UK’s largest manufacturer of temperature-controlled vans selects monitoring partner

Posted on 20 Apr 2022 by The Manufacturer

The UK's largest manufacturer of temperature-controlled vans has chosen a partner to provide temperature monitoring, management and compliance for the refrigerated vehicles it provides to customers in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food & beverage and agricultural industries. 

Burnley-based CoolKit will partner with global Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider ORBCOMM Inc. to monitor temperatures inside its vehicles. As a result, CoolKit will be able to provide proof of an uninterrupted cold chain, reduce its carbon footprint by promoting ecological driving and increase the efficiency of its administrative processes and workflow.

CoolKit is utilizing ORBCOMM’s temperature dataloggers with certified temperature sensors, which leverage thermal transfer technology for maximum reliability and performance, to monitor their customers’ fleets of refrigerated vans.  CoolKit customers can download recorded temperature data over Bluetooth or print from an integrated printer to ensure seamless cold chain compliance. ORBCOMM’s automatic temperature detection systems set adjustable tolerances to ensure continuous quality and integrity assurance of temperature-sensitive loads throughout the supply chain. If out-of-range conditions occur, such as hardware malfunctions, temperature deviations from target values, rapid fuel loss or geofence entry/exit, intelligent and configurable alarms are triggered immediately so fleets can take rapid corrective action. With GAMP5 validation, ORBCOMM’s solution meets the highest of international regulations and guidelines across many industries, enabling CoolKit to deliver world-class customer service.

CoolKit-vans. Credit: CoolKit

Established in 2005, CoolKit is widely recognised by fleet operators, fleet funders, OEMs, and motor dealers as the foremost provider of equipment for producing industry-leading temperature-controlled and refrigerated light commercial vehicles (LCVs). CoolKit’s range of products includes van conversions, ready-converted vans, kit-form conversions, and rigid insulated box bodies – all of which are designed and manufactured in-house. A range of portable refrigerators for partial load applications completes the line-up. All these products are supported by a network of specialist mobile technicians dedicated to maximising vehicle uptime.

“We are pleased CoolKit has selected ORBCOMM as their trusted partner to deliver temperature management solutions to their customers that will help ensure their refrigerated vehicles are safe, compliant and efficient,” said Christian Allred, ORBCOMM’s Executive Vice President of International Sales. “We are well-positioned to provide CoolKit with the product reliability, best-in-class service and ongoing support that will enhance their market leadership.”

“We are committed to helping our customers optimize fleet performance with innovative technology such as ORBCOMM’s temperature dataloggers, which bring unmatched reliability and performance to the cold chain industry,” said Rupert Gatty, CEO and Owner of CoolKit. “With ORBCOMM’s industry-leading solutions, we can reassure our customers of the safety, quality and integrity of our transportation services, which are the foundation of our corporate values.”

CoolKit started installing ORBCOMM’s temperature dataloggers in November 2021 and expects to complete the initial deployment by May 2022.