Articles by Peter Powell

SAM Continues to Change

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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
By Peter Powell
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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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Predicting the Future of R-22 Reclamation

Company Leaders Comment on Reclamation’s Next Five Years
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To see where the sector is headed over the next five years, The NEWS collected comments from numerous companies involved in reclamation services. Here, in alphabetical order by company, is a collection of the responses.


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Refrigeration Technologies Company Has New President

GEA Continues Focus on Industrial Freezers
By Peter Powell
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It is appropriate to keep an eye on developments in industrial refrigeration in Europe. For one, new technologies, especially as related to refrigerants, often are first tried in Europe. Second, the industrial refrigeration sector using ammonia has strongly aligned itself with supporters of other non-f-gas refrigerants.


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Transport Refrigeration Inspiration

Small Scale Reminds Us of Large Significance
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This month’s Point of View topic is transport refrigeration. The inspiration was seeing the train cars pictured in this story. I noted there was a car related to ice service and another was labeled “refrigerator and ventilated fruit car.”


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R-22: Get it While it Lasts

Considering the Next Phase of R-22 — Beyond the Phaseout
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With all the talk about the phaseout of R-22 — with its huge range of air conditioning and refrigeration applications — one thing that seems to be often overlooked is that the refrigerant is not going away any time soon.


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Refrigerants Take to the Floor

AHR Expo Abuzz With HCFC, HFC, and CO2 Talk
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Refrigerants are all the talk these days in refrigeration. That was evident at the 66th International AHR Expo in New York City.


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The Latest in Ice Dispensers and Refrigerant Canisters

Refrigeration Makes Technology Advances
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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
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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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