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Anonymous Fridge Guy

RAC’s secret refrigeration engineer on shop floor brings to light the issues that engineers are facing

Something's gotta change

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyTue, 13 Oct 2015

So we now have greener, leaner and meaner CO2 systems, glycol systems, HFC and HC systems all designed to make our world a better environment to inhabit. But in the drive to make our environment better and the drive to make everything more energy-efficient, I think we have lost our way from the days of greenhouse-depleting systems. So what is different now? One word –maintenance.

It's Nice To Be Appreciated

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyThu, 2 Jul 2015

The Cooling Awards are soon to be upon us, with the great and the good from our industry descending on London to attend the refrigeration industry’s biggest awards ceremony.

Working Hand in Hand

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyWed, 29 Apr 2015

As reported in various industry media sources, there is a skill shortage in our industry, or to put it another way, there are more jobs to fill than people available.

It's a big world out there

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyWed, 17 Dec 2014

Now that we are able to traverse the world without leaving the comfort of our armchairs, we are able to come into contact with a much broader range of refrigeration engineers.

Time to improve the poisoned chalice

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyThu, 30 Oct 2014

Hands up who wants to be a commissioning engineer? Anyone? Just as I thought, the answer to this question, particularly if you work in the retail sector in the industry, is generally a solid no.

The skills gap needs filling, and quick

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyTue, 25 Mar 2014

So, why join the industry? I raise this point, as it’s been noted that a decent percentage of younger people are now turning their backs on going to university and opting for a trade.

Anonymous Fridge Guy: Stores and fridge firms need each other

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyThu, 9 Jan 2014

However, before you all get on your high horse and start blaming the supermarkets for their demise, I would urge you to look within the industry as a whole, before singling out one specific company or persons for their downfall.

Stores and fridge firms need each other

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyWed, 8 Jan 2014

However, before you all get on your high horse and start blaming the supermarkets for their demise, I would urge you to look within the industry as a whole, before singling out one specific company or persons for their downfall.

Is the grass always greener?

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyFri, 1 Nov 2013

Admittedly, it has been a hard year so far for all concerned. And the harsh truth is there will be a lot of engineers not receiving a pay rise this year.

Time to get involved to improve quality

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyThu, 11 Jul 2013

So, I am sitting having a coffee with an engineer who services the Sainsbury’s contract. Now the engineer in question has just come back from a training course in Germany, ran by Bitzer and partially funded by Sainsbury’s. Now, I have worked on Bitzer compressors for years, and never had any retailer feel the need to send any of its contractors on a training course.

What's the point?

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyTue, 29 May 2012

Companies within the refrigeration industry have spent tens of thousands of pounds on F-Gas training, to make sure that their engineers are competent in the handling of ozone depleting refrigerants.

Money for old rope

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyTue, 20 Dec 2011

In these times of project cutting and retailer under spend, I realise most of the retailers could save a small fortune…

Why the shirt and tie?

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyWed, 2 Nov 2011

Since I started in this industry, it’s been everybody’s ambition to down tools and don a shirt and tie. And I have to ask the question, why?!

Out with the big stick, again!

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyFri, 5 Aug 2011

Well it good to see that the world is round and another retailer is getting the big stick out.

Why should we be liable????

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyTue, 19 Jul 2011

After the furore of CO2 locking fittings bursting (like a certain Dr Spock, you would have thought they would have got it right the first time, as its only logical), the retailer in question is now starting to go through the motions of replacing the fittings in question in all the stores.

Why is commisioning always last?

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyThu, 5 May 2011

We all know commissioning comes at the end of any project. But why does it always seem to come last on everybody’s ’ to do’ list

Should we have a Project season?

Posted by Anon Fridge GuyThu, 31 Mar 2011

Can somebody please explain? Why every year from November to March, We all sit around waiting for all the retailers to allocate workload to the retailers install contractors.