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The dmTouch, data manager is one of RDM’s most advanced and innovative products, selling more than 14,000 systems worldwide since its launch. The platform has been developed with more than 30 man-years of software development, comprising in excess of one million lines of code.

The latest version is equipped with the industry’s first fully interactive colour multi-touch-screen interface, enabling installers, clients and service staff to quickly configure the system and navigate to areas of interest.

A complete redesign of the electronics at its heart has resulted in a new CPU that runs faster and cooler to deliver increased processing power and speed. Software has been enhanced to make full use of the new touch interface and higher screen resolution.

Andrew Chandler, RDM managing director, says: “The key design aim was to enhance the feature-rich functionality of the Data Manager, adding power, speed and ease-of-use, while maintaining the affordability and competitiveness of the system against more expensive rivals - that struggle to match the Data Manager’s capabilities.”

As with all RDM systems, it is based on an open protocol, enabling all types of equipment to be connected into a single intelligent control and monitoring network.

It provides a universal end-to-end solution to meet all requirements, overcoming the “locked-in” risk of certain proprietary systems. It also offers the ability to communicate via the open web services interface.

Andrew Chandler says: “The dmTouch represents a huge step forward, offering an unbeatable combination of power, speed, flexibility, features and ease-of-use that rivals simply can’t match.

“The system is uniquely flexible and enables users to draw together and quickly analyse multiple streams of data from energy-using plant in a building or industrial process, to save energy and even predict potential equipment failures before they happen.”

To find out more about the dmTouch call UK 0141 810 2828 or USA (+1) (612) 354 3923

or email: Web:

About Resorce Data Management (RDM)

RDM are fast becoming one of the world’s leading control and remote monitoring specialist, with a worldwide distribution and support network. With offices in the UK, US and a manufacturing plant in Taiwan, RDM specialize in two key areas:

Control Solutions

RDM designs and manufactures a wide range of control equipment for applications such as Refrigeration, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning(HVAC) and Building Control (BMS). Designed to provide maximum networking flexibility.

Remote Monitoring

As well as manufacture of controls, RDM provide a 24/7 remote monitoring and management call center. The call center provides access data over networks with their team constantly monitoring live data.

Toshiba Air Conditioning has introduced a new control and monitoring system called Black Pear, which it believes is one of the most powerful and versatile on the market today.

Black Pear connects directly to the HVAC control bus, overcoming the need for a central controller and interfaces, providing instant connectivity to Building Management Systems.

The control system is said to compatible with all the major communications systems enabling virtual universal applications for Toshiba air conditioning equipment, with one module connecting up to 64 indoor units, meaning it can cater for large applications without having to be doubled up or multiplexed.

David Dunn, general manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning, said: “The aim was to provide a cost-effective and simple-to-use control solution that would overcome the need for a central control system. Black Pear provides just that, saving engineers time, saving space on-site and making commissioning quick, accurate and straightforward.”

He added: “The device is easily configured to communicate with connected air conditioning units in the same way that a standard central controller communicates with devices across a building - but with all its inherent advantages. We believe Black Pear is the control solution the industry has been waiting for.”

To find out more about Black Pear click here


CANADA:  Smartcool Systems has announced initial results of 18% energy savings from an evaluation of their energy efficiency technology on two sea-going refrigerated containers.

George Burnes, President and CEO of Smartcool said:

"This is an exciting new market that we are entering, not only does it offer a huge amount of potential on its own, but it is also highly complementary to our established customer base of food retailers. Our major supermarket customers depend on refrigerated transportation as an integral part of their business. Offering a new solution to address the costly energy consumption in this sector will open the doors to new customers and provide a lucrative value-added offering to our existing customers."

Chris Lefaivre, VP of Operations, said:

"This market has vast untapped potential. Options for refrigerated transportation companies to reduce their operating costs are few and far between. By offering our solution to make their refrigeration systems more energy efficient, we will be assisting cold freight transportation companies with their bottom line and their green initiatives. It is a multi-million dollar opportunity for Smartcool and we are thrilled to be seeing such strong test results right at the start."

Currently, the ECO3 hardware platform is being used to deliver Smartcool's proprietary software algorithms to this new application. Further testing on over-the-road refrigerated trailers will be completed in the second quarter, prior to a number of pilot installations.

If the testing proves successful, it could lead the development of a new hardware platform powered by Smartcool’s software, a platform designed specifically for the refrigerated transportation sector which includes over-the-road trailers, box trucks, sea-going containers and rail containers. Globally, there are over 5.5 million refrigerated trucks and trailers, and an additional 2 million refrigerated sea-going containers

About Smartcool

Smartcool Systems Inc. is a clean technology company, publicly listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V: SSC). Smartcool works with customers around the world to make their Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems more energy efficient using own unique technology.

GEA Refrigeration Technologies have launched a new open source control panel, said to be user friendly, highly versatile and delivers maximum efficiencies.

The Omni™ control panel monitors and controls not only GEA components but also those of other brand manufacturers. The system is preconfigured at the factory and then can be adjusted to site conditions during commissioning.

The system openness makes it an all-inclusive command centre, which eliminates the need for auxiliary controls. The management system controls valves, pumps and compressors all from the one control panel.


Some of the Omni™ control panels key features include:

  • High-definition (1366 x 768 pixels) colour display
  • Touch screen controls for zooming documents or historical graphs
  • Ethernet interface and wireless technology
  • Smart phone and tablet remote access viewing and control
  • E-mail and text message notifications
  • Stand-alone Microsoft Windows operating system

 Global support

The GEA Omni™ is manufactured in North America, Europe, and Asia, design engineered to meet the needs of a global customer base. Preconfigured in more than 25 languages, GEA Omni carries the benefit of global sales and support network.

To find out more about the Omni™ control panel  click here or email them here

About GEA Refrigeration Technologies 

GEA Refrigeration Technologies is a leading global Group in Industrial Refrigeration. They design, engineer, install, and maintain innovative key components and technological solutions to its customers for whom refrigeration is an essential part in their primary process.

Reflok’s revolutionary connection system, which combines aerospace technology using aluminium in place of copper tube, has been given the approval by Mitsubishi Electric (UK) for use in the installation of its air conditioning systems.

Mitsubishi Electric (UK) Living Environmental Systems, Steve Hayward said “The use of Reflok’s aluminium joining system means our customers can benefit from not having to heat joints in pipework, leading to a quicker and a more cost effective installation. Reflok’s products also provide the correct solution to prevent any galvanic corrosion, which is one of the most important requirements when joining two dissimilar metals together.”

Jon Shipman, MD of Reflok manufacturer JSC said. “We had always thought of Mitsubishi’s blessing as the likely game changer, mainly because they are so big. It’s an endorsement which we have been striving for since Reflok was introduced and the timing is perfect. This year is the big R22 refrigerant change out and Mitsubishi can barely keep their stuff on the shelves at the moment. Now they are happy, it gives the green light to the other manufacturers”

About Reflok

Reflok® is a revolutionary system developed to simplify the installation of VRF systems without the use of heat.

To find out more about Reflok click here


Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) is introducing a major advance to its award-winning refrigerant leak detection and management system.

In the event of a refrigerant leak, the new system isolates the specific section of refrigerant pipework containing the leak, enabling the rest of the system to continue functioning as normal.

Conventional approaches shut down the entire system in the event of a leak, impacting occupants throughout a building until the source of the leak can be identified and repaired. The new technology means that only the immediate area served by the compromised circuit suffers loss of service.

David Dunn, general manager, says: “This technology is a major step forward and extremely useful for applications such as hotels and multi-tenanted buildings. It means that, in the unlikely event of a leak, those areas unaffected can continue to function as normal and receive cooling and heating as required. The benefits are obvious, from both a commercial and customer service point of view.”

Toshiba’s new refrigerant detection and isolation technology uses a number of separate “isolation cells” throughout a building, consisting of an RBC-RD3 refrigerant concentration sensor, a pair of motorised isolation valves, and an RBC-RD7 control box.

The motorised valves are fitted in refrigerant pipework (Liquid and Gas) outside each conditioned space, the room sensor is located within the space at low level, and the control box is mounted next to the indoor unit.

If the sensor detects refrigerant in the room, it triggers an alarm and an L30 fault code on the indoor unit, detected in turn by a central controller or BMS, and initiating the isolation sequence. The motorised valves close automatically, effectively isolating the conditioned space from the rest of the system.

At the same time, on-site maintenance staff and service contractors are notified of the alarm status and its location, and can zero-in on the problem to resolve it.

The technology is primarily designed for use with Toshiba VRF systems (SMMS, SMMSi, SHRM, SHRMi, Mini SMMS), but can also be used with split systems. It can be specified on new installations or retrofitted on Toshiba equipment on existing sites.

Alongside the introduction of the new system, Toshiba has developed an improved version of the RBC-RD3 in-room refrigerant concentration sensor. The new unit has a recessed design to protect it from accidental damage, and can be fitted into a standard, single electrical back box.

While the standard version is supplied in white plastic, the design of the face-plate can be changed to match the room décor or client specification, particularly important for application in hotels.

The device is recessed into a wall approximately 150mm from floor level within the conditioned space, and connected to the indoor unit via supplied leads. On detection of a higher-than-normal refrigerant concentration, it shuts down the indoor unit and gives an audible and visual alarm.

About Toshiba Air Conditioning

Toshiba Air Conditioning is a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd. Toshiba Air Conditioning provides sustainable solutions integrating energy efficient products for residential and light commercial customers.

Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) has introduced a new range of compact outdoor condensing units, designed to be easy to carry and install.

The Series 4 units are as much as 8kg lighter than previous models, representing a reduction of some 11 per cent, a major advantage for installers transporting and installing the units.

This enables units to be installed above one another, in a double-deck configuration, saving space on buildings and outdoor plant areas.

Much of the weight reduction has been made possible by the development of a new twin rotary DC compressor, which is lighter but more powerful than the one it replaces.

The new condensers offer night set-back operation, limiting sound during sensitive periods by up to 10dB(A), and a saver function that can suppress the upper limit power consumption between 50 to 100 per cent in 1 per cent increments, boosting efficiency.New compressor has major advantages

Overall efficiency has been improved by up to 10 per cent, depending on the model, with the SEER value for the 2hp unit raised from 5.89 to 6.14.

Operational temperature range has been increased from 43 to 46 degrees C, and units are suitable for use with 50 or 60 Hz power supply, opening up opportunities for further applications.

For more details contact Toshiba Air Conditioning on 0870 843 0333, email, or visit

About Toshiba Air Conditioning

Toshiba Air Conditioning is a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd, company registration No 3723803. Toshiba Air Conditioning provides sustainable solutions integrating energy efficient products for residential and light commercial customers.

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Croton, NY – Polaris Vending, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of the patent-pending COILPODtm dust containment bag which is an environmentally-friendly solution for the indoor cleaning of self-contained condenser coil units in refrigerated or freezer merchandiser display cases (which contain food, beverages, drugs, or flowers), prep tables, or other refrigerated appliances. These units are contained in retail food and beverage outlets of all types, hospitals and pharmacies.


A person desiring to clean the condenser coils contained in such appliances first places the COILPOD bag (approx. 28” wide x 13”deep x 18” high) over the coil structure and then simultaneously supplies exhaust air and vacuum from a “shop vac” through two ports in the bag’s surface to remove debris from the coils while vacuuming it into the “shop vac”. The bag entraps the removed debris during the cleaning operation, protecting the environment outside the bag from undesired contamination.

We believe that the regular cleaning of the condenser coils in such merchandiser units, utilizing the COILPOD bag, will result in a substantial savings in energy costs and will also prolong the life of such equipment.

Visit Polaris’ website for full details on this exciting, new device technology.

Or for further information Contact : or Phone: (+1) 888-800-5535


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Resource Data Management (RDM), the leading control and monitoring company, has introduced the Intuitive Power Store to protect refrigeration systems from damage following power outages.

Refrigeration compressors, as used across the food and drink industry, can suffer severe damage following start-up after a power failure as a result of stepper valves being out of sequence and in the wrong place.

This can lead to liquid refrigerant entering the compressor crankcase, resulting in low oil pressure and possible failure. Resultant damage can shorten compressor working life or may be so serious that it requires complete replacement, representing a huge expense for end users.

Recognising the problem, RDM has developed the Intuitive Power Store which links to the company’s stepper valve controller, to provide protection against compressor damage on start-up following power failure.

refrigeration compressors for the food industry

The combination automatically closes stepper valves when mains power is lost. “It is effectively a mini Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with a brain,” says Andrew Chandler, md of RDM.

In the event of mains power loss, the Power Store provides the energy to enable the stepper valve controller to accurately control the setting of the valve to a fully closed position. When mains power is restored, stepper valves are then returned to the correct operational settings gradually, in line with the evaporator duty required.  This means that the compressor is not hit with a large and unpredictable load before it is fully up and running, and in a safe operating condition to respond.

“Power outages are by no means uncommon, for all sorts of reasons. The cost of replacing compressors can be very significant for end users. The new RDM system gives refrigeration users the vital protection they need, and provides the opportunity to control system restart to ensure cooling power is delivered to where it is needed - while minimising the impact and potential damage on refrigeration plant.”

The company points out that the combination of Intuitive Power Store and stepper valve controller represents a fraction of the price of a compressor.


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UK:  Businesses waste several hundreds of thousands of pounds on unnecessary cleaning and maintenance of heating and ventilation equipment.

Businesses throughout the Thames Valley region are paying higher energy bills and expensive maintenance costs in order to keep their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment running effectively, claims RAB Specialist Engineers.

Simply by fitting a new external air filtration device, supplied by the Newbury-based start-up firm, could result in total savings of more than £2m for many businesses operating air handling equipment in the Thames Valley area.  Made from a washable polypropylene material, the simple filter screens can be fitted over air intake equipment. The screens act as a primary pre-filtration defence against large volumes of airborne debris, which, over time, can cause extensive damage to sensitive HVAC equipment.

RAB Specialist Engineers, which provides consultancy and air handling engineering services to the building services sector, says the savings are based on figures representing just 50% of the number of businesses occupying the 12 million ft2 of office space currently available in the Thames Valley region.

Airborne debris, such as domestic waste, carrier bags, leaves, pollen and insects, is the leading cause of fouling and clogging of cooling towers, heat exchangers, air cooled chillers, rooftop units and other HVAC systems according to local entrepreneur and businessman Richard Betts.

Identifying a niche in the air handling market, and with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Richard Betts explains how a simple preventative measure to stop airborne debris from entering HVAC equipment could save millions of pounds in unnecessary replacement and maintenance costs.

“Our research shows that when air handling equipment becomes clogged up with debris, internal components such as dirty condenser or evaporator coils restrict the airflow through the equipment and increases the amount of energy required by compressor motors to maintain optimum performance.  Studies show that air handling equipment, which is commonly used by many local business premises, will use up to 30% more energy if external air filtration equipment is not fitted. Furthermore, higher operating pressures and temperatures will reduce the life expectancy of these valuable assets and can result in compressor failure.

Essentially, a compressor is the heart of any air conditioning or refrigeration system and without it, cooling cannot take place. This can be a facility manager’s worst nightmare as compressor replacement is the most expensive repair on any HVAC system.

Rising energy prices are forcing many businesses to implement smart energy efficiency measures. Fitting air intake filter screens from an experienced company such as RAB Specialist Engineers, is one way energy and facility managers can achieve this goal, while at the same time reducing extensive maintenance costs and extending the life of expensive HVAC assets.

When you consider the cost of maintaining HVAC equipment that hasn’t been fitted with air intake filter screens in terms of servicing time and replacement parts then the screens make financial sense. Typically, businesses will see a return on investment in less than two years.

Air intake filter screens are already used extensively in a number of different industry sectors throughout the US.  Companies such as Starbucks are using them on refrigerated food displays, Harvard Law School has fitted them to filter out fine construction dust on its louvered air intake systems and Motorola has installed them on its two-way radio transmitting station located on the 108th floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Here in the UK we’re dealing with an increasing number of new enquiries every day and we’ve already supplied one of the UK’s leading supermarkets with air intake screens for its cooling plant, which had become inefficient due to plastic bags and other debris blocking the filters.

Managing Director Richard Betts is currently offering expert advice and a range of engineering services to businesses looking to reduce energy costs and improve the efficiency of HVAC equipment. For a breakdown of the energy calculations and maintenance costs used by RAB Specialist Engineers, click here.


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