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Thermo King is changing the Game With new Climate Control Technology for Shuttle and School Buses

- Revolutionary solution offers efficient, easy-to-maintain, low profile rooftop A/C system -

Chicago, Sept. 29, 2010 - School and shuttle bus owners and operators asked. Thermo King delivered a new patent-pending, efficient heating and cooling system. The modular unit is designed to address industry challenges - the need for integrated design, easier accessibility for regular maintenance and uniform air flow.

 

The Slim Line Rooftop A/C unit (SLR) from Thermo King Corporation, a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), combines an ultra-low, lightweight rooftop design that is environmentally friendly and provides a lower refrigerant charge than conventional systems and can be installed in the middle of the bus for more uniform air flow. The modular design reduces the installation time and the system configuration allows for 90 percent of the maintenance to be performed from inside the bus.

 

"As more public and private bus manufacturers and operators seek to find efficient solutions for eco-friendly fleets, the Thermo King team is proud to offer customers one of the most innovative designs on the market to effectively meet these needs," said Martin Duffy, vice president, global bus and rail HVAC, at Thermo King. "The sleek, aerodynamic design takes our engineering to new levels for the transportation industry."

 

Engineers with Thermo King developed a system to address requirements from customers, while adhering to transportation guidelines. The ultra-low profile - measuring less than six inches above the roof and three-and-a-half inches inside the vehicle - provides significant space and energy savings. Utilizing state of the art structural foam molding and weighing in at 130 pounds, the modular unit is easy to install and maintain, providing easy and safe access for maintenance from inside the bus - an industry first for roof-top systems.

 

"The uniform air flow in the new Thermo King roof top unit covers the entire bus and is easily able to keep up with Florida's 95+ degree days," said Greg Hill, project manager for Advance Rural Low Floor Vehicle Project. "The unit's low profile sets it apart from other roof top A/C units and helps to eliminate damage caused by low hanging tree limbs. In addition, much of the maintenance of the unit is handled from inside the bus."

 

Thermo King will unveil the new rooftop system at the annual BusCon trade show:

When: Sept. 28-30, 2010
Where: Booth 1009, Navy Pier Conference and Expo Center, Chicago
Conference website: www.busconexpo.com/

 

BusCon has been the most extensive gathering of private and public-sector decision-makers in the bus industry for 15 years. It's the premiere show where attendees can find the finest selection of buses, equipment and first-class educational seminars.

 

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About Thermo King Corp.
Thermo King Corporation, a business of Ingersoll Rand - the world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments, 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. For more information, access the Thermo King web site at www.thermoking.com

 

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. We are a $13 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

 

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.

 

Contact:
Joan Schimml, Ingersoll Rand
651-407-3897
Joan Schimml