1. Face up to the R404A challenge
Everyone agrees that by 2018 there won’t be sufficient R404A around to service current needs. There will be shortages and the industry needs to start moving away from R404A very quickly.
2. Go for low GWP options
There are also newer generation refrigerants with a lower GWP like Solstice® N40 (R-448A) and Opteon® XP40 (R-449A) that offer additional benefits in terms of lower discharge temperatures. These low GWP options are already with us and offer customers the chance to make the switch from R404A now.
3 Understand CO2 equivalents
Gas-Trak Online™ (GTO™) from A-Gas, a handy app which will calculate CO2 equivalents, is among the online tools which allows you to do these sums simply and efficiently.
4. Up your leak detection regime
It is well worth putting a lot of effort into doing so if you want to achieve F-Gas best practice. Gone are the days of using soapy water and waiting for bubbles to form. Advanced leak detection methods are now a popular choice, with many engineers using trace gas methods such as hydrogen or helium mixtures.
5 Use the right tools for the job
Flammable refrigerants need to be handled with care and the correct flame-proof equipment has to be used to allow you to manage the risks associated with these gases.
6. Improve cylinder tracking
Free to download on smartphones and tablets, it comes complete with a number of valuable features to help users locate their cylinders.
7. Cut down on paperwork
GTO provides accurate online reports, 24/7. In turn this removes the burden of endless filing and the risk of losing paper copies. We live in a digital world and online tools are there to make the job easier – we should use them.
8. Think lifecycle management
9. Produce top quality joints
There are a range of products on the market and they vary as to the amount of heat they offer. Oxygen and acetylene when used together provide a flame temperature of 3500°C. This is significantly hotter than propane and propylene. If you are on a site where it is slightly windy or slightly cold, or the pipe sizes are larger, it can be difficult to get the heat required.
High temperatures are key to achieving top quality brazing, so only use the best products. This will ensure strong, leak-free joints that are less likely to break and cause equipment breakdown.
10. Keep up to date
Trade associations, manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers also have a role to play here. So keep your eyes and ears open – or you may miss something which could have a major impact on what you do and how you do it.