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Top Five Reasons to Choose Copeland Scroll™

Phil Moeller | Vice President – Product Management, Refrigeration
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

In an industry era defined by dynamic market forces and regulatory uncertainty, choosing a compression platform as the foundation for your refrigeration equipment is more critical than ever. As supermarket, restaurant and convenience store retailers face unprecedented changes in the way they conduct business, their refrigeration requirements are quickly evolving. Modern systems must meet a variety of emerging challenges, such as:

  • Supporting small- to large-store formats
  • Complying with food safety and environmental regulations
  • Adapting to e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment requirements
  • Integrating with IoT technologies and building management systems
  • Achieving energy-efficiency and sustainability goals

Whether you’re an OEM updating your product lines, an end user evaluating compressors for new applications, or a technician performing system upgrades and retrofits, the Copeland Scroll compressor platform has the breadth of product lines to meet today’s demanding requirements.

Copeland Scroll has consistently pushed the envelope in refrigeration reliability for decades, and these innovations continue today. Here are the top five reasons leading equipment manufacturers, end users and contractors choose Copeland Scroll to support their refrigeration initiatives:

  1. Widest application and capacity range — When it comes to low- and medium-temperature applications in fractional to large-horsepower capacities from ¾ to 17 HP, only Copeland Scroll meets the full breadth of specifications for today’s diverse applications. In 2019, we’ll add three additional capacities to our popular KA lineup, which recently took home an Innovation Award at the 2018 AHR Expo.

 

  1. Technology leader — Since its introduction, Copeland Scroll has set the standard in compression technology. From digital modulation, liquid- and vapor-injection and low condensing operation to onboard electronic diagnostics and compatibility with low-GWP alternative and natural refrigerants, the Copeland Scroll platform continues to lead the industry in performance- enhancing innovations.

 

  1. Superior reliability and energy-efficiency At the end of the day, what matters most to our customers are reliable performance and energy-efficiency. With 70 percent fewer moving parts and a simple internal suction and discharge method, Copeland Scroll delivers reliable, energy- efficient performance, year after year. Its compact and lightweight design allows it to be integrated in applications where space is limited, without ever sacrificing performance or efficiency.

 

  1. Expert distribution network and support — As the standard in scroll compression technology, Copeland Scroll is backed by a wholesaler network comprised of 850 Copeland-authorized locations with more than 340 certified Copeland technical specialists on staff. And since Copeland Scroll is manufactured in the U.S., when you need customer service, product support or availability, representatives from our American base of operations can quickly deliver the compressor you need.

 

  1. Product development expertise — When you choose Copeland Scroll compressors, you’re also partnering with Emerson and gaining access to our extensive capabilities to support your product development efforts, including: application engineering; design, testing and certification services; innovation center proof-of-concepts; and app development.

 

From transport to cold storage, Copeland Scroll compressors are the first choice in every link of the food supply chain. So, don’t put your company’s reputation at risk. Choose the leader in scroll compression and commercial refrigeration technologies. Choose the proven dependability of Copeland Scroll.

 

Refrigerant Leak Detection and Regulatory Update

JohnWallace_Blog_Image John Wallace | Director of Innovation, Retail Solutions

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Proper refrigerant leak detection is essential for retailers, potentially saving them thousands of dollars annually and helping to meet regulatory requirements. For the full article, click here.

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Refrigerant leaks can cause both economic and environmental disruptions for retailers. Today, the average supermarket has two to four refrigeration racks charged with approximately 3,500 pounds of refrigerant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill research, about 25 percent (875 pounds) of that refrigerant is lost each year due to leaks. At $7 per pound, this loss equates to an annual expense of about $6,100 — more than $600,000 annually over a chain of 100 stores. And that’s just the financial aspect. In the same 100-store example, nearly 70,000 pounds of refrigerant are leaked into the atmosphere.

Introduced in the 1990s to address emissions of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants used in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning units, Section 608 of the Clean Air Act was revised in 2016 to include hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. This revision also introduced more stringent requirements for repairing leaks in larger appliances as well as new record keeping, reporting and disposal mandates.

Per the 2016 revision to Section 608, the next iteration of these requirements will take effect on January 1, 2019, and include the following changes:

Lower leak thresholds. The new thresholds are 30 percent (from 35 percent) for industrial process refrigeration (IPR), 20 percent (from 35 percent) for commercial refrigeration equipment (CRE), and 10 percent (from 15 percent) for comfort-cooling equipment.

Required inspection and monitoring. Section 608 now requires quarterly/annual leak inspections or the use of automatic, continuous monitoring devices for refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that have exceeded the threshold leak rate.

 New reporting requirements. Owners and operators must maintain hard or electronic copies of reports documenting the full charges of appliances and the types of automatic leak detection systems used. For chronically leaking appliances, owners/operators must also submit reports if their systems contain 50 or more pounds of refrigerant and leak 125 percent or more of their full charge in one calendar year.

 Disposal requirements. Technicians must keep a record of refrigerant recovered during system disposal from systems with charge sizes ranging from 5 to 50 pounds.

With all of these revisions on the horizon, it’s important to note that the EPA takes enforcement very seriously. The consequence of noncompliance can be significant: the agency is authorized to assess fines of $37,500 per day for violations.

We recommend that companies implement effective refrigerant leak detection programs to minimize refrigerant leaks and plan a response strategy in the event of a leak. Direct leak detection technology includes fixed or portable monitors installed on-site, which detect the concentration of refrigerants in the air. These can be set close to the anticipated leak airstream, in enclosed spaces and in areas near the floor where leaked refrigerants collect.

 The renewed regulatory focus on reducing refrigerant leaks has caused retailers to put more emphasis on developing efficient and effective leak detection strategies. Leak detection programs not only allow retailers to stay on top of regulations; they can potentially save costs associated with lost refrigerant, the degradation of refrigerated system performance and food loss.

Refrigerant Leak Detection Technology Saves $$ and the Environment

I recently wrote an article featured in Contracting Business discussing the importance of refrigerant leak detection as an essential service for retailers and HVACR contractors.

Refrigerant leaks have long been viewed as an inevitable part of operating a retail refrigeration system.  Retailers often wrote these leaks off as the cost of doing business, but the impact of refrigerant leaks goes beyond what most may expect. The true costs of refrigerant leaks are often underestimated, and contractors who understand this impact will be more valuable partners for their clients.

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According to the EPA’s GreenChill research, the average supermarket loses about 25 percent — or about 875 pounds — of its refrigerant supply because of leaks. When you multiply this across many stores in a grocery chain, the costs can be significant — not only in terms of the cost of the refrigerant, but with associated labor costs. There is also a potential loss of business because of food disruptions and food quality issues that may arise.

Refrigerant leaks also have an environmental impact. Most commonly used refrigerants are greenhouse gases and some are ozone-depleting substances. Assuming a leak rate of 20 percent across a chain of 100 typical supermarket stores, the amount of refrigerant leaked annually is equivalent to the emissions of 24,000 cars or 10,600 homes.

The EPA has had regulations in place for a number of years as part of the Clean Air Act. Now, the EPA has proposed an update to those regulations governing most refrigerants that could impact both contractors and retail operators. Contractors who keep up with how these regulations are changing can be better retailer partners by aligning their services to meet these changes. An effective leak detection program can help retailers manage and properly repair refrigerant leaks and avoid costly EPA settlements.

The goal should be not only to establish proper leak detection response protocols, but also to institute proactive measures that minimize or eliminate leaks altogether. A zero-tolerance policy for leaks is ideal. Accurate detection methods, reliable notifications and continuous monitoring are the key elements needed for effective leak detection programs.

To learn more about refrigerant leak detection for contractors, read the full Contracting Business article here.

 For more than 20 years, Emerson Retail Solutions has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website.

 John Wallace
Director of Innovation
Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions

Seven Transportation Monitoring Best Practices to Ensure Food Safety

This is the fifth and final post in a five-part series on food safety throughout the month of September.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires stakeholders to implement and document a program ensuring safe transport of food within the U.S. Shippers, receivers, loaders and carriers engaged in transportation operations need to be aware of and understand the impact of FSMA. If there is a food safety incident, the following may be required:

  • Proof that the vehicle used in transport did not allow food to become unsafe
  • Written procedures of the company’s food transport safety program
  • Verification that employees were adequately trained on proper safe pre-cooling and transport procedures
  • Proof that the product was transported under safe temperature conditions

Instead of reacting to an incident, we recommend a proactive approach to food safety that can help mitigate risks, reduce shrink and protect brand reputation. The fresh foods supply chain is complex, with multiple steps and parties involved, and if inconsistencies in temperature occur in any segment along the journey “from farm to fork,” food quality and safety can be compromised. Also, companies that recognize the technology advancements available for automated, real-time temperature monitoring can use these solutions to modernize their supply chain.

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Below are seven temperature monitoring best practices to leverage throughout the transport of fresh foods to help with creating an effective written program with FSMA in mind:

  1. Establish pre-cooling processes: Before food is transported, it should be pre-cooled by the supplier to the correct transit temperatures, as this can have a direct impact on product quality, safety and shelf life. Pre-cooling should occur when the container is connected to the cold storage unit.
  1. Ensure proper loading practices: Perishable products should be loaded in a manner that allows airflow through the transport container, making sure that it does not go above the “load” line. Also, the product packaging itself should promote airflow.
  1. Develop and communicate proper transport temperatures: When the product is then shipped to distribution centers, it must remain within acceptable temperature ranges for the particular commodity (i.e., 56-62°F for bananas and 32-39°F for dairy).
  1. Integrate temperature monitoring device and placement procedures: Place a digital temperature monitoring device on the product to provide the most accurate product temperature data. Establish consistent placement locations in all trailers.
  1. Check temperature data upon receipt at the distribution center: Quality assurance staff should check the temperature monitoring device’s data for any breaches once the shipment reaches the distribution center. These devices provide historical information about what happened during transit and can help identify any issues that may not be visible but could affect the future food quality and shelf life.
  1. Continue product monitoring from distribution center to store: Once the product is consolidated at distribution centers, it is regrouped and sent to an individual store. While this segment of the cold chain is subject to similar food quality risks, independent monitoring devices are not always used to validate that product temperatures have been maintained. We recommend use of these devices in this step along the process for a complete, continuous monitoring program.
  1. Utilize facility management systems for yard monitoring: Finally, as perishable products are held in stationary facilities while being pre-loaded and waiting for transport in the yard, use facility management systems to address this segment in the supply chain.

 For more than 20 years, Emerson Retail Solutions has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website.

Frank Landwehr
Vice President and General Manager, Cargo Solutions
Emerson

Note: the content in this blog post originally appeared in a white paper titled “Freshness is Cumulative” from Emerson-acquired company, PakSense.


To read all posts in our series on food safety for retailers, click on the links below:

  1. Food Safety Remains a Top Priority for Retail Businesses
  2. Prevent Food Safety Issues with Remote Monitoring Services
  3. How Does the Food Safety Modernization Act Impact Food Retailers?
  4. Food Safety Throughout the Cold Chain “From Farm to Fork”
  5. Seven Transportation Monitoring Best Practices to Ensure Food Safety

Food Safety Throughout the Cold Chain “From Farm to Fork”

 

This is the fourth post in a five-part series on food safety throughout the month of September.

Cold chain management solutions provide oversight and increased visibility to help businesses be more efficient and keep food safe. They can also drive a broader impact and incite industry change, helping to address high stakes global issues:

  • $990 billion in annual global food waste1
  • $32 billion annual energy spend in global markets2
  • $18.2 billion annual facility maintenance cost3

Think of the cold chain as the journey food takes as it moves from its original state throughout the process to end up in a consumer’s home. You may have heard the term “from farm to fork,” which applies here as we talk about maintaining freshness and food safety. The goal is to maintain consistent temperature control throughout the process, which means that freshness is monitored and verified from point to point along the chain.

The cold chain is a complex system with multiple parties responsible and many steps from start to finish – and it gets even more complicated with regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Retailers are investing more in fresh foods in order to keep up with increasing competition, drive sales growth and protect their brands. Supermarkets are focusing on fresh foods around the perimeter of their stores. Small format retailers, like convenience stores, are introducing new foodservice offerings. Food quality and safety in stores can be maintained through IoT enabled insights with remote monitoring and management services.

Before the food makes it to the retailer, it is shipped through various transportation means. Connected devices used in refrigerated cargo containers and trucks allow real-time product and temperature monitoring during transport of fresh foods.

Currently, a significant amount of data is being collected throughout the cold chain process – in harvest, processing, transportation, distribution and at the retailer – but that data may be sitting separately at each point and is not following the food to the next step; the data is captured but not shared.

This process has traditionally been fragmented, but connected solutions are enabling holistic insights and end-to-end food quality. By moving the data collected at each point into a cloud-based system, it can continue to be captured, stored and analyzed throughout the cold chain process, providing improved insights for more effective operations and informed food quality reporting.

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 Because of complex questions about data ownership and historic management of this data within specific applications, the insights and benefits to be gained from this data remain largely unrealized. However, it’s not difficult to envision a near-term future where retailers and others are able to take advantage of a fully connected cold chain solution. That could include utilizing data to validate food safety and potentially creating competitive advantages by authenticating their fresh foods story.

 Emerson has been a longtime leader in cold chain management, serving the global container shipping and food retail industries. Recently expanding our capabilities with investments in cargo solutions through the acquisitions of Locus Traxx and Paksense, Emerson is now able to better provide consistent information and enhanced safe control of food and other temperature-sensitive goods throughout the entire supply chain.

Look for the next post in this series, which will dive deeper into food safety through transportation solutions.

 For more than 20 years, Emerson Retail Solutions has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website.

 Mark Dunson
Group Vice President, Electronics & Solutions
Emerson


 (1) Source: Food and Agricultural Waste Organization of the United Nations: http://www.fao.org/statistics/en/
(2-3) Estimates based on various sources of public data


To read all posts in our series on food safety for retailers, click on the links below:

  1. Food Safety Remains a Top Priority for Retail Businesses
  2. Prevent Food Safety Issues with Remote Monitoring Services
  3. How Does the Food Safety Modernization Act Impact Food Retailers?
  4. Food Safety Throughout the Cold Chain “From Farm to Fork”
  5. Seven Transportation Monitoring Best Practices to Ensure Food Safety

 

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