|Ben Picker | Copeland Units Project Manager
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
View our most recent E360 Webinar, “Using Technology to Help Meet Modern Refrigeration Challenges.”
Today’s commercial refrigeration industry is facing a confluence of challenges. Chief among these are a surplus of regulations, a shortage of qualified technicians, and a consumer base demanding fresh, premium quality foods. And while supermarket, restaurant, mixed retail and convenience store operators try to sort out these complexities, they’re also tasked with driving profitability.
Fortunately, commercial refrigeration manufacturers have stepped up their efforts in recent years to develop technologies to help store operators achieve their compliance, sustainability and profitability goals. In our recent E360 Webinar, I discussed the current shape of the regulatory landscape and how operators can leverage these technologies to address a wide range of challenges.
At the heart of the solution is the emergence of component, system and supervisory electronic controls to provide continual monitoring, automated reporting and diagnostics. Combined with the inherent efficiencies of scroll compression technology, these electronics help operators respond to the federal and state regulations that are mandating significant environmental and energy-efficiency improvements.
I explained how these electronics-enabled refrigeration systems and components can be leveraged to help maximize efficiencies through techniques such as capacity modulation and low-condensing operation. The specific ways technology can be used to protect the environment, reduce energy usage and ensure food safety include:
- Detecting refrigerant leaks and reducing overall system refrigerant charge
- Performing on-demand controls such as anti-sweat and defrost
- Monitoring temperature and humidity conditions from farm to fork
The good news for operators is that by adopting refrigeration strategies that utilize these technologies, they can address many of their compliance challenges simultaneously, while protecting profitability. For example, built-in diagnostic capabilities help technicians quickly troubleshoot and resolve system issues before they could lead to food losses. The benefits are not only reduced food shrink and maintenance costs, but much-needed assistance to mitigate technician shortage concerns.
To learn more about technological solutions to help modern refrigeration challenges, view this webinar in its entirety.