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UK:  The revolutionary RCS-Bacharach PGM-IR Portable Refrigerant Leak Detector has been shortlisted by judges at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2014.

The PGM-IR, a joint entry in the awards by RCS Energy Management and partners Murco, has been shortlisted in the Refrigeration Innovation category.

The PGM-IR represents a breakthrough in portable monitor technology for analysing and checking halogen-based refrigerant levels.

In addition to its portability, its advances include the detection and display of actual concentrations in real time.

This means it doesn’t zero out background concentrations, that it’s not looking for changes in concentration and, crucially for many refrigeration applications, that it isn’t disrupted by changes in temperature.

This, combined with highly sensitive 1ppm detection and fast response and clearing times, makes it possible to detect for the first time low level leaks in areas which render traditional leak detection technology ineffective – places such as already contaminated areas, the inside of chiller cabinets, and even outside the store.

RCS Commercial Manager Simon Grater said: “We are delighted that the RAC Cooling Awards judges have recognised the breakthrough nature of the PGM-IR in this way. “Everyone who has used the unit has quickly identified its power and potential – that it can locate for the first time the smallest leaks in the hardest to reach areas, and them prioritise where their leak prevention resources need to be deployed.

“We looking forward to the Awards night in September and fingers crossed that the PGM-IR is as successful in the awards as it is already proving to be in the market!”

For further product information visit: or contact Simon Grater directly on 01635 231600.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 24th September at the London Hilton.

Honeywell Process Solutions has announced availability of the Experion Orion Console, an advanced display technology that brings the plant control room of the future to life by meeting the changing needs of the increasingly mobile plant operator.

The console – which builds on Honeywell’s flagship Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) control platform – features an improved ergonomic design and better displays to simplify control system management, reduce operator fatigue and improve situational awareness.

The Experion Orion Console’s design was based on operator input gleaned from numerous visits to plant control rooms around the world and across industries, in both newer and older plants. The design and capabilities are the result of behaviour observations, as well as insights collected in multiple phases at plants, including process start-ups and during periods of abnormal operations.

“The state of plant control today is like putting operators on a sleepless, 12-hour flight in economy-class seating and then asking them to make a critical decision that impacts their company’s production and employee safety,” said Jason Urso, chief technology officer, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Operators need more than just process data to make a decision like that; they need an environment that helps keep them alert, allows them to move about more freely, and presents information more intuitively. The Experion Orion Console was designed with all of those factors in mind.”

 The console’s features include:

  • A large flexible,Ultra-high definition display, to provide clear status assessments of process operations in a single glance.
  • Customize displays for context-specific process issues
  • Advanced alarm management
  • Pan and zoom capabilities.
  • Limits and targets are directly integrated into overview displays, allowing operation of the process closer to the optimum and allowing operators an increased scope of responsibility across the industrial facility.
  • Touch panel displays enables operators to quickly and accurately respond to changing conditions and prevent situations that could lead to plant incidents and emergencies.

Aside from the actual information, however, the console has a mobile tablet that also reduces operator fatigue by allowing personnel to move about the control room more freely than before. When paired with wireless-enabled mobile technologies, the system also allows operators to view the same displays on hand-held devices in other areas of the plant.

“Plants must be designed and built according to a company’s specific production needs, but the control rooms themselves should be built around the operators’ needs,” Urso said. “If you meet the operators’ needs, they can manage the plant more effectively and at optimum levels, which ultimately impacts plant safety, reliability and efficiency more than anything else.”

For more information on this product, click here

About Honeywell: Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) helps industrial customers around the world operate safe, reliable, efficient, sustainable and more profitable facilities. They offer leading technologies as well as comprehensive lifecycle services.

Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) has developed a complete Building Information Modelling (BIM) support solution for consultants, contractors and designers.

It covers the manufacturer’s full range of SMMSI, SHRMi and Mini SMMSi VRF outdoor units, including flow selector boxes and the full range of indoor units.

The BIM package provides an accurate and easy-to-use digital representation of Toshiba’s air conditioning systems, that can be applied in standard BIM models of new and refurbished buildings, speeding up the design process and helping accurately to predict building performance.

The introduction of BIM is central to aiding companies to fall in line with the government’s four-year strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the UK construction industry.

The aim  is to introduce 3D collaborative BIM to all new construction projects by 2016, with all project data encapsulated in electronic form, speeding up projects, reducing capital costs and helping to cut carbon emissions from buildings by 20 per cent.

David Dunn (inset), general manager of Toshiba UK, says: “We very much support the drive towards BIM-based design, as there are huge gains to be reaped by all concerned. For designers and contractors it speeds up project planning, and enables quick and accurate changes that save time on site.

“For clients and end users, it helps ensure installations are delivered on time and to budget, and provides assurance that design conditions can be achieved for a building. These twin planning and predictive aspects are what makes BIM so powerful.”

Toshiba’s suite of BIM icons, based on the popular Revit platform, can be downloaded from the Business Lounge on the company’s website:

RCS Energy Management has extended its pioneering integrated communication module concept with a new DIN rail mounted controller, the Eden Avanta.

The Avanta is the second in RCS’ Eden range of next-generation controller units for automatic temperature regulation and defrost scheduling in refrigerated display cabinets and coldroom applications.

It follows hot on the heels of the successful launch in 2012 of the Eden Compact, the first all-in-one compact refrigeration controller requiring no additional communication modules, thanks to its on-board RS485, IP or wireless communication support.

The Avanta carries the same on-board communication functions as the Compact, but has been designed to be either DIN rail mounting or screw fixed.

To ensure maximum versatility, the controller offers six changeover relay outputs and a total of seven temperature / analogue inputs as standard. This means that as well as the standard five probe connections (Air On, Air Off, Evaporator In, Evaporator Out and Defrost Termination), a product probe can be connected on the sixth input and the seventh can be configured to accept different input signals such as pressure, humidity or pulses – particularly useful in CO2 applications or where energy monitoring by case is required.

The units are easy to install, to configure and commission, with two part connectors provided as standard for the wiring of all I/O and control options including a front panel, the supervisory system or a dedicated Windows application.

The Avanta is available either with or without an integrated display, the latter for use with RCS’s new Eden Remote Display unit.

Underpinning the entire Eden range is RCS’ proven and unique energy management technology.

Alongside the sophisticated algorithms which ensure efficient and appropriate use of energy-intensive items of refrigeration plant, specific energy saving features include the LSV cycle function which reduces energy at the pack by closing the case inlet valve if it has been sat in the deadband for longer than a pre-set time.

Adaptive control of trim heaters is managed a zero crossing triac module, and additional energy saving features such as night blind monitoring / alarming, setback control and parameter management all become available when the controller is used in conjunction with an RCS supervisory system.

RCS Energy Management Commercial Manager Simon Grater said: “The Avanta takes all of the innovations and advances which have made the Eden Compact so successful and integrates them into a versatile new unit which offers the DIN rail or screw mounting options which customers require.

“Because RCS designs and manufacturers in England, we are able to respond to this kind of feedback very quickly and bring exactly the right control products to market in a matter of months, rather than years.

“Thanks to this responsiveness and attention to precise customer requirements, we believe the Eden range is well-placed to establish itself as the most effective and versatile controller solution in today’s commercial refrigeration market.”

To find out more about RCS Managements range of products or contact them for more information click here

Coca Cola in conjunction with Leo Burnett Columbia have been shortlisted for the Cannes Lions for their innovatively designed Bio Cooler.

The Bio Cooler which aims to bring cold drinks to the world without the use of electricity or batteries is based on a combination of evaporation refrigeration and conventional absorption refrigeration.

According to their submission Leo Burnett and Coca Cola said; we should find the way to get energy to refrigerate the product. We researched about refrigeration technologies which don´t use electric power, we analyzed simple and ancient times techniques on how keep food and beverages fresh. As a conclusion, we decided to combine the evaporation refrigeration principle with a conventional absorption refrigeration system activated just from the sun's energy concentration captured by a parabolic mirror. The design line respects the next brand visibility guidelines and applies a very subtle eco design tone.

Screen Shot - Leo Burnett CommercialScreen Shot - Leo Burnett Commercial

One of the quirky features is that they don't just add water, but also have plants that cool even more through transpiration. The coolerworks by watering the plants that sit on top which creates evaporation inside the machine. Then, a mirror on top converts gas into liquid, making things even cooler inside the dispenser. The result is a cold drink without wasting any electricity to do it, and best of all the technology works better the hotter it gets.

Check out Leo Burnett's prize winning commercial Click here.

Driven by the European Parliaments new F-Gas regulations Verco have launched their latest innovations in refrigeration technology. Verco's Energy Plus includes a re-designed cabinet to improve airflow along with the fitting of LED lighting, and operating on R407F refrigerant.

Verco is initially introducing the low-energy, high-performance Energy Plus as an option for its Kingston and Verwood models and plans to completely phase out the use of R404a, one of the high GWP HFC refrigerants set to banned under the recent F-Gas regulations review.

Verco's development director Mike Nicholls comments "Following extensive testing, R407F has been selected for its combination of zero ODP (ozone depletion potential) and 53% reduction in GWP (global warming potential) compared to R404a."

Energy Plus is already the standard on the Quebec range of glass-door cabinets – including the single-door Q1XL, two-door Q2CC and three-door Q3CC – Verco has turned its attention to the open-chill Kingston and glass-door Verwood models. Already re-engineered to accept the optional Energy Plus and available to order now are the company's range-topping Kingston K250 (2500mm wide), single-door Verwood V1CHM models. These will be closely followed by the 1950mm wide Kingston K195 and two-door Verwood V2CHM models by this summer.

"Customers specifying the Energy Plus option on Verwood models can expect significant energy savings of up to 33% at chill temperature," says Mike.

Looking to the future, Mike says: "It is becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate and satisfy safety requirements where hydrocarbons are used so, while Verco has committed to standardising on the use of non-flammable refrigerants such as R407f in its glass-door cabinets, we will continue to offer the option of R407f or R1270 on open-chill Kingston and Cambridge models."

For more information on Verco and its Energy Plus Click here

About Verco: Founded in 1965. Verco is now a leading supplier of retail refrigeration and one of the largest UK manufacturers of open-chill and glass-door cabinets.

The products that the space agency develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and the NASA publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.

NASA advanced photovoltaic (PV) technology is now being widely used to solar-power refrigerators being used by the United Nations Children's Fund to save lives all over the world today.

After licensing the NASA technology, David Bergeron of SunDanzer Refrigeration Inc, former head of the Advanced Refrigerator Technology Team at Johnson Space Center, sought to apply this PV technology and develop battery-free solar-powered refrigeration units to store life-saving vaccines in off grid rural communities.

It is estimated that nearly two billion people in the world are without access to electricity and battery free solar refrigeration technology has greatly increased availability of essential vaccines and medicines that can be stored in remote regions around the world.

NASA technology has also made its way into a number of other areas such as;

Baseball - The panoramic cameras on the agency's Mars rovers have been translated into devices that capture gorgeous panoramic photographs at Major League Baseball stadiums. High-resolution cameras take 360-degree photos of a stadium during the game, and afterward fans can go online, find themselves in the shot and tag themselves on social media.

Water Bottles - You may be holding material first developed in conjunction with Johnson Space Center, which is in Houston. A new, two-level filtration system originally developed to recycle water on the International Space Station has made its way into commercial application, helping world travellers avoid ingesting nasty bugs such as E. coli and Cryptosporidium.

To find out more about Sundanzer Refrigeration Inc. solar-powered refrigerators click here 

To learn more about NASA's space tech spinoffs, visit:

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UK:  In a first for the UK, A-Gas has launched a new high specification Carbon Dioxide (R744) refrigerant. Known as “eCO2” due to its environmental credentials, this product is produced sustainably from waste sugar beet, is UK-sourced, has excellent thermodynamic properties and sets the standard for those looking for a green alternative to HCFC gases like R22, commonly used in these industries.

The cooling industry has known for several years that R22 is being phased out but under recent amendments to the F-Gas Regulations, HFC refrigerants with a Global-Warming Potential (GWP) of 2500 are on a cap and phase down, with future supply being restricted. Many retrofit refrigerants also fail the F-Gas test, so eCO2 from A-Gas provides a cutting-edge alternative for those looking for a sustainable option.

A-Gas Operations Manager Rob Parker said: “The X Factor for eCO2 is the sustainable way it’s produced. Most CO2 refrigerants are recovered from dirty industrial processes which are far from green in their methods. eCO2 is a by-product of bioethanol production from waste sugar beet – using crops not destined for sugar production. This is a first for A-Gas and the UK market, as a CO2 refrigerant produced from waste sugar beet has never been on sale before on a commercial basis.”

“eCO2 can be used in a range of applications but it is particularly suitable for supermarket refrigerant systems, as its green credentials give it stand out qualities in an industry where reducing the carbon footprint is high on the list of priorities.”

Like traditional refrigerant grade CO2, eCO2 has a low environmental impact with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1. However, with its ultra-low moisture content, eCO2 is certified to exceed refrigeration grade specification – giving it the edge over lower grade Carbon Dioxide. Low moisture content and high purity enable the refrigerant to work more reliably, which in turn extends the life of equipment.

eCO2 is recovered from the natural fermentation of the sugar beet crop. Bioethanol production is a highly integrated and sustainable local operation with the sugar beet crop sourced close to the factory.  The waste beet does not compete with other food sources and, as part of the process, raw carbon dioxide is recovered, so no new CO2 enters the atmosphere.

Rob Parker added: “Increasingly, supermarket chains are thinking of switching to greener refrigerants because they are aware of the phase-out of R22 and the changes under the F-Gas regulations. eCO2 is an attractive option for those who want to keep pace with these developments by choosing the first sustainably-produced CO2 refrigerant.”

eCO2 is available from A-Gas wholesale partners in a range of portable cylinders for standard use and Manifold Packs and Dewar cylinders for larger installations.

About A-Gas

A-Gas is an international group of companies with headquarters in the United Kingdom and trading subsidiaries in the UK, South Africa, Australia, South East Asia, China, Thailand and the Americas.

Their core business focuses on:

Refrigerants used for heat exchange in air conditioning and chilling applications.

Industrial special products including industrial and specialty gases used in a variety of applications.

Environmental services providing full environmental services for the recovery and reclamation of environmentally sensitive products such as HCFCs, HFCs, Halons and associated products.

Performance chemicals such as blowing agents used in the manufacture of insulating foams and chemicals used in the electronics industry.

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: Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has introduced a new rapid response service for plastic valves and actuator packages aimed at installers, skid builders and end users.

It provides dedicated technical support for the selection, quotation and next-day delivery of plastic valve automation and actuation products.

The rapid response service, which sees assembly take place at Valvestock’s Fareham facility, is initially available with GF actuated valve packages although further types of valve will be added in the near future.

Due to their resistance to aggressive chemicals, plastic valves are ideal for use in applications involving contact with acids, alkalis, inorganic and organic media. Compared with traditional metal components, plastic valves are lightweight, quick to install, and easy to modify to meet complex installation requirements.

Heading up the initiative is Adrian Squibb, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industrial market, with particular knowledge of diaphragm valves for use in oil and petrochemicals, power, chemical, waste and water and other process and manufacturing industries.

The company will stock GF automation products as part of its speedy valve service, enabling it to carry out builds from stock and provide rapid turnaround. It will also hold stocks of its own-brand Jet electric actuator, and supply the complimentary Durapipe range with standard lead times.

The new service has helped Valvestock secure a significant order for components for a bio-digester at a Midlands sewage treatment works. The plastic components replace traditional metal solenoid valves that were costly and only available on long lead-times. The plastic valves offered an ideal problem-solving alternative.

The contract includes plastic manual and actuated valves, plus on-site modification of existing valves, spindle extensions and retrofit actuation.

The new plastic valve service compliments Valvestock’s existing metal ball, butterfly, gate, globe and diaphragm valves, plus its Saunders industrial valve range, built by Valvestock from stock under licence.

Marcus Sampson, general manager (inset) of Valvestock, said: “I believe our offering is unique in the market. Valvestock is the only supplier in the UK offering plastic GF valve packages alongside Saunders industrial diaphragm valves, all built from stock and supplied in a 24-hour turnaround time.”

He added: “It gives customers access to rapid solutions to meet pressing replacement needs, particularly in the event of a failure. Depending on the application, down-time costs can be extremely high. With a 24-hour response time, problems can be remedied quickly before costs escalate out of control.”

For further information contact Nicola Toulson, tel: 01925 705435 or email

About Pipe Centre

Pipe Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating, pipe and related products to the commercial and industrial building services industry. With an unrivalled product range, extensive branch network and expert technical support, Pipe Center provides an outstanding service to contractors across the UK. For further information, go

Got an old Air Conditioning system but don't want to fork out for a new one, well Tado may have the product just for you.

Tado has developed a new product called Tado Cooling. The Cooling box sits on the user’s wall and, along with a Smartphone app, provides an interface between the user and their AC unit.

This genius app knows when a user is heading home through location tracking, so that the system can be up and running by the time you walk through the door.

The Tado Cooling unit is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and also performs indoor tracking via Bluetooth Low Energy, iBeacon and light and motion sensors, so it only cools when someone is in the room.



Tado Cooling is compatible with numerous types of AC units:

  • Window
  • Wall-mounted (split)
  • Free-standing

The Tado Cooling box communicates with the unit via infrared, so it will work with nearly all AC units that already work with a remote control.

Using Kickstarter as a way of getting itself out there on a global basis. Tado will compete with products currently on the market such as the connected vent covers from Keen and maybe even with the connected window units from GE’s partnership.

“We know that the U.S. and Asia are the biggest markets, but it’s very difficult to foresee how big the demand will be,” Deilmann said. “Right now the product is working, but before we go into mass production, we want to see what is the demand, how many units we need to build… Kickstarter can do all countries [at once].”

The Cooling box is only $99 as a Kickstarter pledge and it is anticipated it will be $149 retail price.

About Tado: Tado° have been working to optimize energy consumption of buildings and adjusting it to the actual demand of the residents since autumn 2010. To find out more about Tado Click here.