Thermo King partners with ZF to provide Advanced Trailer Connectivity Solutions

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Thermo King has entered a long-term supply agreement with ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions, to combine its expertise in transport refrigeration with ZF’s trailer system data, to offer a comprehensive telematics solution covering the complete refrigerated trailer data within one platform.

“By partnering with market leaders and experts in their fields, Thermo King creates unique value propositions for our customers,” said Isil Dedeoglu, VP for Services & Aftermarket at Thermo King Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). “The collaboration with a key industry player like ZF will allow Thermo King to become a one-stop solution provider for customers looking to maximise their operational efficiency by digitizing their trailer fleet. This cooperation will give our customers even easier and deeper insight into their fleets and the information they need to further improve their uptime and reliability.”

“We are delighted, Thermo King is using ZF technology to further strengthen its offerings to its customers,” said Hjalmar Van Raemdonck, Head of Digital Systems Solutions with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division. “For ZF, trusted industry collaborations, including the one with Thermo King, help create unique scalable value for a broader range of customers and are essential to ZF’s strategy with regards to SCALAR, our fleet orchestration platform.”

The new offering will enable customers to remotely monitor both Dry and Refrigerated fleets operating Thermo King refrigeration units and access all integrated trailer data through the Thermo King TracKing platform.

Thermo King will use ZF’s new SCALAR Fleet Orchestration Platform, throughout its trailer telematic solutions, to import data from ZF and all other makes of trailer-EBS systems and tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). This new feature will allow Thermo King TracKing customers to leverage multi-brand EBS, odometer, axle-load and TPMS data and further optimise their trailers’ uptime, maintenance and fuel efficiency. With easy access to comprehensive information about the status of their refrigerated trailers via TracKing customers will be able to act and react to operate more efficiently, avoid unscheduled downtime, reduce fuel consumption and create more sustainable transport.

This new digital solution will also support fleets in complying with the Regulation No 141 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UN/ECE), which requires all new registered trailers to be equipped with TPMS from July 2024.