Articles by Peter Powell

The Latest in Ice Dispensers and Refrigerant Canisters

Refrigeration Makes Technology Advances

Ice equipment and refrigerant canisters are a couple of the latest developments in refrigeration. Follett 7 Series ice-only dispensers are now Energy Star-qualified. DuPont Refrigerants has introduced a new technology to its Dispos-A-Can® containers.


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Going From Green to Lean?

Looking at Shifting Priorities for Supermarkets

Over the last couple of months, I’ve referenced comments from Terry Parker, president of Merchandising by Design, who spoke on the topic “The Art and Science Behind Compelling Fresh Food Formats” at last fall’s Food Marketing Institute Energy and Store Design Conference.


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Canister Colors Help Identify, Classify HVAC Refrigerants

Labeling Virgin and Reclaimed HVAC Refrigerant Containers by Color Still Only Voluntary

As a contractor, the simple takeaway is to read the label, know your colors, and know your suppliers.  


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Refrigerant Trends Through a Cloudy Crystal Ball

Figuring Out the Shifting Refrigerant Landscape in 2014

Trying to predict what might happen on the refrigerant front in 2014 is as challenging as it has been every year for the past 30 years. 


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More Refrigerants, More Ways to Use Them

Supermarket Sector Still Trying to Track Trends

For new installations, so-called natural refrigerants are Topic No. 1 as the sector wants to get an edge on any possible phase down in production of HFCs.


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The Business of Refrigeration

Refrigerants, Supermarkets, Acquisitions

In the business of refrigeration, there have been recent developments in refrigerant research, supermarket energy-efficiency improvements, and the acquisition of a commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturer.


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EPA Tightens Energy Star Standards

New Specifications Take Effect Oct. 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published what it described as “The Final Draft Version 3.0” which deals with product specifications for Energy Star-qualified commercial refrigerators and freezers. The standards will take effect Oct. 1, 2014.


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Refrigeration Equipment Simplicity Might Be the Way to Go

A Consultant Looks at Drawing in and Retaining Refrigeration Techs

Here’s a sobering thought for you: The average age of a refrigeration service technician that works on supermarket equipment is greater than 55. That’s according to Terry Roberts, president of Merchandising by Design. Her question was, “Who’s going to maintain these stores” after these ‘seniors’ leave the industry?


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Conditioned Air Corp. Incentivizing Success

Bonus Programs, Open Approach Inspire Employee Excellence

When it comes to keeping employees happy, Conditioned Air Corp., Naples, Fla., does it better than most, which is why they are this year's Best Contractor to Work For in the South region.


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The ‘R’ is for Refrigerants, Refrigeration

RSES Conference gets Service Techs up to Speed

The ‘R’ in Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) got its due at the 76th RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa. Topics ranged from the latest trends in refrigerants to the servicing of equipment, from basic components to complex systems using such refrigerants.


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