Ben Bartle-Ross looks at when it is appropriate or even necessary to pressure test an air conditioning system.
As a trainer covering our complete range of air conditioning products, I am amazed at how many engineers I see coming through my training courses who have been told by an (often) older colleague that when they are servicing air conditioning, they have to put a pressure gauge on a system to ‘test the pressures’.
Reducing energy consumption remains high on the agenda for our UK food retailers, not just to meet obligations under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme, but also to reduce costs in an increasingly competitive retailing sector.
Deadline for nominations 1st December 2016
Over 250 people from no less than 31 countries took part in the 12th International Institute of Refrigeration Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference in Edinburgh in August this year.
The event, organised by the Institute of Refrigeration, attracted a higher than usual number of student delegates 52 of presenters and attendees were young researchers, students or engineers new to the industry.
Andy Pearson, IOR Technical Committee Chairman and Chair of the Conference, remarked:
“I was impressed with all the students that attended. Currently, refrigeration is an area where problems are becoming more difficult to solve and it is great to see the students beginning their journey and participating in tackling these issues.
Say hello to the latest member of the ACR Journal, namely our virtual friend, Captain Cooling!
You are going to see him in the journal, on our website and e-newsletters helping to point out events, competitions and opportunities for readers.
What's his back-story
Captain Cooling is a man of mystery right now. We need your help in working out who his arch-enemy might be and his weakness.
We know he hates inefficiency and poor standards. He loves helping tough, hard-working air conditioning and refrigeration engineers and professionals. Let the ACR Journal team know your ideas about his nemesis and we will design more characters for Captain Cooling to form alliances with, and to battle against.
– A step change in energy saving for food cold stores and food processing factories
If you have not noticed the 'Brexit' result from the EU Referendum last week, where the hell have you been?
The outcome has raised more questions than it has answered, such as 'Now that you have won, what's your plan?'. For the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, questions about the rules and regulations we have to follow are bound to be raised.
Who expected a Brexit vote? Clearly, not many expected the UK to vote to leave the European Union. But, here it is.
Businesses of all sizes should be thinking about taking on apprentices now.
Not only is Government funding available that will cover two thirds of the training costs, but there is a completely new industry-led Apprenticeship programme coming on board that is designed to ensure trainees have the skills to deal with both today’s and tomorrow’s industry needs.
Let’s face it, the air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump industry is male dominated. And, trying to encourage more women into the industry can seem like a struggle at times.
That’s why we started the Women in ACR series, to show that there are more women in our sector than people may think. The articles also show how diverse those women’s roles are in the ACR business.
Now, working with the Institute of Refrigeration, there is a new networking group for women to enable easier networking, sharing of ideas, learning and mentoring. It’s called ‘Women in RACHP’.
Join the LinkedIn Group here.