You will certainly agree with us that ice cream and summer go perfectly together because there is nothing more refreshing and delicious than eating ice cream on a hot summer day. If you wonder now how ice cream and summer go together with DONALDSON filters, we will show you that behind every ice cream cone you eat is a logistics cold chain of mammoth proportions.

Have you ever asked yourself what process it needs from the production of ice cream until you will finally be able to enjoy it?

The supply chain of ice cream is one of the most demanding in the food industry. Ice cream is a very particular consumer product, as it has two characteristics that distinguish it sharply from other foods: a) it has a relatively low consumption period that coincides – in general – with summer and b) remains throughout the life cycle in strictly controlled cooling conditions.The proper functioning of the cold chain is important for the quality of the products enjoyed by consumers. Ice cream is very sensitive to temperature, and poor functioning of the cold chain causes severe and irreversible deterioration in quality, which is immediately perceived by the consumer.At the same time, the supply chain of ice cream consists of two separate parts a) the supply chain of raw materials which starts with the collection of fresh milk and b) the movement and distribution of the finished product to the final consumer, which poses definitely quite a challenge.As is easily understood, under these special conditions, the management of the supply chain of ice cream is a demanding and costly process and a constant battle with time.  On the other hand, maintaining the cold chain, which is the guarantee for a good ice cream, requires from companies who are active in food industry to adopt the most stringent health and safety rules and the use of advanced refrigeration technology. Most ice cream manufacturers have their own cold storage for the first storage of their products. From there, the product is picked up by refrigerator trucks and enters the cold chain.

A refrigerator truck is a van or truck designed to carry perishable freight at specific temperatures. Refrigerated freight has come a long way over the last hundred years. Since the late 1800s people have been trying to find the best ways to ship perishable goods while maintaining the proper temperature. Originally using chunks of ice to preserve fish stock piles, the methodology of refrigerated shipping had its start.

Around 1935, Frederick McKinley Jones designed a portable air-cooling unit for trucks carrying perishable food, and received a patent for it on July 12, 1940. This invention later became known as the Thermo King and helped revolutionize the emergence of the supermarket we know today. This was the beginning of attaching a refrigeration unit to the outside of the trailer to cool the contents inside.

By 1940 there were over 18,000 refrigerated road vehicles being used in the USA with around 2,500 of those units being mechanically cooled. With the implementation of the American interstate highway act of 1956, the trucking industry experienced rapid growth and continued to increase the number of reefer trucks on the road.

When it comes to keeping it cool – refrigerated trailers rely on engine driven refrigeration units to ensure that perishable goods are consistently delivered in the right condition.

In order to maintain trailer cooling, the engines in these refrigeration units need to be properly maintained. As a vital part of any proper engine maintenance program, filtration systems protect engines, minimize unexpected downtime and reduce engine noise – all while ensuring that critical cooling is maintained.

Donaldson provides filtration elements for refrigeration trucks and trailers which meet Original Equipment standards.


  • Improved engine protection
  • Durable and robust designed to perform in extreme temperature and humidity conditions
  • Synteq™ media for liquid filtration
  • RadialSeal™ technology for air filtration

Replacement Filters for Truck and Trailer Refrigeration:

OE Part Description Donaldson Part
11-6182 Lube Filter – Full Flow   P502067
11-9182 Lube Filter – Full Flow   P550835
11-9321 Lube Filter – Bypass   P552363
11-9059 Air Filter – Primary Radial Seal   P822686
11-9300 Air Filter – Primary Radial Seal   P953446
11-9341 Fuel Filter – Secondary   P553693
11-9342 Fuel Filter – Water Separator   P550834