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The Risks and Rewards of Connecting Commercial Kitchens

Paul_Hepperla Paul Hepperla | Vice President, Solutions Integration – Foodservice

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

 

Join us our next E360 Webinar, “The Risks and Rewards of Connecting Commercial Kitchens” on Tuesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST.

The Risks and Rewards of Connecting Commercial Kitchens

It seems everywhere you turn and across multiple industries, companies are touting the promise that the internet of Things (IoT) will digitally transform their operations. The restaurant sector is no exception. In recent years, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and restaurant retailers have spent considerable time and effort figuring out how to leverage the power of connectivity in commercial kitchens.

While it’s relatively easy to conceptualize how the internet of things (IoT) could improve operational efficiencies and provide business value, bringing these ideas to fruition has proved more difficult. Too often, we see retailers make the jump to connecting assets without first having a clear idea of what problem they’re trying to solve, or how connectivity will fundamentally change the way their business operates. Then, once everything is connected, they’re left wondering: “What’s next?”

Our next E360 Webinar will examine why this is the case, and focus on how foodservice OEMs and retailers can work together to tap the seemingly limitless potential of IoT. My presentation, “The Risks and Rewards of Connecting Commercial Kitchens” will focus on these key points:

  • The importance of defining the scope and purpose of your connected project
  • An examination of the far-reaching and dramatic impacts to your business
  • Real-world examples of successful and failed connectivity projects
  • Evaluating business models that involve service contracts, recurring revenue or monetization

Another common problem with connected kitchen projects is underestimating the complexities inherent with these new business models. For example, a connected maintenance offering might require somewhat sophisticated coordination of not only OEM and end user roles, but also the inclusion of an authorized service provider. Frankly, these are the types of business relationships and interactions that are often overlooked when companies rush to exploit the power of IoT before thinking through the implications.

The webinar will look at these challenges from both OEM and retail perspectives. For an OEM, it’s critically important to understand their customers’ business needs before launching a connected initiative. Similarly, retailers need to realize that without involving and engaging their OEM partners in their connected kitchen strategy, they’re not likely to achieve the maximum potential of their IoT solution.

So, if you’re thinking about entering into a connected kitchen project or IoT business model in the restaurant sector, register now to gain a better understanding of the risks and rewards of connectivity.

[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.

[E360 Webinar Recap] Achieving Capacity Modulation With Digital Retrofits

anijayanth Ani Jayanth | Director, Product Marketing

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

 

VIEW our latest E360 Webinar on demand, “Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation.”

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The integration of a digital compressor into an existing rack to achieve capacity (or load) modulation is a technique often referred to as a digital retrofit. In our most recent E360 Webinar, “Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation,” Chris Raffel explained the principles behind digital technology and its potential benefits.

In theory, digital capacity modulation can improve any system with varying load requirements, including: supermarket and foodservice refrigeration; commercial AC; walk-in coolers/freezers; refrigerated warehousing; and process chillers and air dryers. A recent emphasis on deploying systems with lower global warming potential refrigerants is prompting many supermarket retailers to make changes to their existing refrigeration systems — thus presenting digital retrofit opportunities.

Why go digital?

Digital compression technology addresses many of the challenges of traditional refrigeration systems by enabling the benefits of capacity modulation:

  • Reduced compressor cycling
  • Increased contactor life/system reliability
  • Enhanced system load match capability
  • Tighter suction setpoint range
  • Improved energy efficiency

The relationship between suction pressure and energy efficiency is particularly noteworthy. We estimate compressor power consumption is reduced by approximately 2 percent for every 1 PSI increase in suction pressure. When the suction pressure is held tighter, as is the case in digital retrofit systems, the suction setpoint may also be raised. It’s here where significant energy savings from digital capacity modulation can be achieved.

Principles of digital modulation

Both Copeland Scroll Digital™ and Discus Digital™ compressors work according to a similar principle: varying the percentage of time that the compressor is loaded and unloaded to achieve the desired load requirements. For example, if the required capacity is 50% during a 20-second period, the compressor may be fully loaded for 10 seconds and completely unloaded for the remaining 10 seconds.

Regardless of the load/unload state, the speed of the digital compressor speed remains constant. During the unloaded stage of the compression cycle, the flow of suction gas is completely closed off to the cylinders; no gas is compressed and power consumption is significantly lower. A solenoid valve controls the gas flow; when it is deenergized, the suction gas resumes flow into the cylinders and normal compression resumes.

When to make the move to digital

System redesign, refrigerant changes or a compressor replacement are all viable opportunities to install a digital compressor to act as the lead compressor in a rack. In doing so, retailers will not only significantly improve refrigeration system performance, but also potentially prolong the life of the other compressors on the rack. I demonstrated this concept in the webinar with data that showed a clear reduction in compressor cycling — in one case going from 900 starts per day to 12 starts in four days.

To learn more about digital retrofits with capacity modulation, view this webinar in its entirety

[New E360 Webinar] Time to Retrofit Racks? Go Digital!

anijayanth Ani Jayanth | Director, Product Marketing

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Join us for our next E360 Webinar, “Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation” on Tuesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

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Many supermarket retailers today are faced with the prospect of retrofitting their existing refrigeration systems to utilize lower global warming potential refrigerants. While complying with regulations and deploying environmentally friendly systems may be the primary reasons for the retrofit, retailers are also seizing the opportunity to upgrade their systems to provide improved energy efficiencies, tighter setpoints and greater reliability. The integration of a digital compressor in an existing rack — known as a digital retrofit — is becoming an increasingly effective way of achieving these objectives.

Our next E360 Webinar, entitled Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation, will explore the potential of digital retrofits. Hosted by Emerson’s Chris Raffel, lead application engineer, the webinar will take a closer look at the digital compression technology behind the architecture and explain how it provides the capacity modulation to greatly improve system efficiencies.

This informative webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT. Attendees will learn about the many operational benefits of digital retrofits, including:

  • Reduced compressor cycling for increased system reliability
  • True load matching capabilities
  • Tighter setpoints for precise case temperatures
  • Significantly higher energy efficiencies than other capacity modulation methods

Chris will also present actual case studies of supermarkets whose digital retrofits achieved measurable energy efficiencies, tighter suction pressures and less food spoilage.

To learn how digital retrofits can provide these benefits in your supermarket, register now for this timely E360 Webinar on Tuesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

Are You Prepared to Meet Rapidly Approaching Energy Regulations?

The commercial refrigeration industry is in the midst of an unprecedented transition. Over the next several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) is mandating significant reductions in energy consumption on commercial refrigeration equipment (CRE). During this period, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also scheduled the phase-down of commonly used A1, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, aligning with international efforts to limit the global warming potential (GWP) of refrigeration systems. The timing and combination of these regulations will impact the entire supply chain, in particular the OEMs tasked with making design changes to achieve compliance.

In our recent E360 Webinar, entitled How to Meet 2017/2020 Energy Regulations, we looked at the latest changes in the regulatory landscape and discussed strategies for ensuring compliance. Hosted by Emerson’s Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager, and Brian Buynacek, senior refrigeration engineer and marketing consultant, the Webinar took a closer look at the three primary equipment classes affected by the coming DOE regulations:

  • Reach-in, stand-alone display cases — 30 to 50 percent energy reductions, measured in kWh/day, are required on new equipment as of March 27, 2017.
  • Automatic commercial ice makers (ACIW) — 5 to 25 percent energy reductions, measured in kWh/100 lbs of ice, are required on new equipment as of Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF) — 20 to 40 percent reductions, measured according to the AHRI-1250 testing standard of annual walk-in energy factor (AWEF), are required on new equipment as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Ani and Brian pointed out a couple of very important notes when considering these compliance targets. First, it’s important to understand that there are equipment classes within each category, each with its own equation with which to calculate energy efficiency. The Webinar covered these calculations in greater detail.

Second, it’s also important to consider the implications of the EPA delisting schedule when making design changes. For example, in medium-temperature, stand-alone cases greater than 2,200 BTU/hr, the EPA is delisting the use of R-404A as of Jan. 1, 2020. Currently, the EPA has yet to add an A1 substitute to the list of acceptable alternatives that closely matches the performance characteristics of R-404A in these particular stand-alone applications. OEMs may have to approach the design cycle with natural or other alternative refrigerants in mind.

With regard to OEM preparedness to meet these new efficiency targets, the Webinar presented results of a recent survey conducted by Emerson. While more than half of the companies surveyed have plans in place to meet compliance dates, the majority of these reported to be only somewhat prepared. A live polling question posed in the Webinar was consistent with these results, as 34 percent of attendees admitted they had not yet started to engage with their channel constituents about preparing for these changes.

With the first of these compliance dates less than six months away, Ani and Brian stressed that the time for action is now. To learn the impacts that these regulations will have on equipment design and which options deliver the greatest efficiency improvements, please watch this important Webinar in its entirety.

 

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