Refrigeration

2013 AHR Expo Product Roundup: Refrigeration + Ice Machines

February 18, 2013

The NEWS staff was very busy at the AHR Expo in Dallas, seeking information on new products. Here is a comprehensive list of the refrigeration and ice machine products we found on the show floor.


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The Professor: Compressor Overheating

February 11, 2013

Compressor overheating is often referred to as the HVACR industry’s most serious field problem.


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Ice Breaker: Hand Tool Safety

February 11, 2013

Many careless injuries are the result of rushing to complete a task and not taking the necessary time to do it right.


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Considering Cascade, Transcritical, Transport, and Heat Pumps

February 11, 2013

CO2 as a refrigerant in cascade supermarket systems, transcritical applications, transport refrigeration, and heat pumps were among major developments in recent years. Here is a summary of those developments.


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EPA Further Tightens the R-22 Spigot

2013 Allocation Reduced to 39 Million Pounds
February 4, 2013
It appears as if the spigot of new R-22 available to HVACR contractors has been tightened even more in 2013. Users of the world’s most popular HCFC could expect close to 30 percent less of new R-22 this year than last, according to some reports.


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Emerson Climate Technologies: Commercial Refrigeration Condensing Unit

January 28, 2013
The Copeland Scroll™ FFAP Series condensing unit utilizes the Copeland Scroll ZSKA refrigeration compressor (1.5 to 5 hp) and is compatible with a variety of refrigerants, including R-404A, R-134a, R-407C, and R-22. It also has a wide operating range (from -30° to 45°F) of evaporator temperatures. 


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KE2 Therm: Undercounter, Walk-in Refrigeration Controller

January 28, 2013
Designed to control refrigeration units, the KE2 Temp + Defrost saves time on installation by eliminating the need for both a time clock and defrost thermostat, the company said, requiring only wires to connect power, solenoid, and temperature sensor. 


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Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration: Refrigeration Monitoring and Controls System

January 21, 2013
An enhanced monitoring and controls system allows restaurants to actively manage their refrigeration using a web-based solution. The Remote Refrigeration Control (RRC) provides real-time reports and alerts, which empowers users to manage the integrity of their food supply from any location.


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Pressure on HFCs Continues in Europe

January 21, 2013
The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the 25 member countries of the European Union (EU) responsible for proposing legislation, is continuing its efforts to phase down — and in some applications phase out — use of HFC refrigerants in much of Europe.


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What Refrigeration Personnel Can Learn From Heat Pumps

January 21, 2013
The refrigerator is actually a heat pump, as the method of operation is identical apart from one difference: Heat is extracted from the refrigerator and discharged into the surroundings, whereas the heat pump uses the thermal energy in the surroundings for heating purposes. 


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