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Thermo King Launches Game-Changing Precedent™ Temperature Control Platform for Rail, Setting New Industry Standards

New regulation-compliant rail solutions deliver significant fuel savings, industry-leading performance, lower life cycle costs and peace of mind


Bloomington, Minn., Nov. 14, 2013 - Thermo King is launching the Precedent™, a new rail-ready temperature control platform, built from the ground up to deliver double-digit fuel savings, best-in-class performance and lower life cycle costs, while providing regulatory compliance and peace of mind for intermodal shippers.


Thermo King will showcase its new rail-ready Precedent platform for domestic refrigerated container, refrigerated boxcar and trailer on flatcar solutions at the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) annual Intermodal Expo in Houston, Nov. 17-19 at the Thermo King booth, #440.


“The innovative Precedent rail platform gives our users the peace of mind and confidence that come from knowing they have met regulatory compliance requirements, while delivering industry-leading performance, significant fuel savings and lower life cycle costs all of which have been thoroughly tested under stringent real-world conditions,” said Doug Lenz, vice president of product management and marketing.


A range of system configurations enable users to transition to the new platform, when the time is right, based on the needs of their business. The new systems will become available throughout 2014.


The Precedent features a completely new platform for the rail market designed to be fully compliant with new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier IV final regulations. These units provide the industry's most sustainable solutions and a complete range of options for any customer, including:


• The S-600, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower single temperature unit which is considered Ultra-Low-Emission In-Use Performance Standard (ULETRU) by California Air Resources Board (CARB)


• The S-700, which is a greater-than-25 horsepower high capacity single temperature unit with an evergreen engine for use in California


The Precedent platform features a new Diesel Direct Electric architecture to deliver optimum efficiencies, temperature control and double digit fuel savings across real-world applications.


The Precedent S-series features a cutting-edge fuel injection system that delivers optimal fuel injection at exactly the right time to control particulate matter emissions within the engine cylinders. This makes the Precedent S-series engine run more cleanly and eliminates the need for an expensive, high maintenance after-treatment system like a diesel particulate filter.


Users can also benefit from a variety of maintenance programs – through the nationwide Thermo King network of more than 200 dealers – to help keep their units running at optimal performance.


IANA Intermodal Expo 2013 details

Thermo King will unveil the S-600 and S-700 Precedent at the annual IANA Intermodal Expo:

When: Nov. 17-19

Where: Booth 440, George R. Brown Convention Center

Conference website:

Hosted by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), the annual IANA Intermodal Expo is one of the largest freight transportation events in North America. It attracts thousands of the top transportation and logistics professionals from around the world.


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About Ingersoll Rand and Thermo King

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands–including Club Car®, 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 a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit or


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, Thermo King, a brand of Ingersoll Rand
Joan Schimml