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It’s a Wrap: View Session Videos From Our Latest E360 Forum

Ed_McKiernan Ed McKiernan | President, Cold Chain, Electronics & Solutions

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

In October, Emerson hosted its latest E360 Forum in Houston. This day-long, free event featured informative sessions on some of the most critical topics facing food retailers today. If you were unable to attend, videos of these sessions are now available on our YouTube E360 Platform playlist. Here are brief descriptions of each of those sessions with links to their respective videos.

Introduction and Opening Remarks — Emerson provides complete and discrete solutions throughout an increasingly interdependent food cold chain.

Regulatory Updates: Refrigerants and Energy — Hear the very latest information on refrigerant regulations from state, national and global perspectives. View session.

Beyond Saving: What’s Next in Supermarket Power Management? — How are trends in the energy industry, incentive programs and emerging technologies impacting supermarket efficiency strategies?

Panel Discussion: Trends Changing the Refrigeration Landscape in Food Retail — Learn how shrinking store formats, online fulfillment, refrigerant questions and regulatory uncertainty are all shaping refrigeration decisions.

Supermarket Upgrades That Impact Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings — While the majority of stores are neither new nor facing major renovation, there are many opportunities to improve energy efficiency.

Retailer Trends in Distributed Controls and Electronics — The continuing evolution of controls, electronics and enterprise management software is changing the way refrigeration, AC and lighting systems are managed.

Protecting Food on the Move — How do stakeholders throughout the cold chain manage the increasingly complex challenge of global food distribution and ensure food is safe throughout its journey?

Thinking Differently: New Approaches to Food Retail Operational Challenges — Connected technologies are helping to fill the gaps left by the lack of qualified technicians and allowing operators to automate store management tasks.

Why Upgrade Your Existing Supermarket Refrigeration Infrastructure Today — When it comes to making refrigeration upgrade decisions, it’s important to evaluate architectures within the context of your top operational priorities.

We hope you find these session videos valuable resources for staying informed in this era of unprecedented change. Be sure to bookmark our YouTube channel, and keep an eye out for our next E360 Forum in 2019.

Latest E360 Forum Videos Available: Covering Emerging Trends

BobLabbett_Blog Bob Labbett | V.P., Communications & Channel Marketing, Refrigeration

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

WATCH session videos from the March E360 Forum in Raleigh, N.C.

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Emerson recently held its seventh E360 Forum. Held in Raleigh, N.C., it brought together OEMs, wholesalers, contractors, consultants and end users to continue the dialogue about the key issues facing the commercial refrigeration channel today. The day-long event featured multiple presentations by subject matter experts, and provided ample opportunities for attendees to share their biggest challenges and gain new insights.

True to the intent of the E360 program from its onset, this Forum continued a larger industry dialogue by seeking the perspectives of each industry sector. The following sessions are available via video:

Addressing the Challenges Facing the Refrigeration Industry — Don Newlon, vice president of refrigeration — marketing, kicked off the event with a summary of the regulatory activity that’s currently shaping the industry, including near-term deadlines and far-reaching impacts.

Making Sense of the Latest Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants — Moderated by Dr. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, this panel discussion featured representatives from leading chemical manufacturers who discussed the EPA regulations and new refrigerants being developed.

Cold Chain Evolution — Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing for retail solutions, discussed how food chain transparency and safety trends are requiring retailers to implement traceability measures from “farm to fork.”

Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation Emerson’s Tim Uderman and Rob Southwood presented the benefits of capacity modulation — such as temperature precision and reduced compressor cycling — and demonstrated how digital compressors are being used to take advantage of these benefits in fixed capacity refrigeration racks.

CO2 Booster Systems From a Service Mechanic’s Perspective — Servicing a CO2 system requires technicians to become familiar with the refrigerant’s unique operating properties. Andre Patenaude, director of CO2 business development, discussed key servicing considerations and emerging CO2 architectures.

Achieving DOE Compliance in Commercial Refrigeration Equipment DOE energy mandates on walk-in coolers and freezers, reach-in systems and ice machines will impact the foodservice segment for years to come. Brian Buynacek, senior refrigeration engineer and marketing consultant, discussed what’s needed to achieve compliance in each equipment class.

New Refrigerants Designation and Safety Classifications While new A2L (mildly flammable) refrigerants bring the promise of “ultra-low” GWP levels, they also have unique performance characteristics and safety considerations. Stefanie Kopchick, North America marketing manager of refrigerants for the Chemours Company and Greg Relue, Emerson’s manager of regulatory compliance/product safety/product safety officer, compared class 2L refrigerants to other familiar gases and discussed the industry’s latest testing efforts to better understand how to safely use these products.

WATCH session videos from the March E360 Forum in Raleigh, N.C.

Magnitude of Industry Changes Discussed at Latest E360 Forum

Emerson recently wrapped up its fourth E360 Forum of 2016 on Oct. 12 in Tucson, Ariz. The daylong event was attended by more than 100 industry stakeholders — including wholesalers, equipment manufacturers, contractors and end users — and featured expert-led breakout sessions in food retail, foodservice and commercial AC market segments.


Emerson’s Don Newlon, vice president and general manager of refrigeration, kicked off the Forum by discussing the sheer magnitude of changes that confront the refrigeration industry today. Between now and 2020, it will be faced with nine regulatory requirements related to energy reductions and refrigerant phase-outs. Achieving compliance will require unique strategies for reach-ins, ice machines, walk-ins and supermarket refrigeration equipment. Don explained how the industry is surmounting these challenges by balancing the four variables of the E360 platform: energy, environment, equipment and economics.

The Tucson E360 Forum came on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) actions to change the status of refrigerants used in refrigeration and AC applications. Notably, SNAP Final Rule 21 added R-290 (propane) to the list of acceptable substitutes for self-contained commercial ice machines, further expanding the hydrocarbon’s applicability in commercial refrigeration.

Emerson’s Dr. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, helped place this latest action into a broader context with a timely update on refrigerants. Rajan fielded many questions throughout his talk and discussed the global efforts to limit refrigerants with high global warming potential, specifically referring to an HFC phase-down amendment proposed by the parties to the Montreal Protocol — which incidentally came to pass just days after this event.

Joe Carbonara, editorial director at Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine, delivered an informative keynote address about consumer and operator trends in foodservice. Mr. Carbonara started his talk by reminding attendees that restaurants are everywhere, from hospitals and retirement homes to colleges and, of course, public restaurants. While smaller kitchen spaces and multi-function equipment are becoming the norm for operators, consumers continue to seek a combination of quality food, fast-casual dining, convenience and value. To be successful, operators need to develop strategies to deliver their core offerings to their unique customer base — a one-size-fits-all approach no longer works.

The bulk of the afternoon was comprised of a diverse program of breakout sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to get answers to their specific questions. Whether their focus was on implementing sustainable systems, better understanding leak detection or evaluating the potential of R-290, there truly was a breakout session for nearly every industry concern.

If you were unable to attend the recent E360 Forum in Tucson, you still can access its presentation decks in the archive section of our website. Be sure to watch for announcements of our 2017 E360 Forum locations, and make plans to join us if you can.

Newark E360 Forum Highlighted Latest Trends, Concerns in the Industry

In August, Emerson Climate Technologies hosted a day-long E360 Forum at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, N.J. Comprised of more than 100 commercial refrigeration industry stakeholders from several disciplines, it marked the tenth E360 event since the program’s inception in 2014. The event consisted of informative keynote presentations and expert-led breakout discussions on various topics of concern in food retail and foodservice segments.


Jon Melchi, vice president of government affairs and business development at Heating Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), helped provide context for the event by demonstrating the degree to which the active regulatory climate is shaping the industry. Melchi related that to date there have been 25 major rules targeted at the HVACR industry since the start of the Obama administration. And with 21 legislative days remaining in President Obama’s second term, Melchi expects as many as 11 more rules to be introduced.

Attendees were all ears when Melchi divulged that the financial impacts of the 25 rulings amounted to an estimated $76.6 billion in costs to the industry. He then discussed the latest information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed changes to section 608 pertaining to refrigerant leak detection, as well as the EPA’s latest change of listing status proposals via its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

The challenges these regulations present to the commercial refrigeration industry — from environmental sustainability and equipment selection to economic viability and energy consumption — was the impetus for Emerson’s E360 program. John Rhodes, president of Emerson Climate Technologies and Don Newlon, vice president and general manager of refrigeration marketing discussed how the program was designed to help the industry balance those four variables and prepare for the nine regulatory compliance requirements in the next five years.

Valerie Briggs, director of marketing and business development at North American Technician Excellence (NATE), discussed the importance of certification programs in helping the industry adapt to the rapid changes taking place. In response, NATE encourages ongoing testing and certification programs designed to guide technicians throughout their career development and gauge their proficiency level. To that end, Briggs said that her organization is in the process of restructuring its contractor certification into four levels, culminating in master certification/efficiency analyst.

Emerson Vice President of Engineering and Electronics Kurt Knapke laid out a road map for navigating the changing refrigerant landscape over the next several years. He outlined global efforts to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) refrigerants via a number of recent proposals, including:

  • Anticipated 2016 amendments to the Montreal Protocol
  • European Union’s F-Gas initiative
  • Environmental Canada’s 2016 proposal
  • California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) 2016 proposal for a climate pollutant reduction strategy

One common thread among these proposals is the target of 150 global warming potential (GWP) for multiple refrigeration applications, creating an increased demand for refrigerants with GWPs less than 150. Knapke also presented a timeline for the EPA’s phase-out plans over the next several years, as well as Emerson’s perspective on likely alternatives.

Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing for Retail Solutions at Emerson, detailed the journey of food from farm to fork, and how consumer demand for fresh offerings is dictating precise cold chain monitoring and data collection throughout this process. Landeche demonstrated how this focus on fresh is permeating both large and small retail formats, and the importance of deploying site supervisory controls is critical to meeting this consumer expectation.

To view E360 Forum sessions from Newark or other previous events, please visit our YouTube channel.

Tucson E360 Forum: Together Navigating Through EPA and DOE Regulations

Change is inevitable — especially within today’s HVACR industry. Looming EPA and DOE regulations are coming. Trying to stay up to speed on how these could impact your business can feel daunting — not to mention understanding the multitude of new technologies that have recently come to market. Let’s face it: there’s a lot to decipher in order to make informed business decisions these days.

Be sure to reserve your spot at this E360 Forum, and we’ll help you make sense of what lies ahead.

October 12: Tucson, Arizona, at The Westin La Paloma

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 Topics include:

  • Understanding the Restaurant Kitchen of the Future
  • Refrigerant & Energy Regulations Update
  • CO2 Systems: Trends, Benefits and ROI
  • System Upgrades That Impact Sustainable Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
  • Understanding Leak Detection and Implementing Effective Programs
  • How BMS, EMS, IoT and Insights Are Changing Retailer Operations
  • Making Building Management Mobile
  • How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations
  • The Case for R-290
  • Enterprise Management and Communicating Kitchen
  • How to Meet Energy and Efficiency Regulations in Commercial AC
  • How to Get the Most out of Your Rooftop AC
  • The Most Efficient Buildings of the Future

We hope you can join us!

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