This blog is a summary of the article Redefining Refrigeration from our recent edition of E360 Outlook. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
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The factors driving the selection of commercial refrigeration equipment in convenience stores and restaurants have changed drastically in recent years. While reliable refrigeration is still a top priority, the days of “just keep it cold” have given way to a much broader range of operator challenges and concerns, including:
Offsetting rising energy costs with new energy efficiency targets
Reducing energy consumption to meet minimum efficiency levels
Creating optimal in- and outside-store environments for customers and neighbors
Identifying the potential for equipment failure in advance to prevent costly product loss
Evaluating the critical role of refrigeration system architecture in total store energy usage
Enter the X-Line, Copeland Scroll™ Outdoor Refrigeration Unit, purpose-built for medium- and low-temperature, walk-in coolers, freezers and display cases commonly found in c-stores and restaurants. Utilizing scroll compressor technology, variable speed fan motor control, large capacity condenser coils, enhanced vapor injection (in low-temperature models only) and advanced electronic controls, the X-Line meets today’s challenging small-format refrigeration requirements.
JOIN US in Raleigh, N.C., for our next free E360 Forum on Wednesday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Raleigh-Durham’s Research Triangle.
Since launching our E360 initiative in late 2014, our E360 Forum events have been instrumental in creating the dialogue needed to address the many challenges we face in commercial refrigeration. From the transition to environmentally friendly refrigerants and energy reductions to their impact on equipment performance and system architectures, we’ve looked at both the near- and long-term implications facing the industry and its professionals.
And as we’ve always stated, one company alone cannot solve problems of this magnitude. It will require the collective effort of our entire industry. That’s why we’ve sought the contributions of end users, OEMs, wholesalers and contractors — to make sure everyone’s insights are included. Although we have made considerable progress, there is still much yet to do.
In our next E360 Forum, we’ll pick up where we left off and continue this important conversation. As usual, we’ll bring together leading experts to provide updates on the state of the industry, starting with a panel discussion featuring representatives from refrigerant manufacturers Honeywell, Arkema and Chemours. Then, we’ll host interactive breakout sessions on the most relevant topics to give attendees a chance to be heard and get their pressing questions answered. The list of topics include:
Panel Discussion: Making Sense of the Latest Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants
Cold Chain Evolution
Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation
CO2 Booster Systems From a Service Mechanic’s Perspective
Next Generation Refrigeration: Condensing Units
Understanding Applications for Alternative Refrigerants
How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations
Understanding Leak Detection and Implementing Effective Programs
Achieving DOE Compliance in Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
New Refrigerants Designation and Safety Classifications
Immediately following the breakout sessions, attendees will have a chance to visit with the event’s presenters and mingle with peers at a networking reception from 4–6 p.m. Also, for those able to join us the evening before the event, we will host a welcome dinner on February 28th from 6–8 p.m. in the hotel.
We hope you’re making plans to join us for this important industry event.
Ron Chapek | Senior Product Manager, Retail Solutions
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
The prevalence of BMS, EMS, Internet of Things (IoT) and insight have ushered in a new era of efficiency in retailer operations. In an E360 Conference presentation, I discussed how the insights that these tools provide allow retailers to do their jobs better, thereby helping to save both time and money.
A brief recap and video of the session are included below.
Facilities managers need to be able to effectively convert rapidly expanding and disparate data sources into visually insightful and actionable interfaces that are relevant to a diverse range of users across multiple departments.
In the past, the data wasn’t delivered as quickly and was often historic. A good example is a utility bill that shows past usage, making it difficult to interpret and utilize that data effectively. In contrast, intelligent applications – energy management systems, building management systems and IoT-enabled devices – provide a wide variety of data that is more easily applied. Rather than making decisions on historical data, retailers can use this data for valuable, actionable insights to improver their operations enterprise-wide.
But, the problem is often that when there is so much data available, making it all work for you, in your particular role, can be daunting.
Through Emerson’s Site Manager Software and ProActTM Services retailers can better manage growing data volumes and convert this data into something of value to your business including:
Transparent access to data: with context. Retailers have access to a large number of standard reports, available on-demand or on a scheduled basis via email. For example, with a monthly Alarm summary, you can quickly see which locations have the most alarms and focus attention on these stores.
Attribute-based visualization. Data can be displayed by region, store type, and other relevant location-based attributes, allowing retailers to do their job faster and correctly the first time around. For example, a service truck can be sent to the right location with exactly the equipment that is needed to make any repairs.
Embedded energy and refrigeration domain expertise (IP). Many companies have the ability to manage, move and display data, but what retailers need is a trusted partner that knows and understands their business on a deep level, and understands how to best solve any problems that arise.
The pressure on facilities managers to organize and make sense of all of the facility data that is available is enormous. Think of the kinds of data you need to do your job well. We can help you design the right type of analytics to automate that data and make your job easier.
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.
Commercial & Residential Solutions is a global innovator of energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. www.climate.emerson.com