Thermo King to unveil new evaporator at BusCon

Posted on September 11, 2012

The BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator from Thermo King can accommodate either right-side or left-side refrigeration and electrical connections.
The BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator from Thermo King can accommodate either right-side or left-side refrigeration and electrical connections.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Thermo King will unveil its new BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator for small to mid-size shuttle and school bus applications at BusCon 2012.

The BE-550 is designed to help ensure passenger comfort in vehicles where headroom clearance is an issue. It will be available to OEM installers in the first quarter of 2013.

The new bulkhead evaporator is a split system solution that can be mounted in the front, rear or both bulkhead areas of a vehicle.

“The updated evaporator responds to customer requests for an HVAC system that keeps passengers comfortable in ambient conditions, while not intruding into the cabin space to avoid headroom clearance issues,” said Doug Lenz, director of product management and marketing for Thermo King. “Thermo King engineers concentrated on reducing the unit footprint and weight, while increasing the airflow and cooling performance to produce a lightweight solution that maximizes performance.”

The new bulkhead evaporator is ideal for small to mid-size bus users. Three speed blowers provide optimal pulldown on the evaporator to maximize passenger comfort. The blowers and the return-air filter are easily accessible to allow for efficient maintenance.

The evaporator can accommodate either right-side or left-side refrigeration and electrical connections. It features a flexible mounting arrangement and is compatible with skirt-mount and roof condensers.

Thermo King will also feature the SA-600 skirt-mounted condenser and evaporator solution in its booth at BusCon. The solution is now available in two new offerings: the SA-400 skirt-mounted condenser and evaporator, designed for smaller shuttle bus applications, and the SA-800 evaporator, designed for the largest shuttle bus applications. 

The SA-800 evaporator features dual refrigeration circuits, providing a redundant air-conditioning loop to maximize uptime.

The SA series of systems was designed to significantly reduce maintenance time while offering increased performance and energy efficiency. The condensers feature micro-channel coils in lieu of standard fin-and-tube designs for increased performance and a refrigerant charge that is 66% lower than previous versions offered by Thermo King, according to the company.

The total system charge reduction for the units is estimated at 30% due to the micro-channel condensers. The height of the skirt-mounted condensers is reduced by approximately 17%, which allows for increased ground clearance.

The condenser designs provide optimized fan placement for improved airflow through the coils. The filter/drier in the condensers is mounted in an easy-to-access location. The evaporator blowers can be replaced quickly without having to remove the entire unit cover or blower frame assemblies. The return air filter is located at the rear of the evaporator section in a swing-out frame for replacement in seconds.

All of these systems are compatible with the slim-line condenser system that was released last year. The condenser measures 6 inches above the roof. 

Officials said rooftop placement of the condenser reduces installation time and lessens refrigerant charge because it can be installed directly above the evaporator toward the rear of the vehicle. Reduced hose and harness lengths and the solution’s modular design also contribute to reduced installation time. Placing the condenser on the rooftop instead of in the traditional skirt location also removes it from exposure to road heat and debris, and reduces the chance of collision damage.

All SLR, SA and BE series systems are available with three different controllers: Standard, the ClimaAire 1D with diagnostics, and the Intelligaire III microprocessor with advanced diagnostics and J1939 CANBus communication capability.

The SA-400, SA-600, SA-800 and BE-550 are all manufactured in the U.S. to allow for a minimal lead time, and to ensure that they meet all Buy America requirements.

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