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President David Thurgood talks ATC

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) – M.A.C.S member profile for Sept/Oct 2016 edition

By Marlon Posen, VP member relations and marketing

Arctic Traveler Canada of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, has been an active member of MACS – Mobile Air Conditioning Society since 1986. MACS talked with the company President, David Thurgood for an overview of the organization.

David explained, “We currently operate under 3 distinct names: Arctic Traveler Canada, which specializes in serving the mobile heating, air-conditioning and filtration industry”, Advanced Temperature Control or ATC, which specializes in the design and manufacturing of transport refrigeration systems; and Custom Coils Canada, which specializes in the design and production of refrigeration coils for both mobile and industrial air-conditioning customers.” ATC is headquartered in Burlington, On, with branches in Mississauga, ON, and Montreal, QC.

Lets talk Transport HVAC and Refrigeration - MACS interview with ATC President for the Sept/Oct editionThe mobile business was a spin-off from a commercial refrigeration company in 1960, and through a series of events evolved into its current form, with design, manufacturing, service and distribution capabilities, all with the mobile A/C or refrigeration industry. The company has been family owned, although day to day operations have been turned over to professional staff outside the family.

David told us, “Our business, which is almost entirely related to parts, components or systems sales, is evenly split between the distribution of A/C or heating component parts and the Advanced Temperature Control refrigeration systems. However the Advanced Temperature Control refrigeration systems are becoming a larger portion of the business due to the increased popularity of the European-style high-roof extended vans.

To support system sales, our facilities in Mississauga and Montreal are capable of completing aftermarket systems installs as well as repairs, but this is generally limited to unique or uncommon A/C systems.
For our parts distribution business, we exclusively focus on heavy duty, off-road, bus or specialized air condition repairs; we don’t get involved in any automotive repairs.”

Lets talk Transport HVAC and Refrigeration - MACS interview with ATC President for the Sept/Oct editionWhen asked about any unusual customer requests, David recalls; “One of the more unique projects we worked on was creating an air conditioning system for an armored vehicle operations in the Middle East. We developed a custom A/C system, working around space and equipment constraints, ultimately adding two independent systems working in conjunction with the factory A/C system.

Once designed, we collaborated with the vehicle manufacturer to complete air conditioning performance testing in an environmental test chamber on a prototype vehicle.”

Arctic Traveler has been doing business for 56 years; we asked David what he sees as the most successful part of the company. The Advanced Temperature Control product line has experienced rapid growth over the part several years. We have recently been approved by Mercedes Benz as a preferred Up-Fitter for the Sprinter and we are working hard to strengthen our dealer network and increase our market share.”

What does David wish every customer knew about his company? “That is our ability to design transport refrigeration systems, or that we have an active coil manufacturing business. The transport refrigeration product line is gaining more visibility throughout the USA as we expand our dealer network, ad our coil operations gives us greater flexibility to meet unique and short-run coil demands from many different customers.

In offering advise to his peers in MACS, David suggests, “Focus on growing your business based on your strengths and what makes your company unique and not what everyone else is doing.”

David explains the long participation as MACS members; “Just as the name says, the great thing about MACS is its focus on mobile air-conditioning which 100% matches our business focus. The issues and topics MACS is dealing with relate directly to our business. We attend MACS convention every year, because it is a great opportunity for training, networking as well as being introduced to new products.”

On April 28, 2017, Arctic Traveler has generously agreed to host a MACS heavy-duty and off-road mobile A/C clinic at their Mississauga location. Mark your calendar to join them for this informative training clinic.

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

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.

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 in the cargo area 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.

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. 

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.

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. At this point, the refrigerant 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.

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. However, 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, in order to obtain their food for daily consumption. 

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

Learn more on our Blog, ATCNEWS
The Impact and Importance of Refrigerated Trucks
The Inventor of the Refrigeration System

ATC is a certified Mercedes Benz Master Upfitter

THE MERCEDES-BENZ MASTER UP-FITTER PROGRAM

Dear Arctic Traveler(Canada) Ltd.,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome you to the all-new MasterUpfitter program!
We thank you for taking the time to apply, and for your commitment to self-certification practices including the Body and Equipment Guidelines. 

As a qualified MasterUpfitter, you are entitled to:

  • VIP technical support from our fully staffed Upfitter Management team
  • Enhanced access and exposure to the dealer network with your MasterUpfitter profile
  • Your solutions featured on the Upfitters & Body Builders section of our corporate websites
  • Additional “Invitation-Only” Opportunities such as: conferences, seminars, trade shows and other Daimler Vans events

With your new status, you have received a renewed certificate, available for download through the portal. Please be on the lookout for a second email with information on setting up your account and a complete onboarding kit to come later in the year.

Sincerely,
The MasterUpfitter Management Team
Mercedes Benz Vans

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.

Advanced Temperature Control has been proudly manufacturing in North America for over 25 years. As a manufacturer of direct drive van and truck refrigeration systems, we offer a solution to fit your needs, whether that means a refrigerated food truck or temperature controlled trailer! To arrive fresh, products need precise and constant temperature control during transportation. Our line of Truck Refrigeration products has been continuously updated and improved to meet the requirements of today’s competitive markets.
Call us today or locate the dealer nearest to you and learn how our refrigerated solutions can support your business objectives.

Refrigerated Reefer vehicles

Advanced Temperature Control has been proudly manufacturing in North America for over 25 years. Our line of Truck Refrigeration products has been continuously updated and improved to meet the requirements of today’s competitive markets.

As a manufacturer of van and truck refrigeration systems, we offer a solution to suit your needs. To arrive fresh, products need a precise and constant temperature to survive during transportation to their final destination. In northern climates, temperatures can range from well below freezing to close to 100F or 40C on hot summer days.

The solution was to develop units that not only cool to the precise temperature but automatically switch to a hot water heating mode if required. Distributors can now transport their products knowing the pre-set temperature that is ideal for their product will be maintained regardless of outside ambient temperatures. Click here to view more Reefer Trucks.
As a manufacturer of Van and truck refrigeration systems , we offer a solution to suit your delivery needs. Call 833-878-5282 for more info.


Compact Refrigerated Vans –
Many businesses are looking to add smaller more fuel-efficient vehicles to their delivery fleet.  Over the years Advanced Temperature Control has continuously updated and improved our systems. From a small cargo van to a high roof extended wheelbase van, ATC has you covered with a wide selection of roof-mounted #RefrigerationSystems designed to automatically maintain the desired temperature in the cargo area. All of our systems are available for medium or low-temperature operation depending on the temperature requirement for the cargo area and are designed for over the road operation only or with electric standby also if an overnight operation is required. Click here to see more Compact Vans

Designed to perform and built to last, ATC engineers Van and Truck Refrigeration systems to ensure safe transportation of fresh or frozen goods.

Extensive dealer networkWith coverage throughout North American, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico which offers both installation and on-going service support, Advanced Temperature Control gives you the peace of mind and confidence you require to support your mobile refrigeration needs.

ATC's dealer network, provides coverage in North America, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, providing you piece of mind and confidence for all your van and truck refrigeration needs.

Need to protect perishables, ensure Floral and Bakery freshness, guarantee safety for Meat, Seafood and Medical supplies?
Our systems feature an In-Cab control to set the desired cargo area temperature and a digital cargo area temperature display. We also have as an option automatic hot water heating for over the road operation and automatic electric heat for any overnight storage operation. 



Whether it’s a single delivery van or a fleet, you can trust ATC refrigeration systems to perform continuously day after day, year after year. You’ll sleep better at night knowing your fresh and frozen goods are safe, kept at perfect temperature by reliable ATC units and we offer a one year parts and labor warranty on every refrigeration system.

With over 25 years of experience Advanced Temperature Control, a division of Arctic Traveler Canada,  has specialized in the engineering and manufacture of durable, vehicle engine powered mobile refrigeration and heating systems. Call ATC the solution specialist in mobile refrigeration at 1-800-295-4156 OR visit us at www.atctruckrefrigeration.com

Refrigerated Truck and Van Systems

Advanced Temperature Control has been proudly manufacturing in North America for over 25 years. Our line of Van and Truck Refrigeration products has been continuously updated and improved to meet the requirements of today’s competitive markets.

As a manufacturer of refrigeration systems, we offer a solution to suit your needs. To arrive fresh, products need a precise and constant temperature to survive during transportation to their final destination. In northern climates, temperatures can range from well below freezing to close to 100F or 40C on hot summer days.

The solution was to develop units that not only cool to the precise temperature but automatically switch to a hot water heating mode if required. Distributors can now transport their products knowing the pre-set temperature that is ideal for their product will be maintained regardless of outside ambient temperatures. Click here to view more Reefer Trucks.
ATC manufactures Van and Truck refrigeration systems with a solution to help achieve your delivery objectives. Call 833-878-5282 for more info.


Compact Refrigerated Vans

Many businesses are looking to add smaller more fuel-efficient vehicles to their delivery fleet.  Over the years Advanced Temperature Control has continuously updated and improved our systems. From a small cargo van to a high roof extended wheelbase van, ATC has you covered with a wide selection of rooftop or roof mounted Refrigeration Systems designed to automatically maintain the desired temperature in the cargo area. All of our systems are available for medium or low-temperature operation depending on the temperature requirement for the cargo area and are designed for over the road operation only or with electric standby also if an overnight operation is required. Click here to see more Compact Vans

Refrigerated truck with ATC16 nose mount system.

Refrigerated truck with ATC16 nose mount system.

Extensive Van and Truck Refrigeration Dealer Network

With coverage throughout North American, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico which offers both installation and on-going service support, Advanced Temperature Control gives you the peace of mind and confidence you require to support your mobile refrigeration needs.
ATC's dealer network, provides coverage in North America, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, providing you piece of mind and confidence for all your van and truck refrigeration needs.

ATC’s dealer network, provides coverage in North America, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, providing you peace of mind and confidence for all your van and truck refrigeration needs.



Need to protect perishables, ensure Floral and Bakery freshness, guarantee safety for Meat, Seafood and Medical supplies?

Our systems feature an In-Cab control to set the desired cargo area temperature and a digital cargo area temperature display. We also have automatic hot water heating for over the road operation and automatic electric heat for any overnight storage operation as options.
Designed to perform and built to last, ATC engineers Truck Refrigeration systems to ensure safe transportation of fresh or frozen goods.

With over 25 years of experience Advanced Temperature Control, a division of Arctic Traveler Canada,  has specialized in the engineering and manufacture of durable, direct drive mobile refrigeration and heating systems. Call ATC the solution specialist in mobile refrigeration at 1-800-295-4156 OR visit us at www.atctruckrefrigeration.com