Articles by Peter Powell

Breaking the Rules

July 2, 2012
The recent announcements about some folks getting caught for illegal HCFC-22 practices raises an interesting question: What impact will this have in producing better servicing procedures to keep enough of the legally obtained refrigerant available for retrofit?


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Making Ammonia Work in More Ways

July 2, 2012
The conversation on ways to make ammonia work in a wider range of refrigeration applications is drawing increasing attention these days. At the most recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) conference in Milwaukee, technical presentations covered its uses in supermarkets, with heat pumps, in absorption refrigeration, and in conjunction with CO2.


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Finding Refrigeration Is Getting Easier — Sometimes

July 2, 2012
The most important thing for me is to go to the trade shows where refrigeration is emphasized. The most recent examples were the Food Marketing Institute’s Food Retail Show in Dallas this past May, and then the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show a few days later in Chicago.


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Contractors Deal with Layoffs

June 18, 2012
Dealing with layoffs in tough economic times can be challenging. Layoffs can’t necessarily be based on seniority, as persons skilled in one aspect of the business can’t easily be shifted to an area out of their expertise. Added to that are the emotional ties that so many company owners in HVACR have with their employees.


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Industrial Refrigeration Expo: Exhibitor Products and Services

June 11, 2012
At the most recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) conference, a focal point was the exhibit hall where more than 100 manufacturers, service providers, and educational organizations provided updated information.


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New IIAR Chairman Spreads Global Message

June 11, 2012
At the recent Industrial Refrigeration Conference & Exhibition, outgoing International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) chairman Adolfo Blasquez noted the global focus of the institute. 


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A Natural Conversation About Refrigerants

June 4, 2012
While HFC refrigerants appear firmly entrenched in the HVACR industry landscape for the foreseeable future, it is interesting to see how so-called “natural” refrigerants such as ammonia, HCs, and CO2 could have an impact.


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Common Links in Industrial Refrigeration

June 4, 2012
What do Dollar General, Dean Foods, Heineken, and Safeway have in common? Read to find out the common link.


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An Olympic Year of Natural Refrigerants

May 28, 2012
The upcoming games of the XXX Olympiad in London are featuring some of the latest state-of-the-art refrigeration and air conditioning equipment as well as the use of one of the oldest refrigerants, namely ammonia, as well as other natural refrigerants such as CO2 and HCs.


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New Directions, Natural Refrigerants for Supermarket Refrigeration

May 28, 2012
I just returned from my biannual visit to the Food Marketing Institute Food Retail Show, called FMI 2012. This is for all things in supermarkets and convenience stores. For me it means the latest in refrigeration equipment and — more and more these days — the refrigerants used in that equipment.


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