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HVACR Professionals Weigh-In on Electronic Technology

Last week’s post, “Electronics Get the Job Done,” discussed how the HVACR industry is experiencing a shift from mechanical to electronic technologies, and specifically cited the transition from mechanical pressure switches for refrigeration system controls to electronic controls. While these types of changes directly impact technicians in the field, they are not the only ones noticing how advanced technologies, such as Emerson Climate Technologies’ Electronic Unit Controller, are helping them in the field. Contractors and wholesalers, too, are benefiting from the technology.

The June issue of Contracting Business explored how the transformation is affecting the industry, using testimony from HVACR professionals provided by Emerson Climate Technologies. Below, several individuals share their experiences:

  • John Semeyn, owner, Midwest Refrigeration Supply Co.

    John Semeyn

    John Semeyn, owner, Midwest Refrigeration Supply Co., explains the importance of wholesalers preparing their counter staff to assist contractors through the transition. “Emerson’s support during the transition from mechanical pressure controls on its condensing units to electronic pressure controls (their electronic unit controller) has played a critical role in training our people. They provide training videos on their web portal and social media outlets such as YouTube. We also offer instructor-led training opportunities for contractors for this and other new technologies, which helps ensure a smooth transition,” said Semeyn.

  • Joe Gallego

    Joe Gallego

    Joe Gallego, special projects manager, Bay State Cooling,
    shared how electronic controllers for refrigeration have changed the way contractors do business. “Productivity and profitability are closely tied in this field, so we make sure our installing technicians are properly trained. We offer in-house training on electronic controllers through a combination of factory training materials and simulated real-world, hands-on training,” said Gallego.

  • Steve Wright, president of Wright Brothers Inc.

    Steve Wright

    Steve Wright, president of Wright Brothers Inc., explained how generations share how they help technicians overcome the challenges associated with the technology change. “We depend heavily on external organizations such as the local RSES chapter, ACCA, and ASHRAE to support education and training initiatives. We also rely on manufacturers such as Emerson to conduct product-specific training for our team. It’s imperative that technicians are exposed to such resources and organizations to continue gaining knowledge and comfort with the changing landscape,” said Wright.

  • Walt Patton, senior vice president, ABCO

    Walt Patton

    Walt Patton, senior vice president, ABCO, shared how electronics have created excitement within the industry. “The shift also creates new growth opportunities for contractors to become familiar and comfortable with using more electronics moving forward. Despite the challenges sometimes linked to electronics, this overdue shift in technology within the HVACR industry has created a new level of excitement and energy around the way HVACR professionals approach their work and get the job done,” said Patton.

To read the full article in Contracting Business, click here: http://contractingbusiness.com/controls/contractors-see-impact-controllers-business.

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