Category Archives: Refrigeration & Engineering

GCCA Sponsors OSHA Training Course

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), in collaboration with the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC), is sponsoring a five-week web-based Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training course, which began on Monday, January 9, 2017, to help familiarize participants with the major components that comprise an industrial ammonia refrigeration systems and their principles of operation. Continue reading

IARW Member Hosts Meeting to Discuss Refrigerants Policies and Industry Options in New Jersey

On Thursday, December 1, IARW member Newark Refrigerated Warehouse hosted a discussion on refrigerants policies at their facility in Newark, New Jersey. Over 30 industry members from across New Jersey participated in the meeting.  Lowell Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for GCCA-IARW, attended and spoke about the regulatory outlook for refrigerants. The meeting focused on available refrigerant technologies and regulatory implications temperature-controlled warehouses should consider when making refrigerant choices. This discussion was intended to help food companies in the midst of the R-22 phase-out understand the implications of alternative refrigeration sources such as low charge ammonia systems, CO2 systems and synthetic refrigerant systems.

The event came about as part of a grant awarded to Rutgers University by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist food production, processing, storage and distribution companies in New Jersey in transitioning away from R-22.

DOE Certification Reminder for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Published by the U.S. Department of Energy: This is a reminder to manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment other than self-contained models with doors that certifications of compliance with relevant Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards were due July 1, 2015.  DOE negotiated this 6-month grace period with the intention of providing manufacturers with the opportunity to submit certification reports and then allow DOE to work with manufacturers to resolve any issues or concerns regarding the certification process such that a valid certification would be submitted by the end of the grace period.  Manufacturers should take advantage of the opportunity to address any issues during the grace period and should not wait until December 31, 2015, to submit a certification report.  Continue reading

DOE Announces 2015 Funding Opportunities for Energy Saving Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced a funding opportunity for interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: Non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. Continue reading

Three Reasons Warehouse Engineers & Mechanics Should Attend the IACSC Conference

The annual International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) Conference & Expo is the only event in the world dedicated to cold storage construction, design, and maintenance. Warehouse engineers, technicians, mechanics, and anyone with maintenance responsibilities are highly encouraged to attend – not only for the deeply discounted rate they receive (only $425) – but for a few valuable reasons: Continue reading

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