Articles by Peter Powell

Resolving Formicary Corrosion Concerns

Challenge Being Tackled By New Technologies
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The industry has been coping with this form of coil corrosion for decades and is making strides in the battle against it.


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Practical Solutions to Condensing Challenges

Sports Bar, Hospital Benefit from Technological Innovations
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As technology continues to advance, the industry is emerging with an extensive list of examples on how to successfully install a condensing unit.


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Refrigerants Webinar Updates Contractors

‘Confluence of Initiatives’ Merit Attention
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The nearly hourlong presentation was made by Charlie McCrudden, senior vice president for government relations for ACCA.


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DOE Issues Commercial Refrigeration Standards

Refrigeration Equipment Comes Under Review
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For service technicians and contractors, the key is to be aware of next-generation equipment coming down the road, any differing servicing techniques that might be required, and the fact that like-for-like equipment may not be easily changed out, even if a customer requests it. 


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Efficiency and Cost Concerns Drive Refrigeration Innovations

Technical Papers Examine New Ways to Work with Familiar Refrigerant
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When hundreds of ammonia refrigeration engineers, manufacturers, contractors, and end users gather in one place, technical talk is sure to follow.


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The Business of Refrigeration Is Global in Nature

Refrigerants, Carbon Credits, GreenChill Draw Interest
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Beyond making refrigeration equipment and refrigerant gases, manufacturers of such products are also involved in developments within the industry that show global sweep. Here are several recent announcements involving manufacturers familiar to contractors and service technicians.


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Efficiency, Cost Concerns Drive Refrigeration Innovations

Technical Papers Look at New Ways to Work with Familiar Refrigerant
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When hundreds of the top ammonia refrigeration engineers, manufacturers, contractors, and end users gather in one place, technical talk is sure to follow. Such was the case at the most recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Another Ice Machine Adventure

End Users Provide Servicing Challenges
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A while ago I took my wife to a bed and breakfast on a lake. It was an older place, but how they (mis-)treated one of the ice machines — which itself appeared to be pretty old — was something else.


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R-22’s Murky Run to the End

Timelines, Scenarios Abound
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Well, the adventures of HCFC-22 have certainly gotten interesting. For seemingly forever, we’ve known the final phaseout for the production and importation of R-22 was going to be Dec. 31, 2019. But then the EPA called for a more aggressive reduction, set to end in 2018. Then, some industry folks entered into the fray this year.


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Test Tools Take to the Cloud

Measurement Data Links with Smartphones
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Familiar Fluke test tools have found their way to the cloud. Fluke Connect™ has been developed to allow technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to smartphones for secure storage on FlukeCloud™. The cloud system also allows colleagues access to the same data.


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