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This is a guest post from David Naus. He is an independent Distributor from Fuel Direct. David’s goal is to make transportation more efficient by providing education on topics such as EPA fuel standards, how truck fleet managers and sole proprietors can drive the largest bottom line savings in order to stay competitive, and fuel efficiency.  This post is focused on educating you on how to make your reefer truck more efficient. We love featuring information that is advantageous to carriers partners, but also is in line with our goal of making our customers efficient with their logistics processes.

If you would like to know more about fuel efficiency and how to reduce fuel costs, please contact David by email or by phone at 630-639-6009.

How Efficient is YOUR Reefer Truck?

You can find a lot of information about reefers on the Internet by googling “Reefer Truck”. But it’s tough to find good data on how inefficient reefer units affect your bottom line. Have you ever performed a baseline test to quantify the budget impact of reefer units that aren’t performing up to par? Do you know what it’s costing you to replace a unit on your reefer truck trailer or have it serviced? What are you doing about oil fouling in your units?

Oil Fouling?  What is that?

reeefer truck oil-fouling

As noted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), during the refrigerant compression process, oil migrates from the compressor to the coil system contaminating the refrigerants that transfer heat. Compressors that use oil for lubrication do not prevent oil from fouling the coil system. Even the smallest amount of oil in the coil system creates a film or coating that will hinder heat transfer reducing the efficiency of the unit and your reefer truck.

How does Oil Fouling affect my bottom line?

Fleet owners and operators know that when machines don’t run efficiently, money is lost. That’s why most fleet owners have comprehensive maintenance programs in       place that are designed to minimize issues with their equipment.  When a reefer truck unit is not running at peak efficiency, its temperature set point takes longer. As a result, you may not achieve the trailer temperature you need to prevent  compromising your clients freight.  When that happens, you’ll require more fuel (usually your only           power source) to run the unit and that drives up fuel costs.  Also, as contaminants build up in your system, the useful life of your machines is reduced and that means    replacement or other expensive fixes. Huge hits to already stretched budgets!

Any new product technology that can fix the problem? 

Yes. The answer is Perma Frost. Perma Frost technology is the way to fix oil fouling and prohibits contaminants from building up inside all types of all HVAC systems from a reefer truck to larger building units. Perma Frost is an inexpensive alternative to replacing units or making pricey equipment repairs. A one-time application and you’ll see your ROI within weeks or  months depending on the current cost of  your energy sources, fuel or electricity.

Where do I learn more about Perma Frost?

Contact Dave Naus by email at Fuel Direct  or by phone at 630-639-6009 for more details. Let’s look at your numbers and create a plan to meet your specific needs. I also recommend you join us at TDI for an interactive online webinar conference call  to learn more about Perma Frost and answer questions you or your engineering team may have.

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