The growing importance of the cold chain was highlighted in June as the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) for the first time held its expo as a separate entity co-located with the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI’s) Connect Expo and the United Fresh show.
New Orleans to host FMI Energy and Store Development conference
August 1, 2016
FMI’s 2016 Energy & Store Development conference will be held Sept. 11-14 at the Sheraton New Orleans hotel. The conference offers an opportunity to meet with leaders of the food retail industry to discuss new refrigeration technology, energy efficiency and conservation, as well as refrigeration system and store design.
Through its E360 Forums, Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. offers all links of the HVAC supply chain an opportunity to discuss the future of the commercial refrigeration industry. The latest forum was held Feb. 18 in Atlanta.
Could sponsorship of sporting events be a way to gain the interest of young people and perhaps increase their awareness of the opportunities available to them in the HVACR industry? For example, with college football bowl season approaching, I’m thinking the industry should look into uniting to sponsor a bowl game.
Q-Sync Smart Synchronous Motor designed to provide energy savings in retrofits
November 2, 2015
The Q-Sync Smart Synchronous Motor represents a new class of energy efficient motors that are designed to reduce energy consumption while improving the power quality and reliability of fan motors, according to the manufacturer, QM Power.
We all know the refrigeration industry isn’t an easy one. There’s competition, pressure from customers, challenges finding good people, and much more. At such times, it’s important to not lose sight of how far the refrigeration industry has come.
It’s easy in the HVACR business to get caught up in and maybe even a little overwhelmed by all the technology and regulations and rapid-fire changes — especially in the refrigeration sector. It’s important, however, not to let all the pandemonium make you lose sight of the human side of the business.
If refrigerant migration occurs in a system that has a crankcase heater, the vapor will be forced away from the crankcase and end up in the suction line. This refrigerant may condense in the suction line and cause slugging in the compressor’s cylinders on startup.
Thinking in temperature in-stead of pressure can help make the crossover to a new refrigerant much easier. The next time you’re faced with determining the correct operating evaporator or condensing pressure, think in terms of temperature and then convert it to pressure.