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Technology in Action Conference — Keynote Speaker and Breakout Session Announced

Our Technology in Action Conference is now only days away, and anticipation is building toward our three-day commercial retail optimization event. Like last year, the many interactive panel discussions and breakout sessions will provide a perfect format for attendees to interact with the industry’s most experienced end users, expert practitioners and equipment manufacturers. As we come together to discuss the most pressing topics in retail refrigeration today, we’re confident everyone in attendance will leave with new perspectives to better optimize their facilities and more effectively navigate the changing regulatory and refrigerant landscapes.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jim Donald

To kick off this this year’s event, Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks and Pathmark Supermarkets and current CEO of Extended Stay America Hotels, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. Donald’s distinguished career in retail includes being named one the “Top 25 CEOs in the World” by The Best Practice Institute and one of Business Travel News’ “25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives of 2013.” Donald’s reputation for turning around financially ailing companies prompted Extended Stay Hotels to seek him out after the company emerged from bankruptcy proceedings in 2010. Under Donald’s leadership, the company recently launched a successful $565 million IPO. In his keynote address, Donald will share his experiences as a leader focused on innovation, quality, service, strong relationships within the community, and risk-taking with the freedom to fail.

Breakout Sessions — Covering a Variety of Topics

With multiple breakout sessions to choose from, attendees are sure to find topics that address their specific concerns and provide opportunities to learn from the experiences of their peers. Are you getting the most from variable capacity air conditioning systems? One breakout session will introduce variable capacity HVAC equipment and explore key technologies that enable variable capacity control and part-load efficiency improvements. Do you think of refrigerants as an expense, not an asset? Treating refrigerants as an asset adds new value to your organization. This breakout session discusses approaches to protecting the asset and monetizing it. Other breakout session topics include:

  • Improving store operations through enhanced facility processes
  • CO2 system design considerations (two-part session)
  • Geothermal HVAC and refrigeration systems
  • Improving store operations through enhanced facility processes
  • The good, bad and ugly of transforming existing properties into new grocery stores

If you’ve made plans to attend the conference April 14–16, we will see you soon! If you can’t make it this year, be sure to follow our live updates from the event on Twitter by following the hashtag #EmersonTAC.

Reggie O’Donoghue
Product Management, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

TAC Panels Make Sense of Refrigerants, Operational Visibility and Energy-Reduction Technologies

With our Technology in Action Conference only one week away, we’re eagerly anticipating a series of informative sessions that will allow attendees to interact with the industry’s leading retail refrigeration experts. Building on the success of last year’s format, we’ve once again designed the conference to encourage participation and foster lively debates about the most pressing topics in refrigeration today.

For this year’s theme, we’re adopting the Making Sense webinar platform, selecting topics that are closely related to refrigerants, operation visibility and energy-reduction technologies. And, we’ve once again invited a wide spectrum of experienced end users, expert practitioners and equipment manufacturers to facilitate these discussions and impart their knowledge.

Here’s a brief overview of our interactive sessions:

Discussion One: Optimizing Facility Operational Costs. Explore the landscape of available strategies, tools, services and equipment to help achieve operational cost effectiveness today. Panelists will discuss how these tools can help retailers achieve their facility’s cost reduction goals. Discussion points include:

  • Factors to consider when optimizing a facility
  • Optimizing project development and prioritization
  • Challenges to achieving facility optimization
  • Optimization strategies, tools, equipment and services

Discussion Two: The Case for Case Control. By shifting centralized control of refrigeration operation to individual cases, retailers can significantly reduce energy costs. Learn why case control has not been more widely adopted in the U.S., and explore the implications of case control installation and operation.

  • Installation cost savings and contractor considerations
  • Potential for energy savings
  • Maintenance and commissioning
  • Refrigerant usage

Discussion Three: The Impact of New Air Conditioning Efficiency Standards. Changes to regulations in 2015–2016 will increase the minimum efficiency levels of air conditioning equipment. Learn more about these regulations, review the available technologies, and discuss the implications for both air conditioning equipment and facility design.

  • Changes to the ASHRAE 90.1 standard (and the timing)
  • Importance of full-load and part-load efficiencies
  • Understanding the impacts of voluntary standards (ENERGY STAR™, Consortium for Energy Efficiencies, and others)
  • Equipment design implications (circuit design, variable capacity compressors, expansion valves, etc.)

Discussion Four: Refrigerants — An Asset or Liability? Changes in regulations that mandate refrigerant use are impacting refrigeration architecture in new and existing stores. Learn which refrigerants to use for retrofits and new system designs, in addition to these important discussion points:

  • Best practices in refrigerant management for existing stores
  • A new way of thinking about refrigerants (no longer just an expense item)
  • Establishing a plan to reduce global warming emissions (including R-22 and R404A retrofits)
  • Regulatory and political forces that will impact existing store refrigerant decisions

This event takes place April 14–16 in Point Clear, Ala. Visit www.emersontac.org to learn more. While at the event, we will be tweeting live discussion updates using the hashtag #EmersonTAC. We hope you will be able to join the conversations!

Mitch Knapke
Refrigeration Market Manager, Supermarkets
Emerson Climate Technologies

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