Freezers & Coolers

2014 AHR Expo: Refrigeration + Ice Machines

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The NEWS was very busy at the AHR Expo in New York City, visiting as many booths as possible in search of new products. Below is a comprehensive list of all the refrigeration and ice machine products we found on the show floor.


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EPA Tightens Energy Star Standards

New Specifications Take Effect Oct. 1
By Peter Powell
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published what it described as “The Final Draft Version 3.0” which deals with product specifications for Energy Star-qualified commercial refrigerators and freezers. The standards will take effect Oct. 1, 2014.


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Closing an Open Case

Store Reduces Power Costs with Refrigeration Retrofit
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Ever since opening its first stores in the Western U.S. in 2007, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. has placed a focus on being a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability within the food retail industry. 


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Changes to Compressors, Detectors, Freezers

Developments Reflect Changes in Refrigeration Technologies
By Peter Powell
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The constant change in refrigeration technologies is reflected in recent developments in compressors, leak detectors, and absorption freezers.


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Sept. 11, 2013: DOE Issues Notice of Rulemaking and Public Meeting on Walk-In Cooler/Freezer Efficiency Standards

Public Meeting/Webinar Is Set for October
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. A public meeting has also been scheduled for October.


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Efficiency and Volume Top Walk-In Wish Lists

Noise, Cost in High Demand for Restaurant Owners
By Peter Powell
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In restaurants, those large, walk-in refrigerators and freezers need to be energy efficient to help maintain sometimes thin profit margins. And they need to run quietly so as not to disturb customers who may find themselves seated close to the kitchen. 


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Refrigeration Innovations Earn Applause

Freezers, Cooler Components Earn Top Awards at National Restaurant Association Show
By Peter Powell
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It certainly appears that impartial judges have taken a liking to the practical HVACR components frequently added on to freezers and coolers, which help the units run efficiently and accurately.


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Research and New Products Guiding Food Service Sector

Examining Efficiency, Effectiveness of Familiar Equipment
By Peter Powell
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Two manufacturers recently released literature guiding food service decision makers to helpful data regarding the purchase of commercial-grade refrigerators and self-contained condenser coil cleaning units. 


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KE2 Therm Solutions Inc.: Freezer and Cooler Evaporator Controller

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Designed for walk-in coolers, freezers, and refrigerated warehouses, the KE2 Evaporator Efficiency controller (KE2 Evap) is unique not only for its approach to energy-saving defrost control, but also the benefit it provides in reducing or eliminating ice buildup in freezers, claimed the company.


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New Technologies Amidst Refrigerant Talk

By Peter Powell
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As the supermarket industry continues to embrace so-called ‘natural refrigerants,’ manufacturers also continue to seek improvements in energy efficiency with what they hope is easy to use equipment for service technicians. The FMI Food Retail Show was a major showcase for these developments at this year’s show in Dallas.


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