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The Case for Outdoor Condensing Units

benpicker Ben Picker | Product Manager – Copeland Condensing Units

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Restaurant and convenience store landscapes are facing unprecedented market pressures and increasing demands to meet consumer expectations. Consumers are seeking fresh, sustainably sourced food offerings from providers that emphasize eco-friendly practices from farm to fork. Pair those demands with pressure to reduce operating expenses while also maintaining regulatory compliance and you have a stressful situation.

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Making the move toward outdoor condensing units (OCUs) may be able to alleviate some of that stress. Modern OCUs can help solve a myriad of operational challenges and are emerging as a preferred option for store and enterprise operators.

Compared to legacy OCUs, modern remote systems can deliver annual efficiency improvements of up to 20 percent or more. Modern OCUs can also create a better, more desirable indoor environment for consumers, improving indoor comfort levels by lightening the load on air conditioning (AC) systems, reducing refrigeration noise, and reclaiming space that would be occupied by a centralized rack.

Modern OCUs are engineered to address today’s regulatory challenges as well, maximizing energy efficiencies and meeting the requirements set by the Department of Energy (DOE). These OCUs also utilize low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and keep refrigerant charges to a minimum.

With built-in compressor electronics, modern OCUs provide operators with peace of mind knowing that their equipment is functioning properly and reliably. System faults are immediately communicated to service technicians to help them quickly — and remotely — diagnose conditions and expedite the service process. Advanced diagnostics and smart algorithms, connected to a facility management/control system, provide operators and technicians with early detection alerts, evaluate key performance indicators, help prevent compressor failure and more.

While there are clear and present benefits to using modern OCUs, there are still considerations to be made before making the switch. Physical constraints are typically prevalent when determining whether to invest in OCUs. Some examples of these constraints are: installation in a leased building where drilling holes in the wall/ceiling is prohibited; unachievable access to the outside for remote installation; and difficulty moving equipment in an inflexible layout. There are also cost considerations to be made, such as whether low first costs or lower total cost of ownership are more important.

Sustainability targets, total store energy usage and regulatory compliance are all important factors in the modern refrigeration equation. Modern OCUs can deliver on all these factors, including enhanced reliability, improved installation flexibility, protection against system failures and much more. All of these benefits add up to a lower total cost of ownership compared to other traditional refrigeration methods.

The case for modern OCUs is strong and could take your operation to the next level.

Addressing Modern Refrigeration Challenges Through Technology

benpicker Ben Picker | Copeland Units Project Manager

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

This blog summarizes an article from our E360 program, entitled Technological Transformation.” Click here to read it in its entirety.

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Today’s commercial refrigeration market faces a number of challenges, some of the more prominent being a surplus of regulations, a shortage of qualified technicians, and a consumer base demanding fresh, premium quality foods. Commercial refrigeration manufacturers have maximized their efforts to develop technological solutions that help store operators achieve compliance, sustainability and profitability goals.

This technological transformation starts with the use of electronic controls at the individual component, system and facility/supervisory levels. These controls serve as the brains of new equipment, typically relying on sensors to measure environmental conditions pertaining to mechanical operation. Here’s a closer look at the different levels of electronic controls:

  • Component controls: integrate with a certain component, like a compressor, to maintain efficiency and identify operational issues
  • System controls: operate multiple components within a system, such as a valve, compressor and fan, to control, direct and optimize system-level efficiencies
  • Supervisory controls: coordinate the operation of multiple systems, like refrigeration, HVAC and lighting, allowing for component and system controls to communicate their conditions for store operators or technicians to assess and interpret

The second important technological development is the emergence of new electro-mechanical components that perform specific functions within the refrigeration cycle, including compressors, valves and fans. These can either be self-contained or in two separate components that are installed together.

An exception is scroll compression technology, which doesn’t necessarily need electronic controls to address many operator challenges. The inherent benefits combine multi-refrigerant capabilities with reliable operation and energy efficiency.

However, the addition of controls elevates scroll compressor benefits. One of these is the ability to modulate capacity, enabling precise temperature control and improved energy efficiencies. In fact, capacity modulation is so effective in reducing energy consumption that some utilities offer incentives for operators to make the transition. New electronic expansion valves also improve system efficiencies, providing precise control of refrigerant flow and system superheat using today’s new class of lower-GWP, HFC refrigerant alternatives.

The advanced diagnostic capabilities help operators prevent system failures, limit reliance on technicians, and take maintenance operations into their own hands. Even when maintenance is required, these diagnostics greatly improve the servicing process. Remote access allows technicians to quickly diagnose and fix refrigeration system errors, improving a technician’s effective service capabilities and reducing maintenance costs.

The adoption of these technologies allows operators to address compliance and operational challenges, all while protecting profitability. As the commercial refrigeration industry begins to see new challenges and regulations arise, the expanding capabilities of refrigeration technology and controls will ease the worries of operators and make problem-solving easier.



[Webinar Recap] Technological Solutions to Help Modern Refrigeration Challenges

benpicker Ben Picker | Copeland Units Project Manager

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

View our most recent E360 Webinar, “Using Technology to Help Meet Modern Refrigeration Challenges.”

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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.


[New E360 Webinar] Using Technology to Help Meet Modern Refrigeration Challenges

benpicker Ben Picker | Copeland Units Project Manager

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Join us for our next E360 Webinar, “Using Technology to Help Meet Modern Refrigeration Challenges” on Thursday, December 7 at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST.








Whether you’re a supermarket, restaurant, mixed retailer or convenience store operator, successfully navigating today’s commercial refrigeration landscape is no small feat. From regulatory complexities, new refrigerant considerations and energy-efficiency targets to food safety requirements and servicing frustrations, today’s operators face a perfect storm of refrigeration challenges.

The silver lining in this scenario is that these complexities have ushered in a new era of refrigeration technologies. In the past several years, equipment and component manufacturers have made great strides in developing modern equipment and system technologies that address many of these concerns.

In our next E360 Webinar, I will take a closer look at a wide range of technologies and explain how they can be used to solve today’s countless operator challenges. Examples include:

  • Electronic controls for temperature tracking and smart defrosting
  • On-board compressor diagnostics for improved servicing
  • Energy-efficient scroll compression technology
  • Multi-refrigerant compressor capabilities

As we’ve discussed previously in our E360 webinars, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to refrigeration system design. But, as the industry continues its transition to the next generation of refrigeration architectures, many of these technologies will become integral to these systems.

So, if you’re interested in learning how you can leverage these technologies to reduce operational complexities and address your specific challenges, please join me on Thursday, December 7 at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST.

Redefining Refrigeration

benpicker Ben Picker | Copeland Units Project Manager

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

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.

Built for maximum convenience, performance and protection

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.

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