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Refrigerated Delivery Trucks

Refrigerated delivery solutions by ATC. From compact vans to high roof, extended wheelbase or straight trucks, Advanced Temperature Control has a solution for your delivery needs.

Refrigerated delivery trucks have been such an integral part of the supply chain, that it is impossible to imagine life without the products they transport. In 1938  Frederick McKinley Jones invented the Refrigeration unit. Later with the creation of the interstate highway system, refrigerated transportation of goods became and continues to be an important aspect of perishable and temperature sensitive products.

The cold chain as it is known is the method and process of transporting products while ensuring they remain fresh, kept from deterioration and losing their value. The global trade of perishable items has increased in the past years causing a larger demand for quick transportation. This is not only true for food, such as produce, meat, and dairy, but also for other sensitive items such as medical products and pharmaceuticals. 

Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables. Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of dairy products. Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of pharmaceuticals.Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh meats.
Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of all your perishable foods.

Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh seafood.

Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh bakery products. Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of pharmaceuticals.

For many products, refrigerated delivery is not an option, It Is A Must!
The development of temperature-controlled products is growing at a rate that is more than double the rate of growth in non-temperature controlled products. Since its inception, mobile refrigeration has continued to improve as the demand has increased. Delivering temperature and time-sensitive goods like flowers, bakery, and dairy products, frozen foods, pharmaceuticals and even goods that require dual temperature settings during transport, are all made easier with a refrigerated solution from ATC.

TODAY’S REFRIGERATED DELIVERY TRUCKS

Many businesses are looking to add more fuel-efficient vehicles to their urban delivery fleet and auto manufacturers provide a wide range of options for the growing van market. Reefers, as they are called, were initially used on straight trucks, semi or tractor trailers. Today, vans built as an alternative to traditional straight trucks provide a cost-effective and efficient design. From small cargo vans to high roof extended wheelbase vans with almost the same cargo carrying capacity as a traditional 12 ft straight truck, today’s refrigerated delivery vans are designed with utility, safety and the optimal cargo carrying capacity in mind. 

WHY ADVANCED TEMPERATURE CONTROL (ATC)?

Choosing the right reefer system for your refrigerated delivery truck or van can be overwhelming. ATC offers several types of refrigeration units to meet your distribution needs. Whether it’s a fleet or a single delivery van, our direct drive refrigeration systems perform consistently. Your confidence is assured in knowing your fresh and frozen goods are safe, kept at the perfect temperature by reliable ATC refrigeration units.

  • ATC is an endorsed, Mercedes Benz Master Upfitter delivering quality engineered solutions for over 25 years.
  • Delivering temperature and time-sensitive goods are made easier with a proven, dependable refrigerated solution from ATC.
  • ATC’s refrigeration units do not require “special”  diagnostic equipment or software for the units to be repaired and serviced.
  • ATC’s electrical power distribution components are readily available and don’t require brand specific components.
  • ATC has a proven record of ensuring fresh deliveries and achieving business objectives.
  • Simplicity; Designed To Perform and Built To Last. 

Advanced Temperature Control is the solution provider you need for all your transport refrigeration solutions. 
Contact the direct drive refrigeration specialist nearest you or call ATC today to see what our experience and products can do for you.

 Not sure if you need a Reefer? These articles will provide more information to help with your decision.

How To Solve The Biggest Problem With A Refrigerated Delivery Truck

Choosing the right reefer system for your refrigerated delivery truck or van can be overwhelming, especially when considering the additional ongoing expenses such as regular maintenance, repairs, and upkeep. ATC’s refrigeration units do not require any expensive additional diagnostic equipment or software for the units to be repaired and serviced. Furthermore, at Advanced Temperature Control (ATC), electrical power distribution components are readily available and do not force the customer to return to the dealership in order to purchase expensive, brand-specific electrical distribution components. Simplicity; Designed To Perform and Built To Last.

What Do You Need?

In order to find the right refrigerated delivery truck or van, the first course of action is solving the biggest problem, the cost. This means consulting with mobile refrigeration experts to better understand exactly what is needed to meet your transportation needs. The type of refrigeration unit that will be used depends upon the products being transported, the driving distances for deliveries, and the external environment. Once such details are figured out, the overall cost becomes much clearer.

Perishable Goods

Storing and transporting time and/or temperature sensitive goods means following the proper health and safety steps. For example, meat, poultry, and seafood delivery require frozen temperatures to prevent rotting. If the proper temperatures are not maintained, it could increase the risk of losing all of your products. Even if part of the meat, poultry, or seafood stays frozen, possible contaminants from the rotting goods play a factor. This could lead to foodborne illnesses which will negatively impact your whole business.

Having a reliable distribution plan means ensuring the proper refrigerated unit is fitted to the right vehicle. The unit must be capable of preventing merchandise from getting damaged by keeping it frozen, cool, at room temperature, or warm as needed.

Driving Distances

When transporting perishable goods you have to take into account whether you will be delivering locally or long distance. A refrigerated delivery truck needs to be able to maintain proper electrical functioning throughout the trip. If you customize a refrigerated truck for local deliveries, like fresh cut bouquets of flowers, then it’s plausible that the unit may not be able to handle long-distance transport. Keep in mind the mileage you expect to accumulate.

Without an up-to-date and dependable refrigerated truck, the cost of repairs and maintenance may take you by surprise. Avoid expenses like complicated engine repairs, software issues, or replacing electrical distribution components by ensuring the refrigerated truck could handle the storage and mileage from the beginning.

Predictable Temperatures

Many folks don’t realize that the outside environment plays a large part in what kind of refrigerated unit should be used. Not all delivery routes are created equal and outside temperatures can have a negative impact on your perishable goods. The unit has to be reliable enough to withstand external temperatures, whether it’s below freezing or record-breaking hot. When searching for an affordable refrigerated truck, van, or trailer, don’t avoid such details.

The biggest problem with a refrigerated truck or fleet of vans is the cost. It’s important to note this ‘cost’ includes everything, from the electrical distribution components to regular maintenance or repair needs. To save on long-term costs avoid the trap of having to buy brand specific electrical distribution components. Invest in a refrigeration unit that does not require constant and complicated repairs or equipment replacements.

It’s also highly recommended that you seek expert advice on refrigeration solutions. Taking into account the aforementioned details will help figure out what the best type of unit for your refrigerated truck, van, or trailer is.

We Can Help

Tackling the cost associated with the ownership and operation of a refrigerated truck, van, or trailer does not have to be stressful. With our top-notch electrical equipment and most up-to-date refrigeration units, you can expect long-term performance. Advanced Temperature Control (ATC)  has been helping businesses achieve their mobile refrigeration transport goals since 1990. Our extensive dealer network includes coverage in all of North America, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Guam.

It’s easy to see how our refrigeration solutions make facing expenses less of a hassle. We have readily available electrical distribution components and an expansive dealer network. These options alone provide excellent convenience while saving you money on ownership, operation, and maintenance.

Our refrigeration units are built to last and designed to perform. If you would like more information on mobile refrigeration, contact us today.

Green Commercial Vehicle Program

The Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP) is an incentive-based program for the commercial transportation sector, where incentives are provided upon proof of purchase as outlined below:

• For the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles such as electric, natural gas or diesel-natural gas dual fuel vehicles, incentive amounts range from 15-50% of the incremental purchase cost of an eligible vehicle as compared to an equivalent conventional fuel vehicle.

• For fuel saving devices, the incentive amount is 30-50% of the purchase and installation cost, of the aerodynamic device, anti-idling device or electric refrigeration unit. See the list of approved devices.

The GCVP will also include a stream of funding for Commercial Transportation Innovation Pilots. Further details on this portion of the program will be available in 2018.

All eligible purchases made on or after September 1, 2017, will be eligible to apply for incentives. Purchases made on or before March 31, 2018, will be eligible for an early adopter incentive worth an additional 10% for up to 10 vehicles or devices.

Please complete the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form and submit the completed form directly to Ontario Shared Services at the address noted in the EFT guide. (link available in Program Guidelines section below)

Applicants must also enroll in the One-Key (Transfer Payment Common Registry) to establish a Transfer Payment Account. Once notified, the applicant must then access Grants Ontario to enter the GCVP application system.

Applications to the Green Commercial Vehicles Program must be submitted electronically through the Grants Ontario System (GOS).


Applications for Green Commercial Vehicle Program Now Open; MTO to Host Webinar

MTO has announced the application form for the Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP) is now online through Grants Ontario. Applicants can apply for the program by logging in and submitting an application using the Grants Ontario Portal.

The GCVP was championed by OTA as a way for the industry to receive the benefit of funds carriers pay through carbon pricing. The program provides rebates towards the purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles and fuel-saving devices, including natural gas and electric technologies.

In addition, MTO will be hosting a webinar in partnership with Grants Ontario on Friday, February 9th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The webinar session will cover:

  • A brief program overview
  • A walk-through of how to apply through Grants Ontario
  • Tips for submitting multiple applications
  • A Q/A session for participants

Members are encouraged to take part in the webinar by sending an RSVP to GCVP@ontario.ca. MTO will share the webinar details directly with participants.

Members with additional questions regarding program details, the application process or the Grants Ontario system can contact GCVP@ontario.ca for more information.

Direct Drive Refrigeration Systems

For over 25 years, ATC has built a reputation for manufacturing direct drive truck and van refrigeration systems. We are proud to offer eco-friendly, efficient and cost-effective systems to refrigerate our vehicles. The Reefers are powered by the vehicle engine as opposed to systems that use additional diesel engines to power the units. It is our priority to continuously update and improve our line of direct drive truck refrigeration products to meet the requirements of today’s competitive markets.

Direct Drive Truck and Van Refrigeration Systems

Truck refrigeration units are divided into non-independent and independent refrigeration units, depending on the power source driving the refrigeration system. Independent refrigeration units use a separate small diesel engine to power the refrigeration system, Non-independent truck refrigeration units or direct driven truck refrigeration units, get their name and power from the vehicle’s engine to drive a refrigeration compressor. The compressor is mounted within the engine compartment to a dual mount kit supporting an additional compressor that enables refrigeration to the cargo area. The mounting of the compressor to the vehicle’s engine is critical to the operation of the system and so close work with the vehicle manufacturer’s to ensure compatibility with the vehicle’s engine, optimum performance and most importantly, reliability is done.

Nose or Front Mounted Truck Refrigeration Unit 

Installing the condenser in the front of truck containers or the box is called Nose or Front mounted refrigeration systems.

Roof Top Mounted Van Refrigeration Units

Installing the condenser on the roof of the van or cargo area is called roof mounted or Roof Top Van refrigeration units.

What Sets ATC Apart

The Mercedes-Benz Master Upfitter program ensures that Mercedes-Benz only works with top upfitters and bodybuilding specialists. As a certified Master Upfitter, ATC Truck Refrigeration is a member of this exclusive network of Master Upfitters. Our Refrigerated Sprinter and Metris solutions meet the high-quality standards expected from Mercedes-Benz and remain diligent in our commitment to self-certification practices including Body and Equipment Guidelines.

Our custom refrigeration solutions are direct drive which means our solutions are powered by the vehicle’s engine. With this feature, the refrigeration unit becomes an integrated and more reliable delivery vehicle. Furthermore, it can help avoid the added operational cost of a secondary diesel engine and delivers the dependability needed to efficiently transport the goods. To further simplify, the ongoing cost of operation our electrical systems have been designed without complex circuit boards and other costly components.  We use the standard “off the shelf” components so our customers can replace parts at an affordable price.

Through our extensive dealer network, we provide ongoing service support and installation with coverage throughout North America, Guam, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, to ensure your company has the best and most efficient direct drive refrigeration system to ensure the consistent and safe delivery of your products.

At Advanced Temperature Control, we pride ourselves in the quality of our products. We’re confident our direct drive refrigeration systems will give you peace of mind, knowing your products are safe, kept at the perfect temperature by reliable ATC units. Designed To Perform and Built To Last.

10 things you need to know about our Truck Refrigeration

Finding van and truck refrigeration systems to start growing your business doesn’t have to be complicated. However, it can be tough when you aren’t sure where to look. Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) offers direct drive truck refrigeration units with high-performance systems that meet the challenges of daily refrigerated delivery.

The following are ten examples of why our customers have come to rely on our product line for their mobile refrigeration needs.

  1. We Stay Up to Date

Our line of truck refrigeration products has been continuously updated and improved to meet the requirements of today’s competitive markets.

  1. We Have Dealers all Across North America

Our dealers are located in Canada, America, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, which offer both installation and ongoing service support. Perfect for businesses and companies that have to distribute their goods long distances. We take into account the external temperatures during delivery in order to accurately customize a system that will maintain optimal temperatures. Regardless of the weather, you can expect reliable refrigeration for any delivery distance.

  1. We Have Refrigeration Units & Heating Systems

We provide both refrigeration units and heating systems to meet your distribution needs. This allows us to cater to the needs of a variety of business ventures. Some examples include cold refrigerated systems for safely transporting frozen meats and seafood; refrigeration units that offer cooler temperatures used for floral and fresh produce transportation; and warmer/heating systems to meet the unique needs of food trucks, catering businesses, and hot food delivery.

  1. All Products are Made by ATC

All our products are engineered and manufactured in North America by ATC: We provide reliable and efficient products to accommodate any company’s needs.

  1. We Accommodate Overnight Operation

Our products have an electric standby available on all units for overnight operation. Perfect for businesses that have strict delivery times. Especially if the products being delivered are perishable foods that expire quickly.

  1. We Provide Custom Modifications

We offer custom modifications for special needs and unique applications. Custom upgrades include organized shelving and cupboards to truck refrigeration units with dual temperature settings. Our units come with digital displays that can be installed in-cab and the rear. This allows the driver to keep track of temperatures while en route to their destination.

  1. Our Units Come in Multiple Sizes

We manufacture more sizes and capacities to accommodate all your cooling and heating needs. Our units are designed for any type of mobile delivery from a detachable trailer and sprinter/delivery vans to medium or large-sized trucks. Great for the unique needs of ice cream trucks, hot foods/lunch trucks, and grocery delivery vans just to name a few.

  1. Professional & Aesthetically Pleasing Units

Our units are designed to be both aerodynamic and aesthetically pleasing. A powerful system doesn’t have to be bulky or loud. We offer professional quality and powerful performance with a sleek look to match.

  1. Affordable Replacement Parts

Replacement parts are in many cases “off the shelf” and readily available. If at any time you need replacements, repairs, or upgrades contact our customer service representatives today.

  1. Lower Cost of Ownership

We provide an overall lower cost of ownership. Not only are our products affordable, but they are also reliable, easy to maintain, and easy to operate.

 If you are new to the field of truck refrigeration and delivery, attaining the most up to date systems will save you time and money in the long run. Whether you are new to reefers or not, having the right refrigeration solution for your deliveries is a must.

 Advanced Temperature Control manufactures a complete line of direct drive, nose mount, and rooftop truck refrigeration systems. Our 27 years of experience provides you with the perfect solutions for small van and truck refrigeration needs. Don’t hesitate to contact our specialists for more information about our services and elite product line.

Imagine Life Without Refrigerated Trucks

Trying to operate a business without the right delivery vehicles to transport your goods may be tough; especially if those products require colder temperatures during transport. A refrigerated truck would be the most recommended choice when it comes to transporting temperature sensitive items. Meat, dairy, flowers, and medicines are only a few examples of products that are delivered safely using reefers. Attempting to transport such items without refrigerated trucks is difficult to imagine.

Finding a refrigerated truck to meet all your needs is not a daunting task when you know where to look. Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) has over 27 years of experience with truck and van refrigeration systems. Our experts can help determine the best possible method to use for refrigerated trucks or vans.

Life Without Refrigerated Trucks

Refrigerated truck and van systems have a wide array of applications when it comes to transportation and delivery. They are often used in the floral industry as well as bakery, meat, dairy, and other food transport companies. Refrigerated trucks are an efficient way of maintaining fresh products and temperature sensitive freight. Keeping products maintained at precise temperatures during transport helps ensure a smooth delivery whether they are used for large chain suppliers, local shops, or individual business owners.

Life without refrigerated trucks would make it difficult for many industries to safely transport their time and temperature sensitive goods and the following short list are examples of businesses that would not be as successful without refrigerated reefer trucks.

Food Industry

The food industry would be impacted greatly without refrigerated trucks because perishable foods are extremely time sensitive. Without the use of refrigerated trucks, there would be a limited amount of perishable food items compared to what is seen in most grocery stores today. Businesses that deal with fresh or frozen food products would be affected including large chain grocery stores, locally owned markets, and individually owned delivery vehicles, food trucks and carts.

The advent of online ordering has helped increase the need for high performance refrigerated transport vehicles. Some prime examples of online orders that contribute to the need for reefers are home grocery delivery, catering services, and restaurant delivery. Other common uses for refrigerated vehicles include seafood, poultry, and bakery delivery as well as snack and vending services.  

Refrigerated compact delivery van - Edible Arrangements uses an ATC-14RT to ensure fresh product deliveries.

Delivery of the finest quality Meats, Seafood, Poultry and Pastas made possible with ATC's Refrigerated trucks.

ATC's Van Refrigeration guarantees fresh fruit and veggies for Field Goods, Athens, NY.

Imagining life without refrigerated trucks would be like trying to imagine life without grocery stores. Meat and dairy products that need to be transported great distances would spoil. Ice cream would melt, so the idea of ice cream trucks would be a distant dream. Catering businesses and grocery/meal drop-off companies would find it more challenging to deliver fresh goods or edible arrangements.

Floral Industry

The floral industry relies on temperature controlled environments when delivering potted plants and freshly cut flowers. Many floral and gardening shops use refrigerated vans and trucks to deliver fresh products to their customers. Without the advantages of a refrigerated transport vehicle, flowers and plants would wither and die faster. Virtually every flower shop would have to say goodbye to delicate deliveries of freshly cut bouquets.

 

Medical Supply

Many people forget that the medical supply industry utilizes refrigerated trucks and vans when transporting temperature sensitive substances and materials. Certain medicines often require chilled environments whether they are in the medical lab or not. This means the transportation of life-saving medicines would be non-existent without the advent of safe refrigerated transport. It would be harsh to imagine life without refrigerated trucks/vans, especially when taking into account hospitals full of suffering patients who cannot get access to the medicine they need.

Electronics/Technology

The electronics industry often requires cooler temperatures for their products. This is because items such as set-top boxes, modems, and servers operate best in air-conditioned/cooler environments. This helps prevent overheating and prolongs the life of that piece of technology. Companies that require onboard computers and servers would no longer be able to operate their equipment efficiently if they did not have access to a refrigerated truck, van, or trailer.


Ask The Experts

ATC has the expertise to provide you with all of your truck refrigeration needs whether the products need to stay fresh, cool, or frozen. We also offer dual temperature settings for folks that need a reefer to transport both frozen and fresh goods. These options allow smooth transportation for trucks delivering frozen meat and fresh dairy products.

Acquiring the right refrigerated truck or van depends on the services that you offer or the type of freight that will be delivered. We offer rooftop and nose mounted units for van and truck systems, designed to perform and built to last with top-of-line upgrades to keep up with the competitive nature of today’s delivery services. Life without refrigerated trucks and vans does not have to be a reality, just contact ATC to help with your product transportation needs.

The Importance of Customized Van Refrigeration

Many businesses have built their foundation on the performance of their specialized vehicles, particularly those that utilize truck and van refrigeration. As technology continues to grow, newer, more innovative methods are being developed to improve their efficiency. This includes using the most effective ways to customize reefers. There are several factors you want to consider while exploring customized truck or van refrigeration options:

Cargo Differences

Before customizing your cargo vehicle, you must consider what kind of refrigeration is needed. For example, frozen goods, dairy products, food, and floral services all require different temperature controls to maintain the product. It is important to recognize those needs in order to implement the right customization for truck or van refrigeration.

Equipment Needs 

Compact Reefer Van using ATC 8 Series for Bakery delivery

Food Delivery with Transit Connect

Reefer Van - Lined cargo area of Ford Transit with ATC F18 root top system

Lined Ford Transit Reefer Van

 












There are several viable options that can help improve fuel economy and storage capacity. When it comes to customizing the interior of the vehicle, consider options like adjustable shelving, pre-kitting, wireless tracking, and dual cargo temperature controls.

Pre-kitting allows the drivers to consolidate their routes and lower truck inventory. This helps transition to smaller vehicles with better fuel efficiency and fewer maintenance costs. Businesses today are taking advantage of technology growth and aligning their products or services to grow with it. Pre-kitting is a popular method of increasing revenue, saving on operation costs, and improving payload efficiency. 

Wireless tracking is another growing trend that allows operators to monitor their customized van refrigeration units. With this tool, they are able to keep track of the vehicle’s speed and idle time. Additionally, it helps keep track of fuel economy and the fuel cost needed to operate your fleet.

Temperature Adjustments


Customized van refrigeration does not have to be a difficult and confusing process that exceeds your wallet. Having a top-notch temperature display and system controller that saves on energy costs is only one of the customization benefits offered at Advanced Temperature Controls. Mobile refrigeration has been able to keep up with advancing technologies, which includes ways of saving on energy costs while improving operational efficiency. With these types of customizations, you can easily track temperature variances with a digital temperature control system, with displays in the cargo area and in the cab. 

Proper Insulation

Insulated and Lined refrigerated van with ATC16-RT evaporator. Part of the refrigeration system inside MB Sprinter

Proper insulation is an integral part of the customization process because it helps maximize desired temperature retention. Consideration in design to enable “the box” or cargo area to breath and vent moisture is necessary to prevent mold. High-performance van refrigeration units most often utilize the top of the line high-density foam insulation to gain that reputation. Having proper insulation in your reefer prevents exterior temperatures from getting in while preventing interior temperatures from escaping. Insulation maintains the desired temperatures for quality cargo refrigeration needs and protects products from getting contaminated or damaged by preventing air, heat, or moisture from getting in.

Roof Mounted versus Nose Mounted Systems

If you are using small, medium or large vans or trucks, customizing your reefer with a roof mounted unit would be the ideal choice. Having a delivery fleet of frozen products, soft drinks, or dairy products that use vans, for instance, would require certain specifications. The amount of insulation and recommended temperatures of the products during transport would need to be taken into account. Furthermore, the average outdoor temperature and the amount of heat the products actually give off will need to be considered. Once these factors are figured out, the amount of refrigeration for the unit can be decided.

For larger boxed trucks or trailers a nose-mounted refrigeration unit would be recommended and requires unique reinforcements in the front wall to support the weight or the unit.

Direct drive refrigeration units are great for food service delivery, dairy treats, and floral services. With customized van refrigeration from Advanced Temperature Controls, you will not have to worry about having fewer options than a diesel powered system. Operators will have just as many benefits, like easy access temperature controls, great fuel economy, and smooth operation.

Choosing Van Refrigeration Solutions

 Advanced Temperature Controls (ATC) understands the importance of customized van refrigeration. We specialize in tailoring reefers to fit cargo and operators specifications and needs. Keeping up with advancing technologies is tantamount to meeting the demands of a growing industry. Mobile refrigeration is a competitive market and Advanced Temperature Controls offers customized solutions to fit the needs of any fleet. Meeting all regulatory and safety requirements for delivering fresh or frozen products won’t be a hassle when you have the right customized van refrigeration solutions.

How To Find A Refrigerated Truck You Can Trust?

Refrigerated Transport-What should you look for in a refrigerated truck to create the best conditions for effective transportation of fresh and frozen goods?
Westbrook Refrigerated Fleet uses ATC nose mount refrigerated systems
Refrigerated transportation of goods can be a complex process. When you are dealing with the transport of perishable goods such as food or temperature sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals, you need to ensure the products arrive on time and in the best condition. During transit, the product needs to remain in a stable condition to ensure its freshness. Choosing the most reliable and efficient refrigerated truck unit for effective delivery of goods at a controlled temperature is crucial to your business operation.

Besides finding the right refrigerated truck and a reliable driver, there are other factors to consider. When it comes to perishable goods and refrigerated shipping, there is no acceptable margin of error in terms of safe delivery:

●   Pay attention to the impact of insulation on the interior dimensions

A refrigerated truck might measure 23 feet depending on the doors, insulation package, and features specific to the truck. Therefore, for a vehicle that can accommodate a forklift pallet loading, or can handle two side-by-side pallets inside the box, a five-inch insulation wall might not work. It is important to ensure there is proper insulation at all times.

●   Choosing the right door system

The door system you choose makes the difference between a contract that loses money and making an effective delivery.  Some people will want roll-up doors because of their ease of use. However, that may translate to temperature control problems or higher operating costs especially if the unit is not properly fitted and/or well-insulated.

Reefer Van - Lined cargo area of Ford Transit with ATC F18 root top system

Reefer Van – Lined cargo area of Ford Transit with ATC F18 root top system

Depending on the product being transported, the refrigerated truck may require special equipment like hangers for meat or storage compartments for pharmaceuticals.  Dividers and curtains, particularly the fully adjustable curtains are recommended, as they save on fuel and help maintain an optimal temperature during transportation and also throughout the day.


   Curtains, Dividers, and Hangers

For those transporting split cargos, the divider boards for freezer and chiller mats come in handy. They are useful since each of the boards have different purposes. One side of the door system would be ideal for loading or unloading each temperature unit separately.

Why ATC Offers the Best Truck Refrigeration Services

ATC has been in business for over 25 years. Our specialty lies in the manufacture and engineering of direct drive mobile refrigeration and heating solutions that ensure safe and efficient delivery of your frozen and fresh products.

Our state-of-the-art truck refrigeration products are continuously updated to meet the needs of our extensive market in the USA and Canada. Through our dealer network, we also offer installation and on-going service support. At ATC, we give our clients peace of mind and confidence that supports all your mobile refrigeration and heating needs. 

A Brief History of Van Refrigeration

It is hard to imagine life as we know it today without delivery vehicles, and in particular, the compact refrigerated vans. Before the emergence of mobile refrigeration, ancient cultures used to cut ice from frozen lakes, ponds, and glaciers to meet their refrigeration needs. Today’s growing demand for intra-city delivery of refrigerated products has solidified the importance of the compact van and ATC’s products for van refrigeration.

The Early Days


During the early days of mobile refrigeration, perishable freight was transported using the railroad. In the mid-1800s, the Massachusetts Western Railroad company was attempting different ways of keeping cattle meat from spoiling by transforming rail cars and trailers into ice boxes. Several methods were attempted, one of which was filling trailers with ice which however ended up causing discoloration to the meats. It was not until 1851 that the Northern Railroad Company developed the first insulated boxcar, however, it was only able to function in colder weather and climates. These limitations motivated other railroad companies and farmers to develop a more functional ice boxcar that could be used through all terrains for transport.
Refrigerated rail cars were first patented in 1873 to support the growing beef industry.

1873 refrigerated rail car – Image is the property of Refrigerated Specialists Inc

In 1877, an inventor Gustavus Swift brought forth the idea of cooling an entire car by having the air circulate through the boxcar and through the ice itself. In 1878, Andrew Chase developed a well insulated, ice-based trailer with a ventilation system. He placed the ice in the roof compartment and this method allowed the chilled air to flow down, keeping the whole boxcar cool. Both methods of ice-based mobile refrigeration were adopted and brought success to companies like the Union Stock Yard and Chicago Slaughterhouse. In addition to transporting to local areas, they were able to transport meats across the country without worrying about spoilage.

The Growth of Mobile Refrigeration

The ice being used in the early days was cut out of bodies of water and had to be quickly transported, but other discoveries were being introduced in order to lessen the burden of collecting ice. Different cooling methods, like dry ice, were being implemented, which expanded companies that specialized in transporting perishable freight because they were able to send their products across the state. These methods especially took off when the combustible engine in automobiles took center stage.

Eventually, by the 1940s, ice-based transport methods began getting replaced by mechanical refrigeration systems. This brought rise to the first manufacturer to develop mechanical mobile refrigeration, U.S. Thermo Control Company. By WWII the methods for refrigerated transport were adopted by ships and airplanes. This made it possible to transport frozen goods as well as medical supplies, like blood for transfusions. Later on, van refrigeration and truck refrigeration, also referred to as reefers, helped spread the growth of the frozen foods industry.

Van refrigeration spread as its popularity grew among transport, farming, and food companies who sought more efficient and faster ways to sell their goods. They no longer had to rely solely on railways and trailer/boxcar refrigeration, especially with the advent of the interstate highway system. Van refrigeration and other reefers at this time continued to experiment with different cooling methods, some utilizing evaporated liquid gas while others used coolant systems.

Maintaining Temperatures

The cooling mechanisms used since the early days have continued to improve because the maintenance of temperature is vital. Without proper cooling and temperature control, meat would spoil, ice cream would melt, fruits and vegetables would rot, flowers would wilt, even medical supplies would be compromised. Regardless of what kind of freight is being transported, you want to ensure that proper insulation and ventilation methods are used for van refrigeration. This means having ready access to temperature control systems before, during, and after transport. Maintaining proper temperature control is especially important when considering the distances that the freight will have to go, whether it be for local or international transport.

Contact Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Refrigeration

 ATC Truck Refrigeration specializes in proper temperature solutions, customized reefers, and van refrigeration units. Our systems are designed to perform and built to last and feature an InCab control to set and monitor the cargo area temperature. The refrigerated solutions offered will meet all your needs whether you are transporting frozen entrees, tropical plants, or beer, wine, and other beverages. Contact us for more information on our systems.

Which Truck Refrigeration Solution is Right for you?

Finding the right truck refrigeration solution can be difficult if you are not sure which reefer will provide you with the most benefits. Direct drive refrigeration units are not only easier to use, but they are also environmentally friendly and more cost-effective than the alternatives. ATC reefers are excellent for delivering products that may include fresh produce, flowers, dairy products, frozen food, pharmaceuticals and other temperature sensitive freight.

Choosing the most practical refrigeration solution depends on the size of the vehicle and what it will be transporting. The right truck refrigeration solution can be installed on your van, truck, or trailer using either of the two most common methods, nose mounted or roof mounted condensers. Both systems have the customary in-box evaporators for easy maintenance access. All ATC systems feature digital temperature controls inside the cab area for monitoring and controlling temperatures during transport.

There are several factors that come into play when considering which unit will meet your needs. Once the following factors are taken into account, choosing the most practical refrigeration solution can be determined.

  • The size of the van, truck or trailer,
  • The amount of insulation your vehicle has,
  • The required temperature of products during transport,
  • The average temperature outside, and
  • The number of door openings in a delivery day. 

Truck Refrigeration solutions

Nose Mounted Units
Nose mounted means the refrigeration unit is installed on the outside of the box, on the front wall.
Typically used for medium-to-large sized delivery boxed trucks and trailers to support a variety of applications.

Nose mounted means the refrigeration unit is installed on the outside of the box, on the front wall. Typically used for medium-large sized delivery boxed trucks and trailers to support a variety of applications

Roof-Mounted Units
Roof-mounted refrigeration units are ideally used for small, medium or large vans.
Low profile aerodynamic condensers with optional roof-mounted electric standby.
Compact Refrigerated Sprinter Van with ATC 16RT Series

Many businesses are looking to add smaller more fuel-efficient vehicles to their delivery fleet. ATC’s compact, low profile rooftop refrigeration system is perfect.

Choosing a refrigeration system that fits your needs for reliability does not mean the process has to be extremely complicated. You want a refrigeration system that will save you on your upfront purchase cost as well as ongoing operating costs. ATC features units that are cost-effective with low-cost replacement parts and easy to service.

Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) 

If you are not sure where to look or have questions about what kind of unit you need, contact Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Truck Refrigeration. ATC has over two and half decades of experience in providing updated truck refrigeration products that will meet your needs in today’s competitive delivery markets. If you want low maintenance, cost-effective, reliable refrigeration systems check out the products that ATC has to offer.
Whether you are transporting floral products or frozen meats, ATC can customize your refrigeration system to suit your needs. On top of providing customized installation, we offer top notch customer service support for questions or further assistance with your fleet of refrigerated trucks.