The new APX control system from Carrier Transicold improves the operation of transport refrigeration units (TRU) by providing distributed electronics for better reliability, a bigger and brighter display with simplified user interface, greater memory, and an expanded range of applications for unit customization.
The new display module with an illuminated information dashboard is easy to read at a distance. It offers push-button simplicity and, with fewer keystrokes, displays five times the information found on other such systems. The display module sports a USB dock to facilitate data downloads and software uploads.
From a hardware perspective, APX takes what was formerly housed in a single large metal control box and more efficiently splits it into compact, sealed subcomponents, including the display module, the main microprocessor module, and a power-control module. All modules use CAN-bus communications protocols, which make adding modules for expanded capabilities as simple as plug-and-play.
The APX display module offers a vivid graphical dashboard. The tall backlit LCD display features large numerals, making it easier to read. It continuously shows operating status via the multi-language message center with more than 300 instructional and informational driver prompts in the user's choice of English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Large raised silicone backlit buttons can easily be pushed with a gloved hand. The APX display module also has the ability to display data recorder trip graphs, an at-a-glance visual indicator of conditions within the trailer throughout a delivery run. The built-in data recorder has four times the memory capacity of Carrier's Advance controller, the forerunner to APX.
The USB port provides convenient downloads of trip data reports onto a jump drive with flash memory storage. Programming uploads are just as easily achieved using the APX flash drive and Carrier Transicold's new TRU-Tech PC software for performing reefer set-up, upgrades, diagnostics, system overrides, and more.
Company: Carrier Transicold
Company URL: www.trucktrailer.carrier.com