Articles by Peter Powell

R-22: How Much Will Be Available This Summer?

Right now, contractors and technicians probably aren’t consumed by the question of how much R-22 they'll be able to get when things start heating up this summer. But for many of them, the question is probably in the back of their minds. R-22 is a refrigerant due for eventual phaseout. According to EPA regulations, production has to be reduced by 35 percent beginning in 2004.
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Emerson Fine-Tunes Its Brand Strategy

The familiar Copeland and Alco brand names are undergoing a bit of fine-tuning to more closely identify those businesses with their parent company, Emerson.
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Cafes Can Be Cash Cows For Contractors

Refrigeration and A/C contractors seeking a growth sector in which to offer services may want to look at the wide range of restaurants they pass by most every day.
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Seminars Designed To Challenge Technicians

In a meeting room in a suburban Chicago hotel, some 55 technicians were involved in an important endeavor: gaining a better understanding of supermarkets’ mechanical refrigeration systems.
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Antibacterial System’s In The Fridge

A natural silver-based antibacterial substance that goes by the brand name AgION™ has been making inroads into the refrigeration market.
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Rapid Growth For A/C In Asia And Europe

The United States may be the biggest user of air conditioning, but the fastest growth is coming from East Asia and southern Europe.
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Split Systems Get High-Tech Add-Ons

Air conditioning in Europe usually means split systems. The technology has been moving to a larger scale, using sophisticated components for operation and monitoring.
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Still Going Strong At The Century Mark

Back in the early days of the 20th century, folks with sheet metal or heating needs could go to the phone and just dial 235 to reach the John Maier Co.
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Europe Looks To CO2, Shaved Ice, Scrolls

For state-siders who want to take some readings from Europe, here are some of the latest developments from the most recent International Trade Fair for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation (in German, Internationale Facfhmesse Kalte, Klima, Luftung, or IKK).
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The Message Behind The Call

I received a phone call a while ago from an individual who wanted to do some work on a malfunctioning domestic refrigerator and was seeking my help as editor of The Hotline, which answers service-related questions.
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