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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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UK:  Resource Data Management has launched a new energy dashboard called Kwheb, which give end users unprecedented information and control over energy usage at individual store, national estate or global level.

The internet-based system draws together data from all energy-using equipment on a network, and presents it in clear graphical form, enabling users to get an immediate at-a-glance view of current energy usage as well as historical trends.

Kwheb harnesses the ability of RDM products to configure and control energy-using plant, while reading a wide range of smart power meters and pulse counters. This gives users the ability progressively to optimise equipment, while seeing the resultant changes in energy burn in real time.

It can focus on any scale of resolution, from a single item of plant, a store, building or factory, up to a national or global estate made up of many thousands of locations.

Once base energy costs have been set, it displays the cost of energy used in a range of currencies, and enables historical comparisons to be made between energy consumption for the current period against the same period last year, last month or last week.

In addition to monitoring electricity use, it can be used to monitor gas consumption, and - where electronically metered - water usage. Stored data can be exported to Excel for further analysis and more detailed reporting.

Andrew Chandler, managing director of RDM, said: “Our new energy dashboard is a very exciting development, but an entirely logical development from our existing control and monitoring products, and builds upon their capabilities. It gives end users a hugely powerful yet very simple-to-use interface, that delivers an immediate snapshot of the energy use in a building or estate.

“It can be used as a high level management tool to monitor and control consumption. A budget can be set for each location, and on-site plant actively managed in order to achieve target expenditure. Predicted overshoot can be addressed in good time, eliminating over-spend and ensuring energy targets are achieved – importantly without compromising the safety of processes or the comfort of building occupants.”

He added: “We believe it is something end users have been dreaming about for a long time.”

RDM is currently working with some major UK end users to roll-out the Energy Dashboard in selected chains and stores across the UK. It is reported to be delivering outstanding results.

For more information, call 0141 810 2828 or Email: sales@resourcedm.com or visit www.resourcedm.com

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.

 

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USA:  Following the unveiling of the new Apple Watch, third-party developers are already set to exploit its ability to control and interact with smart appliances and smarthome technology.

Honeywell is reported to already be working with Apple and developing a version of its Lyric application to control its smart thermostat system.

Speaking to Pocket-lint, the company said that an invisible geofence could be built that would react differently when the smartwatch is within its boundaries.

"Honeywell's Lyric on Apple Watch revolutionises home comfort and savings with innovative temperature adjustments, geofencing control, out of town settings and extreme temperature warnings, all right from your wrist,"

"One example we are excited about is when you leave your assigned geofence, a notification will appear alerting you to an option to set your house to 'Out of Town' mode with a simple tap."

Another great feature is that "you can also get a real-time snapshot of your home system in Glances,"

"The Apple Watch revolutionary user interface and intuitive controls allow us to deliver a whole new level of personalisation and convenience."

The Apple Watch could soon replace a smartphone as the primary control method for smarthome technology.

Honeywell's Lyric system is due for release in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia in the latter half of 2015.

The Apple Watch is set to launch early in 2015. 

Find out more about Honeywell's Lyric application, click here

 

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USA:  Transducers Direct have launched a new Bluetooth-enabled, wireless sensor to enable refrigeration and air conditioning engineers to read refrigerant pressures without gauges. The battery powered TDWLB pressure sensing transducer attaches to Schrader valves of refrigeration or air conditioning systems, allowing engineers to monitor refrigerant pressures from a tablet or smart phone.

The sensor has been developed for home automation, industrial, marine and commercial applications. It uses a patent-pending design and proprietary digital circuitry for high-energy efficiency to provide an 18 to 24 month battery life and redundant sensing.

Its smart phone app (T-Direct TDWLB on iTunes and soon Android) lets the engineer name each sensor one time securely, then program setpoints/alarms for multiple sensors, monitor readings, and graph activity over time – all from a phone, tablet or computer.

The TDWLB is available in two different compensated accuracies of one per cent and 0.25 per cent, with temperature sensing as an option. It is designed for intermittent, rather than dynamic, machine-control applications.

Rob Matthes, Transducers Direct President, said the pressure of any fluid can be monitored from vacuum to 10,000 psi. “It ends the refrigerant leaks that occur when attaching gauges,” The US-made sensor is all digital, eliminating mechanical components, wear parts, analog circuitry and setpoint drift for ultimate reliability and accuracy. It uses a one-piece, precision-machined stainless steel diaphragm and header. This provides 10 times the life of a conventional diaphragm and eliminates all springs, pushrods, micro switches and O-rings. All wetted parts are stainless steel.”

TDWLB Wireless Bluetooth Pressure Transducer HVAC Install - Transducers Direct 

For further details, visit www.transducersdirect.com

    To download the data sheet, click here

    To download the app, click here

    About Transducers Direct: Transducers Direct is an Ohio based privately held transducer, sensor and industrial components manufacturer. The company was founded by sensor business insiders ten years ago. With 20-plus years of industry expertise, they recognized the industry's need for an ultra-convenient, value-oriented channel of pressure products and automation components including free technical product support. 

     

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    UK:  Toshiba Air Conditioning has introduced a new generation of its premium Daiseikai air conditioning systems, which sets a new industry benchmark for performance.

    The advanced inverter-driven Toshiba Daiseikai 8 heat pump is designed to deliver market-leading efficiency and comfort for building occupants, and boasts one of  the lowest noise levels for a commercial air conditioning indoor unit in its class.

    In addition to a triple A+ energy rating (AAA+) for both cooling and heating, the new high wall Daiseikai units have a special quiet mode that enables them to operate down to 20dB(A), equivalent to the ticking of a wrist watch in an otherwise silent room.

    The performance improvements have been made possible by the introduction of several new technologies which work in combination. A new type of vector-controlled power inverter converts electrical current into a smooth sine-curve, enabling more efficient operation of the DC motor driving the air conditioning compressor.

    The twin-rotary compressor works in conjunction with a new design of four-way valve, while a redesigned heat exchanger optimises thermodynamic efficiency in both cooling and heating modes. The arc-shaped heat exchanger is twinned with a large helical-shaped fan to improve air circulation and reduce noise.

    Toshiba Daiseikai’s ability to match both cooling and heating output to very low levels of load also helps boost energy performance. This means output can be precisely controlled to provide only as much cooling and heating as required, significantly reducing energy use at part- and low-load conditions.

    A sophisticated new remote control system gives end users unprecedented control of comfort. Air flows can be controlled in three dimensional space with six pre-set patterns, giving varying horizontal and vertical flows. These include wide sweeps for overall cooling or heating, and focussed options for targeting hot or cool spots in a room.

    Advanced disinfection of air passing through the unit is achieved with the use of a high energy plasma generation system. Fine particulate filters are used as a second barrier to prevent the spread of airborne contaminates.

    As a further hygiene measure, Daiseikai units are equipped with a self-cleaning function which removes moisture condensed on the evaporator coil after the unit has been switched off. In conventional systems, moisture is retained inside an air conditioning unit upon power off, encouraging the growth of bacteria and mould. The Daiseikai system automatically removes any moisture, leaving the unit completely dry when switched off.

    For installers, mains power input levels can be customised on both indoor and outdoor Daiseikai units, giving great flexibility. Maximum pipe length at 25m for the SDSK8 unit, and maximum height difference for the same model, is significantly higher than for the equivalent model of notable competitors, and enables use in a wider range of applications.

    David Dunn, general manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning, says: “There is a big market in the UK for stylish, high performance high-wall-mounted air conditioning that delivers unobtrusive comfort for people at work and at home. People want to be comfortable and productive without it costing the earth, and without being disturbed by irritating noise and vibration or poorly controlled air flows.

    “Toshiba’s new Daiseikai 8 delivers on all these fronts. With its outstanding design, excellent efficiency and near-silent operation, we believe it sets a new standard for premium air conditioning.”

     

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    UK: BITZER’s new CSVW2 compact screw compressor has been specially designed for use with water-cooled liquid chillers in installations with low condensing temperatures. Its mechanism is based on the tried-and-tested CSVH2 compact screw compressor, thus combining proven strengths with new capabilities at low load conditions.

    In order to achieve a high COP for this application, and attain a good ESEER, BITZER has integrated some innovative drive technology. This is particularly important in chillers using water-cooled condensers. The CSVW2 includes a new permanent magnet motor which delivers better efficiency at low speeds and low loads than the CSVH series. As a consequence BITZER has also modified the frequency inverter.

    The CSVW2 has been optimised for water-cooled rather than air-cooled chillers. BITZER has adapted features of the CSVH2 design for these new operating conditions, whilst maintaining its strengths such as durability and a wide application range. The CSVW2 also features automatic operating parameter control and a performance range which can be reduced by up to 16 per cent. It is the same size and weight as the compact CSVH2 and therefore for its class offers the lowest weight and most compact dimensions.

    Further information is available from BITZER UK LIMITED, Advantage One, Third Avenue, Denbigh West, Bletchley, MK1 1DR, tel:  +44 (0) 1908 642966, fax:  +44 (0) 1908 644330, email: sales@bitzeruk.com or downloadable from www.bitzeruk.com

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    USA:  Emerson Climate Technologies has launched a new Copeland™ mobile app that provides access to its Online Product Information (OPI) database for Copeland™ compressors. The new Copeland™ Mobile application provides access to both air conditioning and refrigeration products used in a variety of HVACR applications.

    “Our OPI database has been a valued resource for HVACR professionals for several years. We are now able to offer this information in a mobile app that will provide easy access to more than 30 years of Copeland compressor product information,” said Scott Lanzer, marketing manager - digital services for Emerson Climate Technologies Air Conditioning business. “We didn’t just turn the database into an app. We created a new way to access Copeland compressor product information, including features such as auto-fill model recommendations and a live chat help function that will make the OPI database even more convenient and useful to customers.”

    Features of the free app include:

    • WebApp – Instant updates via Online Product Information database.
    • Full parts, accessories, and bill-of-materials listings.
    • Complete air conditioning and refrigeration compressor model information.
    • Electrical wiring diagrams.
    • Compressor diagnostics.
    • Replacement model cross reference.
    • Metric and imperial units conversion.

    For more information or to download the Copeland Mobile click here or visit our App Store

    Note : this app is only available from the U.S. itunes store

    Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications.

     

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    UK:  Mitsubushi Electric have released a new brochure to highlight the benefits of using a renewable Ecodan air source heat pump in a hybrid situation, alongside an existing oil, gas or LPG boiler.

    The brochure provides details on how hybrid systems can qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and includes information on typical set ups and real-life case studies.

    “Adding an Ecodan to an existing traditional heating system enables homeowners to maximise energy efficiency, comfort levels and reliability”, explains John Kellett, General Manager for the company’s Heating Systems Division. “It offers them the best of both worlds to provide total peace of mind”.

    A hybrid or bivalent system allows the heat pump to deliver the majority of the heating efficiently throughout the year, and call on the traditional boiler to provide the peak output if outdoor conditions fall below a point where heating in this way becomes more cost effective. 

    The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) predicts that by 2030 approximately 26% of the UK’s heating energy output will be met by air source heat pumps alone, and as much as 56% will be met by hybrid systems.

    Mitsubishi Electric has developed the Ecodan range to operate as a hybrid system, allowing homeowners to upgrade their traditional heating system by installing and running a heat pump alongside it.

    The advanced control system inherent in all new Ecodan systems carefully controls which system to operate to maximise efficiency at any time of the year.  Including a heat meter will also enable Ofgem to know exactly how much heat is being produced by the renewable heat pump to help with RHI calculations.

    “Interest in renewable heating continues to grow as the price of oil and gas keeps on rising, so adding Ecodan as a hybrid solution can make a lot of sense, especially when you factor in seven years of regular RHI payments”, adds Kellett.

    To download the brochure, click here. 

    Mitsubishi Electric have also developed an Ecodan Selection Tool mobile app that allows you to calculate saving on energy bills when installing ground or water source heat pumps - what the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will mean for the homeowner and the capital equipment pay back period - To download the Ecodan App - click here. 

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    USA:  Carrier Transicold has launched a new range of remote controls panels for refrigerated transport trailers, said to add convenience and efficiency to operations by placing trailer refrigeration controls in locations more easily accessible for operators. 

    The remote panels have been designed for mounting inside the trailer near the rear doors or for use on trailer exteriors. The flush-mount panels are said to especially useful at distribution centers, where personnel can configure the refrigeration unit control from the loading dock. Surface-mount panels provide similar practicality and are typically mounted near the front of the trailer, providing curbside access for the operator when parked.

    “Remote panels provide the ability to control the refrigeration system from secondary locations that are more convenient for drivers and distribution operations,” said Mark Fragnito, product manager, Carrier Transicold. “The new APX remote panels provide the same control functionality as the main APX control display common to Carrier Transicold’s current X4™ and Vector™ series trailer refrigeration units.”

    Operators are able to view all the refrigeration unit data and settings on the remote panel display, and select preset configurations or perform other functions, such as manually changing temperature settings and toggling between continuous and stop/start modes. 

    Easy to install, the new remote panels incorporate plug-and-play control architecture making installation much simpler and reliable since it requires only four wires. The APX remote panels can be specified as part of new equipment or retrofitted to existing units.

    To learn more about the APX remote panels, click here to download the fact sheet. 

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