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Carrier makes a move in telematics

With its new Micro-Link 5 Controller, Carrier Transicold adds WiFi connectivity to its reefer machinery.

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Carrier makes a move in telematics

Leading refrigeration systems supplier Carrier Transicold has launched a new “Micro-Link 5 Controller”, which it says is the first reefer container controller in the industry with wireless connection capability.


Carrier’s new controller offers access to the reefer controller through a smart phone or tablet, using its own app and a 2.4 GHz WiFi signal transmitted from the unit itself. The Micro-Link 5 controller has FCC approval as a digital transmitting system.


“The Micro-Link 5 controller allows personnel to interface with refrigerated containers via Carrier Transicold’s new DataLINE Connect app for mobile devices without any physical contact with the refrigeration unit itself. That means operators standing dockside or on a ship deck can securely monitor temperature readings, check alerts, review diagnostics and download data from nearby Carrier Transicold refrigerated containers, even if the containers are stacked high above. The DataLINE Connect app provides information-rich, intuitive displays so operators can quickly and easily see and respond to relevant container information,” Carrier said in its announcement.


As well as wireless connectivity the new controller features a 32-bit ARM processor that is 150 times faster than its predecessor, and has twice as many inputs/outputs for additional sensors. Carrier has kept the data port for “direct data exchange for software updates and data downloads using a USB flash drive or direct PC connection”.


The Micro-Link 5 also features a significant increase in memory for data storage, and an optional back-up battery system with “smart battery” technology as used on cellphones to prioritise operations based on charge level. “For instance, if the charge level is low, it will maintain critical USDA sensor data recording and disable nonessential activities. The smart battery also indicates charge level and remaining service life, helping users get maximum use from a battery, rather than prematurely replacing it,” Carrier stated.


“This represents a major leap in visibility, accessibility and functionality compared to traditional controls,” said Willy Yeo, director of marketing, Carrier Transicold. “Wireless technology enables greater and more convenient customer access to their container refrigeration systems for greater productivity. The Micro- Link 5 controller offers the potential to support more features and digital offerings.”


To ensure familiar configuration the Micro-Link 5 controller uses the same external display and keypad as Carrier Transicold’s standard controller. Other aspects, including the positioning of the connector ports and the self diagnosing functionality, have been redesigned for improved serviceability.


The Micro-Link 5 controller is now available in limited production as a premium upgrade for Carrier Transicold container refrigeration equipment.

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