Articles by Peter Powell

In Search Of Energy Efficiency

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The last swallow of a tasty drink is usually followed a few moments later with one last attempt to get the last few drops out of the glass or cup and into the drinker’s mouth. In some respects, that seems to be what is happening in the supermarket industry when it comes to energy efficiency.
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Controls Designed To Survive A Rough Ride

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Modern supermarkets offer fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood, often from distant locations. Rapid refrigerated transport ends up being an important part of the food delivery equation. Once fresh food products leave the farm or the processing plant, proper temperature control is essential.
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The Global Technician Shortage

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There are not enough young people entering the industry. Technicians need more training. Those that are highly trained aren’t paid enough. And those problems exist overseas as well as in the U.S.
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Convenience Stores Depend On Efficient Equipment

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Once upon a time, small places to buy packaged food and drinks were called neighborhood grocery stores. Eventually chains came along to reinvent neighborhood establishments as convenience stores. Over the years, one constant has been the need for refrigeration.
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Home Cookin’ Is Back In Style, Says FMI

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Contractors who rely on supermarket work as a steady form of income may want to take note of some statistics emerging from that sector. Store owners want to know everything possible about their customers. Each year, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) surveys those buyers to find out what they want. And some of what they want relates directly to the mechanical refrigeration equipment.
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Ice Machines Increase In Quantity, Not Complexity

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Service contractors who install and work on ice machines, freezers, and coolers have some good news: Manufacturers of such products are continuing to produce more models, often to fine-tune their already expansive product lines.
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In Pursuit Of Supermarket Energy Savings

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Smart energy efficiency programs require key players involved with store power consumption (such as those involved with refrigeration and air conditioning, as well as lighting) to “take control of changing energy markets.” That was the thrust of a joint presentation by John Seaburg of Energy & Environmental Services and Scott Moore of Albertson’s Inc., during this year’s Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Expo.
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More Ways To Curb Supermarket Energy Costs

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Supermarkets can’t just be efficient; they have to be superefficient. Proper service, maintenance, and design play key roles. Employees need to buy into energy management plans. That was the theme of the Food Management Institute’s (FMI’s) 23rd Annual Energy & Technical Services Conference.
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Teacher Offers Students Wide Range Of Experiences

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HVAC instructor Bill Matthews is a subscriber to the “more is better” theory, and his commitment to providing a broad range of offerings to his students has helped him earn runner-up status in The News’ third annual HVACR Instructor of the Year contest.
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Compressors, CO2 Systems Put To The Test

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One area in which CO2 is getting an early wave of attention is mobile A/C and transport refrigeration. Researchers from the Thermodynamic Institute in Germany looked at compressors that might work in such applications.
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