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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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    CANADA:  After announcing in July it had received approval for beta testing of Smartcool's energy efficiency technology with a Florida-based food distribution firm. Smartcool has now released an update on the impact of the Smartcool technology and compressor optimization.

    The Smartcool technology was installed on a refrigerated trailer, which is part of the fleet operated by the food distribution firm.  Data has been collected to determine the amount of savings in the run time of the compressor when controlled by the Smartcool system. Over the period it is reported that consistent savings of approximately 20% were achieved.

    As the compressor of refrigerated transport is driven by an independent diesel engine with its own supply source, the next phase of testing will see a calibration flow meter installed to measure the supply and return flow rates of the diesel throughout the system. This measurement is required to determine fuel consumption with and without Smartcool technology optimizing compressor efficiency.  As data is collected, the gallon per hour savings will determine what the economic metrics for this new energy saving initiative within the industry.

    The American Trucking Association statistics indicate that the industry as a whole consumes 52.3 billion gallons of fuel annually. With 70% of that being diesel or $142.7 billion in cost to operators.  Fuel is one of the largest expenses for the industry.  Using refrigerated transport as a subset representing 20% of the industry, the potential savings generated by Smartcool technology is substantial.

    The goal of this phase of testing is to complete a report by mid-spetember which will verify the impact of the Smartcool technology on diesel consumption (gallons per hour saved) within the refrigerated food trailer segment.

    About Smartcool: Smartcool Systems Inc. provides cutting edge energy efficient and energy cost reduction solutions for businesses around the world. The ECO3 and ESM are Smartcool's unique retrofit technologies that reduce the energy consumption of compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems by 15% to 20%, giving customers a return on investment in as little as 12 months.

    To read more about Smartcool, click below. 

    Smartcool | Enters new testing phase for Refrigerated Transportation

    Smartcool technology delivers 18% energy savings in refrigerated reefer market

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    Germany:  Cofely has launched a new chiller as part of the proven Quantum series. The Quantum-G uses sustainable refrigerant R1234ze which has GWP (Global Warming Potential) of less than 1, and provides an output of up to 1.1 megawatts.

    The Quantum-G is based on a compressor concept with oil-free storage and characterised by energy efficiency,  low-noise operation and electromagnetic compatibility. Operators will also benefit from minimal operating and maintenance costs.

    Quantum-G is scheduled for release in Autumn 2014.

    About Cofely Refrigeration: As an integrated refrigeration partner Cofely Refrigeration specialises in economic and energy efficient refrigeration systems. The company has recently expanded its product portfolio to include chillers stint, Spectrum, Marenum and Amonum as well as several new cooling towers. 

     

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    UK:  For over 20 years, Clivet has been providing industrialised heat pump systems that enhance comfort by saving energy and usingrenewable energy sources.

    With ClivetApp Clivet's world is just a click away at any time wherever you are. It provides information on:

    Clivet's innovative solutions based on Heat Pump Technology and specialised according to the various applications.  

    Clivet's systems, which allow to increase compfort in the buildings we use to live in, work and spend our spare time, by saving energy and providing  the best value for the entire lifecycle of the system.

    ClivetApp - a handy tool for everyone: agencies, distributors, investors, designers, architects and installers! It allows the various target partners to easily and quickly find the best suited document for their job.

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    For those who have the password, ClivetAPP also allows to easily browse through its technical documents, ensuring users can quickly look for information and documents and view them, even offline.

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    You can download the Clivet App here

     

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