Diving into the World of Reefer Trucks
Joe Dickman | December 15th, 2023
Every day, highways are busy with trucks, each with its own story and destination. Among the regular monotony of vehicles, there’s one that stands out and makes significant impacts in the transportation world. Emerald Transportation Solutions is proud to offer this special vehicle called the reefer truck.
What Exactly is a Reefer Truck?
The nickname might be a tad quirky, but its specialized function is essential. At Emerald Transportation Solutions, when we talk about a reefer truck, we’re actually referring to “refrigerated trucks.” This vehicle, built with advanced technology, is essential for your fleet. Its primary role is to transport perishable items over long distances, ensuring they remain in the best possible condition. This means that fresh tuna, farm-fresh veggies, and critical pharmaceuticals maintain their freshness and efficacy while en route.
Picture the massive global supply chain. Items are produced in one corner of the world and consumed in another. How does fresh New Zealand lamb end up at a gourmet restaurant in New York, still fresh? It’s thanks, in part, to the reefer trucks supplied by Emerald Transportation Solutions. Whenever you come across our trucks on the road, know they are part of a dynamic logistics and supply chain revolution.
Here’s What a Reefer Truck Looks Like
From the outside, our reefer trucks might seem like any other vehicle. But there’s more beneath the surface. One signature feature is the large refrigeration unit, typically mounted at the front of the cargo area. This unit isn’t just a regular cooling device; it’s meticulously engineered to ensure the truck’s interior stays at a set temperature, regardless of external conditions.
Another hallmark of our trucks is the construction. These aren’t mere metal boxes; they come layered with top-notch insulation materials, ensuring regulated temperature retention. When you spot one of our trucks on the road, proudly displaying our logo and highlighting its cargo, it’s not just branding; it’s our mark of quality assurance.
Interested in the World of Cold Transport?
With globalization and the ever-growing demand for fresher products, Emerald Transportation Solutions recognizes the vital role reefer trucks play. From ensuring vaccine shipments remain at precise temperatures to delivering gourmet cheese in its prime, we take pride in being the industry’s heroes.
If you’re interested in logistics, supply chain, or cold transport, hop on board as we dive into this exciting journey that truly fuels our passion, and explore the world of cold transport with Emerald Transportation Solutions.
Feel Free To Contact Us If You Have Any Questions
What does under DOT mean?
Questions regarding DOT requirements come up often. 10,000 lbs GVW (gross vehicle weight) and over are commercial vehicles that fall under the Department of Transportation regulatory requirements.
What is the difference between GVW and payload?
GVW or Gross Vehicle Weight is the entire weight of the vehicle including the payload. The payload weight represents the amount of cargo you are hauling.
What is a self-powered unit and a vehicle-powered unit?
A self-powered unit has its own fuel source and will run independent of the truck. This is the heaviest and most expensive option. While vehicle-powered units run off the engine via a compressor mounted on the engine. These are less expensive and lighter in weight but you must run the truck or plug the electric standby into shore power.
What does K-factor mean and why is that important?
K-factor is a term that stands for the overall insulating value of the container (truck body). Quite simply the lower the K-factor the better the truck body will be able to maintain a given temperature and require less energy to do so.
How much lighter is a Poly Van vs a US spec body?
Poly Van bodies are very light. On average we estimate we are 75-150 lbs per foot lighter than a traditional sheet and post foamed in place body. These weight savings translates to less fuel burn and less CO2 emissions, along with added payload, the most important benefit.