Welcome to the Refrigeration Showcase, which includes comprehensive coverage of the different types of equipment and controls commonly encountered in the field. From ice machines to reach-ins to controls to components, the Showcase is designed to educate contractors about the new commercial and industrial refrigeration products available so they can help their customers make the right choice for their application.
Figuring out which refrigeration equipment or controls package will work best for an application can be challenging. Larger supermarkets, cold storage facilities, and restaurant chains often have in-house personnel who make this decision, but they still value the input from their local contractors who service their equipment. Smaller regional stores and restaurants typically do not have these in-house resources, so contractors usually have a larger role in recommending equipment solutions.
For both of these situations, the Refrigeration Showcase will help contractors learn which refrigeration unit, component, and/or control will best serve the needs of their customers. Manufacturers have provided detailed information for the Showcase that includes the benefits end users will experience by using their products, as well as how they have made their equipment easier for contractors to install and service.
For food retailers and restaurant owners, their priority is making sure that any new equipment keeps their products safe, fresh, and cold — reliably and efficiently. The products highlighted in the Refrigeration Showcase are designed to do just that.
Keeping tight control of the temperature is extremely important in refrigeration systems. That’s because a temperature swing of just a few degrees in one direction or another can ruin fresh and frozen food items, resulting in high losses for the food retailer or restaurant owner. The right controls can also reduce energy costs, and many of the solutions discussed here offer both temperature control and energy savings.
Product: The Lumity™ supervisory control platform is a next-generation control platform for complete refrigeration and facility management. It provides comprehensive control of critical systems for food retail and foodservice facilities. Designed to deliver maximum scalability and flexibility across a wide range of facility sizes — from large- and small-format grocers to convenience stores, restaurants, and discount retailers — the Lumity supervisory control platform can be adapted to a variety of operational needs and used within multiple capacities.
Details: The Lumity supervisory control platform is designed to streamline facility management and simplify these operational complexities by enabling top-down visibility and robust control of all systems within a network. Smart software serves as the platform’s foundation, delivering an intuitive, user-friendly, and web-accessible experience.
The Lumity supervisory control platform gives users two powerful facility management control device options: the all-new Lumity E3 supervisory control with an integrated touch-screen display, and the Lumity site supervisor with optional mounted display. Both hardware options are fully backward compatible with I/O Net and MultiFlex devices.
Features: This new control platform is flexible enough to be used as a stand-alone refrigeration controller, a BMS, or a site aggregator across multiple system controls. Forward scalability and backward compatibility help ensure that a facility can evolve with ever-changing consumer demands. The Lumity supervisory control platform also provides customers with intuitive navigation, priority actions, fast response, mobile access, and secure data.
Benefits: From HVAC and refrigeration to power monitoring and lighting to scheduling and refrigerant leak detection, the Lumity supervisory control platform is designed to empower users to quickly take decisive actions. Its intuitive, icon-based navigation allows novice end users to immediately leverage the platform’s supervisory control capabilities. Experienced operators and technicians can take a much deeper dive to optimize system performance, perform detailed analyses, and fine-tune facility controls.
Having control over many features allows users to optimize their energy efficiency. With capabilities like utility monitoring, scheduling, and lighting controls, users are able to manage and control energy costs and efficiency on multiple fronts.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Designed as a true drop-in replacement for the industry-standard E2, the E3 controller offers the same familiar form and fit, only with greatly enhanced functionalities. The back of the E3 controller enclosure is designed to fit into existing panels to eliminate the need for new wiring while reducing installation costs and headaches. A completely redesigned device interface features an integrated 10-inch, touch-screen display that provides on-site access to the robust Lumity supervisory control platform software interface. Web-enabled capability supports online remote visibility from a web browser or mobile device while delivering a consistent user experience. Emerson provides regular firmware updates that need to be installed onto the hardware device.
Warranty information: The standard warranty is 24 months, with no extended warranty offered.
Product: The intelliGen™ Refrigeration Controller is designed to deliver unmatched temperature control. It reduces temperature fluctuation, brings the system to optimal temperature faster, and optimizes cooling time through the fan cycling. Additionally, it detects when the system needs defrosting, which automates the defrosting cycles and saves energy costs. That can mean a reduction in energy costs of up to 30%, so the intelliGen Controller can pay for itself in as little as one year. In June 2020, Heatcraft released intelliGen 1.5, which included substantial enhancements to the software. In Q4 2021, Heatcraft will be launching intelliGen 2.0, which is a retrofit kit that allows for the controller to be added to an existing unit cooler and programmed for the specific application.
Details: The intelliGen Refrigeration Controller is a factory-mounted electronic control that provides faster system setup and smarter servicing compared to conventional controls. It offers:
- Quick, simple two-minute system setup;
- Reduced installation, diagnosis, servicing, and downtime;
- Instant notifications of system status locally and remotely; and
- Remote access anywhere, anytime with smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Features: The intelliGen Controller, mounted with an intelliGen Webserver card, can provide energy and operational savings while maintaining product integrity. The intelliGen user interface has an intuitive design to alert operators to any problems.
Benefits: Ensuring consistent temperatures is not only essential to keeping food fresh and safe, but it’s also necessary to prevent costly food loss from spoilage. One of the key benefits of intelliGen is its remote monitoring capabilities. Users can monitor their refrigeration system remotely or locally on any smart device, such as a tablet, phone, or computer. They can receive alerts via the web, BMS, text, or email to notify them of any potential refrigeration system issues. For operators with multiple cooling units in a system, up to eight unit coolers can be chained together and controlled as a single system with just one intelliGen webserver card or BMS integration card.
Service, maintenance, and installation: A colored light bar shows the system status at a glance; a full-text display makes setup and servicing easy. The system can be configured or changed in just seconds by using the front-mounted menu buttons and turn-and-press knob.
Warranty information: Seller warranties the intelliGen Controller parts for a period of three years from the date of original installation or 42 months from the date of shipment by seller, whichever first occurs.
Product: The ArtikControl™ line of controls technologies is designed for use in retrofit applications for walk-in boxes, reach-in displays, and stand-alone commercial refrigeration units. ArtikControl controllers use AI machine learning to take full control of the commercial refrigeration units, and systems can now be controlled using a smart device, such as a phone, tablet, or laptop.
Details: Historically, standard motors running evaporator fans have operated exclusively at full speed, 24/7/365, and continue to do so. ArtikControl controllers fortify walk-in coolers and freezers with robust refrigeration technology that eliminates the need for constant energy consumption. Retrofitted equipment saves energy and money while also reducing wear and tear on the compressor. Similarly, the defrost cycles of traditional systems turn on and run for a set block of time, regardless of whether a defrost is truly needed. ArtikControl relies on two temperature sensors — with one directly inside the refrigeration coil — to accurately determine when and how long to run the defrost cycle.
Features: ArtikControl controllers are a unique cooling solution that are capable of saving companies as much as 80% or more in energy and cost savings.
Benefits: Refrigeration technicians can now monitor users’ commercial refrigeration systems from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The system will send an email or text if there is a problem with the system and remote defrost is accessible. The company also offers a concierge package, which allows the monitoring of refrigeration systems 24/7/365.
In most cases, ArtikControl™ customers enjoy a return on investment of less than two years. Customers with walk-in freezers typically see a return in as little as 13 to 14 months.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Once ArtikControl technologies are installed, the controller will take 60 days to learn the refrigeration systems but will adapt to the changing conditions. The system takes readings every 60 seconds, and the system will send out alarms via text and email should the system have a failure or operate outside the normal temperature set points. The controls offer predictive analysis of the operations of the refrigeration system and will notify if the refrigerant is low or if there are condenser issues, as well as behavioral issues such as leaving the door open too long or power failure. Should ice form on the box, refrigeration technicians can perform a remote defrost from anywhere on their phone or tablet.
Warranty information: Five-year warranty on all equipment installed, and should the client go with the concierge yearly monitoring for 10 years, the warranty will be extended to 10 years.
Product: Sanhua pressure controls are designed for HVAC and refrigeration applications and can be used in retrofits and new construction.
Details: Sanhua offers a low-pressure control, high-pressure control, and dual, as well as automatic reset, manual, or convertible.
Features: Pressure controls feature durable tin bronze bellows and brass connections for longer life and reliability.
Benefits: Low-pressure controls protect the compressor from overheating by shutting off the compressor if there is a flow restriction in the system — like a blocked filter-drier — or if there is a leak in the system causing a loss of refrigerant. It can also switch on the compressor to maintain a pump-down in the event of some refrigerant leaking past the expansion valve. High-pressure controls protect the system from excessive pressures that could rupture tubing or damage the compressor.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The included mounting place facilitates installation, and no regular maintenance is needed. If the user is replacing a single-pole single-throw control with a dual single-pole double-throw, then refer to the installation instructions included in the box on how to wire the switch correctly.
Warranty information: The warranty is 18 months.
Product: Sanhua’s SEC superheat control kit (SEC613-R4 Kit-LPF) works with any refrigeration, air conditioning, or heat pump (when paired with an external check valve) up to 3.1 tons (R-404A), 4.2 tons (R-448A), and 5.3 tons (R-410A). Compatible with all common refrigerants. This kit will be available in the third quarter of 2020 and will work for both retrofit and new construction applications.
Details: This is compatible with all common HCFC, HFC, HFO, and HC refrigerants and blends, more than 25 in total. Connection sizes currently include ¼ by ¼ inch, ¼ by 3/8 inch, and 3/8 by ½ inch. The kit is compatible with all temperature ranges, including low- and medium-temperature refrigeration. The kit includes a superheat controller, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, and valve stator. An assortment of LPF electronic expansion valves (EEVs) can be paired with the kit in order to select the one sized for a particular application. This is a 500-step unipolar stepper motor valve.
Features: The Sanhua LPF EEV is very tight seating and as good as a solenoid valve. The stator is a quick-connect design that allows the user to simply place on top of the valve and rotate 90° into position.
Benefits: Being an EEV, this kit offers an energy efficiency savings of 28% for a typical walk-in cooler compared to a thermostatic expansion valve (TXV), thanks to the precise and constantly held superheat, reducing the amount of time a compressor needs to be on.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Sanhua has created a YouTube video that demonstrates the easy installation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWpGr2N9kUY.
Warranty information: The warranty is 18 months.
Food retailers and restaurants are most concerned with making sure their refrigeration equipment can reliably keep products safe, fresh, and cold and that their ice machines produce the best looking and tasting ice possible. If that equipment can also save energy, that’s an added bonus. These issues are important to contractors as well, but they would also like the refrigeration equipment to be easy to install and service. Addressing all these concerns can be a challenge for manufacturers, but the equipment and components described below are designed to appeal to both end users and those who work on them in the field.
Product: The Montreal 250, Montreal 210, Montreal 185, Kinley 210, and Kinley 250 are designed for indoor retail applications and can be used in both new and remodel projects.
Details: Montreal/Kinley is a combination multi-temperature bunker cabinet with a low temperature overhanging glass door cabinet. These units utilize R-290.
Features: This product has the ability to quickly add multi-temperature merchandising capacity to any retail environment.
Benefits: The Montreal/Kinley combination is a 120 V solution that only requires an electrical connection. No drains or refrigeration piping is required. Models meet DOE 2017 energy requirements, are low GWP, and use high-efficiency compressors and LED lighting.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Montreal is a cold wall, self-contained, plug-and-play system with easy access to compressor with all evaporator and condensate coils foamed in place, which eliminates debris buildup on the coils. Kinley is an overhanging low-temperature cabinet with mechanical equipment on top of the cabinet for easy service access. Kinley requires a forklift or duct lift to raise unit to desired height.
Warranty information: Cases have standard one-year parts and labor warranty.
Product: The MSB3370 and BSB2650 drop-in monoblock cold room solution is designed for all types of applications for retrofit, new construction, and expansion.
Details: Zanotti monoblocks are available in both medium- and low-temperature cold room applications. These units utilize R-290 and are available in both air and water loop heat removal options.
Features: Monoblocks allow for easy addition of cold rooms without the need to connect to remote systems.
Benefits: Immediate cooling and no balancing of the system required. Monoblock ceiling-mount design requires less interior box height, providing additional storage capacity.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Multi-circuit units allow for continued unit operation until service arrives. Few trades needed for installation. Units require four feet of space above walk-in box for installation and service access.
Warranty information: Cases have standard one-year parts and labor warranty.
Product: The AxiEco Protect and AxiEco Perform fan assemblies were specifically designed as a plug-and-play air mover for use in walk-in cooler and freezer applications and can also be used on condenser cooling applications. They can be used in new OEM designs or as field replacements to upgrade systems from an AC to an EC motor.
Details: The AxiEco is a complete fan assembly that includes a fully assembled AC or EC motor, with a balanced blade and guard ready for installation right out of the box. It is compatible with all types of refrigerants and can be used in applications with temperature ranges from -25°C to +60°C.
Features: The completely new impeller design incorporates an integrated diffusor ring and inner diffusor, which prevents ice forming between a blade tip and the inlet ring. The airflow has no backflow, and this helps eliminate icing when the product is used in an evaporator application. AxiEco Protect is supplied with a metal guard, and the AxiEco Perform is equipped with guide blades that provide the swirl in the exhaust airflow, thus reducing dynamic losses to a minimum. The air throw as compared to conventional axial fans is therefore increased noticeably.
Benefits: This complete fan assembly allows for simplified installation at the OEM level when building an evaporator or condenser assembly. These fan assemblies significantly reduce operating noise compared to ebm-papst’s existing HyBlade designs and other traditional air movers. Also, the low overall depth allows for a more compact design in the final assembly. The AxiEco family is available with either a PSC or EC motor that offers higher efficiency. This results in the end user saving money whenever the fan is in operation.
Service, maintenance, and installation: No service of the AxiEco fan assembly is required when it is installed in the field. The unit is delivered as a complete fan assembly allowing for plug-and-play installation.
Warranty information: The standard warranty is one year.
Product: Copeland™ variable-speed reciprocating hermetic compressors and drives (compressor model numbers: ASVF061EU-HE9-241, ASVF061EU-HE9-941, ASVF112EU-HE9-241, ASVF112EU-HE9-941, ASVF151EU-HE9-241, and ASVF151EU) are engineered to address current and future energy efficiency standards and challenges in foodservice, food retail, industrial, and health care industries. They provide improving total cost of ownership (TCO) and customer value. Both can be used in a variety of commercial applications such as: medium- (MT) and low-temperature (LT), stand-alone refrigerators and freezers, including ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, island cases, display cases, ice machines, food prep tables, medical equipment, and process chillers.
Details: These refrigeration compressors have two main components: the Copeland variable-speed reciprocating hermetic compressor, available from 1/8 to 7/8 HP, which features a brushless permanent magnet (PM) motor instead of a standard induction motor, and the Copeland variable-frequency drive, which has a smart controller integrated within it. They use R-290 for 20% efficiency improvements in fixed-capacity compressors (compared to R-404A, per Emerson test labs).
Features: These compressors and drives are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Where fixed-speed drives and compressors cycle on and off to meet refrigeration loads, variable-speed technology allows the compressor to run continuously and modulate its capacity based on demand. These efficiencies can result in faster temperature pull-downs to setpoint temperatures; more precise temperature holding; less wear and tear on system components; and lower energy bills.
Benefits: The wide availability of operating ranges, combined with the breadth of the low-profile Copeland variable-speed reciprocating hermetic compressor line, give system design engineers options to select compressors that deliver optimum energy efficiency for equipment of varying types and sizes. By utilizing R-290 with a low GWP of 3, OEMs can offer their customers a more sustainable refrigeration option that meets some of the most stringent refrigerant and energy-efficiency regulations.
Service, maintenance, and installation: When properly installed, these compressors and drives should not require regular maintenance. The Copeland variable-speed hermetic reciprocating compressor must be installed using the variable-speed drive paired with it.
Warranty information: Standard 24-month warranty or 18-month warranty from the point of installation.
Product: Copeland™ variable-speed scroll compressors (model numbers: ZFW023, ZFW046, ZFW050, ZRV021, ZRV028, ZRV041, ZRV050, ZSV021, ZSV028, ZSV041, ZSV050, ZSHV021, ZSH029, and ZSH046) are designed to cover numerous refrigerated equipment categories, such as: frozen carbonated beverages, milk bulk tanks, and air driers, as well as transportation applications and refrigerated truck and trailer applications. These compressors utilize A1 refrigerants and cover a variety of applications, including extended medium-temperature (MT) applications for reach-in and walk-in equipment; low-temperature (LT) applications with vapor injection for reach-in and walk-in equipment; and high-temperature applications for chillers and other process cooling equipment. Low-profile, horizontal scrolls are approved for A1 and R-290 refrigerants and can be applied in extended MT applications for stand-alone display cases and self-contained packaged systems.
Details: These compressors give OEMs a perfect combination of versatility, performance, and efficiency. The lineup is available in vertical and horizontal configurations. Horizontal scrolls are well-suited for lower-profile applications and can be modulated from ½ to 4 HP. Traditional vertical scrolls can be modulated from ¼ to 6 HP. They are available in R-290 and a variety of HFC refrigerants, including lower-GWP options like R-448A and R-449A.
Features: Paired with advanced Copeland EVM and EVH drives, Copeland variable-speed scroll solutions deliver increased equipment reliability through proactive motor failure prevention; decreased susceptibility to power issues; reduced start/stop events; and full system integration with supervisory control platforms.
Benefits: Reducing energy consumption is a goal shared by many OEMs, and variable-speed compression technology can help them achieve that goal. When combined with lower-GWP refrigerants, variable-speed compression technology also gives OEMs the tools to help their customers comply with ever-increasing environmental regulations. Where fixed-speed compressors cycle on and off to meet refrigeration loads, variable speed technology allows the compressor to run continuously and modulate its capacity based on demand.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Copeland variable speed compressors spin at 7,000 RPM, which is twice the speed of most fixed speed compressors, allowing much more capacity in a smaller embodiment. The smaller footprint allows the variable-speed compressor to fit into most applications more easily.
Warranty information: Warranty is 24 months or 18 months from the point of installation, which is standard to all Copeland compressors.
Product: Everyday Heatcraft Low Profile unit coolers, manufactured under the brands Bohn, Larkin, Climate Control and Chandler, are installed in an extensive range of applications, such as foodservice, food retail, supermarket, industrial cooling, and cold storage. Redesigned to meet new DOE 2020 Annual Walk-in Energy Factor (AWEF) minimum efficiency standards.
Details: These unit coolers are ideal for medium- and low-temperature walk-in cooler and freezer applications and work with R-404A/R-507A, R-448A/R-449A, R407A/R-407F, and R-407C refrigerants. These units come standard with two-speed ECMs on Air Defrost models and single-speed ECMs on Electric Defrost and Hot Gas Defrost models. Each unit includes internally enhanced tubing and fin design for higher efficiency, and the coil heater slots have been enlarged for easier installation and replacement. A variety of optional factory-mounted components are available, including the intelliGen™ Refrigeration Controller, which uses smart technology to quickly diagnose issues, increase product integrity, and reduce energy costs through optimizing defrosts.
Features: Composite molded access panels are constructed of NSF and UL sanitation-rated material, which is damage resistant from drops, dents, and dings. Hinged, removable access panels allow easy access to the unit’s electrical and refrigeration elements. Re-engineered fan guards and easy service motor mounts optimize the unit’s air circulation. Heaters provide uniform defrost capabilities and additional heat for end components.
Benefits: The Low Profile unit cooler product design has evolved to give technicians features that improve ease of installation and servicing. This results in reduced downtime for end-use customers, while potentially allowing more time to service more accounts. For the end user, unit coolers are designed for maximum capacity while occupying a minimum amount of space inside a walk-in cooler or freezer. Heatcraft has incorporated energy-efficient features such as ECMs and optional refrigeration controls to quickly identify if product is at risk.
Service, maintenance, and installation: For easy access to the unit’s electrical and refrigeration elements, the new low-profile cabinet design features hinged, removable access panels. Re-engineered fan guards’ quick-removal assembly combined with easy-service motor mounts make servicing and replacement quick and efficient. The hinged drain pan improves access to service and clean the drain pan and coil. Heaters provide uniform defrost capabilities and additional heat for end components.
Warranty information: Seller warrants to direct purchasers that products, including service parts, shall be of free of defects in material or workmanship, under normal use and service for a period of one year from date of original equipment start-up or 18 months from date of shipment by seller, whichever first occurs.
Product: The Elevation Series modular cuber ice machine is perfect for all commercial applications, even in tight spaces. Introduced in 2018, and with continually expanding modular options, the CIM Series is ideal for both new construction and retrofit applications.
Details: The new Elevation Series machines are easy to clean, operate, and service and are environmentally responsible without sacrificing productivity. Features include:
- Half, full, or grande cube;
- Width sizing options of 22, 30, or 48 inches;
- Production from 300 to 2,000 pounds in a 24-hour period;
- Competitively priced;
- Air, remote, and water-cooled units available;
- Exclusive dual exhaust on air-cooled units;
- One-touch 50 minutes sanitize and descale; and
- Complete range of bin and dispenser options available to suit every need.
Features: Sanitation is easy, as unique plastic BPA-free food zone parts snap in and out and are dishwasher safe. No bottle brushes are required for the water distribution tube, which is easily removed and disassembled for cleaning and is dishwasher safe. Poka-yoke design renders assembly effortless. Dual exhaust technology allows hot-air discharge from the side or the top of every unit, allowing for flexibility in tight spaces. The CIM Series retains commonality across the entire line, from float assembly to control board.
Benefits: The Elevation Series dual exhaust allows for extraordinary flexibility when arranging the machine amongst other restaurant equipment. An extremely versatile line of bin and dispenser adapter kits, pre-charged line sets for remote units, and easy-to-operate machine controls all work to make installation a breeze.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The new mobile app is an all-in-one resource for Ice-O-Matic ice machine documents, troubleshooting, and general information, which assists in diagnostic and warranty support. Serviceability features include:
- Forward-facing evaporator for simple maintenance;
- Disassembly and access to food zone, float assembly, pump, and all machine internals with two screws;
- Unique Molex connections cannot be improperly connected;
- Smart Harness™ control board, universal components, and digital diagnostics make servicing easy;
- One touch, one hour sanitize and descale; and
- LEDs signal when cleaning is recommended.
The Elevation Series ships in either 115- or 230-line voltage power options. In addition, a simple water line with a minimum of 20 psi and a drain line are all that is needed to get a machine up and running. Recommended 6 inches of clearance on either the top or right side of air-cooled machines for heat dispersion.
Warranty information: CIM Series cubers come standard with three-year parts and labor and five-year parts on evaporators and compressors. This warranty can be upgraded to seven-year parts and labor on evaporators with the IOM filter program (USA and Canada only). Includes remote condensers.
Product: The ZS Series horizontal scroll compressors are suitable for self-contained refrigerated display cases, equipment, and low-profile remote condensing units in a range of applications including gas stations and convenience stores, food retail, pharmacy, walk-in cold rooms, outdoor condensing unit mini racks and packs, and transportation. An R-290 compatible offering was recently introduced.
Details: These compressors are suitable for use in medium- and low-temperature commercial refrigeration applications and range in cooling capacity from ½ to 1½ HP . The low-profile design (less than 9 inches in height) makes them ideal for use in self-contained refrigerated display cases and reach-ins where machine compartments can be reduced, accommodating more space for refrigerated goods.
Features: The innovative scroll compressor design generates lower dBA for a more pleasant environment. Lower compression torque and discharge pulse minimize cabinet vibration and pulsations, reducing the potential for damage to piping and other system components. High efficiency is achieved through the high-side pressure design with direct suction, which delivers less compression loss and improved volumetric efficiency. The low-profile compact footprint and lightweight design allow for a smaller equipment machine compartment. As charge limits related to hydrocarbon refrigerants increase, Hitachi ZS series horizontal scroll compressors are designed to deliver higher cooling capacities.
Benefits: As the demand for self-contained refrigerated equipment increases, OEMs are turning to low profile, horizontally oriented compressors to fit smaller machine compartments. In many cases, OEMs can use one ZS Series horizontal scroll compressor instead of two reciprocating compressors to meet the required capacity and energy efficiency. This reduces applied costs and energy consumption while providing more space for refrigerated goods.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The high-side pressure design eliminates the need for a thrust bearing and tip seals, reducing friction and improving alignment of the scroll set. This results in reduced wear plus improved oil circulation rates and the elimination of oil foaming.
Warranty information: The ZS series horizontal scroll compressor comes with an 18-month warranty.
Product: Packaged Refrigeration Systems include thru-the-wall units, thru-the-door units, rooftop units, medical chillers, process chillers, winery chillers, hydro coolers, and blast freezers.
Details: Packaged units are just like overgrown window-type air conditioners.
Features: These packaged units are plug-and-play, so no site assembly is required. Features include PLC controls, dehumidification mode, BACnet or MODBUS communication, and UV light purification. Compared to conventional systems, packaged units consume less energy and use less refrigerant.
Benefits: The free cooling option is extremely beneficial in colder climate regions. Once the ambient temperature drops below the room set point, the controller shuts the compressors off and opens the built-in economizers to let in the cold ambient air.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Units offer very simple installation, as all that is needed is an opening in the exterior wall, where the unit fits within. Once electrically connected, they are ready to cool.
Warranty information: One-year warranty. Extended warranties available.
Product: Minus Forty glass door merchandisers are available as coolers and freezers. They are commonly used in retail locations where visual presentation of the product is essential to sales.
Details: Minus Forty coolers and freezers utilize R-290, and the freezers are capable of freezing to temperatures of -20°F.
Features: The self-cleaning condenser reduces maintenance and improves the overall performance of these glass door merchandisers. Only top quality components are utilized to deliver these coolers and freezers.
Benefits: By utilizing R-290, these cabinets use up to 50% less energy than previous models.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The under-cabinet refrigeration system is housed in an area that offers ample working area for service. Routine cleaning of the interior and exterior is recommended, as are annual inspections of the condenser area.
Warranty information: All coolers and freezers carry a one-year warranty on all parts and labor. An additional four-year warranty is offered on the compressor (parts only).
Product: The Embraco NJX6250GK is a medium-temperature compressor designed for applications that require an extended cooling capacity, such as walk-in coolers, food retail applications, and larger ice makers. The compressor is intended for use with new OEM applications and can be applied as a replacement for some two-cylinder hermetic compressor applications.
Details: This compressor is a new and extended generation of the NJ Series, reaching up to 2 HP on a single cylinder compressor. This capacity extension (to 2 HP) is an improvement of up to 50% in comparison to the current solutions available in the market. Available in the U.S. for R-404A and low-GWP transitory refrigerant options, such as R-448A and R-449A. It is a fixed-speed hermetic reciprocating compressor and is 10.9 inches tall.
Features: The new generation model of the NJ family comes with 38cc displacement, stretching cooling capacity above 2 HP for medium-temperature applications. This product offers high efficiency, low noise, and robustness and reliability with a compact and competitive design.
Benefits: For the end user, this compressor brings more capacity to the application in a smaller compressor frame.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The smaller frame allows for more service room in the equipment, facilitating routine maintenance, service checks, and electrical component replacements made by the technicians. Like all other reciprocating compressors, keeping the system in top condition ensures the best performance and efficiency. This means making sure the evaporator and condenser coils are clean and the fans functioning properly. Make sure that all electrical connections are tight, and check line and start-up voltages during service. Check the amp draw on the compressor and fan motors to be sure they are working within the manufacturer specifications. If the system has pressure ports, superheat or subcooling can be used to verify the correct refrigerant charge, being careful to return as much of the charge back to the system as possible. Gauges mounted to service taps without a hose can also be used to be sure the charge is not affected.
Warranty information: Manufacturer did not specify.
Product: Embraco second generation condensing units (CDUs) are designed for use in low- and medium-temperature applications ranging from 1/10 to 1½ HP. These condensing units are suitable for multiple applications in food retail and foodservice, such as reach-ins, under counters, prep tables, merchandisers, beverage coolers, horizontal freezers, supermarket islands, and display cases.
Details: The new portfolio of CDUs was designed with the new generation of fixed-speed Embraco compressors and operate with R-404A, R-448A, R-449A, R-134a, or R-513a. The company offers three different options of features packages, giving the benefit of the choice for the customers to select the level of attributes they want to include in their unit: Bare, Plus, and Ultimate. There is also a low profile option, called Ultimate Compact, designed for applications with height restrictions aiming to maximize the case display area.
Features: The CDU portfolio comes with Embraco new generation compressors, FFU, NEU, and NTU platforms, recognized for their high energy efficiency, performance, and reliability. The NEU and NTU families increase the energy efficiency by up to 5% to 10% compared to previous families. Improved quality and robustness features include painted coils, condenser coil protection, and robust packaging. CDUs also feature factory-charged nitrogen holding and are designed for 110°F ambient temperature.
Benefits: For the end users, the main gains are energy savings from the high-efficiency compressors and added robustness and serviceability, leading to significantly reduced down times. The units were designed specifically for the American market and are compliant with all UL requirements. This portfolio was developed in close partnership with regional experts to ensure that the various needs of different industry segments are addressed.
Service, maintenance, and installation: This new line is easily serviceable and reliable and will allow contractors to help their customers have more choices when fine tuning the unit to their needs, as well as to provide cost savings in most cases. Another benefit is the ability to change the whole condensing unit instead of just the compressor, adding value for the equipment owner by way of a higher quality repair that should buy additional service life and avoid callbacks. These condensing units’ components were chosen to be easily serviced, using parts readily available in the market and standard electrical connections. The portfolio comes with a condenser U-bend protection that avoids any damages to the units during transportation, as well as prevents dirt and grease from accumulating in the condenser and compromising heat exchange.
Warranty information: Manufacturer did not specify.
Product: The small and compact design of Sporlan’s Type NX thermostatic expansion valves (TXVs) makes this product ideal for foodservice and food retail applications such as display cases, ice machines, frozen drink dispensers, and commercial kitchen refrigerators and freezers.
Details: Sporlan constructed the NX valve with a single, balance-ported pushrod designed to help flush out any solid debris build-up. The bleed port feature allows the system refrigerant to bypass the pin and port. System designers can utilize this feature to alter system performance for a variety of reasons. Bleed port options are available upon special request. In the past, Sporlan assigned a letter code to each refrigerant, but Type NX valve models have been consolidated by refrigerant groups to simplify product application. The NX valve works with all common HCFC, HFC, HFO refrigerants and their blends, along with R-290.
Features: Features include long-lasting and durable stainless steel diaphragm and weld design; single-pushrod balanced port construction; unique design to minimize solid debris build-up; internal or external equalizer; easily adjustable superheat setting; and high-strength silver soldered joints with solid copper connections.
Benefits: Type NX valves are built with a stainless steel capillary tube laser welded to the sensing bulb and element housing to withstand the bending during installation and improve endurance to vibrations while in service. The forged brass NX valve body is available with a straight-through flow configuration and ODF (sweat) copper connections. The valve can be supplied with either an internal or external equalizer and features a field adjustable superheat stem. Valves with fittings in metric sizes are available upon special request.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Standard static superheat settings vary based on the system refrigerant selected, but the valves are set to approximately 4°F static superheat based on the newer refrigerants such as R-448A. Special settings are available upon request. The seal cap utilizes a mechanical knife-edge seal. Sporlan offers two optional inlet strainers for use with NX valves: an insert strainer and an integral strainer. The insert type strainer is placed into the inlet fitting prior to brazing and can only be serviced by disconnecting the liquid line. The integral strainer, a feature of the SNX(E), is serviceable and allows the strainer to be removed without disconnecting the valve from the liquid line.
Warranty information: Manufacturer did not specify.
Product: ZoomLock® MAX brand press-to-connect refrigerant fittings are a next-generation flame-free press fitting designed for the refrigeration and air conditioning (including VRF and VRV) markets. It allows contractors to make secure leak-free connections in seconds, which means less time on the job and more money in the contractor’s pocket.
Details: These press fittings can be used with a wide variety of refrigerants, and they come in hermetically sealed packaging, so that the hard, robust copper fittings are debris-free and ready for installation, assuring the contractor of a clean system. Couplings, elbows, tees, flares, and more are available in the following sizes ¼, 3/8, ½, 5/8, ¾, 7/8, 1, and 11/8 inch. The engineering team extensively tests the ZoomLock MAX fittings for the quality assurance contractors expect from Parker Sporlan.
Features: ZoomLock MAX fittings provide clean, leak-proof connections for refrigerant lines up to 700 psi that can be completed in seconds. ZoomLock MAX also works with the tool contractors already use. Jaws are available for most professional crimping tool brands, both large and compact. By eliminating concerns about gas and flames, these fittings offer more flexibility in where and when contractors can work, plus there’s no need to nitrogen-purge the lines.
Benefits: Press-to-connect fittings were developed over 20 years ago for the plumbing industry and were quickly adopted in the HVACR industry, due to the significant time savings, repeatability, and simplicity of installation. ZoomLock MAX provides a clean, leak-proof connection for refrigerant lines using the same technique.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Preparing the pipe in four easy steps for crimping is necessary for a successful and easy installation. The steps start with cutting the tubing to length, then deburring and removing all external sharp edges. Use a pencil-type deburring tool on the internal edges. Then, clean the tube end thoroughly using a general-purpose hand pad or sand cloth in a rotating motion. Once the piping is prepped, check for the piping for defects, ensure the o-ring is seated, mark the insertion depth with the depth gauge, insert the tube fully into the fitting, align the jaws squarely on the fitting, complete the joint with the approved tool, and press. Mark the completed joint. Follow the directions to ensure safety.
Warranty information: Following the tube preparation and installation instructions ensures a leak-free and safe installation. Watching a video and taking a quiz is required for the 10-year warranty.
Product: The Rivacold SF Monoblock Unit R-290 water-cooled line is designed to be used on walk-in coolers and freezers. The system has been installed in the USA since 2019. Due to the use of R-290 and the design, the unit can only be used in new construction/walk-in panels.
Details: The SF is a rooftop package unit that uses R-290 and water-cooled solution that when combined, brings lower energy consumption compared with current R-404A solutions. The medium back pressure (MBP) system operates at 23°F to 50°F and has a capacity range of 4,200 to 14,500 Btuh, and the low back pressure (LBP) system operates at -13°F to 5°F and has a capacity range of 3,800 to 13,000 Btuh.
Features: The SF line is a remote management, multi-compressor system, which allows the system to be within the 150-gram refrigerant limit. It also features high-efficiency fan motors and a design that guarantees uniform airflow throughout the room.
Benefits: This unit offers the end user a low-GWP solution that also brings down the energy consumption, making the SF R-290 Monoblock the perfect solution for any food retail, convenience store, drug store, etc.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The SF and WL models offer the ability to install the packaged unit on the ceiling, placing the evaporator in the center of the cold room with a better use of the internal volume. This water condensation range, due to its constant water ﬂow operation, ensures extremely easy maintenance and maximum ﬂexibility in modiﬁcations to the general refrigeration plant.
Warranty information: Three-year warranty. Extended warranty not available.
Product: The UC2024MA-1 compact undercounter cube unit is perfect for tight installs in cocktail bars, juice bars, coffee shops, cafés, break rooms, health clubs, spas, etc.
Details: Launched in March 2020, this 24-inch wide undercounter cube ice machine produces up to 227 pounds per 24 hours, with a storage capacity of 80 pounds. This R-134a unit is air-cooled and features a recessed utility chase, which provides clearance for tight installs. Its electrical configuration is 115V/60Hz/1ph.
Features: The UC2024MA-1 is Energy Star certified and maximizes production of Scotsman’s medium cube ice. The air-cooled unit’s front breathing design does not require side clearance for flexible placement. Before leaving the ISO 9001:2015 certified factory in Fairfax, South Carolina, 100% of units are quality checked.
Benefits: The UC2024MA-1 is easy to install, operate, and maintain. The recessed utility chase allows greater access to the back of the machine. For end users, this unit is Energy Star certified to minimize energy/water usage and lower operating costs.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The unit’s compact design allows for placement into the tightest locations. A power cord, NEMA 5-15P plug, ice scoop, and 6-inch adjustable legs are included for quick and easy installation. The front-facing removable external air filters make cleaning easy. The unit-specific QR codes also make cleaning and service easier by allowing quick access to cleaning guides, service manuals, warranty history, and other machine information.
Warranty information: The warranty covers parts and labor on all components for three years and five-year parts on the compressor. No extended warranties are available.
Product: The UN0815A-1 is a compact undercounter nugget unit that is a perfect for tight installs in cocktail bars, juice bars, coffee shops, cafés, break rooms, schools, and even laboratories.
Details: The 15-inch width undercounter nugget ice machine produces up to 79 pounds per 24 hours with a storage capacity of 36 pounds. The R-134a unit is air-cooled and features sealed maintenance-free bearings and a stainless-steel evaporator and auger for maximum durability. Its electrical configuration is 115V/60Hz/1ph.
Features: The UN0815A-1 features sealed, maintenance-free bearings for reduced preventive maintenance and long-lasting performance. The reliability is further enhanced by the durable stainless-steel evaporator and auger. The air-cooled unit’s front breathing design does not require side clearance for flexible placement. An optional floor mount kit allows for installation under a 34-inch ADA countertop. Before leaving the ISO 9001:2015 certified factory in Fairfax, South Carolina, 100% of units are quality checked.
Benefits: The UN0815A-1 is easy to install, operate, and maintain. For end users, this unit is Energy Star certified to minimize energy/water usage and lower operating costs. Nugget ice typically has 9% to 20% higher displacement than cube ice, which results in using less syrup/beverage to increase an operator’s profitability.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The unit’s compact design allows for placement into the tightest locations. A power cord, NEMA 5-15P plug, ice scoop, and 6-inch adjustable legs are included for quick and easy installation. The sealed, maintenance-free bearings eliminate the need to grease bearings or replace worn bushings. The unit-specific QR codes make cleaning and service easier by allowing quick access to cleaning guides, service manuals, warranty history, and other machine information.
Warranty information: The warranty covers parts and labor on all components for three years. No extended warranties.
Product: AL Series compressors provide up to 20cc displacements and are designed specifically for low and medium back pressure (L/MBP) applications in light commercial refrigeration. The expanded L/MBP operating range allows standardized use across display cases, reach-in coolers, and ice machine applications. The AL Series can be used in retrofit applications and new construction and will replace a wide variety of compressors in the L/MBP range.
Details: The AL Series compressor platform is up to 15% more energy efficient and comes in a compact footprint that is roughly 5% shorter in height compared to competitive products. In addition to its small stature, it is quiet, and the average weight of the AL Series is 28.66 pounds. The platform utilizes R-290 in capacities ranging from 1,240 to 1,800 Btuh at LBP and from 3,730 to 4,990 Btuh at MBP.
Features: Suction and discharge systems combined with new motors and refrigerant fluid handling provide improved compressor efficiency.
Benefits: The platform delivers the same capacity as a larger-displacement, single-speed compressor, making more room for refrigerated goods.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Industry-standard suction, discharge, and process connections facilitate ease of installation and serviceability.
Warranty information: Manufacturer did not specify.
Industrial refrigeration systems often use hundreds of thousands of pounds of refrigerant and can be found in various applications ranging from ice rinks to food or pharmaceutical processing facilities. Owners of these large refrigeration systems are looking for equipment that saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and many of the products detailed below can help them achieve those goals.
Product: The CIMCO Eco Chill solution can be applied in any application where the opportunity to recover and reuse waste heat exists. The Eco Chill system has been applied to recreational ice rink facilities with great success, and the concept also lends itself well to more commercial or industrial solutions where there is a need for both heating and cooling at the location.
Details: The concept behind the Eco Chill process is to capture the waste heat from the condensing section of the refrigeration plant. This heat can be recovered via heat exchangers and returned to the building where the heat can be used. The system is available with natural refrigerants such as CO2 and ammonia and is a carbon neutral solution. The controls systems used for these system are developed in-house by automation engineers and can be DDC- or PLC-based, depending on the customer requirements.
Features: The Eco Chill system is unique in that it can be completely customized to match any customer’s needs. Some of its unique features include an ice battery option, complete integration with BMS, energy trending and optimization options, and a wide range of available compressor options from reciprocating piston machines to screw compressor.
Benefits: Reduced energy consumption, lowered greenhouse gas emissions, reduced refrigerant charge, and reduced leaks. The modular design allows the choice of components that best match the needs of the facility.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The Eco Chill system is available in many different configurations, from factory assembles to site constructed. All these system use industrial-grade components. The design and layout of the system allow for easy access and service of the major components. Additionally, the insulation practices used are of an industrial grade and are designed to last the life of the system and stand up typical cleaning processes.
Warranty information: Standard one-year warranty; extended warranties are available upon request.
Product: The Evapcold® LCR-C-A air-cooled, low-charge, ammonia, refrigeration chiller provides a chilled secondary fluid to serve many diverse applications and includes over 100 pre-engineered industrial design models. The chiller is primarily applied to industrial cooling applications such as cold storages, food and beverage manufacturing facilities, wineries, dairies, pharmaceutical plants, and chemical plants, but it is also a great fit for ice rinks and large HVAC applications.
Details: The chiller system includes screw compressor package(s) with variable-speed drive; liquid injection oil cooling; air-cooled or adiabatic ammonia condenser; chilled fluid plate and frame-flooded ammonia evaporator with ASME suction accumulator; complete refrigeration system piping (stainless steel), valves, and specialties; ammonia relief valves and header piping; microprocessor control panel single 460 V electrical feed for easy electrical hookup; and insulated refrigeration piping and components, complete with pipe labeling and valve tags.
Features: The chillers require zero water usage with air-cooled technology or minimal water usage with alternate adiabatic technology. They are inherently safe to use with very low NH3 charge and environmentally friendly with zero ODP and GWP. They provide easier and lower compliance costs because they are an inherently safer ammonia technology, reducing the regulatory burden to owners and operators and lowering compliance costs. The packaged units contain smaller ammonia charges and are safer to operate, maintain, and work around than traditional systems.
Benefits: The units are completely piped, wired, and insulated for plug-and-play installation and are available with several optional accessories including chilled fluid pump system, cold weather kit, rigging davit for compressor/motor removal, and dual compressors.
Service, maintenance, and installation: The chiller offers many service and training attributes that make it user friendly, including pre-engineered, manufactured, and tested Evapcold systems that are simple to operate; common Evapcold system designs and components that make training and maintenance easier; and certified contractor training through the ACES factory training program.
Warranty information: Standard limited warranty is two years; extended warranties are available.
Product: The CD600 range of large CO2 transcritical compressors makes CO2 booster systems a cost-effective solution for large industrial applications, where in the past the only alternative was using a large number of smaller compressors.
Details: The CD600 Range is the largest CO2 transcritical compressor platform available worldwide. Based on a 6-cylinder design, this platform includes models up to 100 HP and 2200 CFH with utmost efficiency levels and premium reliability standards. This new range of compressor is unique in the market because it nearly doubles the refrigeration duty deliverable with a single compressor. This often leads to a lower number of refrigeration racks and allows for a smaller required footprint for machinery. What’s more, the limited footprint and height allow for a decrease in installation and building costs when compared to an ammonia solution.
Features: The CD600 range compressors feature an external discharge manifold, making it possible to sensibly decrease oil temperature and discharge temperature. The external manifold is also very large, making it possible to almost eliminate pressure pulsations in the discharge line. In addition, the enhanced design ensures proper lubrication in all the most critical compressor parts, as the oil throw is extremely limited, thus positively impacting the system COP and the ease of oil management.
Benefits: This new compressor platform allows the ability to cost effectively and efficiently apply CO2 in large applications where the end user seeks an alternative to ammonia. It makes CO2 booster systems a cost-effective solution for those large industrial applications, where in the past, the only alternative was using a large number of smaller compressors.
Service, maintenance, and installation: Manufacturer did not specify.
Warranty information: Manufacturer did not specify.
Product: Viking Cold’s refrigeration optimization and thermal management solutions significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, operational costs, and business risk for cold storage operations with high refrigeration-based energy loads. Typical applications are in low-temperature refrigeration facilities ranging anywhere from 100 to 200,000-plus square feet. New and retrofit installations include food processing plants, third-party logistics warehouses, foodservice distribution facilities, grocery distribution centers and retail locations, and restaurants.
Details: These solutions can be integrated into refrigerated facilities using any type of refrigerant, refrigeration systems, control systems, or racking methodology. Cloud-based software and intelligence optimizes refrigeration runtime to minimize energy use, while prioritizing temperature requirements (-20° to 32°F) and leveraging the thermodynamic properties phase change material (PCM), which is the thermal energy storage (thermal battery) medium.
Features: Cloud-based software and intelligence easily integrate with existing controls; flexible systems deliver various energy savings and sustainability strategies (e.g., demand shift, peak shaving, demand response); increased sensors, data, and visibility allow for improved operations and advanced data analytics; and modules of thermal cells used as a thermal battery easily install inside the unused space of existing racking structure. Systems last 20 years or longer.
Benefits: Viking Cold’s refrigeration optimization and thermal management solutions reduce total refrigeration energy costs up to 35% or more; reduce refrigeration energy demand (kW) up to 13 hours per day; and reduce refrigeration energy costs and GHG emissions related to consumption (kWh) an average of 25%. In addition, these solutions improve temperature stability inside freezers to better protect food and extend temperature resiliency up to three times longer during a loss of power or refrigeration.
Service, maintenance, and installation: These refrigeration optimization and thermal management solutions include sensors and intelligent software for control integration, and the sealed thermal battery modules contain PCM. The modules simply lay on or inside the existing racking. Sensors and controls integration require only basic electrical connections. Installations are fast, simple, and rarely require more than a few days without interrupting normal operations. Because the intelligence system is cloud-based, service is easily handled via a web connection. The battery modules do not have any mechanical components or connections and therefore do not require servicing or cleaning after installation.
Warranty information: Standard warranty for system components is 10 years with extended warranty options available. Thermal batteries have been cycle tested to last more than 20 years.