There are huge growing concerns the UK is being a hub for the sales of refrigerant in disposable cylinders, an illegal container that has been banned for use within Europe for over 10 years. With growing evidence of contractors and engineers being contacted with offers of refrigerant, including R410A and R404A in illegal disposable cylinders, a quick search on eBay reveals vendors offering R404A in disposables. Some of which are also the source of listings on other sites including Ireland & France.
Since pressure from the industry, eBay has deleted some of the items insisting that any listings that don’t comply with its policies will be removed.
All the suspect listings are using images of disposable cylinders and others clearly state in the product descriptions that the refrigerant will be provided within these illegal disposables. It is still not known whether the product is being imported from outside of the quota system, however, it is clearly avoiding UK customs inspections and policing by the Environmental Agency.
With the huge increases in the price of high GWP refrigerants in the UK and Europe, the market has seen some individuals seeking alternative sources for the gas, and with the lack of policing of the F-gas regulations is presenting them with the opportunity to make large profits.
Established refrigerant suppliers are raising concerns about the purity of some of this refrigerant and its effects on both system efficiencies and reliability. Of much greater concern is that the current high refrigerant prices might encourage a reappearance of dangerous counterfeits with caused a number of deaths in 2011. Some of the illegal refrigerants now removed from eBays UK marketplace also included the CFC’s R12 and R502 from a source in the USA.
“The UK and Ireland markets are important to us and we continuously look at different ways of growing our market share with key partners,” commented Beijer Ref CEO Per Bertland. “The technical expertise of MHI, and the distribution expertise of Beijer Ref, will be integrated to have a broader and more complete offering to the customers through this joint venture.”
The 3D Plus name recalls the former MHI distributor 3D Air Conditioning, which became part of the HRP group in 2004. In 2017 MHI spilt from it's UK distributor AMP following the purchase by Panasonic, a rival air conditioning manufacturer, which left Beijer Ref company HRP as the sole UK distributor for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
“Partnering with MHI on an exclusive basis will strengthen HRP’s position whilst 3D Plus will complement it by opening new doors,” commented Beijer Ref UK and Ireland MD John Billson.
Billson confirmed that 3D Plus will be run as a separate company from the South of England. Personnel have yet to be confirmed, but B Ref is currently in the process of appointing a general manager.
“MHIAE and Beijer Ref have had a successful relationship collaborating in the Scandinavian market for many years,” revealed MHIAE managing director Masayuki Fujinami. “Through the formation of this joint venture, we are happy to be moving beyond a traditional manufacturer and distributor relationship and to joining our two companies together in a way that will allow us to harness our respective expertise and experience jointly.”
“It is our intention that 3D Plus will quickly become a similar size business to other Beijer Ref distribution channels in the UK,” added Per Bertrand. The MHI brand already has a strong market position which is a great platform for future growth. This joint venture further strengthens our partnership and we look forward to seeing the progress of 3D Plus.”
Bitzer has announced details of a new high-efficiency scroll compressor for air conditioning and HVAC applications.
At last month's Mostra Convego exhibition, Bitzer showcase the new Orbit+ models based on Bitzer’s currently available Orbit 6 and 8 series. These new units are equipped with a line start permanent magnet motor and improve the seasonal performance (SEER/IPLV) by up to 8% while also increasing cooling capacity by up to 5%.
The Orbit+ compressors can replace or be combined with standard Orbit models without redesigning the system significantly. The tandem and trio combinations are easily tailored towards system capacity and efficiency targets according to annual load characteristics and the customers’ specific needs. For even better capacity modulation, customers can add a frequency inverter like the Bitzer Varipack.
The Bitzer Orbit models recently introduced low-GWP A2L refrigerants, such as R454B and R452B and are designed to work with R410A. Similar to the Orbit 6 and 8 series that have already been introduced, the new Orbit+ models are able to operate with a frequency inverter at 35 to 75Hz while performing with a low sound level and low oil carry-over rate.
The compressors are interchangeable, which Bitzer says allows systems designers and manufacturers to simplify development work by using existing frameworks, footprints, piping layouts and manufacturing processes.
Bitzer has said they are easy to install, offer high energy efficiency when fully or partially loaded and have the lowest noise emissions in their capacity class. Energy consumption is extremely low, especially at low condensing temperatures, says Bitzer, where the Orbit Boreal series can be applied.
Following the success across the rest of Europe the popular Carrier air conditioning brand is launched in the UK and Ireland.
Carrier, being the inventors of air conditioning, has chosen Beijer Ref UK and Ireland as its distribution partner. The range of high walls and cassettes are now readily available for collection or delivery across the UK and Ireland from Dean & Wood, HRP, RW and DWG Ireland. Carrier Brand Manager Hayley Billson said “we have been working with Carrier for a long time now to make sure the products are just what the UK and Ireland markets want. This included a lot of customer feedback and I am convinced that this well established and reputable brand will quickly find its market position”.
Carrier manufacture efficient quality air-conditioning systems at an affordable price. The feature packed range covers split and multi-split systems suitable for residential and commercial applications supported by both a 5-year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee.
Climate Center has completed a £500k investment to place an inventory of 185 essential bracketry products into every branch across the UK, to give off-the-shelf availability.
The rollout is one of a number of initiatives by one of the UK’s largest distributors of refrigeration and air conditioning products to provide customers with unrivalled stock availability and customer service.
Feedback from customers across both the domestic and commercial sectors revealed a growing demand for a one-stop-shop for installation parts and equipment. With the new rollout, installers can purchase every-day products including clips, cable trays and fixings from a single location and in one visit.
While the range serves Climate Center’s key air conditioning market, the products are suitable for general use across all sectors with broad applications such as split systems, cabling and ducting.
Meeting customers’ daily needs is at the forefront of Climate Center’s priorities and the new range, with off- the shelf availability, cements its position as the UK's leading supplier of refrigeration equipment, components and ancillaries.
Jon Wright, Product Manager at Pipe Center and Climate Center, said: “This is an important update to our branch network. Through the addition of these 185 bracketry products we can fulfil the needs of our customers and cater for every stage in the installation process. The nationwide rollout reflects our commitment to delivering excellent customer service and stock availability across the country
For more information on Climate Center’s bracketry range, visit: www.climatecenter.co.uk
From 1st June 2016, 11 models from the Danfoss Optyma™ Plus New Generation range of packaged units have been included on the ETL approval list, making them eligible for an ECA allowance.
Commenting on the news Paul Szyszczak, Business Director at Danfoss said: “The built features of Optyma™ Plus New Generation optimise its performance and efficiency. Adding this approval will attract end users to now claim the tax savings the ECA scheme offers”.
Contact your local Dean & Wood branch today and learn how your business can benefit from an ECA qualified condensing unit from Danfoss.
UK: Bristol based Space Engineering has launched a new CO2-based integrated refrigeration system that is said to offer impressive energy and financial savings for convenience stores.
Introducing the ECO2 BIS; an integrated refrigeration system built for performance, simplicity, and security.
The ECO2 Booster Integrated Solution (BIS) (pat. pend.) is Space Engineering Services’ newest, space-saving, 3-in-1 natural refrigeration system.
The ECO2 BIS is a high-performing, super-efficient, compact CO2 refrigeration system, and that’s just the beginning.
What makes it really remarkable is its advanced technology which recovers waste heat, turning it into space heating and using the booster technology it provides space cooling at the most efficient conditions utilising parallel compressor technology. This means there’s no need for separate HVAC heat pumps, meaning you can maximise retail space. This system is the first of its kind, and its capabilities are already making waves with some of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains.
The unique configuration of the system provides impressive energy and financial savings. Energy usage in stores powered by the ECO2 BIS is reduced by as much as 30%* thanks to the system’s heat recovery capabilities and the efficiency-boosting thermodynamic properties of CO2. This means that the ECO2 BIS offers significant contributions towards meeting sustainability and energy reduction targets too.
Operating on the single refrigerant R744, the dual-temperature system is based on our tried and tested ECO2 Mini Internal system, which has been the system of choice for convenience retailers across the UK. The ECO2 BIS goes one step further with its integrated heating and cooling capabilities, whilst still letting you stay in control with refrigeration priority settings.
We’ve taken some of the best features of the ECO2 Mini Internal, and made them even better in the ECO2 BIS. Like its compact footprint, making it ideal for smaller and convenience retail formats where space is a premium. And it’s low global warming potential of just 1.
Tony Mills, Space Engineering Services’ Plant Manufacturing Director, said: “We are really excited about the ECO2 BIS development and see it as a major advancement in the convenience market. The use of direct CO2 space heating is a first for this type of unit, and coupled with high efficient space cooling and refrigeration cooling in one package, it makes the ECO2 BIS an attractive proposition for any customer looking for an efficient and natural solution.”
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After a comprehensive testing and development programme, Toshiba is introducing a new generation of luxury residential air conditioning systems based on the refrigerant R32.
The refrigerant has a much lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) than R410A, commonly used in air conditioning systems. The GWP of R32 is 675 compared to 2088 for R410A, representing less than one third the impact.
Toshiba’s initiative is partly in response to the recently revised F-Gas Directive, which encourages the use of refrigerants with a GWP of less than 750 in single split systems with a charge less than 3kg.
In addition, R32 not only has a lower GWP, but can deliver an equal capacity to R410a with a refrigerant charge 30 per cent smaller. As a result, total CO2 emissions can be reduced by around 77per cent.
The new refrigerant will be used in Toshiba’s new Mirai premium range of residential wall-mounted air conditioning split units, being launched at the end of May. They will be available in capacities from 1.5 to 4.5kW.
David Dunn, Toshiba director and general manager, said: “Many end users are looking to adopt greener, lower GWP technology. When combined with the advanced features of Mirai, R32 is an attractive option that is more environmentally friendly while delivering superb comfort.”
He added: “As most people will be aware, R32 is classified as slightly flammable under certain, specific conditions. However, following thorough testing and evaluation, it is now widely accepted within the industry that as long as good practice is followed, any risks are exceptionally small and can be managed – and fully acceptable in the light of the significant environmental benefits.”
Toshiba has been producing R32 units for the Japanese market since 2014. To date, some 225,000 units have been installed, without incident. Across all manufacturers, there are more than 5 million R32 units installed in Japan alone.
Toshiba’s new Mirai range features a number of technical advances, including dustless operation due to a special coating on the cooling coil, a larger heating capacity, and exceptionally quiet operation due to a 13per cent increase in fan size.
Units are designed to eliminate potential sources of ignition, and are equipped with brushless motors and a power relay instead of contactor. To reduce flame propagation, both indoor and outdoor units have fireproof steel enclosures surrounding the electrical systems.
For installers and service engineers working with R32, the refrigerant is classified as flammable and needs to be handled accordingly. Correct procedures are explained in the Hydrocarbon Safe Handling Course, which is a top up on the standard F-Gas qualification. Toshiba also advises technicians to inform their insurance company and check that tools such as vacuum pumps and recovery systems are suitable for use with R32.
Looking ahead, Toshiba has no plans at this stage to introduce R32 on larger systems in the UK, as it believes the optimum application range for the refrigerant on technical and performance grounds is probably in smaller units.
Toshiba will continue to offer air conditioning systems across its range on R410A, due to its proven performance and efficiency benefits, plus the service advantages of a single refrigerant on sites with multiple types of systems.
Resource Data Management (RDM) has released two major product updates for DMTouch, the intelligent control system front-end, and Intuitive TDB programmable logic controller. The updates are designed to enhance the already impressive capabilities of each, and extend capabilities for use in applications including heating and ventilation, energy management, process control, lighting and refrigeration and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).
Software v3.0 for the Intuitive TDB, a programmable logic controller (PLC), with built in PLC software, and free desktop editing PLC software, features a completely new web graphical user interface, upgraded display features, new unit measurement controls, live maps integration and more.
The new release supports integration with Live Maps, released last year, Live Maps is a web based service, designed to give users a visual, high-level comparable view across multiple sites. Accessible via multiple platforms it presents users with a simplified, comparable view of how sites throughout their estate are performing.
Targeted toward the OEM market, and those conversant in Modbus® protocols, an enhancement to the Type Editor feature, made available in Intuitive software v2.11, gives users the ability to create templates with read and write capabilities.
The new web Graphical User Interface (GUI) is user friendly and, as a result, a joy to navigate; it now adopts a similar format to that used on the DMTouch web interface. By making the web user interfaces for both flagship TDB products consistent, they are easy to grasp, manage, and set-up.
Users can select from five customisable home screen dashboards, and include control temperature gauges, thermometers, tables, graphs, alarms and more. The dashboards enable users onsite, and remotely, to navigate, and view, important information; lending itself to quick, easy and informed, decision making.
Seven new built in units of measurement have been added: metres cubed per second, metres cubed per minute, metres cubed per hour, kilograms per metres cubed, litres per second, and litres per minute, litres per hour. Users also have the ability to add their own ‘superscripted’ units e.g. cm^3/sec which the software will translate into cm3/sec.
Designed to maximise existing HVACR assets through the use of open protocols, DMTouch boasts a host of other benefits including HD Touch Display, free desktop PLC software, free site layout software and an unmatched 5 year warranty.
Installation, maintenance, and end user personnel will all benefit from the advantages that the market-leading control system front-end provides to their respective day-to-day roles. Software v2.3 introduces a number of new functions and time saving features, and is compatible with Data Managers 6.0 and above.
Energy monitoring functionality supports energy due diligence at a local level, which is of great benefit to those who do not have the requirement, or budget, for an external energy monitoring software solution. Users can view, and digest, complex and large amounts of data at a glance; reading from energy consumables across their site, including gas, electricity and any other set parameters. Highlighting savings and/or overspend, while presenting a detailed analysis on usage across specified time periods.
An exciting and practical feature, 3D graphs can be set-up to present general trends from a thirty day period, significantly reducing the time taken to interrogate and analyse data, and for trends and anomalies to be easily identified.
Improved site layout functionality allows for multiple site layouts to be managed at any one time. The direct CANbus interface feature delivers a direct connection between a DMTouch (hardware issue 10 and above) and an Intuitive Expansion Board. The option of adding up to ten expansion boards gives users the ability to increase physical I/O up to 480 points.
The Split Edit / Split TDB, and TDB back-up features are designed to complement the Intuitive range of TDB controllers, both will help save users time when creating, and installing, TDB programmes for either the DMTouch of Intuitive TDB controller. The split features all users to ‘split’ devices without losing earlier changes and/or re-splitting.
Other features include improved Document Upload, Data Export and System Log Search, enhanced Temperature Performance Indicator and Individual Night Blind functionality and the ability to bulk type parameter settings update. SSL web browser connections to a DMTouch or Data Manager (certification required) are also available.
Available since the end of April, feedback relating to the Intuitive v3.0 has been extremely positive. Jules Freeman, MD at Ourgate Productions was ‘‘very impressed’’ and will be using the software to support the install of a Boeing 737 cabin, for training purposes, at the new City of Glasgow College complex.
Intuitive software v3.0, is available free of charge to existing Intuitive TDB customers, please contact email@example.com. To purchase the new Data Manager/DMTouch update please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively call 0141 810 2828, selecting opt 1 for sales, and opt 2 for support.
PRODUCTS: Less than a year after its launch, a new transactional website enabling engineers to purchase chiller spares online has proved to be a multi-million-pound success for Johnson Controls.
The EasyParts website enables engineers to purchase major spare parts such as compressor rotors, valves and motors online. Top selling items like oil filters, sensors and chiller safety devices are all easily accessible.
John Pritchard, Parts Director HVAC & R said: “The aim in setting up the service was simple - to make it as easy as possible for engineers and maintenance companies to order genuine replacement parts for York brand chillers online. It has worked incredibly well, and we are pleased with the rapid take-up.”
For engineers, there are several benefits of ordering online. The site gives 24/7 access to spares with expedited delivery, important in situations where plant has suffered a breakdown. Orders placed before 2.30pm can be delivered next day.
Users can see real-time stock levels for replacement components, and the
current status of orders, enabling engineers to track deliveries. It also provides access to order history and associated paperwork, such as invoices.
Importantly, the site uses photographs of spares to provide visual confirmation of the relevant part. It includes pictures for most of the company’s 15,000 active lines of stock.
“We wanted to create an Amazon-type site for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is now part of everyday life, and most people are familiar with it and comfortable using it,” says John Pritchard.
The site is underpinned by a huge knowledge bank, containing details of most of the components used in the manufacture of York brand chillers since production began. The database contains some 200,000,000 individual records, taken from the Bills of Materials (BOMs) for York chillers.
These contain detailed engineering data and component lists for every machine made. Chillers are identified with a unique serial number, printed on the data plate inside the chillers’ controls cabinet. There are believed to be around 10,000 York chillers installed in the UK and many more further afield across Europe.
The site is designed to be dynamic and grow over time. As new chillers are manufactured and installed, the knowledge base is constantly updated.
“We began with information on chillers made in the original York Basildon plant, and then expanded to include machines made at other factories across the globe. That process is continuing as we build the knowledge bank,” says John Pritchard. “It is an ongoing project, and as the database expands it becomes evermore useful for customers.”
Johnson Controls provides training in the use of the system at its Basildon site, or on-line, and will also be demonstrating how it works to visitors at the forthcoming ACR Show 2016, taking place at the NEC from 16 to 18 February 2016.
The website is located at https://easyparts.johnsoncontrols.com