Eden Prairie, MN – Phillips & Temro Industries (PTI), a global OEM and aftermarket provider of custom engineered thermal systems and solutions for trucking, automotive, oil and gas and off-road vehicles, announced today that its Idle Free Systems (IFS) All-Electric Auxiliary Power Unit has new benchmarks results for temperature pull down, maintenance and power consumption.
In a third party test lab, the Idle Free Systems APU underwent a series of benchmark tests alongside two competitor electric APUs. The tests were conducted in a test bunk insulated to factory standard R2 level wherein six thermocouple locations measured the temperature throughout the bunk area.
Key Performance Highlights:
- The temperature pull down test measured the time required to lower a bunk heat-soaked to 85°F and 50% humidity to temperatures of 68°F, 72°F, 75°F and 78°F. The Idle Free Systems APU cooled the sleep bed faster in all four instances. Additionally, the IFS APU achieved the lowest possible bunk temperature.
- The maintenance test was run to determine the maximum unit runtime with four batteries per TMC 432A specifications. The ambient temperature was 100°F with 50% humidity. The units were run until they shut down due to low battery. Where competitor A and B ran at or below the required runtime, the IFS APU ran the longest at 620 minutes which exceeds the minimum run time, while maintaining the lowest bunk temperature throughout the test.
TMC is the American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council’s Recommended Practices Manual for maintenance and specifications upon which fleets and equipment manufacturers depend for the purchase, design, maintenance and performance of equipment. TMC 432A designates engine off HVAC performance requirements for trucks with sleeper cabs.
- The results of the power consumption test revealed that only the IFS APU was able to provide power for air conditioning and simultaneously charge the APU batteries and the truck batteries. The amperage draw of both competitors’ APUs exceeded the Shorepower amperage of the charger, which means the truck batteries did not charge during Shorepower air conditioning operation.
The Shorepower Truck Electrification Program (STEP) is a U.S. Department of Energy funded program to help the trucking industry increase efficiency while decreasing fuel consumption through electrified parking spaces (EPS).
“There are three main considerations when purchasing an auxiliary power unit: compliance with anti-idling regulations, fuel and costs savings, and driver comfort. The validation of the reliability, performance and capabilities of the Idle Free Systems APU will be incredibly beneficial to fleets as they evaluate systems for their trucks and drivers,” said Mike Bellemore, Segment Manager for Idle Free Systems, Phillips & Temro Industries.
Continued Bellemore, “In complying with its mission to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposes rest and break provisions for Class 8 drivers. A comfortable bunk, a warm engine, and access to a computer or TV aren’t luxuries; they are necessities that contribute directly to driver comfort and safety. According to these benchmark tests, the IFS APU provides the most exceptional value in an electric auxiliary power unit overall.”
About Phillips & Temro Industries
Phillips & Temro Industries (PTI) is a global OEM and aftermarket provider of custom engineered thermal systems and solutions. Trucking, automotive, oil and gas and off road vehicles are just a few of the diverse markets that benefit from PTI’s heating, cooling, and electrification solutions. PTI manages the entire process from concept design, prototyping and testing to delivery with a focus on quality. PTI’s portfolio of technologies is an amalgamation of brands, including ZeroStart, Temro, Arctic Fox, Idle Free Systems and TruFlo.
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Company Name: Phillips & Temro Inc.
Contact Person: Patti Hill
Address:9700 West 74th Street
City: Eden Prairie
Country: United States