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App Zone: August 26, 2013

August 26, 2013

As technology continues to advance, more and more industry mobile applications are becoming available for smartphones and tablets. These mobile apps can be valuable tools for HVACR customers, contractors, distributors, and manufacturers.

Here at The NEWS, we will be spotlighting several of these mobile apps each month. If you have an app you would like included in the App Zone, please email jenanesi@achrnews.com.

 

ChillMaster P-T Chart

ChillMaster P-T ChartCompany: Parker-Hannifin Corp.

Platform(s): Apple, Android, and BlackBerry mobile devices

Released/Updated: May 2013

Cost: Free

Available for download: Apple iTunes, Google Play Store, and www.parker.com/chillmaster

Description: The Parker Sporlan ChillMaster P-T Chart diagnoses pressure-temperature relationships in refrigeration and air conditioning systems to help service technicians diagnose a system issue quickly. ChillMaster P-T Chart allows for quick conversion by providing essential refrigerant data to mobile devices. Contractors and technicians will enjoy the user-friendly design, precise calculations, and customization options, such as saving regularly used refrigerants and selecting a preferred unit of measurement. The refrigerant data is based on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) refrigerant properties. More than 70 refrigerants (traditional and natural) are featured in the P-T Chart. Extras include a training article, “Using the P-T Card as a Service Tool.”

User quote: “Nice app.” — Henadzi Dudaronak (Google Play review)

 

Copeland X-Ref

Copeland X-RefCompany: Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.

Platform(s): Apple, Android, and BlackBerry mobile devices

Released/Updated: July 2013

Cost: Free

Available for download: Apple iTunes, Google Play Store, BlackBerry App World, and www.EmersonClimate/mobileapps

Description: Copeland X-Ref version 3.0, an updated version of Emerson’s popular mobile application, provides on-the-go access to Emerson’s online compressor cross-reference database for air conditioning products — a tool used by thousands of wholesalers and contractors to get product specifications and determine compatible replacement Copeland brand compressors. In addition to pulling up information using the first three digits of a compressor model number, contractors can now use the new label bar code scanning feature to quickly search Emerson’s online database for replacement product information. The updated Copeland X-Ref mobile app also includes capacitor specifications, model bar code scanning, performance information at two condition points, expanded mechanical and electrical information, enhanced tab layout, and auto fill model recommendations.

Developer quote: “Over the past few years, thousands of HVAC professionals have downloaded and used our mobile apps to make their jobs easier. This cross-reference tool is so important to contractors that we are constantly looking for ways to make it simpler and quicker for them to find the information they need in the field.” — Karl Zellmer, vice president of sales, air conditioning division, Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.

 

Copper Tube Handbook

Copper Tube HandbookCompany: The Copper Development Association (CDA)

Platform(s): Apple iOS (Android version coming later this year)

Released/Updated: June 2013

Cost: Free to the first 10,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada; regularly 99 cents.

Available for download: Apple iTunes and http://bit.ly/14iLOHX

Description: The CDA has converted its popular Copper Tube Handbook into an app that can be downloaded directly onto an iPad or iPhone and carried onto the job site. The app is a valuable resource for anyone working with copper tube and piping systems or seeking access to technical specifications, data, or installation instructions. Also available through the app are several educational how-to videos from the “Do it Proper with Copper,” Series which are produced by CDA and demonstrate various copper-joining techniques, as well as help distinguish the different sizings and designations for copper tube, pipe, and fittings.

Developer quote: “The Copper Tube Handbook has always been one of our ‘best-selling’ free publications. In the past several years, we’ve noticed that a large proportion of the more than 5,000 requested copies are being downloaded from the Web instead of being ordered in the printed version. Now, engineers, installers, and inspectors will be able to carry the handbook with them in their pockets – in one easy-to-use mobile app.” — Andy Kireta Jr., vice president, Copper Development Association

 

meVIEW AR

meVIEW ARCompany: Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division

Platform(s): Apple iPad

Released/Updated: July 2013

Cost: Free

Available for download: Apple iTunes and http://bit.ly/15vTvHN

Description: The app provides homeowners and professionals with an augmented reality vision of a Mitsubishi Electric ductless product positioned within a desired space. Mitsubishi Electric designed the tool to make it easier than ever to showcase and sell ductless cooling and heating systems. The meVIEW AR allows the contractor to show a homeowner a model of a Mitsubishi Electric indoor or outdoor unit in the actual space through the iPad camera. The meVIEW AR app has evolved from the original meVIEW app launched in 2011, which allowed users to take photographs and insert product models into the frame.

Developer quote: “The meVIEW app is our solution to one of the most common questions we hear from potential customers: ‘What will a ductless system look like in my room?’ Purchasing a cooling and heating system is an important decision, and we want our customers to feel comfortable with the aesthetics. The meVIEW AR app creates a visual addressing uncertainty about appearance and helps contractors with their sales process.” — Gabriel Weiss, interactive and emerging technologies manager, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division

 

RSI Service App

RSI Service AppCompany: Refrigeration Solutions Inc.

Platform(s): Apple iOS devices

Released/Updated: July 2013

Cost: Free

Available for download: Apple iTunes and http://bit.ly/13vT9h8

Description: Using this iOS app, customers can use an iPhone to easily place service calls, review service history, receive service messages from RSI, and review their customer contact information, easing the service call-placing process and creating easily accessed records for customers. This is paired with new mobile dispatching resources for our service technicians, providing on-the-go information and tools for our service technicians to interact with customers and ensure information collection is effective and fast.

Developer quote: “RSI’s mission is to continue to be the premier provider of commercial and industrial refrigeration service and equipment. We pride ourselves in our professionalism and our ability to get the job done right the first time.” — Luke Miller, Refrigeration Solutions Inc.

 

Steam News Magazine

Steam News MagazineCompany: Spirax Sarco Inc.

Platform(s): Apple, Android, and BlackBerry mobile devices

Released/Updated: June 2013

Cost: $1.99

Available for download: Apple iTunes and www.spiraxsarco.com/us

Description: Each issue is now fully downloadable to an iPad or iPhone, so plant managers, facility and operation professionals, and engineers have the opportunity to read all of its content at home or on the go. The app enables readers to search not only the latest issue, but previous archived issues going back to when the magazine was first introduced in March 2011. The app’s navigation feature offers its subscribers a new level of visual interaction by allowing subscribers to instantly find relevant articles quickly and efficiently. In the future, each article will have the ability to be shared via a number of social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and email.

Developer quote: “We have been methodically and strategically finding new ways to satiate the appetite for our content on new platforms. The app features full interactive capabilities, distinctive features, and a unique design that sets a new bar within the industry.” — Tracy Britt, marketing communications coordinator, Spirax Sarco Inc.

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