Articles by Peter Powell

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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Efficiency, 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. Such was the case at the most recent International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Conference in Nashville, Tenn.


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Obama’s Overtime Order Draws Skepticism

HVACR Associations, Contractors Question Government-Ordered Overtime Pay Expansion
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The motion has left many employers across the labor spectrum, including HVACR contractors, on high alert.


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The EPA and HFCs

Pending Actions Bypass Global Consensus
By Peter Powell
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The industry should start getting comfortable with HCs, CO2, HFOs, and A2L refrigerants, just like a previous generation got used to those newfangled chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).


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Safety, Security Top 2014 IIAR Conference

Industry Experts, Former Astronaut, Homeland Security Official Offer Comments
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The IIAR Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Heavy Equipment Show featured messages from industry experts, a former astronaut, and an official with the Department of Homeland Security.


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DOE Looks at Energy Standards

Refrigeration Equipment Comes Under Review
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Service technicians who work on commercial refrigeration equipment should be aware that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued what it calls the final rule on the “Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment.”


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SAM Continues to Change

Print Version by Request Only
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The Service Applications Manual (SAM) of the RSES has been one of the venerable documents of the HVACR industry. It consisted of two large loose-leaf binders in which were inserted printed training materials prepared by RSES in conjunction with industry experts.


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April 18, 2014: Department of Commerce Looks at Duties on China R-134a Imports

Interim Plan Part of Effort to Control Questionable Refrigerants
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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has joined the ruckus over questions about the importation of HFC-134a refrigerant from China. On April 14 the federal agency released what it calls a “preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination (CVD).”


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Reviewing all Aspects of Recovery Equipment

Old Requirements, New Equipment Dictate Recovery Procedures
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What has changed over the past 25 years or so is the recovery equipment, and the latest generation of such equipment is a considerable improvement over that of the first generation.


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