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Bacharach, Inc. finalizes acquisition of competitor Parasense

May 19, 2017

Bacharach, Inc., global manufacturer of refrigerant gas leak detection and monitoring instruments, and combustion and emissions analyzers, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Parasense, Inc. A privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 accredited small business provider of engineering and technical services, Parasense

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Insights on refrigerant flammability and safety

May 16, 2017 by Spencer Fuller

After the Montreal Protocol began the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants in 1987, the HVAC industry began to test alternative refrigerants. Since then, the industry’s primary concern has been “safety first.” This does not mean just environmental safety, but also

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NRCan posts new technical bulletins re: Amendment 15

April 20, 2017

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) reports that a Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on March 4, 2017 indicating Natural Resources Canada’s intent to proceed with the development of Amendment 15. This

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RSES Canadian Capital Chapter to host annual conference

March 24, 2017

UPDATED The annual Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) Canada Conference will be held at Algonquin College in Ottawa on May 5 and 6, 2017. The program includes four speakers, opportunities to test for the CM, CMS designation and a dinner

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ASHRAE heads west for annual conference

March 21, 2017

ASHRAE’s Annual Conference will be held June 24 to 28 in Long Beach, CA. The five-day event boasts eight conference tracks, tours, social events and a keynote message from Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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Introduction to refrigeration defrost methods-Part II

March 19, 2017 by Dave Demma

Refrigeration systems operating with saturated suction temperatures below freezing will eventually experience an accumulation of frost on the evaporator tubes and fins. The frost serves as an insulator between the heat to be transferred from the space and the refrigerant,

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Modifications to basic defrost schemes add yet another layer of complexity

February 13, 2017

It is inevitable that refrigeration systems operating with saturated suction temperatures below freezing will eventually experience an accumulation of frost on the evaporator tubes and fins. The frost serves as an insulator between the heat to be transferred from the

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Introduction to refrigeration defrost methods — Part I

February 10, 2017 by Dave Demma and Bob Schindler

It is inevitable that refrigeration systems operating with saturated suction temperatures below freezing will eventually experience an accumulation of frost on the evaporator tubes and fins. The frost serves as an insulator between the heat to be transferred from the

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Danfoss inaugurates first test chamber of its new customer Application Development Center

February 6, 2017

Danfoss recently opened a test chamber at its new Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center in Tallahassee, FL. The first of three psychrometric rooms, it will accommodate air-conditioning systems up to 12.5 tons. Its purpose is to help the industry in

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Common causes of refrigerant leaks and how to fix them

December 15, 2016 by Dave Demma

I met with a supermarket chain recently and the subject of refrigerant leaks came up. This is not surprising given the fact that R22 prices continue to escalate as the supply continues to shrink. I asked the director of facilities