Ben Bartle-Ross of Mitsubishi Electric looks at the value of keeping your skills up to date.
We are in what I see as a really exciting period for the HVAC sector at the moment, with new technologies, refrigerants and new equipment regularly coming onto the market – and at the same time, legislation is focusing attention on the equipment that engineers are installing as never before
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.