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Add the Houston E360 Forum to Your Calendar This October

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | Marketing Cold Chain Leader
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

JOIN US in HOUSTON, TX, for our next free E360 Forum on Thursday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency North Houston hotel.

E360 Forum blogEverything is bigger in Texas, right? We’re excited to bring our next E360 Forum to the Lone Star State. This year has seen regulatory changes, evolving technologies, emerging trends and more. At this daylong event, we want to hear how you’ve stayed in step with the pace of change. From sustainability initiatives to the rise of smart technology and data-driven decision making, we’ll explore the industry as it is today and examine where it is headed in the future.

The day will be comprised of informative keynote sessions and a panel discussion in the morning with the afternoon open for you to choose from three relevant and interactive breakout sessions. These sessions are designed to give you a chance to have your questions answered and to join in a dialogue with industry experts and your peers.

Houston’s breakout session tracks will focus on refrigeration in food retail, store operations/facility optimization and cold chain management followed by a closing group session on upgrading your existing refrigeration infrastructure.

The goal of this E360 Forum is to evaluate 2018’s trends and tackle the biggest challenges in commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.

What you’ll learn:

  • The latest refrigerant and regulatory updates
  • What’s on the horizon in supermarket power management
  • Trends in supermarket architectures
  • Supermarket upgrades that impact energy efficiency and cost savings
  • How to protect food throughout the cold chain
  • Air management, rooftop efficiency and energy savings strategies for air conditioning

E360 Forums are proven to be invaluable events, providing you with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with experts and peers. Immediately following the event, attendees and presenters can mingle at a networking reception from 4–5:15 p.m. We hope you’ll make plans today to add Houston’s E360 Forum to your list of can’t-miss industry events in 2018.

Simplifying Commercial Refrigeration Service

Michael Williams_Blog Michael Williams | Copeland Product Manager
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

In a perfect world, retailers would employ an on-site service technician to continuously monitor their refrigeration system’s performance. But often this scenario just isn’t feasible. That’s why the emergence of built-in compressor electronics, like Emerson’s CoreSense™ technology, is revolutionizing the commercial refrigeration service paradigm. To learn more, watch the full video here.

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Put yourself in the shoes of a refrigeration technician. Your livelihood is, essentially, based on your reputation for consistency. Just one misdiagnosis or system failure can cause operators to lose trust in even the best technician. Knowing the ins and outs of every piece of equipment is a daunting task, but one that can make or break a technician’s career.

Compressor failure is a worst-case scenario in commercial refrigeration applications. For supermarket operators, it can mean massive product losses combined with system maintenance expenses, repairs and compressor replacement. System failures can blemish the reputations of service technicians responsible for proper diagnosis and preventing system faults before they occur.

At the same time, finding skilled technicians who are trained to maintain your specific system requirements is becoming more difficult every day.

That’s why on-board compressor protection and diagnostic controls are essential to ensuring refrigeration reliability. Designed with advanced communication capabilities, CoreSense technology allows contractors and technicians to accurately diagnose and troubleshoot systems issues, either at a customer’s site or remotely via mobile device access.

In the foodservice sector, operators are shifting their business structures to provide more fresh food offerings and on-the-go meals. As a result, their refrigeration requirements are growing — and becoming more complex.

With CoreSense Diagnostics, technicians can quickly access easy-to-interpret fault codes and remove the guesswork from troubleshooting. CoreSense modules can link to store supervisors and facility management systems, enabling remote monitoring of system conditions, proactive maintenance, scheduling and precise identification of issues — even before technicians are assigned to fix them. In many cases, a technician can identify the issue at hand and identify the necessary parts and tools before they begin the service call.

The value of a skilled HVACR technician cannot be underestimated, but even the best ones will occasionally make mistakes. With CoreSense, Emerson provides technicians and operators alike with the technology that can help reduce misdiagnoses and prevent system failures.

[New E360 Webinar] Pioneering Natural Refrigerants: A Grocery Case Study

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | Vice President of Marketing , Cold Chain
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Join us for our next E360 Webinar, “Pioneering Natural Refrigerants: A Grocery Case Study” on Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

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Few food retailers have staked their reputation on environmentally friendly practices more than the natural foods industry leader, Whole Foods Market. At the heart of Whole Foods Market’s sustainability initiatives is their pioneering approach to the use of refrigeration architectures based entirely on ultra-low GWP, natural refrigerants — a strategy that makes them one of the first retailers in the United States to embrace propane (R-290) in their stand-alone display cases.

In our next E360 webinar, we will give you an opportunity to hear firsthand from Tristam Coffin, director of sustainability and facilities for Whole Foods Market’s northern California region, as he discusses the factors driving the retailer’s pioneering strategy of natural refrigerant use.

We will also provide an update on the regulations governing the use of R-290, including the potential changes to charge limits and evolving safety standards. Finally, for an OEM perspective, the webinar will feature a leading manufacturer of R-290 stand-alone commercial refrigeration equipment — one which has recently migrated its entire stand-alone product line to R-290.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • The latest global regulations governing R-290 use
  • Drivers behind Whole Foods’ natural refrigerant strategy and R-290 adoption
  • An OEM perspective on making R-290 the basis of its stand-alone units

Whether it’s low-charge ammonia, CO2 refrigeration architectures or R-290 in stand-alone units, natural refrigerants are becoming more commonplace in commercial refrigeration. For retailers like Whole Foods, these alternatives are part of their mission to conduct environmentally friendly business practices.

This webinar will provide a unique opportunity to gain a 360-degree perspective on the subject of natural refrigerants, from the component manufacturer to the OEM to the end user. If you would like to hear multiple sides of the natural refrigerant story, please join us for this informative webinar on Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

 

Wallace Speaks on Smart Technology at the Senate

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | Vice President of Marketing , Cold Chain
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

This blog summarizes an article from our E360 program, entitled Wallace Delivered Senate Testimony.” Click here to read it in its entirety.

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John Wallace, Emerson’s director of innovation, visited Washington in October to meet with members of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. The topic of the meeting? Energy management and building control systems. Several other industry leaders joined Wallace in discussing ways “smart” technology can reduce energy use and costs in HVAC, refrigeration and lighting systems. Here’s a summary of what was discussed.

Energy efficiency in these types of systems is a hot topic, seeing as they account for up to 90 percent of a typical building’s energy consumption. Depending on the type of facility, the energy consumption averages are as follows:

  • Refrigeration: 30–40%
  • HVAC: 20–30%
  • Lighting: 15–20%

More efficient equipment can be easily incorporated into new buildings. However, the problem lies in the fact that newer buildings are only a small portion of a multi-site operator’s portfolio, and the majority of buildings in use are older and more difficult to modernize. Because of this, Emerson is working with customers to develop technologies that can be seamlessly integrated into existing, older buildings. Adding these new technologies and incorporating smart building strategies, like utilizing natural refrigerants and applying variable-speed technologies, can help improve sustainability efforts while lowering operating costs in both new and existing buildings.

Wallace explained that integrating HVAC, refrigeration and lighting systems into building automation and supervisory controls systems can help building operators gain insights into energy use, reduce consumption and lower costs.

“Technology such as Emerson’s Site Supervisor building automation system integrates equipment controls, provides sensors to monitor key metrics within the building, and utilizes IoT technologies to connect buildings to cloud-based services, providing remote access to equipment from off-site,” said Wallace.

IoT technology continues to open doors for facility and operations managers, allowing them to optimize their operations inside their buildings while simultaneously reacting to and coordinating with services outside of their buildings. Because all of this and more can be monitored off-site, energy use can be reduced across an entire portfolio of buildings.

IoT technology also has a hand in demand response programs for foodservice and retail operations. Demand response programs provide incentives (typically monetary) to building operators in exchange for lowering their instantaneous peak demand for electricity. The challenge for building operators is to find a way to “shed” energy to lower costs and earn incentives without sacrificing food safety or negatively impacting the shopping experience.

“Newer technologies that provide the potential for building operators to autonomously aggregate peak demand reductions across multiple buildings, as well as shifting demand peaks, can provide smarter buildings and more intelligence on the way these types of programs are implemented,” said Wallace. Pairing these technologies with demand response incentive programs could help building operators cultivate more efficient and sustainable environments, all while operating at lower costs than before.

Wallace assured the Senate committee that Emerson will continue to look for ways to incorporate innovative technologies to strike a balance between local control of the building equipment and the external services that can optimize operations, not only of an individual building, but also across a portfolio of buildings. With new technology being developed every day and smart strategies slowly becoming more popular, the industry has a bright and sustainable future ahead.

 

C-Store Trends Through 2025

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | Vice President of Marketing , Cold Chain
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

I sat down with the editors of Convenience Store Decisions to discuss trends that will be shaping the future of U.S. convenience stores. Zandi Brehmer, head of client innovation at global research firm Euromonitor International, joined the conversation. Emerson commissioned Euromonitor to identify trends through 2025.

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Focus on the customer

Retailers in this space are obviously concerned with convenience, but we are seeing an increased interest in cultivating customer relationships. Shifting the focus on the consumers from the checkout to when they enter a store may generate a big payoff. Modern technological systems such as wireless sensors in c-stores can potentially free up staff to focus on higher-value customer interactions. As these solutions become more prevalent, convenience stores can become more nimble to address the changing needs of their customer base.

Experiential retail

Driven by a digital revolution and rapidly changing consumer expectations, convenience operators are turning to new strategies to stay competitive. As product offerings are becoming more interchangeable, the shopping experience is a differentiator for retailers. Recent studies show that 78% of millennials would rather spend money on a desirable experience than on goods.

Supply chain management

Finally, better inventory management will likely distinguish convenience store operations in the future. Not only does new technology enable retailers to track inventory, but to learn who’s buying what.

For more information on these and other trends, read the full article here. You can see the Euromonitor presentation on Retail and Foodservice Trends 2025 here.

Dean Landeche, Vice President of Marketing and Retail Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

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