Product Review: A-Gas has launched Gas-Trak Online™ (GTO), an indispensable F-Gas reporting and cylinder-tracking tool designed to make the onerous task of reporting refrigerant usage simple.
The amended F-Gas regulations have not only placed more demand on those working in our industry, but also added complexity to their everyday working life. Free to download on smartphones and tablets, GTO comes complete with a number of handy features to help users comply with this complex piece of legislation.
Packed with value-added functions, GTO is a secure tool, allowing engineers to cut down on paper use by producing electronic F-Gas log books and reports at the touch of a button, saving time and money. What’s more, you don’t need an Internet connection – you can simply store the information on your device and synchronise it at your convenience.
A-Gas Managing Director John Ormerod said: “Managing your F-Gas refrigerant use with GTO is easy. It is a fast and efficient F-Gas reporting tool which can be used on the move. Under the F-Gas Regulations there is an increased focus on engineers to understand the CO2 equivalent of refrigerants.
“The app’s handy GWP calculator will calculate this for you. GTO will also store customer, site and asset information ready to create jobs – and provide information for leak checking.
“Whether it’s a new installation, a service call or a decommission, you can track your refrigerant usage by the cylinder, equipment and customer in GTO. The app is suitable for Apple and Android mobile devices and will help engineers meet the latest F-Gas Regulations which are changing the face of the cooling industry.”
With free access to a web portal, F-Gas reporting is made easy. GTO will keep a summary of your jobs and produce reports in line with the latest F-Gas requirements.
For those requiring a more in-depth data analysis package, for a small subscription GTO offers the option of enhanced or customised reporting.
The FREE GTO app is available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.
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Product Review: BITZER, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors has launched a new cutting-edge air-cooled condensing unit. The new energy-efficient ECOSTAR LHV7E also complies with the 2016 EU Ecodesign Directive.
The new condensing unit offers operators unrivalled energy efficiency, which is essential in an environment of rising energy prices. The low-maintenance, easy-to-use device also boasts reliable, low noise operation and simple installation.
Modern fans and compressors
The integrated EC fan of the ECOSTAR LHV7E reduces the noise level and energy consumption significantly. The optimised control allows the user to adjust the speed of the fans and the ECOLINE VARISPEED compressor at any time for more energy-efficient operation. The optimised mini-channel condenser also improves eco-efficiency: compared to the older ECOSTAR models, the LHV7E requires a lower refrigerant charge while offering higher heat exchange.
The LHV7E is also extremely quiet: its low noise EC fans feature sound-optimised airflow and the compressor is located inside a sound-damping housing. When the cooling load is normal, the system can be operated in ECO or low-sound mode. Thanks to its energy-optimised, quiet operation, the LHV7E is the right condensing unit today for the applications and challenges of tomorrow.
Remote control and simple maintenance
The new ECOSTAR condensing unit optimised Lodam controller with newly integrated Bluetooth technology has proven to be a helpful feature, ensuring technician-friendly operation of the ECOSTAR and working seamlessly at a distance of 30 meters away.
The ECOSTAR LHV7E condensing unit can be controlled and serviced remotely via an Ethernet connection for networks or the Internet, Modbus RTU and Bluetooth access using BITZER’s BEST software. There’s also a display for operation, which comes integrated into the controller housing and offers optimised menu access. The BEST software or an optional retrofit display provides users with full access to all the menu options.
Another new feature is that up to four ECOSTAR condensing units can be linked together via the Modbus. Together the condensing units form an ECOSTAR control network and, in optimised interaction, control the temperature of a cold store without having to be connected in the refrigerant circuit.
The control electronics of the LHV7E are fully wired in the factory and come ready for operation, facilitating fast installation of the condensing unit on-site. To simplify maintenance of the device, BITZER has optimised access to the important components: each of the two casing parts can be opened with a captive screw. The terminal box, the filter drier, the sight glasses and the oil separator can easily be accessed in no time from the outside.
Suitable for lots of applications
The ECOSTAR LHV7E is available in six variants, four of which offer a capacity of up to 42 kW (0/32/20@R134a). Depending on the model, it’s compatible with the refrigerants R134a, R404A, R507A, R407A, R407C and R407F, which means BITZER enables a whole host of applications for this condensing unit. With its compact design, the condensing unit also fits into smaller engine rooms, while the robust housing also makes it suitable for outdoor use. The integrated winter start feature allows the compressor to be started even in winter when the ambient temperature falls below the saturated suction temperature.
The BITZER LHV7E condensing unit comes standard with an integrated frequency inverter and filter drier. Optional features include an oil separator with check valve, oil monitoring and an additional check valve for installation in low ambient temperatures.
USA: Now we've all been there. Called out to a busy bar and restaurant, kitchen or sales floor only to discover that a plug-in (integral) fridge has broken down due to a blocked condenser coil. You advise the client that you need clean the coil and blow out the condenser with nitrogen but it's going to make a bit of a mess. Not ideal when working in a busy food preparation environment, and I'm sure that you've been told many a time to come back when we're not busy.
It's also well known that frequent maintenance of condensers on commercial plug-in (integral) fridge-freezer appliances can result in up to 50% savings in running costs, as well as prolonging the life of compressors.
Now U.S. Company COILPOD has come up with a unique, yet simple solution for engineers to carry out task of cleaning self-contained condenser coils in both a mess-free and environmentally-friendly way.
How it works
The CoilPod transparent bag, which measures 28in wide x 13in deep x 18in high, slips over the coil structure creating a dust seal. A standard wet/dry vacuum can then be used to remove debris from the coils through two ports in the bag’s surface. The bag entraps the removed debris during the cleaning operation protecting the environment outside the bag from undesired contamination.
Watch CoilPod in action
For further information on the CoilPod dust free containment bag, contact Richard Fennelly at email@example.com
To order visit the CoilPod online store here
UK: Resource Data Management (RDM), leading HVACR control and remote monitoring solution provider, has announced two major product launches. The dmTouch, their colour HD touch screen management system front end now features a 10.1” screen. Further optimising the user experience the larger screen makes it even easier to monitor and control sites from one central point. The launch of the new screen is coupled with a number of software enhancements including faster browsing, optimised responsive interface, heightened graph performance, a new algorithm to further improve the data manager’s ability to highlight energy waste and enhanced language support for The Data Builder (TDB) - RDMs PLC software.
A key addition to their Intuitive range is the new Intuitive Transcritical Superpack Controller. Designed for the retail and industrial refrigeration markets the Intuitive Transcritical Superpack Controller is a versatile expandable controller intended for HT/LT CO2 Pack, Gas Cooler and HT/LT Oil monitoring and control. Each section is individually selectable and can be set to disabled if not required. The controller can be expanded using up to 10 Expansion Modules, consisting of the Intuitive Stepper Expansion or Intuitive IO Expansion module range. Building on the success of RDMs existing Transcritical software solutions the new Intuitive Transcritical Superpack controller has similar features and functions as the other controllers in the Intuitive Control range, with a number of key enhancements.
For Gas Cooler and receiver control the Intuitive Transcritical Superpack controller heightens flexibility, giving users the ability to select between 0-10V, 4-20mA, 0-5v, 0.5-4.5v or 0.5-9.5v or stepper control for either or both of the two CO2 valves or any of the variable outputs, such as fan speed control. Furthermore this can be done using the same application software, allowing for the control of either HT/MT valve using one piece of hardware.
The new Intuitive Transcritical Superpack Controller software application is a single piece of software that can be configured to control and monitor the earlier mentioned applications. Using the additional Intuitive expansion boards will allow them to expand the number of control stages and/or introduce an oil management strategy, facilitating 5 sections of control and monitoring - Low Temperature compressor, High Temperature compressor, Gas Cooler, Oil for LT compressors, Oil for HT compressors. As a result the customer has the flexibility to quickly and easily build a solution that specifically meets their needs.
When asked about his approach to product development Andrew Chandler said ''It may sound like common sense but when I started RDM, before we designed any products, I asked retailers an obvious, but often unasked question. What did they want? In doing so we gained their unique insight and confirmed our suspicions - they were frustrated at being locked in by proprietary systems and by products that despite their expense frequently required maintenance and came with a short life span. Our product development is driven with the customer at the heart of the process from start to finish. We are passionate about helping our customers be as energy efficient as possible, this begins with ensuring that the products they install are effective with a long life span and is why we offer a 5 year warranty on many of our products.
For more information about RDM visit www.resouredm.com
EUROPE: Carrier, the world’s leader in high-technology heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions has introduced a new generation of air-to-water scroll heat pumps, offering new levels of efficiency and performance for building owners.
The new generation of 30RQP AquaSnap heat pumps combines both simplicity and intelligence. The product features the latest technologies including variable-speed driven fans, brazed plate heat exchangers with asymmetric channels, electronic expansion valves and a full colour touch-screen user display.
This new range includes an innovative defrosting method, which may be used without consuming any additional energy. Therefore, it can significantly improve the seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) of the heat pump by up to 12 percent compared with earlier AquaSnap models. This defrosting method generates shorter payback, higher efficiency and reliability and improved comfort, reducing noise and vibration emission level as well as environmental impact.
The built-in hydraulic modules with optional variable-speed driven pumps can electronically control the variable water flow to meet real application needs during partial load operation and stand-by periods, thus significantly reducing the pumping energy consumption by two-thirds. The modules also feature electronic sensors for automatic pump protection against cavitation and for water flow electronic reading and setting.
The energy efficiency performance of the AquaSnap heat pumps with Greenspeed intelligence already meets the 2017 European Ecodesign regulation with a SCOP value in heating of up to 3.38. The new range also offers segment leading performance with European Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ESEER) values in cooling of up to 4.28.
In addition, the new AquaSnap range utilizes proven technology that Carrier service teams are familiar with and trained on to maintain.
“With this launch, Carrier provides a unique value proposition for customers, with unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency in its AquaSnap line of heat pumps,” said Didier Genois, director, engineering and marketing, Carrier HVAC Europe.
AquaSnap heat pumps are produced in France and will be available for delivery in May 2015 in the European, Middle East and African regions.
PRODUCT NEWS: Testo has introduced its next generation of digital refrigeration manifolds featuring 60 refrigerant profiles and a new leak testing functionality.
Designed and priced to make analogue obsolete, the new digital refrigeration manifold range includes the testo 549, testo 550, and testo 557 models. An optional Bluetooth capability will also allow users to connect to testo’s brand new Refrigeration App, which is exclusively available to testo customers.
Brand new App and Bluetooth capabilities
The App integration via Bluetooth for testo 550 and testo 557 expands the user’s ability to work faster and more efficiently. The App enables the user to read measurement data directly on a smartphone or tablet, allowing them to finalise and send measurement reports directly from the site. The list of stored refrigerants can also be easily updated via the App.
testo’s digital manifolds make many of the typical refrigeration contracting tools obsolete. The user can also select the most important refrigerants for even faster access.
Though analogue manifolds are still widely used in the refrigeration industry, digital manifolds are the future of refrigeration engineering. The new testo manifolds deliver enhanced performance with the pressure ranges of the 549, 550 and 557 variants increased to 60 bar; battery life extended to 250 hours; and choice of 60 common refrigerants stored in the instrument. The robust design features a new metal frame around the display.
One instrument to cover every job
testo’s digital refrigeration manifolds are designed to meet all the day-to-day challenges in refrigeration contracting, enabling the user to measure various operating parameters with a single instrument. The digital manifold helps the contractor get a comprehensive overview of the condition of a refrigeration system or heat pump in real time.
testo’s new digital manifolds combine the price advantage associated with analogue measurement with the undeniable precision of digital measurement.
Offering the best price-performance value among all the models, the testo 549 digital manifold precisely measures high side/ low side pressure and instantly displays the corresponding saturation/ evaporation temperatures for 60 refrigerants. Optional temperature probes enable automatic superheat and sub-cooling calculations to be displayed.
Offering instant display of superheat and sub-cooling for up to 60 refrigerants, testo 550 also measures high side/ low side pressures and temperatures. The Bluetooth connection opens up new possibilities for efficient analysis and documentation.
Offering all the strong points of testo 550, the testo 557 digital manifold will feature a 4-way valve block for fast, safe and efficient work in commissioning, service and maintenance. A new highly precise external probe delivers even more reliable performance.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.testolimited.com/wheretobuy
To buy online visit www.testolimited.com/refrigeration-manifolds
To download the App with all the latest features visit www.fridgehub.com/apps/testo-digital-manifold
UK: Toshiba Air Conditioning has introduced its long-awaited new flagship touchscreen air conditioning control solution.
The new 7in colour touchscreen controller offers unprecedented power and ease of use, enabling engineers and end users - even those unfamiliar with air conditioning - to control systems and optimise performance and indoor comfort.
With the ability to control up to 64 indoor units via a unique capacitive touchscreen, the new Toshiba controller marks a departure from conventional air conditioning controls based on slow-response resistive touchscreen technology.
It has a brilliantly clear colour display with pin-sharp graphical interface, providing lightning response to the operator’s touch commands. Unlike controllers from some other manufacturers, Toshiba’s new controller is not based on physical buttons but an intuitive touchscreen with icons, similar to a large smart phone.
According to Fraser Hymas, Toshiba’s control system manager, who headed the development of the new controller, a key element of the design brief was to make it simple and intuitive to use, without the need to refer to a manual, while enabling users to quickly access all functions with minimum layers to navigate.
In addition to primary control, alarm and scheduling functions, and quick access to units and parameters, the controller also acts as a web server, enabling it to host web pages.
The system offers a host of powerful functions that extend its use, with future developments including:
David Dunn, Toshiba’s general manager, said: “The new system is a major advance in air conditioning control technology, not just in terms of what it can do, but the way it does it – and its sheer ease of use.
“The saying that ‘power is nothing without control’ is quite literally true. The whole design philosophy is to offer the most power functions available in the industry, while making it easy and a pleasure to use. After extensive testing, among both engineers and end users, we believe the new system achieves this – and opens up a new chapter in intuitive air conditioning control.”
UK: Hampshire-based Advanced Engineering’s EasyFind now has a new formula making it easier for refrigeration and air conditioning engineers to detect the smallest of leaks.
The EasyFind Bubble Up Leak Detection Spray’s new and ingenious formula now makes it much simpler and faster for service engineers to pinpoint both large and small leaks when sprayed onto joints, pipes and line components offering a more pronounced and visual “bubble up effect” when it comes into contact with refrigerant leaks.
With the new F-Gas Regulation requiring regular mandatory leak checks and stronger penalties for operators who fail to comply, coupled with rising refrigerant prices of between 20-30 per cent already this year, leaks are set to have an increasing financial burden to equipment owners.
The convenient EasyFind spray can be described as ‘it does what is says on the tin,’ safe, reliable, economical and quick, requires no preparation or equipment, and is suitable for all refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
For more information contact your nearest FSW branch here.
UK: Leading manufacturer of HVAC and refrigeration controls specialist Resource Data Management (RDM) has launched the next generation Mercury Mk3 controller. One of the most advanced and flexible controls available on the market today, Mercury controllers build on the success of the Mercury Mk1 and Mk2. Presenting users with both internal and remote display options, an increased number of analogue inputs, two new dedicated digital inputs and a built-in IP network interface. All of which make it a compact, cost effective and easy to install option when there is a requirement to connect directly to an IP network.
The first Mercury controller, the Mk1, released in 2002 revolutionised the controls industry introducing technology years ahead of anything else available at that time. It was the first refrigeration controller offering additional IP connectivity while also being the first compact, affordable control of its type.
The Mk3 has flexible I/O - 10 inputs and 5 outputs, made up of 6 resistive temperature probe inputs, 2 dedicated digital inputs and 1 x 0-10v or 1 x 4-20ma analogue inputs, and 5 relay outputs, 6A resistive and 2A inductive. With the additional benefit of all inputs and outputs having a plug-in socket for ease of installation, and the latest microcontroller technology for greater processing power and memory capacity.
It is set to be an exciting year for RDM as their rapid global expansion continues with two new affiliate offices having opened already this year, RDM Nordic in January and RDM Australia in March. Further product launches are widely anticipated.
What applications can it be used for?
Refrigeration display cabinets or coldroom applications:
For more information visit www.resouredm.com
UK: Reflok's Mechanical Jointing and Aluminium pipe system designed for use on air conditioning equipment as an alternative to copper brazed pipe systems, has been approved for use by Transport for London (TFL) on the London Underground system.
Hot works on the underground, or in fact on any railway or petro-chemical based projects, is always a major headache for contractors. The Reflok jointing system allows engineers to concentrate on the installation without the limitation on working hours that are normally in place. Access into the working area without the need to carry industrial gases onto site is a real drain on the working day and Reflok not only provides a solution for this, but also improves the speed of installation.
Howard Noble, Managing DIrector of Reflock revealed, "At the start of last year we made contact with a member of the approval team at TFL and, after almost a year of discussions, we can now confirm that Reflok has achieved the status of “Authorised for use”.
"With the infrastructure for the new Cross Rail link in London now in place, the next step is for contractors to start installing the services and shops etc., so the timing is perfect."
In addition the Reflok system allows engineers to work quicker without the need for nitrogen purging providing a totally clean installation.
See the Reflok tool kit and jointing system in action
Reflok's aluminium pipe is available in sizes from 1/4"-3/4" in coiled tube and 1/4" - 2-1/8" in straight lengths. The Reflok system can be installed without any 'hot works' and has approval from leading air conditioning manufacturers.
The Reflok system is available in the UK from FSW. To find your nearest FSW branch click here.
Reflok is also available from international stockists, to find a distributor near you, visit www.reflok.com/reflok-distributors