Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Making Sense’

MAKING SENSE of Embedded Electronics in HVACR Equipment

While the prevalence of electronics continues to expand into nearly every aspect of our lives, the refrigeration and air conditioning industries have been slow to embed electronics in HVACR equipment. Unfortunately, the primary reasons for this reluctance can be attributed to a lack of awareness and education about the promise of electronically enabled systems.

For many OEMs, there is a fair amount of confusion surrounding the operation, maintenance and repair-ability of systems with embedded electronics. And among the consumer base, there’s a general misunderstanding about the value that electronics bring versus their perceived risks and costs.

Our next MAKING SENSE webinar will address these apprehensions and make a compelling case for electronic connectivity and system communications in HVACR equipment. Join us via webinar or in the booth at the 2015 AHR Expo on January 26 in Chicago, as we explore the potential of electronics and facilitate a panel discussion from Emerson’s lecture area in their booth, #5010, from 2–3 p.m. CST.


In this complimentary webinar, we’ll explore the many advantages of embedded electronics, including:

  • Accurately diagnoses system problems the first time
  • Limits misdiagnosis and call-backs
  • Establishes improved maintenance contracts through better communications
  • Increases productivity through prognostics that identify potential failure points
  • Improves OEM installation verification and subsequent warranty issues

In an industry faced with disruptive equipment failures, a declining number of qualified technicians and increased service costs, we think it’s time to re-evaluate the many benefits of embedded electronics. With their tremendous untapped potential, electronics hold the promise of ushering in a new era of reliability in HVACR equipment.

The webinar will be led by Mike Murphy of The NEWS and include a list of distinguished panelists from a cross-section of our industry, including: John Wallace of Emerson Climate Technologies, Randall Amerine from AT&T, Paul Stalknecht of ACCA and George Hernandez from the U.S. Department of Energy.

We hope you’ll join us via webinar or in the booth on January 26 from 2–3 p.m. CST from the AHR Expo show as we are making sense of embedded electronics.

Learn more and register by visiting our website at:

Making Sense of the DOE’s Final 2017 Walk-In Efficiency Regulation

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued its final ruling on the regulation of energy consumption in walk-in coolers and freezers. The ruling is based on the Annual Walk-In Energy Factor (AWEF) rating for refrigeration systems and components, and adopts the industry testing protocol AHRI 1250 as its metric of enforcement. To comply with the ruling’s June 5, 2017 effective date, manufacturers of walk-in coolers and freezers will need to begin evaluating energy efficient components and technologies today.

Of particular interest to OEMs is the effectiveness of condensing unit technology and how it measures up to the AWEF’s ratings. Manufacturers will also have to consider every available design option — such as compressors, coil, motors, modulation and controls — to prepare systems for compliance in 2017.

Join Our Next Webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. EDT

To address the myriad concerns and considerations of the DOE 2017 ruling, Emerson Climate Technologies is holding a new Making Sense webinar on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., entitled Staying Ahead of the DOE 2017 Walk-in Cooler and Freezer Energy Efficiency Ratings. This complementary live event will explore the far-reaching implications of the DOE rule, and discuss the following topics:

  • Survey of existing condensing unit technology and how it compares to the AWEF minimum requirements
  • Technology/design options (compressors, coil, motors, modulation, controls, etc.)
  • Importance of low condensing operation/floating head pressure
  • AWEF calculations for condensing units, unit coolers and complete systems
  • AWEF versus AEER
  • Impacts of the EPA’s recent significant new alternative (SNAP) refrigerant delisting proposal
  • Refrigeration industry push back

The webinar will be presented by two Emerson Climate Technologies experts who are most familiar with the subject: Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager of the refrigeration division, and Brian Buynacek, refrigeration engineer. Ani has been very close to the DOE 2017 ruling for quite some time and has significant insight on its implications, and Brian will lend his expertise on AWEF and how it plays into the ruling. Join Ani and Brian on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. EDT for this informative and timely webinar.

Learn more and register by visiting our website at: where we’re helping the industry MAKE SENSE of the issues that matter most.

Making Sense Webinar Wrap-Up: Improving Refrigerated Marine Container Management with Pervasive Connectivity

The journey of a marine refrigerated (reefer) container from the producer to the consumer is fraught with many challenges. When you consider all the transit trials these containers are presented with, maintaining a consistent setpoint of -40 °C to +30 °C throughout the transport process is no small task. From high ambient temperatures and extreme environments to excessive handling due to a variety of logistic delays and intermodal shifts, there are many factors that can place container contents in jeopardy. Some shipping companies rely on pervasive connectivity to their container fleets to monitor perishable cargos throughout the process and troubleshoot issues along the way.

In our most recent Making Sense webinar installment, I discussed Emerson Climate Technologies’ approach to reefer container management through pervasive connectivity. Beyond the shipper’s goal to improve profit margins, there are many trends driving the growing adoption of on-board diagnostic systems, including: regulatory governance of perishables; continued focus on improving energy consumption; expansion of global systems for mobile communications (GSM); and ever-increasing consumer expectations. All of these factors make pervasive connectivity a sound investment for shipping companies that want to stay competitive.

I also discussed the many advantages of deploying pervasive connectivity on reefer containers, and how such solutions allows the shipper to monitor key transit activities in specific geographic zones, such as: route verification, confirmation of final delivery, and automated, on-site notifications to alert handlers and minimize delays. Advanced diagnostic capabilities give shipping company administrators a window into reefer container conditions. Everything from g-force detection and setpoint temperature deviations to prolonged “off” periods are visible to the administrators through advanced event handling and alert notifications.

With the many benefits that on-board, pervasive connectivity provides, the reasons for adopting this technology to improve shipping line operational efficiency are obvious. Reduced energy costs, maintenance, incident claims and handling costs combined with increased revenue and precise container utilization create a strong business case for adoption.

To listen to an archived recording of this webinar and learn more about pervasive connectivity on reefer containers, please visit our Making Sense website, where we make sense of the issues that matter most in commercial refrigeration today.

Robert Svensson
Marketing Manager
Emerson Climate Technologies, Transportation Solutions

MAKING SENSE of Refrigerated Marine Container Management

The global cold chain container business is fraught with challenges that can incrementally chip away at an operator’s profit margins. Whether it’s at storage, in trip preparation, sitting dockside, en route or at loading/unloading points, there are any number of occasions where your refrigerated marine container fleet can be compromised — and the integrity of cargo itself placed in jeopardy. Manual reefer inspections, container malfunctions that lead to spoiled cargo and human error can quickly add up to shrinking profits.

Refrigerated marine container operators need an edge to stay ahead of the competition and maintain profitability. The difference between surviving and thriving in this environment is a matter of managing the smallest details, maximizing energy and operational efficiencies, and promoting human safety.

Join Our Next Webinar, Tuesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST

In our next MAKING SENSE webinar, we will explore how to gain this competitive advantage in a discussion entitled: Improving Refrigerated Marine Container Management With Pervasive Connectivity. The webinar will present Emerson Climate Technologies’ approach to maximizing global cold chain efficiencies through our advanced hardware and software solutions for refrigerated marine container fleets. We will explain how reefer management systems installed on these containers enable remote diagnostics, establish efficient operations and help maintain perfect cargo conditions. The topics covered will include:

  • Reducing operational costs and eliminating manual operations
  • Improving cargo quality with proactive alerts
  • Reducing human error and improving safety
  • Achieving energy savings and reducing CO2 emissions

This educational webinar will be presented by Robert Svensson, marketing manager at Emerson Climate Technologies — Transportation Solutions, ApS, a business of Emerson. Robert initially joined the Marine Container and Boiler business of Johnson Controls, Inc. (which Emerson acquired in April 2012) as a product manager for ISO10368 remote monitoring, but has since assumed responsibility for strategic planning, marketing and product management at Emerson Climate Technologies — Transportation Solutions.

Join Robert on Tuesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST for his expert perspective on refrigerated marine container management. Register now by visiting our website at: We’re helping the industry MAKE SENSE of the issues that matter most.

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

MAKING SENSE of New Refrigerants

Today, the refrigeration industry is in the throes of transition. As governments around the globe look at curtailing the use of refrigerants with high global warming potential (GWP), retail refrigeration operators and equipment manufacturers are anticipating the next generation of refrigeration system architecture. In response to these increasing regulations, many equipment manufacturers are actively developing refrigeration systems based on natural refrigerants such as ammonia, propane and CO2. While these natural alternatives promise significantly lower GWP compared to current HFC-based systems, they will require operators to update system architectures and service practices to accommodate their unique temperature and pressure requirements.

And in case you’re of the opinion that these impending regulations are a far-off future event, think again. In Europe, the parliament recently unanimously passed a vote in favor of new legislation that will significantly reduce fluorinated gas (F-gas) in new commercial refrigeration equipment by 2020. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Act placed the reduction of HFC refrigerants directly in its sights, with promises of new regulations that reduce HFC use as soon as the summer of 2014.

Join Our Next Webinar, Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT

Our next Making Sense webinar will explore the implications of these new refrigerants on system architecture, equipment selection and service. Some larger supermarket refrigeration systems in North America have already begun the transition to natural refrigerants, especially with the use of CO2-based transcritical systems that perform well in colder climates. But for other operators, in particular smaller retailers, this transition poses more questions than answers. That’s precisely the reason we’re offering this complimentary webinar.

In this complimentary webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Background on new alternative and natural refrigerants
  • Why propane and ammonia are gaining popularity
  • Differences between CO2 and HFCs
  • Three system architectures that utilize natural refrigerants

The webinar will be presented by Andre Patenaude, Director — CO2 Business Development, Emerson Climate Technologies. Andre’s extensive experience with various refrigeration system architectures and alternative, emerging refrigerant technologies makes him well-suited to lead this discussion. He’s currently responsible for developing a global strategy that incorporates the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives, communication/messaging activities, channel training and educational programs as they relate to utilizing CO2 in refrigeration systems.

Join Andre on Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT for this informative and timely webinar. Register now by visiting our website at:

Craig Raney
Director of Marketing, Refrigeration
Emerson Climate Technologies

%d bloggers like this: