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UK:  Carrier Rental Systems, the leading temporary heating and cooling specialist, is urging industry and building managers to be prepared following predictions of an unusually cold winter.

Forecasters believe that a combination of reduced solar activity, limited artic sea-ice and a weak El Niño will result in bitterly cold conditions, catching industry and the public by surprise following a balmy end to the extended summer.

In anticipation, and as part of its strategic growth plan, CRS has expanded its fleet of temporary heating plant, to ensure it is ready to meet expected high demand for emergency heating. It has doubled capacity at its Thorpe headquarters, and invested in a new fleet of high efficiency boilers, integrated heating packages, fan-powered systems and radiant heaters.

Marc White, CRS director, says: “Leading forecasters, including the Met Office and Exacta, say that all the key models point to an untypically cold winter this year. It would hit particularly hard, given the Indian Summer, which inevitably lulls people into a false sense of security.”

He added: “Plant issues often come to light even with a gentle transition from Autumn to Winter. However, when intensely cold conditions arrive on the heels of an extended warm period, systems can go from standby to maximum capacity literally overnight, resulting in breakdowns and service outages that often prove costly and damaging for companies.”

Given the potential threat to productivity for manufacturers and the impact on the usability of buildings, he said it was an issue that companies and facilities managers need to take seriously and plan ahead for.

Temporary heating provided a way for companies to insure themselves against potentially damaging equipment outages, and also a means of topping up capacity when existing plant becomes maxed-out during prolonged cold conditions.

“From experience, we know that once cold weather arrives and is forecast to set in, our fleet gets committed very rapidly. Those who delay, in the hope that things will improve, may be left without the support they need when conditions remain cold for long periods.”

“We have invested in a significant expansion of our heating fleet. However, it is still finite and the only way to secure a safety net is to reserve the back-up required. It is a prudent and rational investment, and gives reassurance that eventualities are catered for.”

For more details contact: Carrier Rental Systems on 0800 026 4717, email info@carrierrentalsystems.co.uk, or visit www.carrierrentalsystems.co.uk

 

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USA:  Star Refrigeration's new subsidiary Azane Inc, is to manufacture its climate friendly and high performance low charge ammonia freezers for the US market.

Azane Inc was launched earlier this year to provide a natural refrigeration solutions in light of the R22 phase out and potential HFC phase down for the US refrigeration industry. Star Refrigeration specializes in low charge packaged ammonia refrigeration systems, including the energy efficient air cooled Azanefreezer (a companion to the Azanechiller) that is designed for use in freezer warehouse.

The Azanefreezer, essentially an ammonia condensing unit, is a complete refrigeration package housed in one unit with two separate ceiling mounted coolers arranged for reverse cycle defrost. The unit contains two screw compressors, designed for industrial installations and located for easy maintenance access. Its low pressure receiver offers efficient operation and allows for a low charge of ammonia. The enhanced aluminium evaporator design provides better performance from the lowest amount of ammonia, without the need for any pumps as found in traditional ammonia systems.

The utilization of low charge, natural refrigerant ammonia, a zero GWP and non ozone depleting substance, should safeguard Azanefreezer from future environmental legislation. The system has a life cycle of 25+ years at maximum operational performance. It also uses reverse cycle defrost – currently the only system to offer this – which defrosts more efficiently.

Expanding on the benefits of ammonia, Derek Hamilton, Azane’s US Business Development Manager, says: “All Azanefreezer components have been selected to minimize the risk of refrigerant leakage, reduce refrigerant charge, simplify maintenance and prolong plant life expectancy. The Azanefreezer has been installed in public warehouses across Europe for over 20 years due to the phase out of R22. It is a fully tested and proven technology which has now been made available to US customers to aid the transition from ozone depleting refrigerants by 2020.”

The ammonia packaged unit has been specifically designed to operate with as little as one tenth of the charge of a traditional refrigeration system, therefore avoiding the burden of OSHA’s PSM and the EPA RPM requirements.

To find out more visit the Azane website

 

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EUROPE:  High tech refrigeration and cold storage manufacturer Viessmann, has launched a new evaporator for the CO2 refrigeration market.

The new EWAP-CO2 coldroom evaporator, targeted at food retailers, wholesalers, and refrigeration contractors, is said to be quick to install due to its prefabricated anchoring points, and easy to both service and maintain thanks to Viessmann’s innovative design. 

Viessmann's TECTO Coldroom

The new Viessmann EWAP-CO2 evaporators come with cooling capacities ranging from 1.6 to 7.2 Kw, and can be specified to include up to four fans. 

Jim Whelan, director of international business at Viessmann says, “By using CO2 as the natural refrigerant, it means we are able to respond to the F gas regulation. EWAP, together with TECTO cold rooms are the future solution for retailers.”  Whelan went on to say, “The evaporator is a welcome addition to our innovative product range and we look forward to continuing to build our offering, using our trademark mix of market insight and technical product development techniques.”

About the Viessmann Group

The Viessmann Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, cooling and climate control technology. Founded in 1917, the family business maintains a staff of approximately 11,400 employees and generates 2.1 billion Euro in annual group turnover. With 27 production divisions in 11 countries, subsidiaries and representations in 74 countries and 120 sales offices around the world, Viessmann is an internationally orientated company www.viessmann.com

 

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USA:  Parker Hannifin has launched the Sporlan SMART Service Tool Kit, developed to make HVACR diagnostic readings faster, easier, and more accurate. The kit comes with lightweight wireless sensors that conveniently sync with an iPhone or iPad app, enabling you to read a system’s real-time refrigerant pressures and temperatures without using cumbersome hoses or manifold gauges.

The app automatically calculates and displays superheat and subcooling eliminating manual calculations. All of this data can be easily recorded, saved and emailed from the app allowing technicians to diagnose issues faster, look at trends over time, and provide proof of work.

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UK:  CAREL has launched, the latest in a generation of programmable controllers THE pCO5, that brings a uniquely powerful combination of features and efficiency to the HVAC OEM sector.  The technology, which represents a leap forward in PLC technology, is the result of the company’s continued heavy investment in research and development conducted in partnership with manufacturers.

Unlike manufacturers of controllers that are designed for BMS applications, CAREL has 40 years of experience of designing and developing products specifically for HVAC OEM sector. Working closely with manufacturers to improve control algorithms has enabled them to deliver impressive energy efficiency levels.

Developing the product in partnership in this way has led to some specific advantages for the manufacturer. The pCO5+ allows OEMs to incorporate and protect their own Intellectual Property, thus maintaining competitive advantage and protecting their investment in Research and Development.

Not only are CAREL in the perfect position to develop bespoke applications flexible enough to match manufacturers’ specific needs, but their experience has also been distilled into a complete OEM applications library so that a myriad of functions, from the simplest to the most complex, are readily available - tried, tested and ready to use.

The pCO5+ offers superb communications capability and is designed to integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of supervisory and communications systems. It also offers a range of easy to use, intuitive user interfaces that can be branded to the manufacturer, including touchscreen Thin Film Transistor displays.

The pCO5+ offers:

  • Custom design universal Input/Output silicon chip - ASIC* CAREL – Represents a €1million Investment
  • A reduction in the space and electrical wiring
  • Ultracap technology  (Battery module/solenoid valve no longer required for EEV closure)
  • More powerful and distributed control
  • Perfect compatibility with CAREL pCO3 and pCO5 controllers
  • Ongoing training and support from CAREL UK

CAREL is an innovator and leader in environmental control technology, investing around 6.5% of its consolidated turnover into Research and Development activities and employing 18% of its workforce within this function.  This investment continues to deliver substantial efficiency savings, for example, the latest electronically controlled expansion valves deliver 20-30% energy savings over their mechanical counterparts.

Jesse Poulton, National Sales Manager – HVAC OEM Division, at CAREL UK says:

“The pCO5+ combines our R&D innovation with years of HVAC OEM specialist experience. The promise of EU seasonal efficiency ratings and the quest for PUE unity in data centres represent a couple of examples of why the HVAC market is under increasing pressure to achieve greater unit efficiency. Working in partnership with CAREL allows manufacturers to benefit from our unique OEM knowledge, service and support, while delivering greater performance and protecting intellectual property.” 

For further information contact CAREL on 0208 391 3540 or visit their website www.careluk.com

ABOUT CAREL

CAREL designs, manufactures and markets high efficiency control solutions and monitoring systems for HVAC/R. With sales offices in 15 countries (Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Russia, South Africa and USA) and Sales partners completing a large commercial network plus production plants around the world (Italy, Brazil, China and USA).

 

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RCS Energy Management has launched Oracle, an innovative new technology platform for refrigeration and building systems management.

Built around the latest ARM processor and designed to operate through a full range of online and onboard interfaces, the Oracle range offers a scaleable, versatile, affordable and highly-configurable system management solution.

Oracle is an open system, capable of supporting communication with countless third party systems and controllers. As well as sitting at the heart of a fully-networked refrigeration or building management system, it can also operate as a completely standalone control solution within non-networked environments.

Oracle provides a data gateway to all 3rd party monitoring bureau systems such as XML, SNMP, web browser and Java interfaces. Analogue inputs and configurable digital I/O allow Oracle to receive signals from a wide range of plant faults, intruder alerts, leak or alarm systems and BMS functions – with each Oracle unit capable of interfacing with as many as 160 devices.

There are two initial units in the Oracle range, the SM2000 and the SM3000.

The SM2000 Web Manager is a browser-enabled system supervisor solution which allows the user to access the full power of the Oracle system through a desktop browser, tablet or smartphone.

The SM3000 offers all the features of the SM2000, including full browser management, but with the addition of an optional 10.1 colour touchscreen user interface.

Both offer a comprehensive feature-set including: scheduler functions for lighting, heating, night setback, load shedding, dual temperature setpoints and sleep modes; automatic management of device parameters; security for system critical parameters; solid-state storage; 20 point monitoring per networked device; configurable alarm strategies; and configurable resolution for data logging.

RCS Commercial Manager Simon Grater said: “The Oracle technology platform has been designed with the aim of achieving advanced monitoring, energy management and data logging functionality within a significantly reduced form factor and at significantly reduced price points.

“As a result we are confident that Oracle sets new standards for the management of refrigeration and building management systems, combining attractive design and ease of use with a powerful feature set.

“Crucially in the current market place, Oracle also forms part of the most effective environmental management solution on the market.

“Features such as ‘pick and mix’ drop-in algorithms deliver effective store-wide energy reduction, while simple integration with the RCS system enables class-leading  refrigerant gas leak detection  and elimination.”

 

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EUROPE:  Mitsubishi Electric has pioneered the world's first aluminium heat exchanger in its new City Multi YLM VRF range.

The new City Multi YLM to be launched across Europe includes a world-first aluminium heat exchanger amongst a number of other improvements, to make the new range more efficient.

The heat exchanger comprises aluminium micro-channel flat tubes in place of conventional copper tubing, that Mitsubishi Electric states delivers 26 per cent more contact with the refrigerant, 17 per cent more with the fins and 30 per cent more piping per area, providing efficient refrigerant distribution.

The new models will be available in the UK from January 2015, with greater evaporating temperature controls, new defrost options, reduced refrigerant charge and an induction-heated compressor to reduce standby power by 50%.

Already available in Japan, the company will officially launch the City Multi YLM VRF at next weeks Chillventa HVACR exhibition in Germany.

 

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USA:  Ritchie Engineering Co., Inc. are about to launch the new Yellow Jacket ManTooth wireless digital pressure/temperature gauge, eliminating the need for conventional gauge manifold sets and hoses.

The ManTooth is available as a single pressure wireless digital P/T gauge with clamp or as a dual pressure unit with a P/T module, tether unit and two temperature probe clamps.

The free downloadable ManTooth RSA app receives live refrigerant pressure and temperature readings from one or more ManTooth PT Modules through a wireless Bluetooth connection, and displays the system’s actual pressures, temperatures, superheat and subcooling in an easy-to-read color format on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

The App converts pressure and temperature readings to your favorite units of measure, corrects for your elevation using GPS, and can be used with any one of 98 refrigerant profiles.

The user can use the App to maintain Service History information about each job location and each piece of equipment and also has a sharing feature which enables Screenshots to be stored by location and equipment, date and time stamped.

It has a range of up to 400ft and includes built-in Schrader ports to easily adjust refrigerant charge. Its rechargeable lithium polymer battery gives up to 10 hours use.

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UK:  Flir Systems has announced the release of its latest TG165 Imaging IR Thermometer that allows you to see invisible heat patterns, measure temperatures, and store images and data.

Built around FLIR's Lepton micro thermal imaging camera core, the TG165's thermal imaging technology provides users the ability to diagnose problems with its built-in spot temperature capability.

Fast and easy to use, the TG165 lets users get right to work with an intuitive point and shoot capability. Its dual rotating lasers visually mark the size and location of what is being measured, while the on-screen crosshair pinpoints the region on the thermal image.

The TG165 is said to bridge the gap between current generation IR thermometers that offer no imaging capability, and FLIR's market-leading thermal cameras.

Here are just some of things the TG165 can do.

  • See and measure overloaded or loose electrical connections
  • Check HVAC vents and temperature operation
  • Check the efficiency of refrigerated display cases
  • Check for drive motor or compressor overheating
  • Check for sources of heat gain or cold air leaks

The TG165 is set to transform one of the most commonly used measurement tools into a discovery device that gives refrigeration and HVAC technicians the capability to solve problems quickly and easily.

The TG165 is priced at an affordable £399 plus VAT and will be available at stockists this month.

For more information on the TG165, visit www.flir.com/tg165

To find out where you can buy the TG165 call 01732 220 011 (UK) or e-mail: flir@flir.com

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR's web site at www.FLIR.com

 

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UK:  Through working in partnership with Sainsbury’s, A-Gas has introduced a new carbon dioxide (R744/CO2) analysis and testing service in a move to improve the monitoring of CO2 refrigeration system performance. Ensuring moisture content and other impurities are kept within the recommended levels should be a key focus for everyone involved in the CO2 supply chain in the food production and supermarket industries.

A-Gas Managing Director John Ormerod said: “Natural refrigerants like CO2 are no different to traditional HFCs when it comes to quality. Ensuring CO2 supermarket systems operate within the strict boundaries of the correct moisture specification improves efficiency, reduces maintenance costs and saves money. During conversations with Sainsbury’s refrigeration technical specialist earlier this year, Sainsbury’s requested A-Gas’ expertise to help deliver a solution that would enable the monitoring of the quality of CO2 in their refrigeration systems and thus ensure reliability is maintained.”

Following successful tests with Sainsbury’s, A-Gas has now extended this analysis service to the rest of the HVAC industry. A-Gas provide customers with a suitably-rated cylinder in which they can supply a liquid sample from the refrigeration system. This is returned to A-Gas where it is tested in their state of the art laboratory and a full quantitative assessment is made. 

Sainsbury’s Head of Refrigeration John Skelton said: “This service enables Sainsbury’s to monitor that the quality of the refrigerant within our refrigeration systems is within the manufacturer’s specification ensuring the reliability and longevity of all components.”

Earlier this year, A-Gas launched a new high specification Carbon Dioxide (R744) refrigerant, eCO2. The refrigerant is produced sustainably from waste sugar beet, is UK-sourced, has excellent thermodynamic properties and is a green alternative to HFC gases like R404A, commonly used in these industries. With a moisture content of 5PPM, A-Gas’ eCO2 sets the CO2 standard for the future and is the driest CO2 available in today’s market. 

About A-Gas

A-Gas is a market leader in the supply of refrigerants within its core territories in the UK, Australia and South Africa, with modern state-of-the-art storage, blending and packaging facilities in Bristol, Melbourne and Cape Town. We are rapidly growing our market share in Asia and the Americas with sales offices in Singapore, China, Thailand and the USA.

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