A key upgrade to Carrier Transicold's Solara trailer heating unit is the APX controller,...

A key upgrade to Carrier Transicold's Solara trailer heating unit is the APX controller, featuring an easy-to-read, full-information dashboard-style display screen. Photo: Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has upgraded its Solara trailer heater, which now features an enhanced controller that includes data recording capabilities.

Temperature control of goods in transit typically means refrigeration, but in colder climates heating may be required to keep commodities such as produce, beverages, plants, paints and pharmaceuticals from freezing in transport.

The Solara unit is capable of generating 50,000 BTUs per hour of heating, at 0 degrees ambient temperature. The unit is powered by a Z482 2-cylinder diesel engine, compliant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 standard.

The heater now features the APX control system, providing improved functionality. It features an easy-to-read, full-information dashboard-style display and is preloaded with Carrier Transciold’s programmable IntelliSet software to easily create heating parameters for different commodities. With the APX controller, the DataLink data recorder is now integral to the Solara unit, and a USB port makes for easy data downloading and uploading of information to the controller. Built-in diagnostics simplify service and troubleshooting for technicians.

Options for the Solara unit include:

  • DataTrak software, which enables remote communications via telematics
  • Flush-mount and surface-mount control panels, providing optional control placement on the outside or inside of the trailer
  • Fuel-level sensors
  • An open-door indicator
  • Shutdown switches

Users can also choose from fuel tank options ranging from 30 gallons to up to 120 gallons.

“The addition of the APX controller means Solara unit users now enjoy the same advantages found with our trailer refrigeration system controls,” said Patrick McDonald, product manager, trailer products, Carrier Transicold. “The modular APX system combines control intelligence, temperature control and system reliability with amazingly simple operation.”

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