Refrigerated Trucks: An Ideal Solution for Diverse Cold Chain Needs

Refrigerated Trucks: An Ideal Solution for Diverse Cold Chain Needs


March 31, 2024

As India continues to grow, it is witnessing a sharp rise in production as well as consumption of perishable goods. Whether it’s processed food, frozen products, ready-to-eat food, year-round availability of fruits and vegetables, or a growing network of brick-and-mortar shops that have reached the most interior of the villages and towns, cold supply chain has become a necessity. Additionally, significant growth in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, online retail marketplace, and food processing industry has boosted the demand for safe transportation of temperature-sensitive products.
So, let’s learn more about refrigerated trucks and how they help meet diverse cold chain needs.

What Are Refrigerated Trucks?

Refrigerated trucks also known as reefer trucks are uniquely designed, temperature-controlled vehicles for transporting temperature-sensitive perishable or consumable goods such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, and pharmaceutical products. The key objective is to maintain the integrity, safety, and freshness of the products being transported.
A refrigerated truck is a vital part of the supply chain for many industries, and it plays a critical role in ensuring that products reach consumers in a timely and safe manner.

Challenges of Using Reefer Trucks

Despite some of the benefits traditional reefer trucks offer, there are multiple challenges concerning operations, environment, and energy efficiency.
  • Environmental impact due to consumption of fuel
  • Fuel Efficiency especially in the secondary or last-mile delivery
  • Equipment breakdown or malfunction at any point might put the temperature-sensitive goods at risk
Here’s a quick look at some of the common refrigerants used in reefer trucks that contribute to environmental impact.
Global Warming Potential (GWP)

How to Tackle Challenges with Eutectic Refrigerated Trucks

To tackle these operational and environmental challenges, Rinac has designed Chillkart, a eutectic refrigerated vehicle that offers a much greener, more efficient, economical, and dependable solution.
These eutectic refrigerated trucks require NO FUEL or ENERGY to refrigerate and instead maintain cold temperatures during transportation with eutectic plates placed inside the insulated truck body.

Eutectic Refrigeration

Here’s how eutectic refrigeration works.
Eutectic refrigeration in refrigerated trucks utilizes eutectic plates filled with a special solution that freezes at a low temperature. Before a journey, these plates are frozen using an electrical refrigeration unit. During transit, the system does not require power as the eutectic plates absorb heat, gradually melting and thereby maintaining a constant, cold temperature inside the truck.  It works like a “cool battery” with a long life and one-time cost.
This method is, thus, energy-efficient, silent, and ideal for transporting frozen or temperature-sensitive goods over short to medium distances.
Hence, ChillKart reduces your annual expense significantly by almost 50% when compared to refrigerated trucks or reefers!

Rinac’s ChillKart: The Perfect Solution for Refrigerated Transportation

Here are the reasons why Chillkart is the right solution.
  • Preservation of freshness: Many perishable goods, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, and pharmaceuticals, require specific temperature conditions to maintain their freshness and quality. ChillKart helps maintain a consistent temperature range without fluctuations.
  • Prevention of spoilage: Consumable goods are at risk of spoilage due to temperature variations that can lead to product spoilage and wastage. Eutectic refrigerated trucks provide a controlled environment, thus, extending the shelf life of consumables.
  • Expansion of market reach: ChillKart enables businesses to transport perishable goods to longer distances thereby helping brands to expand their market reach, and achieve more sales and business growth.
  • Reduction in product losses: With controlled temperatures in ChillKart, the shelf life of products is maintained, reducing the losses through wastage. These trucks also help in maintaining the safety, integrity, and freshness of perishable goods by providing a controlled environment.
  • Increased operational flexibility: Eutectic refrigerated trucks provide businesses with ease of operation, flexibility, and free movement, minimising reliance on external logistic services and allowing better control over supply chain management.

Key Features of ChillKart

Chillkart comes in two variants to meet diverse business needs.
  • Stored energy refrigeration combined with GRP- RPUF Insulated containers, ideal for last-mile delivery.
  • RPUF Insulated GRP containers with forced refrigeration for long-haul
Rinac’s Chillkart has pioneered the adoption of refrigeration technologies by using eutectic plates that are safe for the environment and also save cost in fuel consumption.
Let us delve into the key features of ChillKart that make it a preferred solution.
  • RPUF ensures good thermal insulation properties with conductivity as low as 0.022W/M-K
  • GRP sheets ensure lower weight hence higher payload capacity and effective area for mechandising
  • Temperature range of -15℃ to -25℃ which can be maintained for 10 to 12 hours
  • No moving parts as eutectic plates eliminate the need for the evaporator fan and compressor
  • Economical and eco-friendly transport with savings of fuel, energy, and labour
  • Easy unloading of products from roll container through side service door
  • Apart from these, Rinac’s Chillkart also offers optional features to meet specific needs such as strip curtains, produce chute or side doors, lighting options, shelving, and rack systems, etc.

Benefits for Businesses

Here’s a quick at what businesses can achieve with ChillKart.
  • Reduced operating cost
  • Minimised service cost
  • Long service life
  • Excellent product protection in case the truck breaks down
  • Environment-friendly operations
That is why Rinac’s ChillKart finds extensive applications across sectors including food processing, ready-to-eat, ready-to-cook, dairy (milk & milk products), poultry and meat processing. central/ commissaries/ cloud/ flight kitchen, marine processing, agriculture and horticulture, and pharmaceutical products.

Final Words

Chillkart provides a greener and more reliable solution, striking the right balance between affordability and efficiency. The ease of operation, reduced financial and technical implications and environment-friendly benefits make it the perfect choice for refrigerated transport.
To know more about ChillKart, get in touch with us today!
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