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Today Reefers vans, provide an alternative to traditional straight trucks and a cost effective and efficient design, with almost the same cargo carrying capacity as a traditional 12 ft straight truck.

Food Delivery In Lockdown


The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the food delivery industry. As the world adjusted to social distancing and lockdowns, personal delivery services became a lifeline for struggling restaurants and grocery stores – and to meet the rising demand, temperature-controlled transit has rapidly expanded.

A taste for takeout

Despite dine-in closures leaving the food sector reeling, we saw the food-delivery sub-sector flourish. Popularity in takeout-delivery spiked in the early days of the pandemic, making it one of the fastest-growing markets – with AAL statistics showing 63.8% of Canadians had ordered food deliveries online in the last six months of 2020. Grocery giant Sobeys reported their e-commerce sales rose by 241% compared to 2019, and this boom in online shopping led to big investments in fulfilling delivery orders.

In a post-pandemic world, the public’s appetite for convenience is set to continue, with 49.4% of Canadians saying they’ll keep ordering online.

Changing consumer habits

With such a drastic shift in food delivery, the demand for temperature-controlled transportation has accelerated, in what was already a steadily growing industry. More and more companies are relying on third-party delivery channels to meet these changing consumer habits and Covid-19’s impact can be felt across the sector. Walmart is expanding its distribution network, with plans to hire more than 3,000 drivers. This means their in-home delivery option will soon be available to 30-million US households, five times the current level.

Beyond the food-delivery ecosystem

This steep increase in last-mile deliveries isn’t confined to the food sector either – it includes all perishable goods. Cold chain growth has amplified the importance of refrigerated transportation. From fresh groceries to life-saving vaccines, the safe delivery of products has never been more important. Many different industries rely on controlled temperatures to ensure their commodities arrive at their destination in optimal condition – and choosing the right reefer (refrigerated trailer) is key to quality delivery.

Food delivery with ATC's RT16 guarantees products arrive fresh every time.

Satisfying the appetite for convenience

So how can businesses meet this growing demand for convenience? Put simply, by knowing which type of reefer works best for what requirements. For direct-drive refrigeration solutions, powered by the vehicle’s engine, we have a choice of nose-mount and rooftop systems.

With no secondary diesel engines required, our nose-mount options make the refrigeration unit very reliable – meaning less maintenance, and lower cost of ownership. They’re designed for medium-to-large boxed trucks and trailers to support a wide variety of urban deliveries.

Our rooftop systems on the other hand are perfect for businesses looking to run smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, complete with D.C. electric standby for overnight operation. They’re specifically designed for compact-to-large high-top, extended wheelbase vans.

The solution provider

At ATC, we continuously update our products to meet the ever-evolving needs of today’s competitive markets, and we’re capable of customizing our solutions to suit specific temperature requirements. Depending on your cargo, you may need dual-temperature settings. Take florists for example. They often need to move sensitive tropical plants requiring a different environment to the rest of their product. We design and manufacture units to provide multiple customized settings that ensure all goods arrive fresh.

Whether you want a refrigerated solution for your company or customers, contact ATC today to find the best type, size and modification for any kind of operation. Find your nearest direct drive refrigeration specialist here.


5 Fast Facts About Refrigerated Trucks

Refrigerated trucks and vans have contributed to a network of growing delivery markets. They are the perfect resource for businesses looking to deliver quality products and services. A refrigerated truck could mean the difference between your perishable goods making it to the sales floor or the waste bin. Here are five fast facts to provide a deeper understanding of the benefits of a refrigerated truck or customized delivery vehicle.

1. Direct Drive Reliability

Our custom refrigeration solutions are direct drive systems. This means that our solutions are powered by the vehicle’s engine. With this feature, the refrigeration unit becomes a more reliable delivery vehicle. Furthermore, it can help avoid the added cost of a secondary diesel engine. With this type of design, the direct drive delivers the dependability needed to efficiently transport the goods.

2. Safe Product Transport

Refrigerated trucks have been used to transport a variety of products that range from life-saving medications to live insects and animals. Reefers have been used to transport honey bees and penguins, amongst other things, which need controlled temperatures when being transported between environments. Refrigerated vans and trailers have also benefited tech and electronic companies. Many people are unaware that certain electronic devices need cool to cold temperatures for optimal operating capacity.

Floral delivery companies also utilize refrigerated vans and trailers to keep their products from prematurely wilting. Companies that sell perfume often use refrigerated trucks because the merchandise needs to be maintained at cool temperatures. This prevents the chemicals in the perfumes and colognes from heating up and changing the scent. Galleries, Museums, and Art Firms often rely on refrigerated vehicles to deliver priceless artwork. This is especially important for older art pieces that have temperature sensitive paints, oils, and canvases.

3. Refrigeration and Heating Units

Your truck can have a refrigeration unit or a heating unit to ensure your goods are at the correct temperature during transport. Our direct drive refrigeration units are designed to meet any of your temperature needs. Perfect for folks looking for refrigerated vans with heating units to maintain their live fish en route to the pet store. If you’re looking for a refrigerated unit that can maintain freezing temperatures for meat, poultry, or seafood than consider our direct drive reefers.

Knowing which kind of refrigeration unit will work the best for your company or clients needs is only half the battle. There are two kinds of refrigeration systems available, roof mounted and nose mounted. Nose mounted refrigeration units are ideal for medium sized boxed trucks, trailers, and vans. The unit is installed on the outside front-end of the chassis. This design can make it easier to access the unit for regular maintenance needs. If you have lighter commercial delivery vehicles, like a fleet of vans, using a nose-mounted system may be recommended.

Roof-mounted refrigeration units are ideal for larger vans, trailers, and trucks. The amount of refrigeration needed depends on the average external temperature during transport, the preferred temperature for the products, the amount of heat the products can give off, and the amount of insulation the vehicle has. This type of unit is recommended for companies that specialize in delivering frozen meat, dairy, poultry, or seafood.

4. Reefers

Refrigerated trailers are referred to as reefers in the transportation industry. A refrigerated truck and van are also considered reefers for short. Essentially it’s a term used to describe any type of refrigerated delivery vehicle. There are businesses that have a fleet of reefers, indicating they have several delivery vehicles for their needs. If you’re interested in expanding your delivery chain, consider the fleet options available with ATC.

5. Customize Your Refrigerated Trucks

ATC designs and manufactures the refrigeration units, so we can easily customize a truck refrigeration solution to your client’s unique temperature needs. Floral companies, for instance, benefit from warm and cold temperatures for delivery. This is because of the variety of sensitive tropical plants available. With the right refrigeration unit, you can have multiple customized temperature settings, which is a feature known as dual temperature setting. It is great for various products requiring different temperatures during transport.

The cargo area is customized to accommodate multiple temperature sensitive products. One space is for the merchandise that needs cool temperatures while the other space can maintain a different environment and temperature level. For added convenience, the reefer can be designed with a temperature gauge inside the cargo area and inside the cab. This makes it easier to monitor the temperatures while the driver is en route to their destination.

Are you looking for a refrigerated truck, van or trailer for your company or clients? Don’t hesitate to contact the experts at ATC for your refrigeration solutions. We’ll match you with a refrigeration unit to meet your needs. Ask our customer service and knowledgeable staff about our top-notch, cost-effective refrigeration solutions.

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.

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Refrigerated Trucks Spreading Christmas Cheer

The holidays are here and Christmas is right around the corner. A refrigerated truck, van, and trailer play an important role during the holiday season. Many people may not realize it, but the cold, sometimes freezing temperatures, can negatively impact the products and services being delivered. Don’t let your merchandise go to waste, consider a top of the line refrigerated truck, van, or trailer.

A Refrigerated Truck Delivers Christmas Cheer

What if you couldn’t deliver flowers to friends and/or family over the holidays? Floral companies take advantage of refrigerated vans and small reefer trucks because controlled temperatures play an important part in the life of the plants. Temperatures that are too hot or too cold can result in wilted merchandise, causing huge losses.

Don’t put the goods at risk, take a look at Advanced Temperature Control for refrigeration solutions you can trust through the rough winter months. Rosa Flora and Westbrook Floral Ltd for instance, use ATC’s refrigerated trucks to deliver festive flower arrangements to patrons wanting to wish someone special a Merry Christmas.

Floral delivery refrigerated truck. Let ATC choose a solution for your products.

Refrigerated delivery for Delaware Valley Floral utilizes ATC's proven Truck Refrigeration systems.

Westbrook Refrigerated Fleet uses ATC nose mount refrigerated systems to ensure freshness in every delivery.

Food delivery companies also take advantage of refrigerated vans, trucks, and trailers for perishable bouquets. For example, the popularity of fruit and candy bouquets continues. If the proper temperatures are not maintained, dessert bouquets would be ruined, such as chocolate covered strawberries and yogurt dipped peaches. Candies would melt, fruits would sour,  small businesses would lose money and customers would be disappointed.

Food Delivery Over The Holidays

With the winter months upon us, consumers are starting to look more into ordering their food online for home delivery. Today, you can simply go on your smartphone, click on an APP and order groceries or meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Refrigerated mobile solutions today are capable of maintaining dual temperatures for products that require different settings. Perfect for businesses that need to deliver hot meals while managing to keep desserts chilled or frozen.

Fresh produce, seafood, and meat delivery, all utilize refrigerated trucks, vans, and trailers to maintain the quality of their goods. Foods like fruits, vegetables, salmon, shrimp, beef, and chicken are all temperature sensitive. They require controlled environments to prevent any bacterial growth.

Edible Arrangements uses an ATC14-RT reefer to ensure fresh product delivery every time.Guaranteeing freshness in every delivery for Martel with refrigeration systems from ATC.ATC's Van Refrigeration guarantees fresh fruit and veggies for Field Goods, Athens, NY.

 Foodborne illnesses are a prime example of why it’s important to use a reliable refrigerated truck. Food and safety are a priority concern when it comes to perishable goods and delivery. Bacteria growth on foods could cause serious illnesses such as salmonella, listeria, norovirus, or E. coli.

Finding a reliable refrigeration solution does not have to be a hassle when taking into account these illustrations. At ATC, we stand by our refrigeration solutions and can help folks who are new to reefers or people seeking to upgrade their fleet.

Understanding Your Equipment

It’s important to understand what kind of vehicle would best suit your business needs. Some businesses need refrigerated vans and other companies require refrigerated trucks to transport larger products.

Nose-Mounted Refrigerated Units

These units are commonly used for small or medium-sized refrigerated trucks, vans, and trailers. These units are smaller than roof-mounted ones and are installed on the front-end of the chassis. An installation like this gives you easier access to take care of any maintenance needs. Some examples of companies that utilize nose-mounted refrigerated trucks are floral delivery and frozen meal delivery.

Roof-Mounted Refrigerated Units

These types of units are typically used for large refrigerated trucks, vans, and trailers. Although they are larger than a nose-mounted unit, the power required is necessary to maintain controlled environments for larger deliveries. Some companies that would utilize a roof-mounted unit are dairy delivery, frozen meats, seafood, fish, and poultry companies. These units can also be used on large vans that have been upgraded with extended roofs or for small cargo vans. Small catering businesses and food vendors often use these types of units for their refrigerated truck or van.

How ATC Can Help

ATC offers over 30 years of experience with refrigeration solutions and has the expertise to help small and large businesses alike. Our experts can help you find the right refrigeration unit to meet your delivery needs so you are ready for deliveries over the holiday. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

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 products 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.

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. 

Master Upfitter for refrigerated sprinter van

Finding the right Master Upfitter to convert your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into a refrigerated Sprinter Van can be a difficult task if you are not sure where to begin. The certification programs for Master Upfitters is an intense process that requires real dedication from those involved. That is because a Master Upfitter is an expert in their specific trade, having committed themselves to keep up with Mercedes Benz’s most current Upfitting regulatory standards.

What is involved in obtaining a Master Upfitter Certification?

A Master Upfitter is an expert in their specific trade or specialty, which means time, effort, and dedication are needed to achieve that certification status. Becoming an expert in your trade involves gaining a critical understanding of the field which is gained through hands-on experience in that specific trade. In order for an Upfitter to build safely on a refrigerated van, like a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, they must have the most up to date knowledge on reefers to deliver the best solutions.
 As a certified Master Upfitter, ATC Truck Refrigeration is a member of this exclusive network of Master Upfitters.As a certified Mercedes-Benz Master Upfitter, ATC Truck Refrigeration is a member of this exclusive network of Master Upfitters.
For example, being familiar with the 360-degree interior of a soon to be refrigerated sprinter van is very important. This is because an Upfitter needs to know if you require shelving units or partitions to keep your reefer as organized as possible. From there, they must recognize the most efficient way to Upfit your sprinter van to deliver a top-notch integrated refrigeration system. These are just some of the solutions that a Master Upfitter can do to help your business grow. Keeping your refrigerated sprinter van organized with the most energy-efficient integrated refrigeration system will save your business time and money.

The Mercedes-Benz Refrigerated Sprinter Van

Mercedes-Benz offers some of the best worker lineup cargo vans available, their Sprinter vans feature dual-stage diesel engines and excellent cargo volume. This is the perfect combination needed to begin investing in your custom-made refrigerated sprinter van. Mercedes-Benz is best known for its reliability and its cargo vans are designed with spacious interior standing height and a best in its’ class payload.
Their sprinter vans are built to last and considered one of the most advanced commercial vans for high-performance and excellent fuel savings. They are built to withstand the toughest operating conditions and are made with an optional 4 wheel drive. All these features offered by the Mercedes-Benz cargo vans are excellent reasons to custom make yours into a high-performing, long-lasting refrigerated sprinter van.
In order to have the best quality, Upfit for your sprinter van makes sure that a certified Master Upfitter has been consulted. They are experts in their trade, having committed time to get certified through the proper Mercedes-Benz Master Upfitters Program.

Advanced Temperature Control (ATC) Refrigeration Solutions

If you are looking for the best place to custom make your refrigerated sprinter van, then consider ATC Transport Refrigeration Solutions. They have a wealth of experience in truck and van refrigeration units, custom jobs, and fleet management. They also deliver excellence in van and rooftop systems and can transform your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or Metris into a powerful refrigerated sprinter van. ATC has decades of exceptional service in designing and custom fitting powerful mobile refrigeration units. If all you need for your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van is a simple, yet reliable refrigeration solution, then ATC can meet all your needs.

ATC and Master Upfitters

ATC is a certified Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Master Upfitter which means an ongoing commitment to current practices for body and equipment guidelines. In order to deliver the highest quality in refrigeration solutions, Upfitter’s are committed to self-certification in the Mercedes-Benz Master Upfitter Program.

Benefits of Master Upfitters

ATC has been providing high-performance in truck and van refrigeration units for decades. Since they are a certified Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Master Upfitter, they offer combined knowledge of their industry and the Master Upfitter program. Essentially, you can gain an amazing amount of refrigeration solutions because of the combined expertise of ATC and their members of the certified Master Upfitters program.
Whether you need a refrigeration solution for your floral business or want to upgrade your current unit, finding the right experts to help will make all the difference. If you are looking to expand your business while saving time and money, consider bringing your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to ATC for a custom refrigeration Upfit. There you will have access to refrigeration solutions from the experts at ATC as well as the expansive network of Master Upfitters.

For more information call ATC at 1-833-878-5282 to hear how we can help your refrigerated delivery 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.

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Refrigerated Vehicles Date Back to 1949

Humans have been having refrigerated food for centuries. Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans placed large amounts of snow into caves and storage pits to preserve food longer. In the 1800s, frozen ice blocks were carried around in the back of wagons and sold to people and businesses to preserve food. The first successful mechanically refrigerated vehicles were introduced by the ice cream industry in about 1925.

It wasn’t until 1949 that Frederick McKinley Jones invented an automatic roof-mounted refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars, to make sure food stayed fresh. Jones was inspired to invent the system after talking with a truck driver who lost his whole cargo of chicken because he couldn’t reach his destination before the ice melted.

Refrigerated Van and Trucks were originally designed to carry perishable freight and are the reason we enjoy fresh food every day but did you know these vehicles are also used to carry arctic animals safely from their homes to zoo’s, protect paintings and art from significant damage by ensuring low temperature and humidity; nurseries and florists to ensure cut flowers would last longer; bakeries, medical supplies, and a morbid application to preserve human bodies in the morgue. 

Read more on
 The History and Impact of Refrigeration and for more information on Refrigeration systems, call the Direct Drive Reefer Specialist, Advanced Temperature Control.

What are Refrigerated or Reefer 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.What is a Refrigerated or Reefer Truck?

A Reefer as they are known, are vans and trucks that include a refrigeration unit to maintain specific climates for temperature-sensitive loads. They are available in Nose mount or Rooftop system configuration. To find out more about the type of system that’s ideal for your business and vehicle, visit our solutions page.  Continue reading to learn  about the main components and also about How Reefers works.

What’s Refrigeration?

It’s the process of moving heat from one location to another in controlled conditions. The work of heat transport is traditionally driven by mechanical work, but can also be driven by heat, electricity or other means. Refrigeration is a Closed System that requires keeping an item below room temperature by storing the item in a system or substance designed to cool or freeze. The most common form of refrigeration is provided by systems (i.e. refrigerators) that use a refrigerant chemical to remove heat from items stored inside the system.

Main Components of a Refrigeration System?

Compressor – It is mounted to the vehicle engine with a compressor mounting bracket and is driven by the vehicle belt drive system. Refrigerant enters the compressor as a low-temperature, low-pressure gas. The compressor compresses the refrigerant and changes it to a high temperature, high-pressure gas.

Reefer or Refrigerated Trucks - The Compressor compresses the refrigerant and changes it to a high temperature, high pressure gas

Condenser – Rooftop or Nose Mounted it receives the high temperature, high-pressure refrigerant from the compressor and through the process of heat exchange, assisted by the condenser fan motor, changes the state of the refrigerant to a high-temperature liquid. This change of state takes place when the air circulating around the tubing and fins of the condenser coil, cools the refrigerant.

Reefer or Refrigerated Trucks - The Condenser assisted by the condenser fan motor, changes the state of the refrigerant to a high temperature liquid.

Evaporator is located in the cargo area of the vehicle. The liquid refrigerant entering the evaporator via the expansion valve is thermostatically controlled to change state from a liquid to a low pressure, low-temperature gas. The refrigerant now absorbs the heat from the cargo area by passing air over the evaporator coil assisted by the evaporator fan motor. The refrigerant at his point, is referred to as a “saturated mixture” in the evaporator coil. When this process is complete, the gas returns to the compressor as a low temperature, low-pressure gas and this entire process is repeated until the desired temperature is reached.

Reefer or Refrigerated Trucks - The Evaporator change the state of the refrigerant from a liquid to a low pressure, low temperature gas.

 From Wikipedia – Refrigeration has had a large impact on industry, lifestyle, agriculture and settlement patterns. The idea of preserving food dates back to the ancient Roman and Chinese empires. Refrigeration technology has rapidly evolved in the last century, from ice harvesting to temperature-controlled rail cars. The introduction of refrigerated rail cars contributed to the westward expansion of the United States, allowing settlement in areas that were not on main transport channels such as rivers, harbors, or valley trails. In most developed countries, cities are heavily dependent upon refrigeration in supermarkets to maintain fresh food for daily consumption.

Advanced Temperature Control has been proudly manufacturing direct drive truck refrigeration systems in North America for over 25 years. Whether that means a refrigerated food truck or temperature controlled trailer, we offer a solution to fit your needs. Call us today and we’ll show you how.

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