With our Technology in Action Conference only one week away, we’re eagerly anticipating a series of informative sessions that will allow attendees to interact with the industry’s leading retail refrigeration experts. Building on the success of last year’s format, we’ve once again designed the conference to encourage participation and foster lively debates about the most pressing topics in refrigeration today.
For this year’s theme, we’re adopting the Making Sense webinar platform, selecting topics that are closely related to refrigerants, operation visibility and energy-reduction technologies. And, we’ve once again invited a wide spectrum of experienced end users, expert practitioners and equipment manufacturers to facilitate these discussions and impart their knowledge.
Here’s a brief overview of our interactive sessions:
Discussion One: Optimizing Facility Operational Costs. Explore the landscape of available strategies, tools, services and equipment to help achieve operational cost effectiveness today. Panelists will discuss how these tools can help retailers achieve their facility’s cost reduction goals. Discussion points include:
- Factors to consider when optimizing a facility
- Optimizing project development and prioritization
- Challenges to achieving facility optimization
- Optimization strategies, tools, equipment and services
Discussion Two: The Case for Case Control. By shifting centralized control of refrigeration operation to individual cases, retailers can significantly reduce energy costs. Learn why case control has not been more widely adopted in the U.S., and explore the implications of case control installation and operation.
- Installation cost savings and contractor considerations
- Potential for energy savings
- Maintenance and commissioning
- Refrigerant usage
Discussion Three: The Impact of New Air Conditioning Efficiency Standards. Changes to regulations in 2015–2016 will increase the minimum efficiency levels of air conditioning equipment. Learn more about these regulations, review the available technologies, and discuss the implications for both air conditioning equipment and facility design.
- Changes to the ASHRAE 90.1 standard (and the timing)
- Importance of full-load and part-load efficiencies
- Understanding the impacts of voluntary standards (ENERGY STAR™, Consortium for Energy Efficiencies, and others)
- Equipment design implications (circuit design, variable capacity compressors, expansion valves, etc.)
Discussion Four: Refrigerants — An Asset or Liability? Changes in regulations that mandate refrigerant use are impacting refrigeration architecture in new and existing stores. Learn which refrigerants to use for retrofits and new system designs, in addition to these important discussion points:
- Best practices in refrigerant management for existing stores
- A new way of thinking about refrigerants (no longer just an expense item)
- Establishing a plan to reduce global warming emissions (including R-22 and R404A retrofits)
- Regulatory and political forces that will impact existing store refrigerant decisions
This event takes place April 14–16 in Point Clear, Ala. Visit www.emersontac.org to learn more. While at the event, we will be tweeting live discussion updates using the hashtag #EmersonTAC. We hope you will be able to join the conversations!
Refrigeration Market Manager, Supermarkets
Emerson Climate Technologies