Governor Wolf Establishes Statewide Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Goals in PA

Governor Wolf Establishes Statewide Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Goals in PA

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, Federal Regulations, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration
The governor announced the new executive order at an event celebrating the public-private collaboration happening in the city of Pittsburgh to help bolster the city’s climate action plan.   The beauty of undertaking energy goals is that it is never just a 1:1 trade-off. There are numerous ancillary benefits, ranging from the obvious, giant elephant in the room that is the reduction of carbon emissions all the way to improved worker happiness because their employer's heating and cooling systems run more precisely and efficiently. Energy goals can be instituted at the consumer level (more energy-efficient windows), the corporate level (full-scale energy management systems), and the state/municipal level (larger electricity shares of solar or wind sources), and while each of these might not seem like they could move the needle much…
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Is HVAC/Refigeration Automation the Next Big Thing for IoT?

Is HVAC/Refigeration Automation the Next Big Thing for IoT?

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration, Performance Analytics, Technology
As we throttle toward the end of this decade and into the future, the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to become more and more ubiquitous in our daily lives. On smaller scales, we see it in our homes with products that now merge thermostats with home security, or allow us to order items from Amazon through voice-activation. On a massive scale, we see it in the near-full automation of some global supply chains. And right in the middle of those ends of the spectrum, we're starting to see it become standard practice in the one place we spend most of our time: the workplace.   In particular, the HVAC/Refrigeration industries are beginning to catch up to the times and see the benefit of automating the operations that they can. Lighting,…
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FDA Provides an Update on the new Produce Safety Rule

FDA Provides an Update on the new Produce Safety Rule

Federal Regulations, Food Safety, HVACR, Produce
As the full, national rollout of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA)—a sweeping reform of food safety laws designed to better prevent issues as opposed to simply responding to them—continues, some of the larger regulatory pieces are taking their time in being implemented. One of these pieces, and arguably one of the most impactful and watched closely of them all, is the Produce Safety Rule.   Bluntly, the Produce Safety Rule establishes the first science-based minimum food safety standards as it pertains to growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce intended for human consumption.   Within the Produce Safety Rule, regulations were developed to affect six (6) main areas of commercial farms that fall within the scope of the rule. These areas are: Worker health, hygiene, and training Agricultural…
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Contractors and Customers Alike Can’t Live Without Refrigeration Controls and Monitoring

Contractors and Customers Alike Can’t Live Without Refrigeration Controls and Monitoring

Commercial Refrigeration, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration, Performance Analytics, Technology
"It's almost like the check engine light in your car."   This is how Charlie Sternberg, owner of S&S Refrigeration Co. in New Jersey, described the base value of NRM's monitoring platform to greenHVACR magazine. As a refrigeration technician, any tool that improves his ability to effectively—and efficiently—solve his own clients' issues is invaluable. And a tool specifically designed to offer the best, and most comprehensive, fault detection is worth its weight in gold. For Sternberg and his dedicated team of technicians, he found that sidekick in NRM's controls and monitoring platform.   "What the NRM system provides is real-time system functionality and control, energy savings, monitoring, and notifications of potential issues," he added. He's heard feedback from his clients that they are more at ease knowing their product is constantly…
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As Companies Continue to Alter Their Processes to Adhere to FSMA, Some Remain Skeptics

As Companies Continue to Alter Their Processes to Adhere to FSMA, Some Remain Skeptics

Federal Regulations, Food Safety, HVACR, Produce
This year marks the pivotal period for the widespread adoption of, and adherence to, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Originally passed in 2010, it took the next six years to develop the full breadth of the act. The FSMA was legislation driven by the Food & Drug Administration with the goal of having companies be better equipped to prevent food-borne illness as opposed to just reacting to contamination. On January 26, 2018, the industry of fresh produce had its first major compliance date, and routine facility inspections are scheduled to begin in 2019.   According to the FDA's official documentation, the legislation "enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. It enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than relying…
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In Connected, Smart Technologies, the HVACR Industry Sees a Real Game-Changer

In Connected, Smart Technologies, the HVACR Industry Sees a Real Game-Changer

Commercial Refrigeration, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration, Technology
Some of the best places to gain insight on the future outlook of specific technologies or industries are trade shows, conferences, and educational sessions hosted by industry leaders. Often, a new technology or product will ignite a flurry of buzz and anticipation, but without a full understanding of its impact or integration into its particular market vertical. At events that gather the best minds of their industries, fleshing out what a new product, fad, or trend is, does, and affects, is usually a focal point for multiple speakers—most things are best viewed through multiple, different-colored lenses. This is especially true when the buzz is industry-wide and seemingly unavoidable.   In the world of commercial and industrial refrigeration, this particular maelstrom of a topic is smart technologies connected through The Cloud.…
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HVACR Contractors: the Key to a Healthy Relationship with Your Customers? Communication

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In the relationship between HVACR contractors and their customers who rely on the complex, expensive refrigeration equipment to keep their business alive, neither partner has it easier than the other. Especially when that relationship exists in the restaurant and service industry. Both restaurateurs and contractors work long, hard hours, maintain operation no matter the weather, and both face growing regulatory challenges, as well as competition. Like a marriage between two workaholic people, finding a balance—that "sweet spot" of understanding, needs anticipation, and support—is the key to a healthy and prosperous partnership. And whether a business relationship between two entities, or a romantic relationship between two bodies, communication is the soil in which to plant the seeds for a happy future.   Take Georges and Claudie d'Arras of Olmsted Falls, Ohio,…
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When is it Time to Consider a Refrigeration Monitoring and Control System?

When is it Time to Consider a Refrigeration Monitoring and Control System?

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration, Performance Analytics, Technology
As more and more companies incorporate aspects of IoT and smart technologies into their day-to-day operations—from adaptive air-conditioning controls to motion-activated office lights to inside air quality sensors—one area for substantial improvement continues to be overlooked: commercial and industrial refrigeration. Most people couldn't live without their car dashboard warnings, their smart phones, or their cloud storage of pictures, videos, and documents. These types of technologies have radically changed how we interact with and use data. At a rapid pace, it's being adopted across any and all industries, but still, mostly except for one.   Ask yourself these 10 questions to consider whether or not it's time for your business to procure a refrigeration monitoring and control system.   Have you lost a compressor before?   We will start the list…
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2017 Sees the Finalization of New WICF Regulations for Energy Efficiency; Compliance by 2020

2017 Sees the Finalization of New WICF Regulations for Energy Efficiency; Compliance by 2020

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration
On September 7th, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy put into place a new set of standards that revolve around walk-in cooler and freezer efficiency metrics. These new rules are now officially law. This passage concludes a three-year process that saw much back and forth, and faced doubts over whether it would ever actually materialize.   In the table below, which can be found in this article by ACHR News, the updated standards are expressed in terms of annual walk-in energy factor to the energy required for the refrigerated load.   [caption id="attachment_475" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The table displays the new standards for WICF energy efficiency metrics[/caption]   These new standards will have an impact on a wide range of refrigeration systems. They will affect everything from low-temperature dedicated condensing systems,…
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Historically Cold Climate can Wreak Havoc on Air-Cooled Condensing Units

Historically Cold Climate can Wreak Havoc on Air-Cooled Condensing Units

Commercial Refrigeration, HVACR, Industrial Refrigeration
The historically cold temperatures gripping a lot of the country right now are not detrimental only to you, and your home heating bill; they are also increasing the likelihood of an operational issue in air-cooled condensing units.   The use of low pressure refrigeration controls (LPC) is mostly found in smaller, refrigerated boxes such as beer coolers. The temperature of a refrigerated box can be controlled by a low-pressure control (LPC), instead of a thermostat, because of the pressure/temperature relationship in the refrigeration system. By cycling the compressor in response to the suction (low side) pressure, box temperature can be controlled. For this type of control, the condensing unit must be in ambient temperature, higher/warmer than that of box's highest operating temperature.   Thus, when the temperature outside of the box…
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