Refrigerated Containers: Product Description
Reefer Units, or refrigerated containers as they are otherwise known, are also available from Spacewise. Reefer Units have an integral refrigeration system, but they rely on external power from electrical power points at a land-based site or sometimes from container ships if in transit. Additionally, when Reefer Units are being transported by road on lorry trailers, they can be powered by diesel powered generators, which attach to the container whilst on the road.
These Reefer Units provide regulated temperature and humidity and, in many units, a controlled atmosphere. Reefer Units are the perfect solution for the transportation of perishable goods. They provide the optimum conditions for transporting goods such as meat, fish, fruit, dairy and even flowers. During the transportation of products in the Reefer Units, it is essential that these containers are monitored regularly to ensure the conditions inside them constantly match those which the products need whilst in transit.
Delivering transported goods in perfect condition is ultimately why Reefer containers are built and supplied but regular inspection during transit is of the utmost importance, not just for the receiver of the goods, but also for the grower or producer and also the shipping or transport company. Inspections are critical to ensure that any products carried within the Reefer Units do not arrive at their destination in poor condition.
Each model of Reefer Unit has slightly different controls but they all come with the necessary controls for the transportation of refrigerated goods. Simple on/off switches for the Unit, a thermostat which is set manually to control the temperature of the air inside the Unit and setting the thermostat for the required load at the start of the journey enables the system to cool or heat the temperature inside the Unit as it demands. Some Reefer Units record, on a calibrated chart, the temperature maintained throughout the trip, which gives a permanent record of the air temperature within the Unit. This can be very important if anything is wrong with any produce at delivery point. For example, if a food product has perished upon arrival, the Reefer Units’ temperature record would clearly show the receiving consumer that the cause was prior to the goods being transported and not due to poor maintenance of the goods whilst in transit.