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Thermo King Introduces Precise Temperature Control Unit for Larger Vans

- Solution offers 50 percent greater cooling capacity -

Louisville, Ky., March 30, 2011 - In response to customers requesting more temperature management options for the growing larger commercial van segment, Thermo King will soon introduce innovative roofline application cooling solutions offering capacities 50 percent greater than similar units now available. J.D. Power expects the market for light commercial vehicles such as the Sprinter to grow 7 percent in 2011.


Thermo King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will introduce the V-520 RT for fresh applications and the V-520 RT MAX for frozen applications in June.


These temperature management solutions will enable customers to increase energy and operational efficiency for smaller large-commercial van fleets which typically include three to 10 vehicles. For these fleets, owners and operators often prefer the less regulated, more maneuverable light commercial vans to straight trucks.


"We're pleased to offer our customers who prefer large commercial vans an industry-leading solution that significantly increases their cooling capacity for city deliveries," said Doug Lenz, director of product management for Thermo King. "The system also features easy-to-use Direct Smart Reefer control systems which provide comprehensive controls and diagnostics that simplify driver training."


The V-520 RT units are built on the proven technology of the V-520 nose-mount application for small trucks that was introduced in October 2009. The new units feature a low profile condenser that measures less than 7.5 inches above the roof to minimize risk of damage.


Benefits of the V-520 RT units include:

  • Reliable temperature management allowing customers to optimize energy and operational efficiency while ensuring high product quality
  • SmartPower™ electric standby to save fuel and reduce emissions
  • Superior pull down capability to reach set point quickly after a stop
  • Very low refrigerant requirement of only 4.5 lbs. which provides a more sustainable solution and is better for the environment


Thermo King will unveil the V-520 RT temperature control units for large van applications at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS):

When:                            March 31-April 2
Where:                           Booth 18177, Kentucky Expo Center
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The Mid-America Trucking Show has been the largest heavy-duty trucking event in the world for 40 years. It is the annual forum for the heavy-duty trucking industry, providing face-to-face interaction between industry representatives and trucking professionals. Attendees can efficiently research the latest products and services to provide their businesses with a competitive edge.


About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands - including Club Car®, Hussmann®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit


Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.


Joan Schimml, Ingersoll Rand
Joan Schimml