Fresh produce supplier Swithenbank has received 15 Syberia engineless refrigeration units, including five TWINCOOL models for multi-temperature operations from Carrier Transicold UK. The systems were selected for new 18-tonne DAF LF rigid trucks, which will be used across the company’s chilled and frozen produce contracts. The Syberia’s engineless solution was chosen to better prepare the fleet for tightening inner-city delivery requirements relating to emissions and noise regulations.
“Since their introduction to the fleet, the Syberia units have performed exceptionally well,” said Graham Rennie, director of fleet at BFS Group Ltd, the parent company of Swithenbank. “After the single-temperature units gave us such great results for our chilled produce, we decided to increase the order and specify the multi-temperature variants to handle our frozen contracts.”
“The engineless technology was key to our decision-making process, as it means each vehicle meets all current legislation and helps to ensure we’re prepared for the upcoming changes that will affect our urban delivery operations,” added Graham.
The units from Carrier Transicold UK will be driven by the ultra-clean Euro VI engine and the Eco-Drive power module, which uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck’s engine power take-off. The variable displacement pump drives a generator, delivering electrical power to the unit and providing high refrigeration capacity even at standard idle speed.
Moreover, the system operates below the PIEK-compliant noise level of 60 dB(A), even at 100% capacity, which contributes to significantly quieter operations – ideal for Swithenbank’s inner-city deliveries. Carrier has also supplied the new units with a comprehensive everCOLD fixed cost full service maintenance package that includes annual temperature control testing and certification, full regulatory checks, and access to Carrier Transicold’s oneCALL 24/7 incident management service.
The Syberia systems have joined the 58 Carrier Transicold Pulsor units that are already in operation in Swithenbank’s light commercial vehicle fleet. The new trucks are on the road six days a week and will clock up to 50,000 kilometres per year, delivering fresh produce, fresh and chilled meat, delicatessen, dairy and speciality food nationwide.