Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Design Refrigerated Shipping Containers Will Assist US Military Logistics Supply Chain

Klinge Corporation Produce Innovative Solution to Temperature Control Problem
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – One of the hardest things to achieve when deploying troops in a foreign field of operations is the logistics process necessary to ensure vital supplies such as foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals remain in useable condition no matter what the environment. Keeping items at the correct temperature whilst in the military supply chain is especially difficult hence the reason the U.S. Army Contracting Command subcontracted for a completely new and innovative system based on the standard ISO shipping container to the Klinge Corporation.

The task for Klinge was to design and manufacture a suitable refrigeration unit for the Joint Services Expandable Refrigerated Container System capable of providing cooling in a single or dual zone simultaneously in a -25°F to +125°F ambient temperature range. The refrigeration unit which Klinge devised will provide temperature control of refrigerated and frozen food in the field in some extreme conditions.

Named the Joint Service Expandable TriCon Refrigerated Container System (JSERCS) the refrigeration unit design is based on equipment that has been qualified to a number of military standards, such as vibration, Category A1 & B2 Cooling, Category C0 Cold Climate, Driving Rain, and Power Source/Fuel. It uses components that have been proven in the container transport industry to be reliable and require very little maintenance.

JSERCS, is intended to be the next generation of an advanced TriCon System and may replace the current generation of this equipment and will be mounted on an insulated and expandable TriCon container. A TriCon, or triple container, is configured so when three are adjoined, the footprint is that of a standard 20’ ISO container.

The JSERCS will be used in stationary base camp operations and will support all of the expeditionary kitchen systems. The modularity of the JSERCS will allow for easy transport and deployment by each Service. The objective of the JSERCS is to reduce the transportation footprint by replacing three Tricon Refrigerated Container Systems with one JSERCS unit. The contract duration is two and a half years including a six month Base period and 2 one year Option periods.

Photo:- An older version Klinge Corporation two zone reefer box in use by the military.