Rapid Recovery, which was bought by A-Gas last year, claims performance around 10 times faster than traditional recovery methods and five teams are now in place around the country.
There are already plans to take Rapid Recovery into more markets in the coming months, including Australia, South Africa and mainland Europe.
John Ormerod, A-Gas Managing Director, said: "Rapid Recovery is a bespoke F-Gas compliant service with very high recovery rates - approximately 10 times faster than traditional recovery units. The main benefit to contractors is that they are able to outsource this work to someone who is a specialist in the field of recovery.
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"Most engineers will tell you that the recovery process can take a great deal of time and anything that speeds it up is welcome. A lot of time is also wasted moving recovery cylinders to and from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment but A-Gas Rapid Recovery brings cylinders to the job. The equipment is independent of services like power, is portable and with 250ft hoses can reach RAC units wherever they are.
"There's no doubt that Rapid Recovery saves time and money for the engineer and the end user.''
A-Gas Commercial Director Enzo D'Alessio said the service would be of value to all sectors of the industry and stressed that no job was too small, despite the ability of the machines to deal with large amounts of refrigerant. He said: "We have taken a fantastic idea and repurposed it slightly for the UK market. It's the right product at the right time.''
Even before the official UK launch, the equipment has been used to remove 455kg of refrigerant from three chillers at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London. The process took just four hours and it was estimated that it would have taken three days using traditional equipment. At a meat processing plant in Perth, Scotland, 2 tonnes of refrigerant was recovered in six hours, compared to an estimated 30 hours using traditional methods.