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Carrier Transicold Says New Tool Locates Source of Temperature Abnormalities

For refrigerated haulers who require independent verification of temperatures inside trucks and trailers or immediate documentation for receivers, Carrier Transicold is offering its DataLink 2 recorder. The system, for single-temperature or multi-temperature applications, uses up to three independent temperature sensors, providing an added layer of verification beyond the refrigeration system's built-in recording ability, the refrigeration equipment company says.

An integral thermal printer lets drivers quickly and easily produce numerical and graphical trip reports for receivers. Additionally, data can be downloaded into a personal computer for electronic logging.

"Increasingly, haulers of pharmaceuticals, perishable and frozen foods and other temperature-critical goods are using temperature monitoring and reporting capabilities, with temperature accountability a growing focus following the release of the transportation rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act," said Mark Fragnito, product manager of controls for Carrier Transicold. "The DataLink 2 recorder may help food distribution operations easily track and manage this kind of information for compliance."

Beyond its primary use as an independent temperature monitoring and reporting device, the DataLink 2 recorder provides additional advantages as a comprehensive analytical tool when connected to a Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit’s control system. Temperature data captured from its own sensors can be correlated against activities recorded by the control system, helping to identify potential sources of temperature excursions, Fragnito said.

"Setpoint changes, defrost cycles, unit alarms, door openings and turning off the refrigeration unit can affect temperatures," Fragnito added. "The DataLink 2 recorder can capture and report these events alongside temperature data, providing insight into temperature activity inside the truck or trailer."

The recorder auto-detects which Carrier Transicold controller it is connected to, and setup is done through a "soft menu" system keyed to four buttons located just below the device’s display screen. Two recorder styles are offered: body-mount models that attach to either a truck or trailer cargo area or an in-dash DIN-mount version.

Source: Carrier Transicold

An integral thermal printer lets drivers quickly and easily produce numerical and graphical trip reports for receivers. Additionally, data can be downloaded into a personal computer for electronic logging.

"Increasingly, haulers of pharmaceuticals, perishable and frozen foods and other temperature-critical goods are using temperature monitoring and reporting capabilities, with temperature accountability a growing focus following the release of the transportation rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act," said Mark Fragnito, product manager of controls for Carrier Transicold. "The DataLink 2 recorder may help food distribution operations easily track and manage this kind of information for compliance."

Beyond its primary use as an independent temperature monitoring and reporting device, the DataLink 2 recorder provides additional advantages as a comprehensive analytical tool when connected to a Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit’s control system. Temperature data captured from its own sensors can be correlated against activities recorded by the control system, helping to identify potential sources of temperature excursions, Fragnito said.

"Setpoint changes, defrost cycles, unit alarms, door openings and turning off the refrigeration unit can affect temperatures," Fragnito added. "The DataLink 2 recorder can capture and report these events alongside temperature data, providing insight into temperature activity inside the truck or trailer."

The recorder auto-detects which Carrier Transicold controller it is connected to, and setup is done through a "soft menu" system keyed to four buttons located just below the device’s display screen. Two recorder styles are offered: body-mount models that attach to either a truck or trailer cargo area or an in-dash DIN-mount version.

Source: Carrier Transicold