Since 2017, Crowley has
invested more than US$160 million in new cargo equipment for its fleet,
ensuring equipment availability at origin for perishables moving through the
cold chain. The reefer fleet supplements Crowley’s full
slate of shore-side and inland facilities and services.
“Crowley realizes the
importance of having the best refrigerated equipment in the right quantities
strategically positioned to meet customers’ needs during peak perishables
seasons,” says Crowley representative Andrew Davis, Vice President, Corporate
Equipment & Maintenance.
“The new containers’ environmentally
friendly Star Cool refrigeration units boost efficiency and reliability that
enhances value and capabilities in the cold chain,” Andrew Davis added.
When it chose MCI,
Crowley appreciated the energy efficiency of MCI’s Star Cool Integrated
reefers. To further enhance the efficiency and eco-friendliness of the units,
Crowley has opted to utilize MCI’s StarConomy setting as a default on their
entire Star Cool fleet.
StarConomy is an energy
optimization software that prioritizes cargo care. Its revolutionary feature is
its ability to control both compressor and fan sped at the same time. By
running the fans at lower speed when allowed by the cargo, the motors generate
far less heat while using significantly less energy than standard mode. By
carefully balancing compressor and fan speed, StarConomy accurately matches air
circulation to cooling demand, ensuring an ideal environment for delicate,
control protects produce quality. Unlike other economy software programs,
StarConomy does not undershoot supply-air temperature compared to set
point. To ensure maximum produce
protection, StarConomy operates at full capacity to reach the set point as quickly
as possible. Once that has been done, the optimization process begins.
StarConomy constantly fine-tunes the temperature to keep it as accurate as
possible. Substantial cost savings are achieved without compromising produce