to AWARE Vehicle Intelligence, an optional GPS-based system from Navistar Electronics that monitors the truck and body performance.
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