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New E360 Webinar Breaks Down Latest Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final ruling in 2015 marked a sea change in the way our industry looks at refrigerants. The ruling began a phase-out initiative of hydrofluourocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP). Concurrently, the EPA also identified acceptable, lower-GWP refrigerant substitutes to take their place. While the impacts of this ruling were far-reaching, retail food refrigeration in the supermarket and foodservice industries was among the first markets to be affected.

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But this was by no means the end of the story. In September, the EPA ruled on additional changes to refrigerant status through its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This latest revision includes an HFC refrigerant phase-out schedule in cold storage refrigeration and some AC applications.

From high-GWP phase-outs to change of status notices for acceptable natural and synthetic refrigerants, these regulatory changes have at times been difficult to unravel. Throughout the HVACR industry, stakeholders have been tasked with formulating appropriate strategies to deal with them. Emerson has been committed to not only understanding these changes, but also helping our customers and the industry stay out in front of them.

Our next E360 Webinar, entitled Making Sense of the Latest Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants, will continue those efforts. Dr. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, will moderate this important Webinar, taking place on Tuesday, November 29, at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST. Rajan will review the EPA’s 2015 final refrigerant rule and provide needed perspective on its latest SNAP ruling. He’ll also explain the amendment to Section 608 of the Clean Air Act and talk about the various global efforts to phase out high-GWP HFC refrigerants — from the EU’s F-Gas initiative and Montreal Protocol meetings to Environmental Canada’s recent proposal and the California Air Resources Board pollutant reduction strategy.

To give attendees insights into the status of new refrigerant availability, refrigerant manufacturers — including Honeywell’s Dr. Samuel Yana Motta, Chemours’ Dr. Barbara H. Minor and Arkema’s Matt Ritter — will discuss their respective company’s efforts to develop lower-GWP substitutes that would be acceptable for use in a variety of applications. Finally, Emerson’s Shane Angle, vice president and general manager of air conditioning, will explain how the latest SNAP change of refrigerant status will impact AC chillers.

In summary, the broad range of information covered in this important Webinar includes:

  • Change of status on refrigerants per the latest SNAP ruling
  • Revisions to Section 608 leak detection ruling
  • Global regulations to limit high-GWP refrigerants
  • Development of new acceptable refrigerant substitutes
  • SNAP’s impact on AC chillers

Register now and save the date: Tuesday, November 29, at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to help define your refrigerant strategy.

C-Store Technology Gets Convenient with the Internet of Things

I recently wrote an article for Convenience Store Decisions discussing how convenience stores can leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected technology to improve operations.

Just as the Internet has revolutionized the everyday lives of consumers, IoT is transforming operational performance for convenience stores. Convenience store retailers grow more agile with the use of IoT because they can access and analyze data insights to improve operations.

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As convenience store retailers expand their foodservice offerings to increase revenue, store environments are becoming more complex. By integrating all facility systems under one platform, retailers can optimize store operations, reduce energy consumption, lower equipment downtime and decrease maintenance costs.

The move toward IoT and more intelligent, connected stores can be beneficial to convenience store retailers in these three ways:

  1. Equipment control and monitoring
    Utilizing connected facility technology, a convenience store operator can remotely monitor critical equipment across an entire chain of stores. This performance data enables improved equipment, maintenance and energy efficiency. Retailers receive real-time alerts of potential problems that can help reduce maintenance costs and avoid equipment failure.
  1. Efficient, accurate equipment updates
    By connecting equipment with the latest facility management technology, convenience stores can remotely upgrade their systems with the latest software, even in the case of legacy equipment.
  1. Safeguarding fresh foods
    Connected store equipment can provide real-time temperature monitoring and other important data to maintain food safety and quality, which is becoming more critical with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Intelligent connected facility technologies are already installed in many retail environments – using building controls for lighting and HVACR, in the back of the house and within the foodservice areas. Integrating the data from all facility systems through IoT enables stores to improve operational efficiency and enhance equipment performance.

You can read the full article online here.

For more than 20 years, Emerson Retail Solutions has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website.


Paul Hepperla
Vice President, North American Solution Sales
Retail Solutions
Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions

Accelerating Collaboration: The Future of Connectivity

Rajan Rajendran
Vice President System Innovation Center and Sustainability
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions


One of the key principals we are pursuing in our new facility, The Helix Innovation Center is the concept of looking at questions from unusual angles. So when we had the chance to pose a challenge to a diverse group of University of Dayton students, we asked them to tackle the subject of connectivity.

The program, part of the Collaboration Accelerator 2.0 brought together UD students majoring in mechanical and civil engineering, marketing, communications, visual arts and international studies, plus a recent Sinclair Community College graduate, to find creative solutions to real-world challenges.

The 11-week internship program culminated in an immersive experience that included an “idea file” that explores the true origin and “soul” of connectivity.

The students took a broad view, presenting connectivity as an element of mankind’s psychological needs. We were encouraged to think about the various forms connectivity has taken on over the last century. And how our human desire for connectivity is a factor of time, fear and efficiency.

The ideas, concepts and materials presented by these students are helping fuel our ideation sessions at The Helix and helping us take a new approach to some of the industry challenges we are tackling.

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What industry challenges are you facing? Comment on this post and let’s leverage this form of connectivity to think creatively about new approaches to tackling them.

Aligning Our Shared Values

By Brent Schroeder, Group Vice President, Air Conditioning, Emerson


This blog is a summary of the article Aligning Our Shared Values from our recent edition of E360 Outlook. Click here to read the article in its entirety.

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On October 1, Emerson launched a transformative initiative that aligns and strengthens our core business by focusing on two best-in-class operating platforms: Commercial & Residential Solutions and Automation Solutions. In addition to absorbing the Climate Technologies businesses, the new Commercial & Residential Solutions platform will not only include signature brands — like RIDGID® and InSinkErator® — but also provide new services to enhance the relevance and breadth of our offerings and improve our ability to serve customers. The move will allow us to concentrate on the critical issues affecting our industry and the world we share through an increasing emphasis on innovation to tackle them head on.

For our customers and end users in the commercial refrigeration and air conditioning industries, we are working to become a more focused Emerson by providing you with the solutions you need to rise to the significant market and regulatory challenges we face today. To help you do this, we’re concentrating our efforts on four shared values that are driving our industries forward: sustainability, efficiency, human comfort and stewardship.

By combining our efforts through Emerson, we’re now in a better position to develop true solutions that preserve the integrity of these values. We’re also able to integrate components, electronics and supporting technology more seamlessly at the system level, tapping into our deep expertise to address your biggest challenges. Under the Emerson name, we’ll continue our commitment to the E360 platform, providing guidance for our served industries through Forums, Webinars and this periodical.

To learn more about how we’re aligning our solutions to these core values, please visit our new website at www.Emerson.com. Once there, you’ll find stories that illustrate our shared values and spell out our means of preserving them. We look forward to serving you better.

 

Are You Prepared to Meet Rapidly Approaching Energy Regulations?

The commercial refrigeration industry is in the midst of an unprecedented transition. Over the next several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) is mandating significant reductions in energy consumption on commercial refrigeration equipment (CRE). During this period, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also scheduled the phase-down of commonly used A1, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, aligning with international efforts to limit the global warming potential (GWP) of refrigeration systems. The timing and combination of these regulations will impact the entire supply chain, in particular the OEMs tasked with making design changes to achieve compliance.

In our recent E360 Webinar, entitled How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations, we looked at the latest changes in the regulatory landscape and discussed strategies for ensuring compliance. Hosted by Emerson’s Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager, and Brian Buynacek, senior refrigeration engineer and marketing consultant, the Webinar took a closer look at the three primary equipment classes affected by the coming DOE regulations:

  • Reach-in, stand-alone display cases — 30 to 50 percent energy reductions, measured in kWh/day, are required on new equipment as of March 27, 2017.
  • Automatic commercial ice makers (ACIW) — 5 to 25 percent energy reductions, measured in kWh/100 lbs of ice, are required on new equipment as of Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF) — 20 to 40 percent reductions, measured according to the AHRI-1250 testing standard of annual walk-in energy factor (AWEF), are required on new equipment as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Ani and Brian pointed out a couple of very important notes when considering these compliance targets. First, it’s important to understand that there are equipment classes within each category, each with its own equation with which to calculate energy efficiency. The Webinar covered these calculations in greater detail.

Second, it’s also important to consider the implications of the EPA delisting schedule when making design changes. For example, in medium-temperature, stand-alone cases greater than 2,200 BTU/hr, the EPA is delisting the use of R-404A as of Jan. 1, 2020. Currently, the EPA has yet to add an A1 substitute to the list of acceptable alternatives that closely matches the performance characteristics of R-404A in these particular stand-alone applications. OEMs may have to approach the design cycle with natural or other alternative refrigerants in mind.

With regard to OEM preparedness to meet these new efficiency targets, the Webinar presented results of a recent survey conducted by Emerson. While more than half of the companies surveyed have plans in place to meet compliance dates, the majority of these reported to be only somewhat prepared. A live polling question posed in the Webinar was consistent with these results, as 34 percent of attendees admitted they had not yet started to engage with their channel constituents about preparing for these changes.

With the first of these compliance dates less than six months away, Ani and Brian stressed that the time for action is now. To learn the impacts that these regulations will have on equipment design and which options deliver the greatest efficiency improvements, please watch this important Webinar in its entirety.

 

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