Carrier brings wireless connection to containers
SINGAPORE: Carrier Transicold’s Micro-Link 5 controller brings wireless connectivity to container refrigeration units.
According to Carrier, shipping line personnel can now monitor and access container refrigeration unit operations from a smartphone or tablet with its new Micro-Link 5 controller using Carrier’s DataLine Connect app. The wireless combination enables improved visibility, diagnostics, convenience and productivity.
That means operators standing dockside or on a ship deck can securely monitor temperature readings, check alerts, review diagnostics and download data from nearby Carrier Transicold refrigerated containers, even if the containers are stacked high above.
In addition to wireless connectivity, the new controller is said to have several further advantages over Carrier Transicold’s standard Micro-Link 3 controller. The new controller features a 32-bit ARM processor that is 150 times faster than its predecessor, has twice as many inputs/outputs, enabling the use of additional sensors and significantly expanding its range of capabilities, and offers a port for direct data exchange for software updates and data downloads using a USB flash drive or direct PC connection. The Micro-Link 5 also offers expanded memory for data storage and programming – up to 2,000 times more than the current product.
The Micro-Link 5 controller’s optional back-up rechargeable “smart battery” has the ability to prioritise operations based on charge level. For instance, if the charge level is low, it will maintain critical sensor data recording and disable non-essential activities.
While it encompasses multiple advances and new features, the Micro-Link 5 controller uses the same external display and keypad as Carrier Transicold’s standard controller, to ensure familiar manual configuration.