Refrigerant Management in the Cloud

Polar Technology Shows Approach

Polar Technology has announced that the California supermarket chain Stater Bros. is implementing a cloud-based refrigerant management program called TrakRef.

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Greatest Change Ever?

Does Refrigeration Have Defining Trend?

Here’s an interesting head scratcher for those of you who have been in the refrigeration sector of the HVACR industry for quite some time. Earlier this year, I was at an event called FMI Connect. One of the exhibitors was showing products for secondary and indirect (distributed) systems.

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Danfoss: Ice Machine Service Kit

The TU ice machine service kit enables contractors to prepare for thermostatic expansion valve repairs in an ice machine. 

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Nov. 13, 2014: ITC Rules That Imports of R-134a from China Do Not Harm US Industry

Mexichem, a global specialty chemicals company that produces refrigerant gases, announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that imports of R-134a refrigerant from China do not harm United States industry. This ruling, however, runs counter to a U.S. Department of Commerce proposed final resolution.

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Nov. 12, 2014: Azane Introduces Low-Charge Ammonia Packaged Freezer

Azanefreezer Designed as a Natural Refrigerant Replacement for R-22 Systems

Azane Inc., the United States subsidiary of United Kingdom-based Star Refrigeration, has introduced a new low-charge ammonia packaged freezer for the U.S. market.

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Nov. 10, 2014: Demand for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to Reach $36.5 Billion in 2018

Among Developed Nations, Recovering Economic Conditions Will Drive Demand

Global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is forecast to increase 4.7 percent annually through 2018 to $36.5 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based market research firm. Advances will be bolstered in large part by ongoing industrialization efforts in many of the world’s developing countries.

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EPA Finalizes R-22 Phaseout Plan

Final Rule Limits Production to 22 Million Pounds Starting Jan. 1, 2015

Contractors who have found virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 readily available at their local supply houses had best prepare for a drastic drop-off in such supplies very soon.

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The Professor: Eliminating Unwanted System Vapors

The Benefits of Pulling a Vacuum

The main reason for pulling a vacuum on a system is to rid it of unwanted gases, mainly air and water vapor. 

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Ice Breaker: Recording Refrigerant Usage; Observing Regulations

Modern Day Practices of an Aware, Alert Contractor

Today, recovering refrigerant from a system during major repairs is a routine practice for technicians and contractors.

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Oct. 30, 2014: Carrier to Convene Inaugural World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste

Event Is Scheduled for Nov. 20

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than 800 million people worldwide go to bed hungry, while one-third or more of all food produced never reaches consumers due to spoilage and waste. In response to this issue, Carrier has announced its inaugural “World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste.”

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